Manager madness rumors are flying: Will Jose Mourinho leave his club in June and be replaced by Arsene Wenger?! How does Harry Redknapp’s tax evasion trial involve a family pet? Will Kenny Dalglish survive the pressure cooker he calls home tonight? Also find Manchester City news about their latest bad boys and their innovative social media campaigns. This and more in Wednesday’s DKA.
English Premier League
I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry when I read that Inter Milan has now closed off transfer negotiations with Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. The Argentinian trouble-maker has gone from having three teams interested down to one in two days. That takes real talent.
To make matters worse, City’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak sent a strongly worded message to AC Milan. He threatened to hold onto Carlos Tevez for the remainder of his contract should Milan not make more reasonable bids for the striker. Tevez has already paid $14 million in fines or lost wages to his current club and I’m sure he would like to stop the bleeding.
While not official, City’s assistant boss has hinted the club may not appeal Mario Balotelli’s four match suspension. The Italian striker was fined by the FA after reviewing a video of him stomping on the face of Tottenham’s Scott Parker last weekend.
We can tell you about City’s newest media campaign thanks to a heads-up from our Aerys Soccer Co-Editor Trista Lutgring. The Mancunian powerhouse introduced their most creative usage of Social Media yet in a campaign called “Spot-the-Balotelli”. It’s played similarly to Where’s Waldo. In a 360-degree image of last week’s match, fans are asked to find and tag themselves (and their favorite players in Avatar form) in the photo and share it on Facebook and Twitter. Participants are entered to win a signed shirt and a personalized video message from a player. Go to digital-football.com for more information. City seems to be on top in both league standings and media prowess.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been on trial this week for tax evasion and things aren’t going well. A suspicious bank account, named after the manager’s dog Rosie, allegedly received numerous and questionable deposits to escape taxation. That is at least worth a snicker.
Not the most reliable source in England, but the British tabloid Daily Mail reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on a two-man shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho. As a frustrated Gunner fan, I might be open to a management trade if Mourinho comes to Arsenal.
England’s Carling Cup Semifinals
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is in the hot seat this week. Tonight’s showdown against Manchester City puts additional pressure on his club to win. With the league title off the table, the Reds should try to salvage their season with some Carling Cup silver.
Poor Jose Mourinho! This season the Madrid manager has led his team to break club records for number of league points and goals scored, AND has won 23 of 25 matches. Yet, the Madridismo (Real Madrid’s outspoken fans) are not pleased. Why? Plain and simple – because the two club losses were against Barcelona. Read more about Mourinho’s reported troubles with some players, the press and the fans, along with the rumor that he plans to leave the club in June.
Speaking of which, don’t miss the Copa del Rey pairing of Barcelona v Read Madrid at 4pm ET today. Viva Madrid!