EPL Daily: Mass Exodus at Stamford?; Defoe still no respect;

The UK’s Sun – among many others – are reporting that Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Ricardo Carvalho, and several others are on their way out after the departure of Jose Mourinho. It won’t essentially happen until the summer, but could you see this kind of mass move going through or is it just an example of post-partem hysteria? We’ll see…

Jermain Defoe still will have to fight for a starting spot again at White Hart Lane, despite his 2 blazing strikes against Anorthosis Famagusta in a 6-1 drubbing of the Cypriot squad. Jol – who is on the hot seat himself – has said he will only get a real look if a new contract is signed sometime soon. With the results within the EPL going the way they are, I feel like Jol has no real bargaining chips. The truth is – when you’re 1-1-4 and with no real signs of recent improvement – you have to switch things around. And what a sacrifice it is (complete sarcasm), throwing Defoe in there as a ‘curveball’. Jol should be sacked. Other rumors – very unsupported ones – point Mourinho as possible successor (some have even said Manchester United, a replacement for Ole Fergie).

Martin Rogers has really established himself as a guy ready to cover every aspect of football/soccer. All this for Yahoo! Sports. I look forward to what he writes every day and it never seems to get stale…take a look at his recent feature on Hollywood FC. A club team in LA that has the financial backing of Without a Trace’s Anthony LaPaglia (and a former semi-pro Aussie keeper at that) and the soccer studs that were Frank LeBoeuf, Eric Wynalda, Vinnie Jones, etc. Take a look.

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