From the Back Pages, November 22: Jurgen Klopp: England is the only other country I would want to coach in if I left Borussia Dortmund

From the back pages
From the back pages

Jurgen Klopp has opened the door to a Premier League move by admitting that England is the only other country in which he would work and that he would happily talk with interested clubs. (The Telegraph)

TRANSFER NEWS: Chelsea’s £50m Reus bid, Man Utd £47m move for TWO defenders. (The Express)

The Football Association has launched an investigation into the comments Dave Whelan made to the Guardian about Jewish and Chinese people, following his appointment of Malky Mackay as the Wigan Athletic manager. Seeking to explain why remarks Mackay made about the Jewish football agent Phil Smith were not in his view offensive, Whelan said that “Jewish people chase money more than everybody else” and that they are “shrewd people”. The Wigan owner also said it was “nothing” to call a “Chinaman” a “Chink” and that any Englishman who said he had not done so was lying. The remarks were strongly condemned by Jewish and Chinese community organisations. (The Guardian)

Dave Whelan: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan describes Malky Mackay’s Wigan appointment as ‘a racist chairman hiring a racist manager’. (The Independent)

Lord Triesman has backed calls for European nations to boycott the 2018 and 2022 World Cups - labelling FIFA a ‘rogue state’. (The Mirror)

George Groves and James DeGale had to be pulled apart after a heated exchange of words following the weigh-in for their respective fights on Saturday night. (Daily Mail)

If your outlook on life has been forged in the hard-nosed rugby league heartlands of Wigan or Oldham, you don’t tend to lend much credence to something as fluffy as fate. At the very least, though, there is a remarkable uncanniness in the way that the paths followed by George Ford and Owen Farrell have become intertwined over the past decade. (The Times)