Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea future could depend on European qualification – Paper Talk

Plus: Bernardo Silva is set to leave Manchester City for Barcelona; West Ham are in talks over appointing Julen Lopetegui; Erik ten Hag must take a 25 per cent pay cut if Man Utd miss out on the Champions League; Howard Webb is set to meet Nottingham Forest chiefs

The top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s newspapers…


Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea future is hanging in the balance after Tuesday’s 5-0 defeat by Arsenal, with European qualification believed to be a key factor in whether he will keep his job for next season.

Formula 1 is likely to increase the number of drivers who earn points at each race from 10 to 12 from next season to give the less-successful teams something to fight for.

  • Transfer Centre LIVE!
  • Stream Sky Sports with NOW | Get Sky Sports
  • Get Sky Sports with WhatsApp | Download the Sky Sports app


Bernardo Silva has decided to leave Manchester City this summer and complete a long-awaited move to Barcelona.

West Ham are in talks with former Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui after seemingly being duped by highly-rated Sporting boss Ruben Amorim.

Erik ten Hag will be forced to take a 25 per cent pay cut at Manchester United should the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.


Referees’ chief Howard Webb will hold peace talks with Nottingham Forest’s owners this week at which the VAR audio of their three penalty appeals in Sunday’s controversial defeat at Everton will be played to the club.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Everton’s win against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League

Chelsea would run the risk of a dressing room backlash if they sacked Mauricio Pochettino as manager.

Graham Potter could be in Amsterdam to finalise a return to management with Ajax on Thursday following talks with the Eredivisie club, according to reports.


Chelsea have reportedly made contact with RB Leipzig for star defender Castello Lukeba after shipping five goals against Arsenal.


Tiger Woods will receive an email from Sawgrass HQ informing him that he will receive up to $100m in equity for staying loyal to the PGA Tour, with Rory McIlroy benefitting possibly to the tune of $50m for not joining LIV.

Ronan O’Gara is open to coaching France in the future, emphasising that he wants to win a Rugby World Cup with either Ireland or his adopted country.

Jamie Overton’s hopes of becoming England’s big-hitting bolter for June’s T20 World Cup are hanging by a thread due to a back issue.


Xavi will remain as Barcelona’s head coach on a contract that runs until the end of June 2025 after reversing his decision to leave the club this summer.


Rangers captain James Tavernier will reportedly be offered a move to the Saudi Pro League this summer by Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq.

Cremonese midfielder Charles Pickel reportedly wants a move to Celtic after he was ‘offered’ to the Hoops as an option.

What’s live on Sky Sports?

See what’s on Sky Sports right now or check the TV guide for today’s live sport on Sky Sports, including dates, times and channels.

Keep track of live football today and see which games from the Premier League, Championship, Scottish Premiership, WSL and more are live on Sky.

Ad content | Stream Sky Sports on NOW

Stream Sky Sports live with no contract on a Month or Day membership on NOW. Instant access to live action from the Premier League, EFL, F1, England Cricket and so much more.

Get Sky Sports on WhatsApp!

You can now start receiving messages and alerts for the latest breaking sports news, analysis, in-depth features and videos from our dedicated WhatsApp channel!

Find out more here…


No votes yet.
Please wait...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *