MANCHESTER CITY are set to appoint Pep Guardiola's old boss Juanma Lillo as their assistant manager.
Guardiola was briefly managed by the Spanish maestro during his six-month stint at Mexican outfit Dorados Sinaloa at the twilight of his career in 2006.
City did not replace Mikel Arteta when he left for the top job at the Emirates last December, but according to Marca and AS the club have eyed Lillo as replacement.
He recently parted ways Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai – where he had Yaya Toure in his squad – but he left during the lay off caused by coronavirus.
The 54-year-old has been a coach for 35 years, working with Sevilla, Chile, Real Sociedad, Almeria and Atletico Nacional where he has often had limited success.
The Spaniard has also held managerial jobs in Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Japan, where he coached Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Lukas Podolski at Vissel Kobe.
Guardiola has previously described Lillo as a "maestro" and regards him as one of the biggest influences on his career.
The City chief pinpoints his short-time in Mexico for spurring him onto a glittering coaching career with Barcelona.
The pair share a long-standing admiration for their hero Johan Cruyff who has influenced both their managerial styles and Guardiola views his former boss as a tactical idol.
In an interview in 2012 with Fifa, Lillo emotionally admitted: "Guardiola is like a son to me,
"He told me that he liked how my team played a lot and wanted to stay in touch. What began as a professional relationship developed into something much more."
Ironically his first game in the dug-out could be against Pep’s old assistant Arteta.
Liverpool legend Xabi Alonso had been touted for the No2 job at the Etihad in April.
The Spaniard visited City's training ground in 2018 to learn about the club's coaching methods and the Etihad boss backed him to become a top manager following his retirement.
Rodolfo Borrell, who is already part of City's coaching staff, has been acting as interim assistant coach and was also tipped for the job, but it seems the club would prefer to look for an external appointment.
Other possible options included club legend David Silva and Iniesta, but both are still playing so are unlikely to be swayed into the dug-out just yet.
MAN UTD are continuing their preparations for the return of the Premier League, and a likely clash with Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.
We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, Leverkusen's Kai Havertz and a potential cut-price deal for Raul Jimenez.
Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…
KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Andreas Periera shared a picture at home with his baby, while wearing compression shorts.
The Brazilian, 24, may see his gametime at United limited though, after the signing of Bruno Fernandes.
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HAIRLINE ON THE WAYNE
Wayne Rooney is back in training for Derby – sporting an impressive bushy beard and a thinning hairline.
This is despite spending thousands on hair transplants over the years.
The former Manchester United and England striker was put through his paces ahead of the Championship season resuming after the coronavirus suspension.
But lockdown didn't look like it had done much for his thinning scalp.
SunSport previously reported how the 34-year-old has spent as much as £30,000 on hair transplants.
He has also been accused of using a spray-on hair thickener during match games to cover up.
HAVE A LOOK IN
Kai Havertz wants guaranteed game time at his next club in order to consider his next move, according to reports.
The German attacking midfielder/forward, 20, has been linked with a series of big moves this summer.
And according to the MEN, Bayer Leverkusen would look to sell Havertz in the coming months because of financial difficulties as a knock-on effect of coronavirus.
United’s top transfer priority remains landing Jadon Sancho, while Jack Grealish is also a realistic option in midfield.
It remains to be seen whether United would have the funds to afford all three transfers though, with Chris Smalling earmarked to a permanent move to Roma for £25million.
JESSE'S NEW DO
Midfielder Jesse Lingard has been showing off his new locks as United players continue training.
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SERGE IN INTEREST
United remain favourites to sign Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, thanks to their title challenge in Italy.
That’s even though the club appear not to need him.
Here are Betfair's odds on potential clubs:
11-4- Man Utd
10-3- Real Madrid
15-2- Paris Saint-Germain
United hope to flog Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo to fund a transfer spree with Jadon Sancho their No1 priority, according to reports.
The Red Devils know it will take a huge bid of around £105million to land the Borussia Dortmund winger this summer, even with the financial impact of coronavirus.
But according to the Evening Standard, United know they face a tricky task raising the cash from player sales this summer.
All three players are out on loan this season, with Sanchez heading to Inter Milan.
But his massive £505,000-a-week wages mean it will be very difficult to find a club willing to pay out a significant transfer fee as well as come close to paying his salary – especially considering Sanchez turns 32 this year and has scored just three league goals since signing for United in January 2018.
Smalling, meanwhile, has enjoyed a fine season with Roma this term, racking up 28 appearances and winning over plenty of fans in Italy and the club hope for a £25m sale.
HE'S ON BRAND
United are set to offer Brandon Williams a bumper new deal following his breakthrough season.
The 19-year-old, who has played 12 times in the Premier League, currently pockets £4,000-per-week at Old Trafford.
But according to The Athletic, Williams is set for a huge payrise as part of the deal offered by United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are keen for his new contract to reflect his importance within the first-team.
Williams could see his wages multiply significantly to put him on par with some of his team-mates at Old Trafford.
In comparison, fellow left-back Luke Shaw rakes in £190,000-per-week and Diogo Dalot takes home £50,000.
WEATHER LOOKS TERRIBLE
Ander Herrera joked that it's like being back in Manchester during training in Zaragoza.
The PSG midfielder has been back in Spain since the cancellation of the French league.
The Spaniard, 30, posted on Instagram: “Rainy session, these days make me feel like back in Manchester”.
He added a wink face emoji, a rainy cloud and a football
Rashford replied: “Ah bro, get yourself back to Manchester. Weather looks terrible”.
Herrera said back: “All the best kid, smash it these 10-15 games left, I will be watching you.”
Rainy session, these days make me feel like back in Manchester 😜🌧⚽️
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WERNER TO LIVERPOOL 'EFFECTIVELY DONE'
Timo Werner’s agent has reportedly told Manchester United and Chelsea to stop wasting their time as the deal to take the German to Liverpool is effectively done.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry said: “Werner has agreed personal terms with Liverpool.
“On a five-year contract that will pay the player around £140,000-a-week.
“It has been widely reported that Chelsea and Manchester United have been interested in the player. Our information is that's not the case.
“The reason for that is that they believe and have been told by the player's representatives that a deal is effectively done to Liverpool.
“And effectively they would be wasting their time.”
United are favourites to sign Harry Kane if he leaves Spurs.
The Red Devils are looking for a striker and Harry Redknapp admitted the Tottenham forward would have to leave White Hart Lane if he wants to win trophies.
Coral have made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side favourites to land the England captain.
2-1 Manchester United
9-2 Real Madrid
8-1 Bayern Munich
10-1 Manchester City
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His stats show how he has been arguably the Premier League's signing of the season!
THEATRE OF DREAMS
Bruno added: “For me, playing in England and for Manchester [United] was the highest part of my career.
“To play in the Premier League, for one of the best teams in the world.
“When I received the call saying, ‘Bruno, you have the chance of moving to Manchester’ I called my wife, my brother, my sister, my mother and just started crying.
“But I was crying through happiness. I fought all my life for this, for this top club. The chance was here and I needed to take it with both hands, to follow my dream.
“My family knew since the beginning that I wanted to be a footballer, they knew my big dream was to be in the Premier League and to play for Manchester.”
Bruno Fernandes broke down in tears after landing his transfer to Manchester United as he says “I fought all my life for this club”.
The Portuguese midfielder has hit the ground running at Old Trafford since his £55million move from Sporting Lisbon in January.
Fernandes remembers his hero Cristiano Ronaldo making the switch to Old Trafford in 2003 which left him hoping that one day he too could reach the great heights of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Manchester.
He admits he was overcome with emotion when he was told he would finally be completing his dream move.
He told Mario Djurovski in an Instagram Live interview: “You know, I will say the truth that I was scared.
“It was a dream [come true] but it was a big dream.”
Brandon Williams enjoyed a tussle with Angel Gomes at training.
The United left-back shared a picture of the pair in a quick sprint for the ball.
JAD IN TROUBLE
United and Chelsea target Jadon Sancho allegedly flew to England without permission from Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
German publication Bild suggests Sancho, 20, jetted to the UK after he and multiple team-mates were discovered having had haircuts.
The winger is now in hot water with his club after it emerged they breached lockdown rules.
Team-mates Axel Witsel, Thorgan Hazard, Raphael Guerreiro, as well as Sancho hired a barber to get stuck into their lockdown locks.
It is reported Sancho, from Camberwell in South London, also flew to Britain during the height of the pandemic.
WE'VE STRACH UP A TRUCE
Gordon Strachan has revealed his long-running feud with Sir Alex Ferguson is dead and buried and the pair are pals again.
Strachan followed Fergie from Aberdeen for United before joining Leeds as they won the 1992 First Division title.
The former midfielder, 63, told the Mail: “There was a barrier that needed to be broken and I am delighted.
“We should have spoken sooner and life is a wee bit better now that we can enjoy the past rather than be scared to speak about it.
“We wrote our bits in our books and I look back now and wonder what on earth I was doing. He would probably feel the same.
“He said to me, 'Ach, you know what I am like' and I said to him, 'Ach, you know what I am like'. And we moved on.”
JIM'LL FIX IT
Manchester United received a transfer boost with Wolves reportedly lowering their asking price for Raul Jimenez to just £18million.
The Midlands club face a battle to keep hold of their Mexican No9 when the transfer market reopens with plenty of clubs interested.
United are understood to be one of those sides – but they face competition from the likes of Juventus and possibly Real Madrid.
And according to TuttoJuve, Wolves could demand as little as £18m for the striker.
That is despite the club paying a record £32m to make his loan from Benfica permanent last summer.
Jimenez, 29, has scored 39 goals for the Molineux side in 88 appearances, with 22 coming this term.
SING WHEN YOU'RE WINNING
Premier League TV plans will include the option of fake crowd noise and could give fans rare dressing room access, according to reports.
TV coverage is one of the items on the agenda at today's meeting between all 20 Premier League clubs.
Sky are said to be one of the channels considering the move for the games that will be played behind closed doors from June 17, according to the Mirror.
Supporters had the option to listen to fake crowd noise during recent Bundesliga matches and the feedback was mixed.
Some fans got behind the idea but many said it was “too weird” and had to “mute the unnatural sound”.
As a result, Sky could offer each game on two of their channels – one with crowd noise, and one without.
MORNING MAN UTD FANS
With the Premier League’s return edging ever closer, Paul Pogba could finally make a return to the United first team.
Some fans are salivating over the prospect of actually seeing their record signing, 27, play alongside January hit Bruno Fernandes.
And former striker Dimitar Berbatov appears to be one of them.
He told Betfair: “It will be the first time we get to see Fernandes and Pogba play together and it will be interesting to see if they can hit it off, they will have had the chance to get to know each other in training but that is totally different to a game.
“It could be a great partnership and I am sure that Pogba’s return is a massive boost and will give huge confidence to the whole team.
“One player doesn’t define a team, but when you have good, quality, confident players putting all their effort in to help the team then you are going to succeed.”
Meanwhile, on the transfer front, Saul Niguez’s big announcement was regarding the launch of a new club in Elche… rather than a big move to Old Trafford.
And in more unpopular news, Real Madrid are reportedly willing to enter the race for United’s top-target Jadon Sancho… but want to wait until 2021 to land the Borussia Dortmund starlet.
It's not all bad though, with star forward Marcus Rashford believed to have told friends that he will be fit for the first game back against Spurs.
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has reportedly asked Chris Smalling and Ashley Young what life is like in Italy.
Lingard found it difficult to nail down a regular starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prior to the season being halted due to coronavirus.
Inevitably it has led to speculation that the 27-year-old might exit Old Trafford this summer.
And according to The Independent, Lingard seems to fancy an Italian job.
The newspaper reports that he “has been in regular contact with Chris Smalling and Ashley Young about what Italy is like”.
It adds that “the midfielder is greatly tempted by a move to Serie A”.
ON YOUR MARCS
Marcus Rashford believes he will be ready to face old boss Jose Mourinho on the first day of Project Restart.
The Manchester United forward has been sidelined since he suffered a stress fracture of his back in mid-January.
However he was one of the first players to return to Carrington after it re-opened following the Coronavirus shutdown.
And the signs are that his hard work has paid off – as he has told friends will be fit for the first game.
That is scheduled to be away to Tottenham – where his old boss Mourinho is currently in charge.
SOMETHING NEW FOR BRU
Manchester United's new hero Bruno Fernandes has revealed his excitement at the “fantastic” opportunity to play alongside Paul Pogba later this month when the Premier League resumes.
The January transfer hit told Mario Djurovski on an Instagram Live: “I think Paul is one of the best players in Manchester and in the world.
“He was injured for a lot of time. The opportunity to play side to side with him is fantastic because you want to play with the best players you can.”
JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD
Anthony Martial's wife Melanie joined protesters in Paris in the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd.
She wrote on Instagram: “JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 SAY NO TO RACISM
“I would also like to tell you that today I moved not only for the police blunders, but for racism in general…
“Know that today I saw people of all origins come to support the same cause! That of fighting against racism and injustices ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
“Some speeches brought tears to my eyes, suffering in my eyes, on the faces of these people moved me. I am horrified to see that in 2020 racism still exists
There was only one man, given that he a Portuguese Man United star, that could have been Diogo Dalot's hero growing up…
Quizzed on that very subject by Man United's official website, Dalot replied: “Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“I’ve said that many times. I think there’s not a lot more to talk about.
“He’s an example and he showed everyone how good he is. For me, he’s been a role model since the beginning.”
Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has spoken of his joy at seeing compatriot Bruno Fernandes hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
He told the club's official website: ““It was very good.
“I think it was more something that helped me a lot as well, when you have a Portuguese guy that you know as well, in your team, sharing all the moments that you shared with the other ones but now a friend.
“It’s fantastic to have him there and more of that feeling that he’s a very good player for the team and for the club.
“That makes me happy the most and it’s unbelievable for me and for everybody.”
Shocking moment vengeful pensioner vandalises his neighbour’s Volvo during SIX YEAR vendetta after row
Michael Steward began targeting John Huggins’ car following an argument
The random attacks included having sealant foam sprayed into the exhaust pipe, gluing doors shut and removing car door handles
Steward was sentenced to nine months suspended for 18 months
A pensioner who repeatedly damaged his neighbour’s cars, over a six-year period causing £36,000 worth of damage, has been handed a suspended sentence.
Michael Steward, 65, persistently damaged his neighbour, accountant John Huggins’ car, after the pair had a verbal argument six years ago.
Steward of Constitution Hill, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal damage whilst asking for 14 others to be taken into consideration.
He was sentenced to a total of nine months suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £7,800 of compensation.
Following an investigation in which officers covertly monitored Steward’s movements, he was identified as the main suspect and in a subsequent search of his home, a saw used during the final incident was seized (Steward seen here on CCTV)
The court heard how the first incidents began in 2014 when Mr Huggins, 66, reported having his Volvo damaged on several separate occasions during the night.
The random attacks included having sealant foam sprayed into the exhaust pipe, gluing doors shut and removing car door handles outside his home in Norwich, Norfolk.
As a result, the Volvo was considered a write off and Mr Huggins was forced to replace this with a Hyundai I30.
The attacks continued – often with months passing between.
Further incidents included having offensive language sprayed on his front garden wall and back-garden fence.
The final incident was reported to police in September 2019 in which the victim’s CCTV showed the suspect using a saw to carve every panel on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Michael Steward, (pictured) persistently damaged his neighbour, accountant John Huggins’ car, after the pair had a verbal argument six years ago
Following an investigation in which officers covertly monitored Steward’s movements, he was identified as the main suspect and in a subsequent search of his home, a saw used during the final incident was seized.
He was later arrested and questioned and admitted to some of the offences.
John Huggins said: ‘Michael Steward’s hateful vendetta has put our family through six years of hell; we are grateful for the help from the many police officers involved in bringing this person to justice.’
Michael Steward was sentenced to a total of nine months suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £7,800 of compensation
PC Steve Jones said: ‘Steward has persistently targeted Mr Huggins and his family over the past six years which has caused a considerable amount of strain on their health and wellbeing.
‘They have had to write off two cars due to the extent of damage which has had an immense impact on the family not just financially, but also physically and emotionally.
‘We are glad that we could help to provide the Huggins family, who have been incredibly cooperative, with some closure.’
World’s oldest man Bob Weighton from Hampshire dies of cancer aged 112 – three months after inheriting title from Japan’s Chitetsu Watanabe
Bob Weighton from Hampshire became the world’s oldest man in February
The previous record holder Chitetsu Watanabe died in Japan aged 112
Turned down birthday card from the Queen calling it a ‘waste of taxpayer money’
When asked what moment of his life he would recreate he said meeting his wife Agnes
The world’s oldest man, Bob Weighton, has died from cancer aged 112.
Mr Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, became the world’s oldest man after the previous record holder Chitetsu Watanabe, from Japan, died in February, aged 112.
The great-grandfather to 25, lived through both world wars, the 1918 flu pandemic, the rise and fall of the USSR and the creation of the Internet.
He died of a pancoast tumour despite having never smoked, according to a heartwarming statement released by his family.
The world’s oldest man is now 111-year-old Romanian Dumitru Comănescu, who will turn 112 on November 8, according to Guinness World Records.
Bob Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, became the world’s oldest man after the previous record holder Chitetsu Watanabe, from Japan , died in February, aged 112
The world’s oldest man is now 111-year-old Romanian Dumitru Comănescu, who will turn 112 on November 8, according to Guinness World Records
Mr Weighton died of a pancoast tumour despite having never smoked, according to a heartwarming statement released by his family
In a statement, his grandson Magnus described ‘our beloved Bob’ as a ‘witty, kind, knowledgeable, conversationalist father, grandfather and great grandfather’.
The Weighton family statement said: ‘With great sadness, the Weighton family announces the death of our beloved Bob Weighton.
‘He died peacefully in his sleep, from cancer, on the morning of Thursday May 28, 2020, at his flat in Alton, Hampshire, where he lived independently.
‘We are so thankful for the time we have had with him – extended time. He’s always been a true gentleman, a very lovely, down to earth chap with no airs or graces.
‘He died from a pancoast tumour, yet he never smoked – not a chance!
‘Aged 112, Bob was the oldest man in the world.
‘Bob was an extraordinary man, and to the family that was not really because of the amazing age he reached. A role model to us all, he lived his life interested in and engaged with all kinds of people from across the world.
‘He viewed everyone as his brother or sister and believed in loving and accepting and caring for one another. He had many, many friendships and read and talked politics, theology, ecology and more right up until his death.
‘He also cared greatly for the environment. The second bedroom in his flat was a workshop, filled with furniture, windmills and puzzles he made and sold in aid of charity, often from bits of wood pulled from skips.’
Mr Weighton, pictured here in 1934, was a teacher before his retirement
Mr Weighton, pictured, lived independently until his death according to his family
The statement added: ‘We are so grateful that until the very end Bob remained our witty, kind, knowledgeable, conversationalist father, grandfather and great grandfather, and we will miss him greatly.’
When Mr Weighton, a former teacher and engineer, became the world’s oldest man, he said at the time that he was ‘taken aback’.
Speaking to Good Morning Britain in March, the super-centenarian – someone aged 110 plus – said he was happy celebrating the anniversary in lockdown.
Despite making it 12 birthdays past 100, Mr Weighton only had one card of the Queen – who sends one every year – on display on his bookshelf.
When asked where the other were, Mr Weighton said he asked Her Majesty to stop sending them.
He told the Mail: ‘Because it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money and she’s got enough on her plate with Harry and . . . what’s she called? And also I don’t need a load of cards cluttering the place up.’
Mr Weighton, pictured as a boy, said he had never intended becoming this old and said he has no secret to his longevity
When asked which moment he would recreate if he could, Mr Weighton said: ‘Meeting my wife, I don’t know what kind of life I would have lived without her.
The pair met at university, while preparing to travel abroad to volunteer in foreign countries, and insisted it was ‘true love’ that ‘stood the test of time’.
Mr Weighton said: ‘She was destined for Ghana in Africa. I volunteered to go to Taiwan so we were miles apart and months of not having communication, letters took six or eight weeks.
‘It was true love and it stood the test of time. After four years of separation and not seeing one another, we still got married and look back with great pleasure and rejoice.’
Mr Weighton, who died in his flat today, was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire on March 29, 1908.
He was one of seven children and is survived by his two children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
When he was 10, Mr Weighton lived through the ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic of 1918, which claimed the lives of between 50 million and 100 million people.
He said: ‘I only read about it in history books when I got older.
‘Actually I wasn’t aware there was a Spanish flu around, because none of my brothers and sisters or people I knew were affected.
‘I am sure they were, but a child’s world is not an adult’s world, a child doesn’t read the newspapers and there was no radio in those days. So you didn’t get news in the sense you get it thrown at you in all directions nowadays.’
Mr Weighton, pictured left, married his wife Agnes, right, in Hong Kong in 1937
He remembers the outbreak of World War I and as a teenager he trained in marine engineering. By the time he qualified in 1925 the shipping industry was in decline, so he headed to Taiwan to work as an English teacher.
Out there, he met his future wife Agnes.
In the early part of World War II, Mr Weighton and his family lived in Denver, US.
He was recruited by the British Political Warfare Mission for his knowledge of Japanese after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
Mr Weighton deciphered enemy messages and also worked to disrupt the morale of the Japanese to try and help the Americans win their fight.
After the war, he was finally able to return to England with his wife and three children and spent the rest of his working life as a lecturer in marine engineering at City University in London, until his retirement, aged 65, in 1973.
He and his wife, who passed away in 1997, spent much of their retirement volunteering as marriage counsellors and helping at youth groups in Alton.
Mr Weighton, circled, is photographed here in 1911 along with his siblings and grandmother
Mr Weighton lived through the reign of five monarchs and seen 26 Prime Ministers come and go from 10 Downing Street.
Remarkably, he had shared the title of Britain’s oldest man with Alf Smith, of Perthshire, as the pair were born on the same day, but Mr Smith died last year.
He said that the ‘world is in a bit of a mess’ with coronavirus and explained that the challenge posed by the pandemic is significant.
Mr Weighton said: ‘In the Second World War you knew what you had to do.
‘You might fail but the objectives were clear as Churchill rallied the country behind him, “We will fight on the beaches”, etc etc.
‘We knew exactly what we had to do. That was an objective that you could possibly reach, but nobody knows how we are going to defeat the virus.’