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Posted Nov 24, 2010 by Shaun Edwards

Ancelloti could be on the way out

The main rumour from the football world is that of Carlo Ancelloti, who has apparently been having crisis discussions with Chelsea regarding his own position.  This sudden – and remarkable news – has come following the controversial sacking of coach Ray Wilkins by Ambramovich.  It’s believed that Ancelotti had been very close to the Chelsea legend during his time there, and that he is very upset at the manner in which the coach has been dismissed.  If Ancelotti were to go, it wouldn’t be the first time that Ambramovich has removed a title-winning coach: just ask Jose Mourinho.



With Glenn Johnsons’ (lack of) form being discussed by more or less everybody, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the Liverpool right back is targeting a move away from Anfield in January, and has been telling people that Inter Milan is the chosen destination, with former coach Rafa Benitez wanting to bring the full back to the San Siro.  However, Johnson’s move is no sure thing, with the Inter head honchos unlikely to finance the move without a sufficient rise in form from Johnson.


Apparently, Sir Alex may be losing his patience with Dimitar Berbatov.  In news that may surprise some who have been observing the Bulgarian’s improved form this season, Sir Alex may be prepared to sell Berbatov in order to earn the signatures of Athletico Bilbao duo Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez.  With Bayern Munich, Juventus and even Fenerbache lining up for Berbatov, United could raise a substantial portion of the estimated £35 million that it will take obtain the Spanish pair whom Ferguson has admired for a number of years.


Harry Redknapp will make a further bid to enhance his squad’s depth (which is by no means bad anyway) by trying to purchase Scott Parker from West Ham in the January transfer window.  Redknapp is presumably after the highly rated midfielder as a result of their inevitable injury crisis, and Parker will provide a certain depth to the midfield in the light of Tom Huddlestone’s recent injury.


In a move that Ian Holloway will presumably welcome – especially given the likelihood that his best players may be swept away from him in January – he may be able to purchase striker Luke Varney from Derby for a cut price £250,000.  Currently on loan at the Seasiders, Varney’s contract has a clause in his contract that states he will be able to move for the reduced price.



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