Hello there and welcome to Friday. Hope you’re well. It makes me very happy that the end of the week is upon us. I’ve been extremely tired this week and I’ve really struggled to get out of the bed most days. I’m looking forward to getting a bit of extra sleep tonight. I struggled to get up today as well, and I’m a bit late again. I don’t really know why I’ve been so bad lately. I’m not the best at getting up in the mornings anyway, but this week has been worse than usual. I think I need a holiday!
Anyway, the FA Cup final is almost here. I’ll have build-up to that throughout the day tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to the game, as I quite like the FA Cup. It’s played down an awful lot, and a lot of people seem to think it means nothing, but I still think it’s special. Maybe it’s not special enough for some people, like the Chelsea board who will probably sack Antonio Conte even if he wins it, but I think it should be appreciated a bit more.
As you might expect, we’re a little bit short of football news since the Premier League season is over. There were some words from Cesc Fabregas yesterday about the FA Cup final, which you can read here if you’re interested. Everton and West Ham are looking for new managers after Sam Allardyce was sacked and David Moyes’ contract wasn’t renewed. Allardyce leaving doesn’t surprise me, but I thought Moyes may stay on after doing a decent job for the few months he was there.
Marco Silva is the favourite to take over at Everton. They were heavily linked with him earlier in the season when they sacked Ronald Koeman, and chased him when he was at Watford. Watford weren’t willing to let him go, but Silva never said he didn’t want to leave and Watford fell apart after he didn’t commit himself to the job. I think that’s something Everton have to be wary of, because he has shown he isn’t loyal to his club. If he does go to Everton, and a bigger club want to bring him in, he’ll more than likely want to leave there as well. We’ll see how it goes, but he has shown he can do a good job and he would probably be a very good appointment.
Ex-Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite for the West Ham job. He’s currently managing over in China, at Hebei China Fortune. His wages are said to be a stumbling block for West Ham, as he makes quite a lot of money in China, as you might expect. There was a report yesterday that said West Ham are interested in taking Rafa Benitez from Newcastle. He reportedly has a £6m release clause in his contract, and West Ham are considering paying it, so the report said. I think that could be an interesting one. Benitez has shown that he is a top, top manager, and it could be a great appointment.
Benitez only has one year left on his contract, and he hasn’t signed a new one because he wants to know what’s going to happen with the club going forward. With all the speculation around whether Mike Ashley will sell the club or not, Benitez may look for a way out. If the club isn’t sold this summer, we may see limited funds available to him to strengthen the squad again. Benitez is surely frustrated with that, and may look to leave. It’s all just speculation at the moment though, and nobody really knows. Newcastle really need to tie him down to a new deal though.
It’ll be interesting to see who goes where though. It looks like Mikel Arteta will be the new Arsenal boss, which is a risk for the Gunners but one that may pay off. Everton will likely go with Marco Silva, and the West Ham one is a bit interesting. Southampton will more than likely keep Mark Hughes there, as he did a great job and kept them up when he came in. Chelsea will also more than likely be on the hunt for a new boss, with Conte likely to leave. Luis Enrique and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri are linked with the job, but that’s something we can look at in more detail if and when Conte does leave.
Anyway, that’s it from me for now. I’ll be back in the morning with a preview of tomorrow’s FA Cup final. I hope to have plenty of build-up to that throughout the day. Have a good Friday.