Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is 0-2 in his new gig and the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t exactly within touching distance. The latest defeat is a 5-0 blowout at Manchester City, and the immediate road ahead is sobering: at Manchester United and home to Chelsea. Following a trip to Newcastle, who is in form, the Eagles have matches vs. West Ham, at Spurs, and versus Everton.
The pre-match build-up to the bidding for English Premier League TV rights is in full swing. Soccer's bigwigs are betting that the next three-year broadcasting package will fetch even more than the current 5.1 billion pound ($6.9 billion) deal, most of which comes from the pockets of Rupert Murdoch-backed Sky Plc. They hope the content-hungry behemoths of Silicon Valley and Seattle will force the price to ever more ludicrous heights. Much like a noisy Sky Sports ad promising a rollicking goal fest, Manchester United Plc's vice chairman Ed Woodward says upstart bidders such as Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. have their eyes on Europe's gilded football stars. "I think they'll enter
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no plans to sacrifice any competition after Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola questioned the value of the Carabao Cup. Manchester United boss Mourinho suggested scrapping the cup could help English clubs be more competitive in Europe. The Portuguese tactician was backed by Manchester City counterpart Guardiola, who played down the significance of the competition.