Pardew "on borrowed time": The Daily Mirror reports that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is aware his position at St James' Park is under threat - and that it is "inevitable" that director of football Joe Kinnear will replace him. The paper quotes "influential Magpies fan" Steve Wraith, who is the spokesman for the NUFC Fans United Group and editor of the club's No.9 fanzine, and who is sure Kinnear is the only man who will take over if Pardew is sacked.
Paper Round's view: Wraith's logic is easy to buy into: Newcastle's poor start to the season would understandably raise questions about Pardew's future, and with Mike Ashley having already undermined him by bringing in bringing back ex-boss Kinnear - who also approached Mick Harford in the summer to be his assistant - it wouldn't take a great leap of faith to see things panning out as predicted. The source, at least, appears to be well connected to get his information - "I am privy to certain conversations he (Pardew) has had with certain people," Wraith said.
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Liverpool secrets to be unveiled: The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool face potentially awkward exposure at an employment tribunal scheduled for October 16. A former club chauffeur is set to spill the beans on internal goings-on at the club as he seeks recompense for losing his job. Dave Sloan is said to have blown the whistle at alleged club malpractice, the report claims, while Liverpool have declined to comment. No mention of why Sloan lost his job is made.
Paper Round's view: After the documentary Being: Liverpool and the extra press (most of it negative) surrounding Luis Suarez, probably the last thing the club needs is further revelations about the way the club is run. Unless they've done nothing wrong, of course.
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FIFA investigator heads to London: The Guardian reports that the FIFA ethics committee chief who is leading an inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes has contacted Andy Anson, the chief executive of England's failed bid to host in 2018. Anson will meet Michael Garcia, the former Interpol vice-president, as he investigates a range of corruption allegations surrounding the World Cup bidding process, but before he does, Anson wants clarity over the inquiry's aims.
Paper Round's view: The fact that there are concerns over the way the investigation into bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups is being conducted suggests an even bigger balls-up than the original process itself. We all know the whole thing was a mess, but it's set to get even more messy.
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