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All Things Footie | Monday, May 21 | Jordan

Royle My Arse.

Man City have sacked manager Joe Royle, the man who took city from the second division to the premiership in two seasons and then back down to the nationwide again has been booted out by an unhappy board. A superb nationwide manager, I'm sure he'll return to the game soon enough but he won't be buying Paulo Wanchope or George Weah again. I've never thought he was cut out for the top flight, give him a bit of cash and he'll buy you a load of expensive donkeys.

As reported yesterday Sylvain Wiltord has gone awol, after turning up late for training for the third time Wenger had a go, Wiltord left in a strop and it's thought Wenger will be happy to let him go for less than the �13m Arsenal paid Bordeaux less than a year ago.

In the meantime - highly rated Feynoord 'keeper Jerzy Dudek is thought to be a target for Wenger, the 28 year old was watched by the frugal Frenchman in their 2-2 draw with Utrecht. It's thought the regular Polish international will command a fee of about �5/6m.

Gus Poyet looks to be on the move, not guarenteed a place in Chelsea's starting line up and unhappy with the progress of the blues it seems he'll be joining Fulham or Spuds in the near future. If North London's holy man Hoddle can snap up Southampton's Dan Petrescu (as has been speculated), Poyet could favour the move to White Hart Lane as the pair are good friends ;)

West Ham look set to unveil Steve McLaren as their new manager at some point in the next couple of days, that'll please Fergie.....

Newcastle are apparently after Bastia's attacking midfielder Yann Lachuer, the ex-PSG playmaker will cost the magpies about �1.5m. Scouts from the Toon were originally looking at striker Pierre-Yves Andre but the highly rated Frenchman has agreed a move to Nantes and they don't want to come back empty handed.

And finally... remember Emmanuel Omoyimni? the West Ham striker who played when cup-tied, forcing a replay which the hammers subsequently lost? Well Sunderland are close to making a move for the (now at Oxford) forward offering in the region of �400,000 and a place in a premiership squad as opposed to third division.

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