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Some manager news from our man in the know.

Former Olympiakos head coach Pedro Martins has turned down the chance to take over at Hull City. The Portuguese attended the club’s win over Wigan on Wednesday after holding talks with the club. He was offered a two-a-half-year deal with the option for a further years.

Martins flew back to Portugal on Thursday morning before deciding against accepting the role. He is keen on the vacancy at Wolves.

Thanks Luke. Steven Gerrard spoke earlier about Steve Cooper being given more time and that’s now come to pass. Here’s more from Gerrard on Aston Villa’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Monday night, including team news.

Villa are set to be without Ludwig Augustinsson after the defender was sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in the goalless draw at 10-man Leeds last weekend.

The visitors are unbeaten in their last three fixtures and Gerrard has demanded his squad continue to improve in order to move up from 14th in the table.

The Villa boss, who expects Matty Cash and Calum Chambers to return from injury on Monday, added: “There’s been an improvement, but what I will say is we need to keep striving for more improvement and better results.

“I felt as if the weekend was a missed opportunity to take maximum points, not just on the back of them going down to 10 men, but on the back of the opportunities we created. We did enough to win that game.

“We’ve got another opportunity against Forest to go away and try and build on our recent performances and try to get an away win. If we do, we’ll creep closer to where we want to be.

“Recent performances have given us a platform but there’s no one on the inside at Villa who thinks we’re there. We know we’ve got to keep pushing in every way, shape and form.” (PA Media)

I’m off for a break – David Tindall is into the hot seat for the next while.

Bayern Munich will be without attacking midfielder Thomas Müller for Saturday’s Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund but team mate Joshua Kimmich has been ruled fit. The pair had tested positive for Covid-19 last week but both returned negative tests on Friday after their mandatory five day-isolation ended.

Germany international Müller, however, was still having some cold-like symptoms, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said on Friday.

“Both are (Covid-19) free but Thomas still has some cold-like symptoms and he won’t be in the squad. It is still too early for him to travel with us. He is not 100%,” Nagelsmann said. “Josh does not feel anything and all his values are high. We will wait for the last training and see what makes sense after five days. I assume he will travel with us.”

Bayern are in third place in the Bundesliga on 15 points as many as fourth-placed Dortmund. Union Berlin and Freiburg lead the title race on 17. Nagelsmann will also have France winger Kingsley Coman back after a month out with a hamstring injury.

Thomas Müller (left), who has been suffering with Covid-19, and the Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann.
Thomas Müller (left), who has been suffering with Covid-19, and the Bayern Munich head coach Julian Nagelsmann. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

“He is fit and he overcame the stress tests. He is not a candidate to start … but he can play 30 or 40 minutes.” Both teams are going into Der Klassiker with midweek wins in the Champions League group stage. Bayern beat Viktoria Plzen 5-0 while Dortmund earned a 4-1 away win at Sevilla.

“Dortmund are a good team. They added some good players, lost some good ones too but they built a good team,” Nagelsmann said. “Especially when they defend deep and they can then hit you on the break. We saw that against Sevilla. They are playing a good season and it will be a good game. But what is important is that we are winners in the end,” he added. (Reuters)

Really refreshing from Forest,” says Sanguine66 of the Cooper contract news. “They looked doomed already, but Cooper has a terrific record and his boss has rewarded him for that. Also in a sense represents the owners taking their share of responsibility for the longer-term transfer strategy. Good to see.”

Romeo Beckham, son of David, is training with Brentford’s B team after the end of the Major League Soccer Next Pro season. The 20-year-old is contracted to Inter Miami II, the reserve team of Inter Miami, the MLS club founded by his father in 2018, but is in London after the end of his season in the United States.

Bournemouth will be without captain Lloyd Kelly when they host Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday. The defender, who has been out for a month with an ankle problem, is making encouraging progress but the visit of the Foxes comes too soon.

Summer signing Joe Rothwell (quad) and midfielder Ben Pearson (knee) are back in full training and nearing action while Junior Stanislas and Ryan Fredericks are also expected to recover from knocks soon. Leicester are without Wilfried Ndidi and Nampalys Mendy.

Ndidi aggravated a hamstring injury in Monday’s 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest and is set to be out for a few weeks while Mendy has a knee injury and will miss this weekend’s clash. Full-backs Ricardo Pereira (achilles) and Ryan Bertrand (knee) remain long-term absentees for the Foxes. (PA Media)

The second entry here, by Chris Lees, is also well worth a look, ending as it does with the following line:

“I’m in the middle of thousands of Villa fans who are abusing my team, having wet myself. The magic of the FA Cup.”

And here, by a reader named Hyndlandia, is a quite brilliant account of an ill-fated trip to a sub-zero Bundesliga encounter in 2010, which was a BTL comment on the original article:

“A stag weekend in Berlin in January 2010 took us to the Olympiastadion for Hertha vs Borussia Mönchengladbach. Berlin was gripped by a winter the like of which I’d never experienced before, and things were equally bleak on the pitch. We were colossally, spectacularly hungover from the night before, and the temperature on matchday peaked at a balmy -12; I’m not sure the sun rose at all that day.

“Our stag – rather ill-advisedly dressed as Jurgen Klinsmann – had been harassed by some local ne’er-do-wells on the way to the ground, taking exception to his outfit and mistaken in their belief that he was, underneath the blonde wig, actually Turkish. Inside the half-empty ground, our hair-of-the-dog beers froze before we could drink them; we resorted to taking turns with a penknife to chisel shards from the ice. Some of party took to doing shuttle runs up and down the stairs in at attempt to stay warm. Others – having managed to drink enough beer-popsicle to require a visit to the facilities – didn’t come back for the second half; we afterwards discovered that they’d found a lukewarm water-pipe in the bowels of the stadium and clustered round it for protection from the cold.

“Matters on the pitch were trivial in the face of the weather, but for the record – and to the surprise of absolutely no-one – the game finished 0-0. I recall almost nothing as almost nothing happened. I don’t believe there was a single effort on target, and that includes the late Gladbach penalty which was scuffed harmlessly and pathetically wide.”

The Olympiastadion: Cold.
The Olympiastadion: Cold. Photograph: Stefan Matzke/sampics/Corbis/Getty Images

Here’s the original “My least favourite game” for those needing:

In a continuation of our successful “My Least Favourite Game” series – thanks to you, dear readers, for sending us your accounts of the worst experiences you’ve had at the football:

A bit more from Klopp, pouring praise on Mikel Arteta: “Really, really good job … when you need some time nobody wants to give you time, and maybe not all of us deserve time, you have to be good to use the time … I have to say really lots of respect [for the job Arteta has done] … I spoke to [Martin] Ødegaard when he was 15 and when the whole world wanted him … he decided to go to Madrid. He became the player everybody expected … [Bukayo] Saka, incredible, and Gabriel Jesus, in a fixed No 9 shirt … it’s a young team, an exciting team, and they are in the position they are [top of the league] it’s well deserved. We will try to cause them problems, I think that makes sense, eh?”

Martin Ødegaard, aged 16, after signing for Real Madrid.
Martin Ødegaard, aged 16, after signing for Real Madrid. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Steve Cooper signs new Nottingham Forest deal

Amid all the speculation, and the terrible recent run of results … Steve Cooper has signed a new contract at Nottingham Forest, until 2025. That’s a great show of faith from the club following their first promotion to the top flight in 23 years. And it certainly gives him time to bed in those players they brought in over the summer.

Nottingham Forest is delighted to announce that Head Coach Steve Cooper has signed a new contract with the Club until 2025.

— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) October 7, 2022

Ralph Hasenhüttl has promised Southampton fans his side will show no fear on Saturday against Premier League champions Manchester City.

Three straight league defeats have cranked up the pressure on the Saints head coach, with speculation mounting over his future before a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Hasenhüttl said: “The message is a very clear one. We have had three very tight games, which we lost with one goal difference and, especially in the last one, we had a much higher chance of winning than the opponent.

“But we didn’t do it and this is what we have to learn. We see that the progress is there, but the Premier League is tough, we know this. We are going there and you can be sure we are not scared when we go to Man City and we want to show we are a brave team and hopefully a successful one.” (PA Media)

Neto injured, again,” comments PSmd. “Pity, before that other injury he was looking like he was set for top level, like a potential Mahrez or Salah replacement. Hope he still is.”

Pedro Neto woe.
Pedro Neto woe. Photograph: Jack Thomas/WWFC/Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Getty Images
Suzanne Wrack

Suzanne Wrack

Megan Rapinoe and her teammates are “emotionally exhausted” after the release of the Sally Yates report into emotional and sexual abuse in the NWSL, but she added that the US women’s national team are used to shouldering off-field burdens.

Megan Rapinoe says she is ‘exhausted’ after horrifying NWSL abuse report – video

The Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said the main issue holding back his side was a lack of intensity after they had to fight back from a goal down to beat Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in Europa League.

United trailed 1-0 at half time before Marcus Rashford, with a double, and Anthony Martial scored in the second half to inspire their comeback. The win came four days after United were thrashed 6-3 by Manchester City in the Premier League.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in opera singer mode.
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United in opera singer mode. Photograph: MB Media/Getty

“We have to carry on and every time learn the lessons and give the maximum, because only good for me is good enough – and at this moment, by far, we are not that good,” Ten Hag told reporters. “We have seen on Sunday and we have to do much better. I think the main problem is, and that is what we did in games before much better – intensity.

“We have to bring every game the intensity on the pitch. That was the big difference between City and us, so that is the demand to our squad, to all of our players, you have to take responsibility for that.” (Reuters)

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Klopp continued: “We have to be good until we are outstanding. From here go and go and go, improve … we have to perform. The body language was good [against Rangers] and now things have to be really good again on Sunday.

“We have to defend the shit out of everybody we face, and that’s why we ues the word rubbish.”

(I didn’t quite catch Klopp’s previous use of the word ‘rubbish’, so I am not entirely sure what he means there, but will try and clear it up once I’ve seen more quotes.)

Wolves’ Neto needs ankle surgery and will be out until next year

Ben Fisher

Ben Fisher

Not great news for Wolves or Portugal this morning, with winger Pedro Neto ruled out of the World Cup and sidelined until next year because he requires ankle surgery after straining ankle ligaments in defeat by West Ham last weekend. It is another blow for Wolves, who are already without Raúl Jiménez and Sasa Kaladjzic for their trip to Chelsea on Saturday. Nathan Collins and captain Ruben Neves are also both suspended. Academy coaches Steve Davis and James Collins will lead the team at Stamford Bridge but Wolves hope to have a new man in charge soon.

A football fan died in Argentina and the match between Gimnasia La Plata and Boca Juniors was abandoned on Thursday after teargas fired by police outside the venue drifted into the stadium and made it difficult for players and spectators to breathe.

Klopp gives an injury update: “Curtis Jones was in training yesterday … he’s closest … nothing new about Naby [Keita] and Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] are still a little bit away. One new injury is Arthur Melo, in the last session before the Rangers game … he just injured a muscle … we have to wait for further assessment.

“Robbo [Andy Robertson] is running a lot, looks like he’s close, but probably Curtis is closest.”

The Liverpool gaffer, Jürgen Klopp, is speaking to the media now before Sunday’s seismic clash with Arsenal. The hottest lines coming up shortly.

The Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard believes Steve Cooper must be given time to turn Nottingham Forest’s fortunes around. Gerrard’s Villa face bottom-of-the-table Forest on Monday night, with Cooper facing a fight to save his job following five consecutive Premier League defeats.

“To sign so many new players in one window is unique,” said Gerrard ahead of his side’s trip to the City Ground. “I’ve never seen it or heard it before. From where I am, to think about how you’d deal with that and manage that, it would be extremely tough and challenging.

“He [Cooper] deserves the time for that to settle, for them to get used to the club, and how Steve plays. That takes time.” (PA Media)

Erling Haaland is banging them in like Franny Jeffers in his pomp. Here’s a piece about the Norwegian goal machine, and Premier League records:

Suzanne Wrack

Suzanne Wrack

Midway up the stands inside Wembley, the signage flashes with “European v world champions”. The buildup to England’s showdown with the USA has been overshadowed, rightly, by the weight of the findings of the Sally Yates report into abuses in women’s football in the States and the burden of it on the US players, but the narrative of the match itself is hugely exciting.

Sport-washing latest from Newcastle – the head coach Eddie Howe has been speaking, and says it’s down to the Premier League to decide who can and can’t own Premier League clubs. This is from PA Media:

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has insisted he put his faith in the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test as he considered the club’s offer of employment. Howe was offered the job of head coach by the Magpies’ new Saudi-backed owners, who completed their takeover a year ago on Friday, prompting criticism as a result of the Gulf state’s human rights record.

However, asked if he understood why some people were uncomfortable with that, he said: “Yes, I do and I understand the question. But for me, the directors’ and owners’ test ratified by the Premier League, I have to have faith in that process. Obviously I’ve been the decision-maker behind where some of that money has gone, and I’ve looked at it purely from a football perspective trying to recruit the best players for Newcastle.”

Asked how he dealt with that focus on a day-to-day basis, Howe added: “I’ve said this right from day one – it’s always about the football for me. If I veer too far from that and I go into areas of the club that won’t benefit my players or the team, then I’m not going to do my players justice. “Everything for me is about trying to get the best out of the players that I have every single day, and hopefully that shows when we play. I’ve never veered too far from that in my management career and I think that’s vitally important for me.”

A minute’s applause will take place before Tottenham’s match at Brighton on Saturday in memory of fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone. Spurs confirmed on Thursday morning the highly respected Italian had died at the age of 61.

Ventrone had joined the club last November alongside manager Antonio Conte and was described as a “hugely popular figure with players and staff” in a statement to confirm his death. Tottenham have now revealed plans to pay their respects to the experienced coach, with players from both clubs wearing black armbands at Brighton while further tributes will occur in next week’s home fixture with Eintracht Frankfurt.

The late Gian Piero Ventrone.
The late Gian Piero Ventrone. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

“Following yesterday’s sad news, we can confirm that we shall pay our respects to Gian Piero Ventrone at Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium,” a club statement read. “Our squad will warm up in t-shirts that pay tribute to our late fitness coach, while players on both sides will wear black armbands as a mark of respect. There will also be a minute’s applause ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off.

“We shall look to further honour Gian Piero at Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, our first home match since his passing. Our thoughts continue to be with his family and friends at this sad time.” (PA Media)

If you were busy having a life last night and missed the football, here are some match reports:

A bit of breaking Chelsea news: Wesley Fofana looks set to be out for around a month, maybe six weeks, with the knee injury he suffered in the win against Milan on Wednesday. There were fears he may have badly damaged his ligaments so Graham Potter will take it, no doubt:

Preamble

England Lionesses return to action at Wembley this evening for the first time since their famous Euro 2022 final triumph against Germany at the end of July. Each and every ticket for the friendly match against the world champions was snapped up inside 24 hours of going on sale, and excitement will doubtless build through the day as we move closer the 8pm kick-off.

The Premier League programme kicks off with Newcastle v Brentford at 3pm tomorrow and the weekend’s action includes a tasty match-up between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday.

QPR v Reading is this evening’s fixture in the Championship – there’s a full dose of EFL action and football all across Europe, too. Team news and previews coming up, but let’s start with 10 thing to look out for in the Premier League this weekend:

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