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By Alex Bysouth and Denise Evans

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Arsenal v Brighton (Thursday, 20:15 GMT)

    Arsenal’s interim boss Freddie Ljungberg should be one of the first managers up this afternoon.

    Is he the right man for the job, Gunners fans? And if not, who would you like?

    Let us know on #bbcfootball

  2. Post update

    The news conferences this afternoon are in relation to Wednesday’s fixtures…

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    And two more on Thursday, when Sheffield United host Newcastle and Arsenal welcome Brighton.

  3. Post update

    Freddie Ljungberg

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    Loads of news conferences to bring you over the next hour or so, including Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Frank Lampard at Chelsea and Freddie Ljungberg at Arsenal…

  4. Post update

    Right, we’re going to take a short break before bringing you another 10 (TEN) Premier League manager news conferences from 13:00 GMT.

    Until then, enjoy Jose on Jose…

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    Video caption: Jose Mourinho: Watch the new Tottenham head coach’s classic moments
  5. I trust them – Mourinho on Eriksen, Alderweireld & Vertonghen

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Mourinho on Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen: “The important thing, really, is (they are) great professionals, big relationship with Tottenham, amazing understanding of what the club is and what we need from them.

    “So, all three ready to play, all three ready to forget the contractual situation.

    “And that’s the most important thing now because we’re in three competitions and these boys are great players and Tottenham people. I trust them.”

    Eriksen

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  6. Mourinho discussing contracts with Levy

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was asked about the futures of midfielder Christian Eriksen and defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, whose contracts are running low.

    “I’m not going to discuss these individual things. If I tell
    you that I didn’t speak with Mr (Daniel) Levy about Eriksen, Alderweireld and
    Vertonghen, I would be lying,” he said.

    “So, yes I’m speaking with Mr Levy about it. At the same time, I speak also with the players, with all of them.

    “We speak
    and try to understand every detail but it’s not something I’m going to discuss.”

  7. Marathon, not a sprint – Hasenhuttl

    Southampton v Norwich (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    More from Ralph Hasenhuttl, on the idea that the Saints are the “grim reapers” of the Premier League.

    Both former Arsenal managerUnai Emeryand Watford ex-bossQuiqueSanchez Floreswere sacked after their sides faced Southampton this season.

    “Not a good signal for us, Unai also had [the Europa League loss to] Frankfurt so it wasn’t all our fault,” Hasenhuttl said.

    “We had a chance to win at the Emirates as we had a good game there. We have 12 points and seventh has 19 points so it is very tight in the table.

    “Two or three wins takes us up to the middle of the table and we need to take as many points as possible this year and make sure we are in best
    possible position for the second half of the season.

    “Every manager has pressure. It is a marathon, not a sprint and we know how to handle it.”

  8. toe injury – running into a kitchen table.

    He played against Watford, coming on as a substitute, but has since had a flare-up of the injury.

    Sofiane Boufal

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  • Watford win was ‘about mentality’

    Southampton v Norwich (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Ralph Hasenhuttl on the weekend’s win over Watford:“It’s important to get points in the home games.

    “Afterwards, I was disappointed by the first half. We just had a few moments where we struggled building up in attack and took too many risks at the back.

    “In the second half we tried to find a solution and the rest was about mentality and a few good substitutions helped put more pressure on the back five of Watford.”

    Ralph Hasenhuttl

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    Southampton v Norwich (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Right, let’s hear from Ralph…

  • The Special One to 11…

    Man Utd v Totttenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

  • ‘United in my history book’

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho says his time at Manchester United is “a closed chapter for me”.

    “I left the club. I took my time to process everything that happened, took my time to prepare myself for the next challenge and honestly Manchester United for me now is in my book of experiences, my history book,” said the Tottenham boss, before quoting Nelson Mandela’s ‘I never lose, I either win or learn’.

    “At United I won and I learned. My time after I left was a good time for me.

    “It is not for me to analyse United now. I analyse them as an
    opponent, how they play. How can we beat them? How can they beat us? For me that
    is the important thing.”

    Mourinho

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  • David Penn:OllieGS looks like he’s aged 10 years since he took the job. I think the next two games will see him put out of his misery.

    Roger Hayes:Who would I welcome back, Pochettino at Tottenham

  • ‘Jose will get a good reception’

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already spoken this morning about Jose Mourinho’s return.

    “I don’t think whoever the manager or the opposition team is will change their motivation,” he said.

    “When you put that shirt on, it doesn’t matter who you’re going to play against, you’ve got to give it your all.

    “Jose will get a good reception. That’s a testament to this club and the fans. They’ll remember the two-and-a-half years he was here, he won trophies, so I’m 100% sure that fans, the staff and the club will welcome him.”

  • ‘I expect United fans to forget me’

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Jose Mourinho: “Tomorrow I go back as a coach of the team that is going to try and beat Manchester United and that maybe gives a different perspective.

    “I expect there is respect shown towards me, but I understand what they want is exactly the opposite of what I want – I want Tottenham to win, during the match of course I expect them to forget me and I expect them to support their team to try and get the result they want.”

  • Mourinho ‘humbled’ by Old Trafford reception

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    And here is Spurs boss Jose Mourinho:“I feel good, I like to play big matches. I like to play against the best teams and that is the important thing.

    “Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that. I have a great relation with the Manchester United supporters.

    “I went back as a pundit, which is a different perspective. I was really humbled by such a beautiful reception.”

  • Post update

    Southampton v Norwich (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    We’ll also be hearing from Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl shortly, whose side welcome Norwich City on Wednesday.

  • Post update

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho’s arrival has brought the best out of some of the stars who were deemed to be under-performing towards the end of Maurico Pochettino’s tenure.

    He’s turned Serge Aurier in the new Cafu, Dele Alli into Dele Alli rather than Dele Alli’s brother and even the ball-boy into an assist machine, but Mourinho’s toughest task as Spurs boss so far will come at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, when he returns to to face his old employers for the first time.

    We’ll be hearing what the Tottenham manager has to say shortly…

  • Injury news

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm are still out for Spurs, alongside defender Ben Davies and midfielder Erik Lamela.

  • Post update

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Wednesday, 19:30 GMT)

    Mourinho

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    Image caption: “No, that’s not Tim Sherwood’s gilet…”

    It’s been blockbuster stuff at Tottenham in the past couple of weeks, someone should commission a behind-the-scenes documentary series…

    Mauricio Pochettino was sacked only to be replaced by Jose Mourinho within 24 hours, and the north London club have won all three games since he took charge.

    Spurs have scored 10 goals in that time, but have conceded two per match.

    He’s the happy/humble/refreshed one for now, but how long will that last if Mourinho’s side fail to shore up at the back?

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