Chelsea manager Damian Willoughby sacked for ‘inappropriate messages’ – Paper Talk | Transfer Center News


All the headline stories and transfer rumors from Wednesday’s national papers…


Chelsea have sacked commercial director Damian Willoughby over a series of ‘inappropriate messages’ sent to football financial agent Catalina Kim which put a multi-million pound investment project at risk.

Chelsea will reopen talks with candidates for the club’s sporting director job this week with Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten and Leeds United’s Victor Orta reportedly being discussed.

The number of venues in England competing to host matches at Euro 2028 has been reduced to 10, with Arsenal, Leeds United and Leicester City already ruled out.


Bayern Munich and France defender Benjamin Pavard has hinted he could be interested in a move to the Premier League where both Chelsea and Manchester United are keen.

Sven Botman has withdrawn from the Netherlands U21 squad because he wants to focus on securing a regular place in Newcastle’s roster.

Newcastle’s Sven Botman has withdrawn from the Netherlands U21 squad

A football manager at the heart of an astonishing blackmail case is being investigated by the Football Association after a failed trial last week when he refused to give evidence against those he accused.

Aminata Diallo reportedly searched online for ‘how to break a kneecap’ and ‘a dangerous drug cocktail’ before an attack was carried out on her former PSG teammate Kheira Hamraoui.

World Cup football fans in Qatar will only be able to buy non-alcoholic beer during and at half-time during matches in the winter tournament.

Brazilian great Roberto Carlos has revealed he agreed to a move to Chelsea in 2007 and only needed to sign the contract before the deal fell apart.

Former Chelsea youngster Miro Muheim has revealed he was comically dropped from the Hamburg squad after spending too much time in the toilet and arriving late for a training session.

James Rodriguez could be set for a tricky third meeting with Rafa Benitez who is linked with a role at his new club Olympiakos.


A senior sports official has spoken of an endemic culture of bribery and corruption in the Olympic movement, saying he was involved in paying bribes to IOC members to secure taekwondo’s place games.

Premier League clubs are embroiled in disputes over how much each team should contribute to the extra money for the EFL, with the big six wanting it to be split equally but smaller clubs wanting them to pay more due to their additional income from European competition.

Fifty LIV Golf players have written to the President of the Official World Golf Rankings requesting retrospective points and warning of a conflict of interest between governors.


Former West Ham striker Andriy Yarmolenko has called on all sports governing bodies to follow football’s lead and ban Russia from competing at international level.

Migrant workers in Qatar continue to suffer living in poor conditions just two months before the World Cup kicks off.


ORLANDO, FL - JULY 23: Chelsea striker Christian Pulisic (10) during the match between Chelsea and Arsenal on July 23, 2022 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Christian Pulisic said he was disappointed with Thomas Tuchel in the Champions League final

Christian Pulisic has revealed he was disappointed with former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel after he was benched in the latter stages of their Champions League-winning campaign in 2020-21.


Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham and France captain Hugo Lloris to be his first signing if he is confirmed as Nice’s new manager.

Bruno Fernandes has revealed he was ‘really angry’ when a potential move to Tottenham fell through months before his possible transfer to Manchester United was completed.


Tottenham and England defender Eric Dier is so concerned about fan behavior in English football that he has banned his mother from attending away games.

Lisandro Martinez and Cristian Romero have been stranded in the UK due to delays in their US entry visas caused by the closure of the US Embassy during the mourning of Queen Elizabeth II.


Christian Eriksen has revealed he was disappointed to hear mockery from Brentford fans when he returned to the club with Manchester United earlier this season.

Former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez offers Fernando Torres a career as a manager after impressing him during a recent coaching course.

Fabio Cannavaro is set to take his first job in Italy after agreeing to become the next head coach of the Serie B side Benevento.

Memphis Depay insists he’s enjoying life at Barcelona after rejecting the chance to join Chelsea this summer.

The government is accused of helping to strip the assets of crisis club Worcester Warriors after Sport England approved the transfer of ownership of their stadium to a new company which retains its revenue.

Love Island’s Jacques O’Neill has been offered a return to rugby league after being approached to represent his home county of Cumbria when they face Jamaica in a World Cup warm-up next month.


Former Russian F1 driver Nikita Mazepin has said he has no interest in racing under a neutral flag.


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