Chelsea: Jose Mourinho vows to resign if he doesn't win trophies

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Jose Mourinho has vowed to save Roman Abramovich another huge compensation bill by quitting if his Chelsea return is a failure.

Chelsea owner Abramovich had to pay and his backroom staff £18million, when he sacked them in 2007.

Mourinho has promised he will walk away this time – but only if he fails to land more trophies.

ThePortuguese boss won two ­Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups during his first spell as boss and wants more of thesame this time around.

Aheadof his first match back against Hull on Sunday, Mourinho said: “Of course, it is about winning trophies.My DNA didn’t change, my nature didn’t change. I am not the kind of person to be at the same club for three or four years without winning a ­trophy.

“Inthis case, I don’t need the club to say ‘we are not happy with you, goodbye’. I will be the first one to say ‘I gave everything I could but Ididn’t succeed, so let’s both go and try a different thing’.

“My feelingis the ­trophies will arrive naturally without obsession, they will arrive naturally, based on the stability because there is big empathy between the different sectors at this club

“Chelsea need some stability. In this moment, the club is ready for that and I am ready for that.

“WhenI came the first time, I still had the passion of going around and trying to win other championships and trying to make myself better by going to other football countries.

“Butnow, I don’t see myself in Spain coaching another club and I don’t see myself coaching another club in Italy other than Inter.

“Idon’t see myself in other Leagues because I have a connection with Chelsea. I have quite a long contract here and I hope at the end of it we both want to keep together.”

Mourinhohas revealed only one pre-match ritual he will carry out ahead of the clash against newly-promoted Hull at Stamford Bridge.

The 50-year-old admits he needs a hug from his son, Jose Mario Jr, before taking his place in the dug out.

“Sincemy son grew up and goes to every football game, I wait for him and he comes down for a hug,” said Mourinho. “He did this at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and he is going to do it now. I like that, I feel comfortable when the kid comes.

“It’s not a superstition, just a good feeling.”

Mourinho refused to promise that he won’t create more mischief in the Premier League this season but will be seeking any advantage possible.

“I want to show people I am stable, but you can be stable and also emotional,” he said.

Histeam trained at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and he added: “The most important thing for me to know is how the grass is and the length of thegrass. Do we put water on it? This is more important than other things.”

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Liverpool's stand-off with Arsenal transfer target Luis Suarez is over and we're moving on says Rodgers

Clive Brunskill

Brendan Rodgers insists that Luis ­Suarez’s stand-off with ­Liverpool has now been ­resolved.

The Kop bossdelivered a devastating blow to the £60million-rated Uruguayan striker before the transfer window closes, byinsisting that Suarez has now made his peace with .

Suarez,who will miss the first six games of the season as he completes a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s ­Branislav Ivanovic, smiled and waved to fans on the pitch before Liverpool’s .

Rodgersrefused to confirm whether he had forced Suarez to apologise to team-mates for agitating for a move, but said: “The only thing I will say about Luis is that I am very satisfied how everything has been resolved — and now we can move on.

“Heis a part of this team and this club. The supporters are a class act here and it is the classic Liverpool way to ­support the players and themanager.”

DanielSturridge’s first-half blast gave Liverpool a victory that was only secured when new £9million keeper Simon Mignolet saved Jonathan ­Walters’ penalty two minutes from time.

Because of the kick-off time, Liverpool were briefly top of the table.

And Rodgers joked: ­“Liverpool top of the league!”

He added: “I am delighted, especially for the players.

“Thefocus and concentration they showed after a ­trying pre-season was ­excellent and to play so well and win was very pleasing. It’s our firstthree points of the season and hopefully there will be many more.

“When we didn’t take our chances and Stoke got the penalty I had a sinking ­feeling.

“But Simon had done his homework and he has ­produced two brilliant saves — one from the penalty and one from the follow-up.”

Stoke boss Mark Hughes left Anfield on the final whistle to go on a scouting mission.

Assistant Mark Bowen said: “We can take a lot of positives from the game.

“There is plenty for us to build on.”

Luis Suarez has returned to Liverpool's "group" to find his team-mates on song – Andy Dunn

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Smilingly, he flashed football’s most talked-about teeth as the stadium PA ­system boomed out a mini-classic from The Clash.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? It was a choice Luis ­Suarez once thought . Turns out he was under the wrong impression.

“Luis . He is smiling and he is happy,” said Brendan ­Rodgers.

Sometimes, it sounds as though Brendan is running a therapy clinic rather than a football club.

You conjure up an image of Suarez stood before a semi-circle of seated ­Liverpool players, asking for their understanding.

It is the lingo of 21st ­century sport, of course.

Remember when Kevin ­Pietersen had to be ­‘reintegrated’?

Same sort of thing.

KP was only ‘reintegrated’ when he took a ton off the Aussies.

Suarez will be ‘back in the group’ only when he plays, scores and gives his all again.

They are the only things the ‘group’ is ­interested in. If he happens to be happy and smiling… well, that’s a bonus.

Suarez was indeed ­smiling during – happy with his family, high up in hospitality. And his sunny demeanour should have been brightened further by what unfolded beneath.

Presumably, over a ­summer in a distant land, Suarez had forgotten what potential this Liverpool team possesses.

As much potential as Arsenal possess? Certainly.

You can snigger at Rodgers’ lapses into psycho-babble and sentimentality.

And we do.

But it is becoming clear that he is a coach of some distinction – with a clarity of thought when it comes to knowing how he wants his teams to play.

Victory here should have been far more emphatic and certainly should have been achieved without the need for Simon Mignolet’s penalty save.

A thumping win would have been a just reward for ­Liverpool’s eye-catching fluidity.

Lucas held, Steven ­Gerrard held in parts.

But the wonderful Philippe Coutinho and the tireless Iago Aspas darted across each other’s paths, smuggled into crannies between hulking defenders and adapted a surgeon’s scalpel to the art of passing.

Creativity is what Suarez is all about. This must have been to his taste.

And it did not come exclusively from the Latin contingent.

This was the ­Daniel Sturridge Manchester City thought he could be.

This was the Daniel ­Sturridge Chelsea thought he could be.

But this was also the sort of outstanding performance on which Sturridge has to build, has to keep striving and working to improve on.

Suarez can help and ­inspire him.

Not that concerns were scarce.

Kolo Toure’s ­eccentricity is hardly going to ease a startling vulnerability at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

While Stoke were ­comprehensively outplayed, ­Mignolet had to have his reflexes fine-tuned to keep a clean sheet.

But a clean sheet it was – and, presumably, a clean slate awaits Suarez now he is ‘back in the group’.

On this evidence, it’s not a bad ‘group’ to be in.

Newcastle: Alan Pardew sack fears hit players and staff

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Newcastle players and staff fear Alan Pardew is already fighting to save his job.

Pardew is the bookies’ favourite to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season.

His position was thrown into doubt in the summer, when owner Mike Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear director of football.

Kinnear has insisted he is no threat, but that has not fully allayed concerns within St James’ Park.

narrowly avoided relegation last season and start their Premier League campaign against Manchester City tomorrow night.

They then face West Ham, Fulham, Aston Villa, Hull and Everton.

Newcastle players and staff believe Pardew is under huge pressure.

Aclub source told Sunday Mirror Sport: “Nothing has really changed sinceJoe Kinnear was appointed. People are looking over their shoulders.

“Everybody realises the manager will be under pressure and could do with a good start.”

Newcastlehave so far only signed striker Loic Remy – who is out injured – on loan from QPR and missed out to Fulham on one of Pardew’s top targets, Darren Bent.

And Pardew has admitted he fears losing Paris Saint-Germain target Yohan Cabaye at the end of the transfer window and having no time to replace him.

Arsenal: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain three-month injury lay-off feared by the club

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Arsenal fear they will be dealt a huge injury blow over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off at half-time of the season-opening with what the club confirmed was a knee injury.

Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal the 20-year-old was on crutches after the game, and there is a real worry he has suffered serious damage.

A spokesman for said Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury was being assessed and it is too early to confirm how bad it is.

Ligament damage could keep the player out for three months, which would be crushing news for both Arsenal and England.

Arsenal’s season s with the Villa defeat.

Manager Arsene Wenger saw Oxlade-Chamberlain injured, Laurent Koscielny sent off and endured chants of ‘Spend some f***ing money’ from the club’s fans.

England face a vital World Cup qualifying trip to Ukraine on September 10, which Oxlade-Chamberlain is now a huge doubt for.

Winter 2022 World Cup in Qatar facing rebellion from Europe's biggest clubs

Europe’s top clubs are discussing a sensational bid to block a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA chief Michel Platini because of the soaring Qatar summer temperatures.

ThePremier League have voiced their opposition to the plan and Europe’s top clubs are talking over whether to launch a rebellion.

Members of the European Club Association [ECA] will decide whether to block the winter switch.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all members of the ECA, along with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus.

A number of clubs believe there is plenty of time for FIFA to come up with an alternative to playing Qatar 2022 in the winter.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists he is not anti-Qatar and believes a World Cup could be played in the Gulf state in summer.

In contrast, new FA chairman Greg Dyke believes the World Cup , claiming it would be unfair on players and fans.

But Scudamore said: “Greg is entitled to say what he likes about Qatar. Ultimately we might find common ground.

“I’vebeen to Qatar in the summer, people live and exist there. Clearly, youcannot play outside but the stadia can be air-conditioned. I’m pro-Qatar. They are big investors. I’m just anti moving the World Cup tothe winter.

“People want togo to Premier League games in those cold, dark winter months of December, January February. Why? Because it’s not easy to do stuff outside. Football is what we do in the winter.

“Around Europe, everyone else is currently working around that calendar. The disruption it would cause is hugely complex.”

Meanwhile,Scudamore claimed the Premier League is open to suggestions to review the Elite Player Performance Plan compensation scheme.

revealed a number of Premier League clubs are unhappy at the compensation levels for young players, particularly between Category One clubs.

Scudamoresaid: “Of course, we can discuss it and listen to ideas. A club can bring forward anything and if it gets enough support our rules get changed.”

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere demands victory over Fenerbahce and a Champions League group stage place

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Jack Wilshere heads into Arsenal’s Champions League play-off in Fenerbahce insisting: We cannot make a mess of this.

The England midfielder is desperate to prove he is finally over a long-term ankle problem by leading the club’s latest charge for trophies, .

And after working so hard to beat Spurs to fourth spot last term, Wilshere realises it would be disastrous for to begin the campaign by failing to qualify for Europe’s top competition.

The first leg is in Turkey on Wednesday, and Wilshere said: “First and foremost I have to stay fit and make myself available – I want to be involved in the big games.

“We have the big Champions League qualifier coming up and we don’t want to waste all the hard work we did last year.

“We have got to be up for that and get into the Champions League.”

Wilshere believes injury problems have also forced him to miss out on 25 potential England caps.

One of those was against Brazil in Rio in June, and as the Three Lions set their focus on reaching the World Cup, Wilshere wants to be at the centre of the side.

He explained: “Missing that game wasn’t nice. I have missed a lot of England games and I want to be involved in the big ones next month.”

Meanwhile, Fenerbahce’s Dirk Kuyt reckons Arsenal will be fearing the worst as they head to Turkey.

The former Liverpool forward said: ”I think if they were honest with themselves Arsenal would not have wanted to face us.

“They are well known for playing beautiful football – but we will show them we also know how to play too.

“We have players who know what it is like to play Arsenal so hopefully we can use that.”