Eddie Howe to rule himself out of becoming Gareth Southgate’s replacement as England manager – Paper Talk

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Eddie Howe will swiftly rule himself out of the running to become the next England manager despite the Football Association putting him on a shortlist of potential candidates to replace Gareth Southgate.

Ian Poulter retains his love for the Ryder Cup after missing out on this year’s victory for Team Europe in Italy, but says there is no chance his time with LIV Golf will end prematurely as it remains “business as usual” for the tour despite the PGA Tour deal.

Boris Becker will not be able to coach his new charge Holger Rune at Wimbledon for the foreseeable future as he is banned from re-entering the United Kingdom under a deportation order made when he was allowed out of prison following his eight-month term for tax evasion.

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Jadon Sancho has been excluded from Manchester United’s 2023/24 squad photo.

Neymar’s latest injury agony could cost Fifa £6.5m, with football chiefs facing paying Al Hilal huge compensation after the Saudi club’s new superstar was ruled out for the season.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom does not think Chris Basham’s horror injury will be career-threatening.

New figures released by the MLS Players Association reveal that Lionel Messi is earning a whopping $20.4m (£16.8m) per season with Inter Miami.

Lionel Messi will “definitely” return to the Nou Camp for Barcelona one day, according to sporting director Deco, who is adamant Messi will come back to his beloved club for a farewell game.

Newcastle United are facing a battle to sign Manchester City and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips on loan in January because of competition from Bayern Munich.

The Football Association is keen on bringing in the semi-automated offside technology used at the Qatar World Cup after a series of high-profile VAR mistakes in the Premier League.


Everton have been reported to the Premier League and are facing legal action for allegedly failing to pay an agent fee related to a recent international signing.

Manchester United are expected to take up their option to extend Hannibal Mejbri’s contract, according to reports.

The Premier League is looking at a cap on a club’s wage bill in order to keep the top flight competitive, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said.

Cristiano Ronaldo has contributed to a staggering rise of fan engagement in the Saudi Pro League (SPL), but he still attracts less supporter attention than his long-term rival Lionel Messi, according to new data.

Aaron Ramsdale admits he fears for his place in the England squad after breaking his silence on the ‘suffering’ he has endured since losing his position as Arsenal No 1.

Chelsea have reportedly thwarted Barcelona’s plans to snap up young left-back Ian Maatsen on a free transfer by activating an extension to his contract.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s deal to take a 25 per cent stake in Manchester United may not be completed in time for the opening of the January transfer window.

The Football Association has amended their guidance to clubs in the Women’s Super League by instructing them to ban Israel and Palestine flags from their ground, after initially leaving the competition out of changes sent to Premier League and EFL clubs.

Chelsea are seeking to rebuild relationships with leading agents following a turbulent summer in which many intermediaries reported frustrations in dealing with the club’s hierarchy.

Australia could be granted hosting rights to the 2029 Club World Cup by FIFA in return for stepping aside from the contest to host the 2034 World Cup in favour of Saudi Arabia.


Mikel Arteta has revealed Pep Guardiola sent him a congratulatory message after Arsenal beat Manchester City before the international break.


Todd Boehly’s chaotic transfer activity is again under fire after the agent of Mohammed Kudus branded Chelsea’s summer pursuit of the star “ridiculous”.


Dimitar Berbatov is convinced Wayne Rooney will manage Manchester United at some point during his career and is “preparing for the day the phone rings” from Old Trafford.


Raphael Varane returned to training on Thursday ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Sheffield United this Saturday.

Bournemouth and USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams is expected to be sidelined until well into the new year after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

Liverpool have been boosted by the return of Cody Gakpo to training ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Barcelona have announced they will wear shirts featuring rock band The Rolling Stones’ logo for this month’s Clasico against Real Madrid as part of their sponsorship deal with Spotify.

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor has joined those questioning the current format of the Women’s Champions League.

Leeds United manager Daniel Farke has questioned whether Archie Gray’s volume of playing time for the England Under-19s is beneficial for his development.

Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish has called for tougher salary control in women’s football.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said “there are no grounds” for him to be investigated over the club’s €7.3m payments to a former referees’ chief.


AC Milan have raised concerns over the welfare of one of their players, Emil Roback, after his loan club IFK Norrkoping confirmed he has gone missing.

Jamal Musiala is set to open talks with Bayern Munich over a new contract amid plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.

Newcastle are considering a shock loan move for Chelsea’s Andrey Santos in January to replace Sandro Tonali, but that would need the Blues to cut short his spell with Nottingham Forest, where he has barely featured.


The teenage leg spinner Rehan Ahmed is one of 20 England players to receive a multi-year central contract across all formats, worth up to £900,000 a year, and is expected to add to his single Test cap in India in January.


Borna Barisic’s future at Rangers remains uncertain and Dinamo Zagreb could take advantage with Nottingham Forest not thought to be in for the defender.

Celtic target Andriy Lunin has left the door open for a Real Madrid exit as the goalkeeper admitted he wants to ramp up his game time.

Craig Moore insists Rangers’ hunt for a director of football has taken far too long, and revealed he feared it proved costly when Michael Beale was first appointed.

Steven Naismith expects his Scotland squad contenders to be hungry for club success for the remainder of the season as they look to secure their place in Steve Clarke’s Euro 2024 plans.


Top ref Andrew Dallas has revealed how he had to quit being an onfield official because of injury – and says becoming a VAR saved his career.

Ross McCausland is set to be offered a new contract by Rangers, it’s being claimed.

Alfredo Morelos faces question marks over his future at Santos after picking up a serious calf injury in training.