December 20 2013 Latest news:
Brendan Rodgers is relieved he ended up as manager of Liverpool and not Tottenham.
Tim Sherwood is hoping Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will give him a 10-year contract to manage the club – but he admits he will judged on results on a game by game basis over Christmas.
Arsene Wenger is worried for the quality of football if managers “are sacked every three weeks for ridiculous reasons.”
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho won’t be giving Ashley Cole a birthday present in the form of a start at Arsenal.
West Ham forward Matt Jarvis sees no reason why West Ham can’t pick up points at Manchester United.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels England are “past their peak” and must decide whether it is time to drop their struggling stars.
Arsenal must plan to start their hectic festive schedule without midfielder Jack Wilshere after the Football Association confirmed his two-match ban for an offensive hand gesture made towards Manchester City fans.
Manager Arsene Wenger accepts there is not much Arsenal can do about Jack Wilshere’s two-match ban but called on referees and the Football Association to be consistent in how they respond to indiscipline.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said clubs should respect the contracts agreed with managers as Malky Mackay’s time at Cardiff appears to be coming to an end.
Midfielder Yossi Benayoun could make his QPR debut - he joined on a short-term deal last week but did not feature at Blackpool as he continued to work on his fitness.
Millwall will check on Alan Dunne’s badly-gashed knee. Justin Hoyte cannot replace him as he is on loan from Boro, while boss Steve Lomas admitted he was considering changes at the back anyway following the Blackburn defeat, so Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry are in contention for recalls.
Charlton will be without Ben Hamer, Johnnie Jackson and Marvin Sordell. Hamer has yet to recover from an ankle injury so Ben Alnwick continues in goal, skipper Jackson is in the middle of a three-match ban and striker Sordell is ineligible to play under the terms of his loan from the Reebok Stadium.
Manchester City have a problem at right-back for their Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham this weekend with Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards (both hamstring) injured.
Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has praised the work David Moyes is doing at Manchester United and feels his efforts so far have been undervalued.
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen confirmed this afternoon that former striker Clint Dempsey had undergone a medical at the club and is set to return on loan.
Ashley Johnson returns to the London Wasps starting line-up for this weekend’s game after three weeks on the sidelines as they hosts Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership.
Harlequins travel to Bath tomorrow (3pm) and make two changes to the starting line-up which beat Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup last week.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome back James Tomkins for the Premier League game at Manchester United.
Danny Cipriani might reignite his England chances, but Brian Smith has warned London Irish not to let Sale’s livewire playmaker control tonight’s Aviva Premiership clash.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has insisted that he wants to remain at the Spanish giants.
Tottenham have made no contact with Mauricio Pochettino about their vacant manager’s job, the Southampton boss has confirmed.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool target Konstantinos Mitroglou has extended his contract at Olympiakos.
Defender Dean Moxey has recovered from a hamstring injury in time to be in the Crystal Palace squad for their Barclays Premier League clash against Newcastle.