Friday’s gossip column: McClaren, Rodgers, Guardiola, Klopp, Muller – BBC Sport
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The Football Association could try to make Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 44, the next England boss and would be willing to pay the Spaniard £10m a year to succeed Roy Hodgson, 68.
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But Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Guardiola, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, will sign a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions.
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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is prepared to back manager Steve McClaren, 54, with more funds in January – but that may change if 52-year-old Real Sociedad boss David Moyes becomes available.
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, 48, is prepared to end his sabbatical to take a post in the Premier League. The German has been linked with the Liverpool job, currently filled by 42-year-old Brendan Rodgers.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Rodgers has been “killed” by the club’s transfer policy.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe thinks that Rodgers is under unfair pressure.
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, 64, is still ‘on trial’ at the club and must prove he deserves a new deal.
Meanwhile, United have been told Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 26, is not for sale at any price.
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Manchester City are set to sign former Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan and then loan out the 25-year-old.
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The agent of 19-year-old Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has criticised Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, saying: “There are those who follow footballers and those who buy them.”
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Liverpool striker Divock Origi may be loaned out in January, with Norwich, Stuttgart and Bordeaux interested in signing the 20-year-old.
Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, says Manchester United made a late attempt to sign him in the summer.
Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28, says he will do his best to fill the void left by 26-year-old team-mate Diego Costa’s three-match ban.
Brazil World Cup winner Pele says that Chelsea striker Costa sends the wrong message to children with aggressive behaviour on the pitch.
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, 34, says Tottenham have gone backwards since he left the club in 2011.
Uefa president Michel Platini says he “might have told” United States officials he would vote for their 2022 World Cup bid before backing Qatar instead.
Watford have turned down the chance to let striker Emmanuel Adebayor train with them, with the 31-year-old unable to sign for a club until January following his release by Tottenham.
Manchester United forward Marouane Fellaini has been used as a striker by manager Louis van Gaal, but the 27-year-old Belgium international insists his best position is in midfield.
Sunderland are working to sort out a new contract for striker Duncan Watmore, 21.
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has given an update on his recovery after damaging his medial ligaments in training. The Belgium international posted a picture along with the message: “Since 1 week started my rehabilitation. Everything is going very well on the moment! Thanks for your support!”
One Direction singer and Doncaster Rovers fan Louis Tomlinson does not believe the League One club should have sacked manager Paul Dickov.
Swansea manager Garry Monk dismissed suggestions one of his players caused scratch marks on the face of Hull City defender Curtis Davies, who agreed “there was no malice”. Davies had posted a picture of the wound on his face following the League Cup tie between the two sides on Tuesday.
Jorge Mendes, who has Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo among his clients, came second in the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful sports agents. He has negotiated deals worth more than £620m in active player contracts.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says the leading Premier League clubs get more decisions in their favour from referees because they appear earlier on Match of the Day.
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