Doom and Gloom For England as Cahill Ruled Out, Ferguson Spending Spree Hits Money Problems and RVP Shows He Is Still On Fire

The domestic season is now complete and the champions have been crowned but football fans don’t need to worry, there is a whole new reason that they can get behind the game that they love, the European Championships are about to begin and England are once again featuring!

The hopes and aspirations of the nation rest on the shoulders of new manager Roy Hodgeson but following the 1-0 win over Belgium last night, the expections for the nation have once again fallen following the performance that they witnessed yesterday.

England failed to overcome the Belgiums in a manner that showed the sort of winning strength that you would expect to see from a side that are going to have to beat strong European nations such as Germany, Holland and Spain.

Although the performance resulted in yet another close win and a clean sheet for goalkeeping number one Joe Hart of Manchester City, there was more worrying news to come from the fixture, the revelation that central defender Gary Cahill has been told that he will have to withdraw from the Euro’s selection due to a fractured jaw.

In other news, the Premier League may well be over for another season but the work never stops for the managers and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks like he will have a number of choices to make before the new term begins after news that the three targets that he wanted to add to his side are out of his price range.

Ferguson has made no secret of his desire to sign Luka Modric, Leighton Baines and Cheick Tiote as he looks to overcome his city rivals in the upcoming season but with news that he will have to spend £72 million, he will have to look elsewhere as the board fail to give him the financial backing he needs.

Maybe the Man United boss should now turn his attention to Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie who has once again fired out a warning to not only every European side that are taking part in the European Championships but also to his Premier League rivals after hitting a brace of goals in Holland’s demolition of a young looking Northern Ireland.

Van Persie has been on impressive form over the past 12 months and that has made him one of the most high profile strikers in the English game, opening him up to interest from a sea of elite clubs across the world.

With limited time left on his contract, will the European Championships be his chance to be able to secure a move away from Arsenal and a chance to be able to win one of the major domestic football titles or will he show his loyalty for the club in which he has grown and sign a new deal?

Chelsea Winning Desire To Be Put To Test In Munich and Capello To Take Helm?

Well the Champions League final is almost upon us and although many English football fans would love to see German side Bayern Munich capture the title once again, there are still some hopes that Chelsea will be able to add the one trophy that has eluded their trophy cabinet for so long to their collection after a poor season in the Premier League.

The Blues have had a rough time throughout the season, seeing their manager Andre Villas-Boas given his marching orders and results clearly going the wrong way for the London side but no one could have predicted that a former player would have the ability to rescue their season thus far and give them the chance to be able to compete for a title that any Premier League club would love to be contesting next week.

Roberto Di Matteo has stepped up from his coaching role and has shown that he has more than special powers to be able to calm the storm within the Stamford Bridge side following uncertainty towards the season ahead of the club but it seems that even a win in Munich would result in a step down from the managerial responsibilities entrusted to him by the club, a clear showing that the club are more concerned about the name at the helm than the results in which the current boss is able to generate.

Football gossip columns this morning have revealed that former England boss Fabio Capello has been tipped to take over Di Matteo following the closure of the season, saying that the Italian would be willing to take a 12 month placement while the London side wait out the year-long break that Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola has revealed that he intends to take away from the rat race but with the Italian showing that he can’t handle a changing room full of ‘expressive’ players during his time as the English national coach, surely the club should instead reward their current caretaker with a chance to be able to prove his worth throughout the upcoming season rather than upsetting the apple cart once again.

With the prospect of Champions League glory very much a reality for the club, they will have to look past the excitement and focus on the dangers that the German side possess, such as French international Franck Ribery and striker Mario Gomez, both of which have shown impressive form throughout the last 12 months.

With John Terry now confirmed as a spectator from the stands, the Chelsea boss will be looking to defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz to be able to offer the foundations on which the side will build from but with both players still only recently coming back from hamstring injuries and a lack of match time, surely the Germans will be looking to exploit the centre of the Chelsea defence with their frightening pace, of which they have in bucket loads?

You can expect to see Fernando Torres being left on the bench for the start of this one in our eyes, the scoring record of powerhouse striker Didier Drogba seems enough to edge him out in front of the Spaniard in terms of the selection process and with the Ivory Coast international looking likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, he will have a point to prove as he looks to show that he can still offer quality at the highest level of club football possible.

Will the Blues be able to make a new addition to their club history with the UEFA Champions League trophy being added to their growing number of cup trophies or will they experience the painful experience of losing the in final all over again?

Ferguson Loses Cool as Mancini Wins Mind Games, Chelsea Rumoured To Be Looking At Harry and England Choose Roy

No one can honestly have expected to have witnessed such a game as the Manchester derby from Monday night this week, the two heavyweights of the Premier League fighting it out to take or retain the number one position in the title race and yet the game produced very little in the way of action when you look at the red side of the city.

United not only failed to even hit the target with one shot but at times they looked shakey and their performances showed sparks of the defensive lock down that Chelsea were able to display when they played in the Champions League semi final against Barcelona last week, just the Manchester based side failed to win.

We have become used to the consistent mind games that Premier League managers try to perform on their rivals ahead of big matches, each claiming that their opponents are the number one contenders and that they have to be considered the underdogs as they enter into the match, but often nothing more spans from those conversations and the game tends to serve up some tasty football action for all to see, not Monday night!

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was seen to clearly lose his head as he disagreed with actions that his counterpart, Roberto Mancini, had made following a tackle on one of the United players and the little angry Scot was only too happy show the Italian that he was not about to accept that from him.

The two Premier League bosses had to be held apart by coaching staff and the fourth official as they both mouthed complete garbage at each other for what could be seen as the most exciting moment of the match, something that shows just how poor the game really was to watch.

Speaking out after the game, Ferguson stood firmly behind his actions, honestly digging deep into his excuses store to mutter that it was Mancini that had sparked the row as “he was saying stuff to me all game”, the sort of excuse that you would expect to hear on the school playing fields, not the Premier League showcase that we were watching.

Neither of the managers have been told that they will face charges for their little show but I have to say that if the governing bodies want to cut out that sort of thing from the game, you have two examples that you should be making examples of and it would offer a much bigger loss with both clubs now locked on the same points with just two games to go…

Meanwhile in London, talk is breaking that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is hot on the trail of Spurs boss Harry Redknapp following the news that he will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer in exchange for the top position with the English national side.

The Russian seems keen to have a well known manager put into control of his side for the upcoming season but with Roberto di Matteo continuing to steer the club to the points that they need so badly, surely he is looking further afield than he needs to?

Finally for today, England have appointed West Brom manager Roy Hodgson as the new England manager, an appointment that has split the nation and one that will be very interesting to see played out.

Hodgson has a track record of successes throughout his career but whether he really is the right man for the job is still to be seen, I mean we have all seen the huge amount of work that he will have on his hands if he is looking to kick off his first tournament in charge in a good, winning fashion.

The news that he has signed a four year contract with the Football Association is a complete shock, not in relation to the name on that contract but purely due to the length of the contract after so many managers before have been given their marching orders years before they were due to finish their term, costing the FA millions in compensation.