Some managers will be looking upon the FA Cup as welcome relief and a pleasant distraction from the pressures and stresses of the Premier League. The likes of Avram Grant, Gerard Houllier and Roy Hodgson could really do with a confidence boosting win this weekend, in order to kick-start their respective campaigns.
In the papers this morning there have been a mixed bag of stories that includes Ancelotti laughing off Chelsea protest; Pires’ fear for Aston Villa, while Roberto Mancini is full of praise for Sven Goran Eriksson.
Ancelotti laughs off Chelsea protest – Guardian
We need new boss window – Sun
West Ham try to hijack Bridge move – Daily Telegraph
Beckham set to join Spurs this weekend – Guardian
Mancini full of praise for Eriksson – Daily Telegraph
Wenger leads backlash after Blatter announces winter World Cup in Qatar – Daily Mail