Short Soccer, December 30, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 4:58am

Bollywood coach claims denied by Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers global adviser Shebby Singh has rubbished claims that a Bollywood actor could become the English Championship club's manager. Judan Ali, an amateur coach who featured in a Bollywood football movie, was pictured at the club's training ground, prompting reports that he could be brought in to work as head coach alongside Singh. "No, no - he's a guest of the club and, no, there's been no appointments, no signings. None at all," Singh said. "Please, I am serious now, no it's not true." AFP


Vilanova could return soon, says chairman

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who had surgery on December 20 for a recurrence of a cancerous tumour, could be back to work in a few weeks, club chairman Sandro Rosell said. "I think he will return to work in 15 to 20 days," Rosell said on the sidelines of the Dubai International Sports Conference. "He will be obliged to have occasional check-ups but the doctor has assured [me] that will not preclude him from taking charge of the team," Rosell added. Assistant Jordi Roura has taken temporary charge. AFP


Ancelotti rules out swoop for Ronaldo

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out making a bid to bring Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to the French capital. "This possibility is ruled out. There is not sufficient cash available and there also has to be a willing seller," the 53-year-old Italian said. He was responding to a report in Spanish sports daily AS that the Portuguese striker might come to Paris in a scenario that would see Real coach Jose Mourinho replace Ancelotti as coach at the Parc des Princes. AFP