Talking Cock Session: Daily update on the latest club news and highlights

In our latest update talk cock sessions, we look at the latest club news, Erik ten Hag, David Moyes, Georgiy Sudakov, Enzo Maresca, and Darwin Nunez gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Erik ten Hag is closer to Man United’s exit after an embarrassing defeat at Crystal Palace

Manchester United’s heavy defeat at Crystal Palace has put further pressure on head coach Erik ten Hag, with the national papers focusing heavily on the Dutchman’s future in their reports from Selhurst Park.

Bayern Munich’s interest in Ten Hag, writing: “Ten Hag must know that his hopes of remaining in his job are vanishing, if not already vanished. And that is assuming he even wants to remain. Few would blame him for feeling otherwise, especially amid suggestions in the German press that Bayern Munich are interested.”

If Erik ten Hag’s future at Manchester United remained up for debate then surely this removed any lingering doubts for Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Ten Hag is one step closer to the axe, adding: “For many observers, Ten Hag looks like a dead man walking already, with this the latest in an embarrassment of embarrassments.

Ten Hag’s team are falling apart around him and his grip on the Manchester United job is fading.

United’s FA Cup final against Manchester City is their best hope of achieving European football next season, having fallen behind Chelsea in the table.

West Ham have announced that David Moyes will depart the club at the end of his contract once the season ends

The Hammers were defeated 5-0 by Chelsea at the weekend, the second consecutive Premier League away game in which they have conceded five goals.

They had also lost four of their last eight league matches, and won just one of the others, as Moyes struggled to keep the club’s season alive.

West Ham is currently in ninth place, five points behind Manchester United, who have two games in hand, meaning there is little chance of European football next season.

“I have enjoyed four and a half brilliant years at West Ham, and the club is in a stronger position than when I returned in 2019,” Moyes said in a statement.

“When I joined West Ham for a second time, the club was one place above the relegation zone, and it has been a terrific journey to have achieved three consecutive seasons in Europe.”

“After leading the club to safety, we guided the team to finishes of 6th and 7th in the Premier League, and I was delighted when we won the Europa Conference League title last June – the club’s first major trophy in 43 years.”

“I would like to thank all the players for their support, and all the success they have achieved, over the last four and a half years. I have enjoyed working with everyone at West Ham, and I would like to thank the board for allowing me to manage this great club.”

Pressure had been building on the former Everton manager this campaign as fans’ ambitions were raised by the success of the previous campaign.

West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan said: “On behalf of everyone at West Ham United, I would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to David for the contribution he has made to the Football Club during his time as manager.

“David has been responsible for a period of great progress and success in our history, and we are extremely grateful for all of his hard work, commitment and dedication to the role.”

“David has been an absolute professional to work with and he will leave with our greatest respect and good wishes – he deserves to be held in the highest esteem for the service he has given to West Ham United, and we wish him every success in the future.”

“By making this announcement now, it allows David to get the send-off he deserves from the West Ham supporters and for us all to show our appreciation to him at our final home fixture of the season against Luton Town on Saturday.”

Chelsea are interested in signing a £65m Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder

Chelsea have held initial talks in their bid to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Georgiy Sudakov this summer.

Sudakov has a price tag of £65m and has already been scouted by Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool this season.
But Chelsea hope to move ahead in the race thanks to Sudakov’s friendship with a current player.

Chelsea is understood to have held discussions with his representatives in recent weeks to ascertain the figures involved while Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin was a guest recently at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea beat Everton 6-0.

Sudakov is close friends with Chelsea winger Mykhailo Mudryk and has joked that his former teammate is missing him in London. Mudryk has struggled to adjust to life in the capital since his own £62m transfer from Shakhtar last summer and remains in regular contact with Sudakov often advising him to make the switch to England.

A playmaker, Sudakov signed a new contract until 2028 which has a release clause of around £125m active from June but Shakhtar is expected to consider sensible offers for the 21-year-old.

Sevilla want Leicester’s Manager Enzo Maresca

Sevilla are considering an approach for Enzo Maresca despite the 44-year-old recently guiding Leicester City back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Maresca will hold talks with Leicester over his future and the club’s summer plans in the coming days, but having only just won the Championship, both staff and players are enjoying a break.

There will be changes to the playing staff though with key midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall the subject of Premier League interest and they have been charged over an alleged breach of profitability and sustainability spending rules meaning the club could face a points deduction next term if found guilty.

Maresca and his squad are being whisked away on a three-day holiday as a reward for promotion and he has stated he is happy at the club.

However, that has not stopped rivals looking at his situation. Sevilla are understood to be one club as they contemplate changes of their own this summer but there is also interest from others in Europe and England.

Leicester will not wish to lose Maresca, who has a good relationship with chairman Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha but will recognise the quicker they can resolve issues off the pitch, the quicker they will be able to help put plans in place for his squad.

Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez has fuelled talk he could leave the club this summer

Darwin Nunez’s decision to remove all Liverpool posts from his Instagram account has sparked talk of the striker leaving the club in the upcoming transfer window.

Nunez moved to Liverpool in 2022 and has faced criticism from fans and pundits virtually ever since.

Nunez’s inconsistency has been held against him with the striker’s finishing becoming a major concern. He’s scored 33 times for Jurgen Klopp’s side but has fluffed his lines in numerous big games this term and, with a change of manager incoming, there is talk of a move away.

The 24-year-old has been the subject of criticism and has only aided the rumour mill by removing all pictures of himself playing for Liverpool on his Instagram. All that remains are family pictures and images of the striker playing for Benfica and Uruguay, although his profile picture is a snap of him playing in Liverpool colours.

Nunez has never been vocal about any desire to leave Merseyside but the new man in the dugout, expected to be Arne Slot, is likely to review his squad options and go from there.

Several major names at Liverpool, including Mohamed Salah, are due to have their futures reviewed.