Paper Round: FA may force Spurs to stay at Wembley all season

Paper Round: FA may force Spurs to stay at Wembley all season
Paper Round: FA may force Spurs to stay at Wembley all season

FA could for Spurs to stay at Wembley

There are problems mounting for Tottenham Hotspur over their new ground. The ground does not yet appear to be close to completion, and with their Boxing Day home fixture in doubt for the new stadium, the FA might act to make sure the rest of the season’s games take place at Wembley, too. While the FA are sympathetic to the problems Spurs are facing, they deserve fans, clubs and other parties deserve clarity over the rest of the season.

Tottenham's Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal with Harry KaneReuters

Paper Round’s view: Stadiums almost always complete past their original due date, due to the size and complexity of the building task. A few months is to be expect, but a full year is unlikely to have been budgeted for. With Spurs facing the extra costs of hiring a replacement stadium, and also those of having to pay for a longer construction, it could start to affect their transfer plans for the coming seasons.

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Pogba calls Mourinho truce

Paul Pogba has decided that he will not force a winter transfer move, and Jose Mourinho has decided to shelve all talk of the midfielder’s future to the end of the season. Pogba had tried to leave for Barcelona before the window shut in early August, but United refused to countenance a deal, and have made it clear that he will not be sold in January either. Pogba and Mourinho aim to see out the rest of the season together at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho speaks to Paul PogbaReuters

Paper Round’s view: United won’t be able to line up an impressive replacement until the summer, unless another star midfielder becomes unexpectedly available. Ed Woodward will want a big name to come in to please the sponsors and maintain the club’s brand. Having said that, if Zinedine Zidane is the man appointed for next season, then Pogba might well change his mind and simply ask for double his wages to stay.

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Sane dropped for poor performance

Pep Guardiola is calling for improved discipline from his players. The first victim of this is Leroy Sane, who was dropped by Guardiola because of his lacklustre displays in training. Benjamin Mendy has also been fined for turning up late to training. The Spanish manager has also put in place a ban of mobile phone use at the club, though players are able to use their devices in the dressing room.

Leroy Sané (Deutschland)Getty Images

Paper Round’s view: While Guardiola can cut a happy figure on the sidelines and in press conferences, he generally only does so when times are good. Reading books on his past behaviour, he still comes across as a disciplinarian in many respects, and wants to be successful above all else. Trying to focus his players on further improvement could upset some of them, but is not out of character for their coach.

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Nuno Santo monitored by United

Wolves boss Nuno Santo has seen his stock rise following promotion from the Championship, and now a decent side to their first Premier League campaign. He has reportedly been added to the shortlist of candidates to replace Jose Mourinho. Zinedine Zidane remains the favourite, though the club would still like to keep on Mourinho for the foreseeable future.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has moved to cool expectations for his Championship winners (Martin Rickett/PA)PA Sport

Paper Round’s view: Santo has done well, but it is bizarre to think he deserves a chance at a huge club after such a short time in England. Zidane, of course, has won three consecutive Champions League titles so is probably qualified. The worry is that Santo has a link with Jorge Mendes, and United don’t need any more seasons where the transfer scouting system is not based on what the club needs.

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