Heroic former Leeds United captain Dominic Matteo has applied to be the new head coach of the Elland Road club, despite Massimo Cellino insisting that current caretaker Neil Redfearn will get an opportunity to prove himself, as reported by Talksport.
Matteo is one of several ex-players to have thrown their hats into the ring in recent days, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also telling the English radio station that he is interested in the post earlier today.
The defender, who scored a famous goal at the San Siro during Leeds’s Champions League exploits over a decade ago, is also joined in applying by former Leeds and Liverpool teammate Robbie Fowler, who was linked heavily to the post yesterday.
Matteo has been heavily involved with the club since his retirement for the game, although lost his ambassadorial role with Cellino’s control of the club. Cellino embarked on significant cost cutting measures this summer to get the Yorkshire side back on an even keel.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has confirmed that he will not be fit in time for the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, despite aiming for that clash as a possible return date from his unfortunate long-term injury, as reported by the Daily Star.
There was a belief that the England international would be available for the game, but Walcott himself has denied that that is going to happen.
He said: “I haven’t put a specific date or looked at a game yet.
“There were rumours of me coming back for the Spurs game which is definitely not going to happen, that’s for sure.
“I’m taking it week by week. It tends to fly by and it’s not months anymore, which is a nice feeling.”
Walcott has been out of action since January, when he suffered a knee injury against the same opposition he is now ruling himself out for. Arsenal won that FA Cup tie 2-0, and Walcott was famously pictured gesturing at the Spurs away support after they mocked him for being injured.
It seems as though September 27th is simply coming too soon for Walcott to be involved, but there is a belief that he will be involved soon enough, and that will only be to the benefit of Arsenal’s title challenge.
AC Milan youth coach Stefano Eranio has said that Chelsea mistreated their £50m man Fernando Torres during his time at the club, with the striker having struggled during his time at Stamford Bridge, as reported by The Metro.
Despite it looking as though it would be difficult for Chelsea to shift the striker during the summer, Torres managed to confirm a two year loan deal to Italian giants AC Milan towards the end of the window, with the Spanish international accepting a pay cut in order to make the switch.
Eranio, who previously played for Milan as a winger, has stated that he feels the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho did not give the striker enough confidence to go out and perform on a consistent basis.
He said: “Torres is a very humble player, he has great technical and human qualities.
“In recent years he has not been in contention much and has spent a long time on the Chelsea bench.
“But he is like a car, he needs to play to find his form. He needs the confidence of the coach and to make the most of his surroundings.
“As a coach, I say that I would always want someone like Torres in the team. He arrives in Italy with great enthusiasm, and has specific characteristics that would suit Milan perfectly.”
Torres will be hoping to rejig his career after arriving in Milan, with few seeing him as the potent force that he once was. He has lost his place in the Spanish national side to new Chelsea signing Diego Costa.