From the Back Pages, October 8: Brendan Rodgers will be on FA shortlist for next England manager - if Roy Hodgson leaves

Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001
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Brendan Rodgers will be on a list of ‘home-grown’ managers the Football Association will consider should they decide against renewing Roy Hodgson’s contract. (The Telegraph)

Carlo Ancelotti has indicated that the Liverpool manager vacancy is a one-horse race. The Italian was immediately installed as the favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers alongside Jurgen Klopp when Liverpool announced on Sunday that they were seeking a new manager. (The Independent)

Sepp Blatter faces a humiliating 90-day suspension from office as Fifa’s anti-corruption investigations continue. (The Times)

Carlo Ancelotti expects Chelsea to keep faith in manager Jose Mourinho and has ruled out returning to work this season. (Daily Mail)

DINAMO ZAGREB midfielder Arijan Ademi has failed a doping test following the Champions League win over Arsenal last month. (The Express)

It has been apparent for a while that South Africa were going to top their pool, despite the mind-blowing uncertainty thrown up by their opening-round defeat to Japan. Sure enough they duly confirmed as much, completing their pool fixtures with the kind of unseemly rout of a lesser team the World Cup can’t hope to rid itself of quite yet. (The Guardian)

Two coaches in the dock, a training ground bust-up leaked to embarrass a third and a Twitter spat between James Haskell and a national hero - England’s World Cup campaign can’t end quickly enough. (The Mirror)

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