In The Gossips: Chelsea Players Against Mourinho?


Chelsea will hold an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mail) 

Chelsea’s players are turning on Mourinho and themselves. (the Sun) 

It is a question of when, not if, Mourinho will be sacked, with Chelsea likely to have to pay £10m to get rid of the Portuguese. (Daily Telegraph) 

The Sun

The back page of Wednesday’s Sun focuses on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 37, says sacking Mourinho is not going to help the Blues. (Sky Sports) 

Chelsea will return with a new £40m bid for Everton’s 21-year-old defender John Stones when the transfer window opens in January. (Daily Express) 

However, Everton manager Roberto Martinez says Stones knows he has no chance of leaving Everton in the transfer window. (Daily Mirror) 

Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez, 24, says he is staying at the Foxes until the end of the season despite being linked with Arsenal and Tottenham. (French radio station RMC) 

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is heading for a huge bonus after being promised an extra £100,000 a place from 17th and above in the Premier League table. The Foxes are two points clear at the top. (Daily Mail) 

Southampton want England winger Andros Townsend, 24, who turned out for Tottenham’s Under-21s on Monday. (the Sun) 

Aston Villa will consider offers for club captain Gabriel Agbonlahor, 29, as the forward has fallen out of favour with manager Remi Garde. (the Times – subscription required) 

Former Aston Villa defender Paul McGrath says the Premier League’s bottom club could end up in League One. (Daily Mirror) 

Caretaker manager Alan Curtis is likely to take charge of Swansea for the home game with West Ham on Sunday despite chairman Huw Jenkins flying to Argentina for talks with former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa.(Daily Telegraph) 

Daily Telegraph

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho features on the front of Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph sports section under the headline “Breaking point”.

Sunderland and Norwich City want to sign French striker Sebastien Haller, 21, from Dutch club Utrecht in the January transfer window. (Sunderland Echo) 

Stoke City have opened talks with forward Marko Arnautovic, 26, and defender Erik Pieters, 27 over new contracts. (Stoke Sentinel) 

Tottenham will learn on Wednesday whether their revised plans for a new £400m 61,000-seater stadium will receive the green light. (London Evening Standard) 

Brighton boss Chris Hughton is deciding whether to strengthen his promotion-chasing squad by bringing in a winger to the Championship club next month. (the Argus) 

Gateshead-born former Liverpool and Everton midfielder Don Hutchison believes Newcastle United can relegate Aston Villa on Saturday. The ex-Sunderland player says there is no way back for Villa if they lose. (Chronicle) 

Former Liverpool assistant Sean O’Driscoll, 58, is favourite to be named manager of League One Walsall. (Express & Star) 

Midfielder Alex Song, who is on loan at West Ham from Barcelona, caused a stir when he turned up for training  on Tuesday wearing a suit and…a pair of white shoes.

West Ham United midfielder Alex Song

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech equalled the Premier League clean sheet record on Sunday in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa, with his 169th shutout in the English top flight. To mark the occasion, his wife baked him a cake depicting the keeper in his full Gunners kit. “Found this in the morning…My wife’s baking,” he wrote on Twitter. 

Petr Cech

Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil is way ahead of the game when it comes to Premier League assists. The German has got 13 so far – six more than Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu in second. Even when he’s soaking up the sun, setting up goals is very much on his mind – why else would he add the hashtag #alwaysassisting to this Instagram snap?  Arsenal play Manchester City next Monday.

Mesut Ozil

Championship club Huddersfield Town have come up with a new money-making venture – pre-paid funeral plans. A Town-themed funeral costs £4,195 and includes a blue and white coffin or a traditional coffin draped with a Huddersfield shirt with the name and number of the deceased. (Huddersfield Daily Examiner) 

A free bag of crisps produced in honour of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is on offer online for £1m. (Leicester Mercury)

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