FORWARD THE GAME: Graham Potter faces an inquest from Brighton even if he avoids relegation this season … as Jose Mourinho hunts down a Tottenham mole responsible for negative stories
- Manager Graham Potter faces an inquest from Brighton at the end of the season
- Wayne Rooney’s relationship with Derby owner Mel Morris has grown tense
- Jose Mourinho is eager to find the mole behind negative Spurs stories
- Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is likely to be stripped of hosting rights to the euro
Manager Graham Potter faces an inquest from Brighton at the end of the season, even if he manages to keep the club in the Premier League for a fourth season.
Owner Tony Bloom is said to feel that Potter, 45, has underperformed during this campaign, given the amount of money he has invested in the squad.
Brighton are now in a relegation battle, although last weekend’s elaborate win over Newcastle bolstered their chances of survival.
Owner Tony Bloom is said to think that Graham Potter has underperformed this season
Although Potter’s job is not immediately threatened, he will be asked about his plans for the future
Bloom showed his ruthless side when he fired Chris Hughton two years ago the day after the season ended. Brighton had secured safety with two games left and also reached the FA Cup semi-finals.
Although Potter’s job is not immediately threatened, he will be asked how he intends to move the club forward. Potter still has a four-year contract and still enjoys the support of CEO Paul Barber, which will likely count in his favor.
Bloom was relentless in firing Chris Hughton the day after the season ended two years ago
ROONEY’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OWNER OF DERBY STRAINY
Wayne Rooney’s relationship with Derby owner Mel Morris has been strained following the collapse of Sheik Khaled’s proposed acquisition earlier this month.
The former England captain had been repeatedly assured that the sale of the club would go ahead before taking the manager’s job.
Wayne Rooney’s (R) relationship with Derby owner Mel Morris (L) has become tense
Uncertainty over club ownership has added to Rooney’s problems as he fights to keep Derby in the championship, with four players sold to raise money during the January transfer window and more likely to leave in the summer if Morris retains the lead.
Rooney has also dealt with players’ grievances this season for not getting paid on time several times this season.
JOSE IS ON ANOTHER MOLE YACHT
Tottenham has begun a mole hunt, with officials trying to identify players who may have been behind negative stories that have appeared in the media in recent weeks.
Manager Jose Mourinho was particularly unhappy last month reading complaints about his training sessions, which some players reportedly find boring and predictable.
Spurs launched a mole hunt to identify players who may have been behind negative stories
Jose Mourinho memorable accused unnamed Chelsea players of being ‘rats’ at Chelsea
The claims provoked an angry response from Mourinho, who described his methods as ‘second to none in the world’ after Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham.
Mourinho memorable accused the unnamed Chelsea players of being ‘rats’ towards the end of his second spell at Stamford Bridge six years ago amid frustration over leaks to the media.
PFA CHIEF EXECUTIVE CANDIDATES SHOCKED BY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Some of the candidates for the position of PFA’s general manager have expressed their surprise in private that their interviews do not include questions about racist abuse against social media players, especially since it has been such a big deal in the last 12 months.
Ex-Brighton forward Maheta Molango has been announced as the PFA’s preferred CEO candidate
One candidate himself brought up the topic by revealing that tackling online abuse would be one of his priorities, not least because about a third of PFA members have a BAME background.
Former Brighton striker Maheta Molango was announced as the preferred candidate last week, but the PFA has appointed lawyers to investigate the recruitment process after receiving formal complaints.
DUBLIN SET FOR EURO SNUB
Dublin’s Aviva Stadium is the most likely venue for European Championship hosting rights to be taken away when UEFA confirms their plans on April 7.
Dublin is the result of the third matches, but the Irish government’s exit from lockdown is slower than the UK’s due to the high infection rate and limited vaccinations, and they may not be able to guarantee UEFA that fans will be allowed into the stadiums.
The four games scheduled for Hampden Park are also under threat, but with UEFA’s Plan B moving them south of the border, the Scottish government is likely to allow some crowds.
Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will most likely be stripped of hosting rights for the euros