Newcastle's Chance Of Winning The Premiership?

Last updated : 25 January 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

... it looks like changes at the top for both Manchester United and Chelsea, and perhaps THEN we could be in the ball park!

There is trouble at Chelsea. The "Special One" has suggested this is his last season at Stamford Bridge, and today Roman Abramovich reportedly wants Roberto Mancini to be the next Chelsea manager.

The former Sampdoria and Lazio star, who once enjoyed a spell as a player in the Premiership with Leicester City, is currently flavour of the month in Serie A. He bossed Inter to their first Scudetto since 1989 last season, even if it did only come by default after Juventus had their title stripped.

But Inter are top of the table on merit this season, having won 13 consecutive games. And now, with Jose Mourinho's future still the subject of much speculation, The Sun reports that the Blues are already thinking ahead.

As for Manchester United, captain Gary Neville has backed Blackburn manager Mark Hughes as a viable contender to replace Sir Alex Ferguson when he finally leaves Old Trafford. When that happens ... who knows ... but it can only be good news for the rest of the Premiership.

Ferguson performed a U-turn in 2002 after claiming he would retire at the end of the 2001/02 season and instead signed a new deal with the club.

Although there is no fixed date for his departure at the moment, the speculation over his successor is never far away and Neville's backing is sure to put Hughes' name firmly back in the frame.

Neville: "Playing with the likes of Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce you always thought they'd go on to be managers. Some may have thought one of them would be our next manager but I certainly didn't think Sparky [Hughes] would be a manager yet out of the three.

"He's probably now the most outstanding candidate for it. He really seems to have taken to to management."