In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Pat Nevin reacts to an erroneous report that he is joining David Moyes’ coaching staff, a Wolves fan receives a banning order for abusive behaviour aimed at Tammy Abraham and Andre Onana indicates he wants to leave Ajax and join a Premier League club.
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Nevin tickled by mistaken identity
Former Chelsea fan favourite Pat Nevin took to Twitter on Thursday to clarify he had not become an assistant coach at West Ham United after the club appointed someone with a similar-sounding name.
The Scot has worked mainly for the media since his retirement but it was mistakenly reported he had agreed to join David Moyes’ staff at the London Stadium after the Hammers announced they had signed former Norwich and Brighton coach Paul Nevin.
The Daily Mail appears to have mixed up the pair, referring to Paul as an ‘ex-Chelsea star’ in their strapline, and the erroneous information was picked up and reported on by fan websites.
Pundit Pat was bemused after receiving congratulatory messages on his new appointment but begged forgiveness for the person who made the mistake.
‘Thanks for the kind messages about my new role at WHU with Moysie. It’s a shame no one told me though,’ said the former Chelsea winger.
‘Good luck to ‘Paul’ Nevin in his new job and to David saving the Hammers from the drop.
‘Feel sorry for whoever made the error. It’s just a little mistake, give him/her a break!’
Wolves fan banned for racist gesture
The BBC reports a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan has been handed a four-year-banning order after he was found to have aimed monkey gestures at Tammy Abraham during Chelsea’s 5-2 win at Molineux last September.
The court found Josef Smith guilty of racially-aggravated abuse of the Chelsea striker who netted his first Premier League hat-trick for the Blues in that game.
The 40-year-old was ejected from the ground by stewards and was charged in court after CCTV footage of the incident was reviewed.
In a statement, Wolverhampton Wanderers said Smith will be ‘banned indefinitely from Molineux stadium and all Wolves fixtures’.
‘The court was told how he "curled his fists under his armpits in a chimp-like gesture" when Abraham scored a hat-trick,’ stated the BBC report.
‘Denying the charges, Smith told magistrates he had made a "get back" gesture - which may have been misinterpreted.
‘He told police he was frustrated with the scoreline and had stood up and sworn during the game, but only "raised his arms in an upwards direction" to motivate the Wolves players.
‘However, witnesses described how Smith's gesture appeared to be aimed at black players on the pitch.’
Onana linked with Chelsea move
According to the Daily Mail, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana intends to leave the Dutch giants this summer and move to the Premier League, with Chelsea one of the favourites to sign the Cameroon international.
Onana was in goal for both of the Eredivisie club’s games against the Blues in the Champions League and according to the report, he appears to favour a move to London to join either the Blues or Tottenham Hotspur.
‘The 23-year-old is ready to quit the Amsterdam club at the end of the season and would likely cost between £40-50million,’ said the Mail, who added his preferred destination is Stamford Bridge.
‘It is believed Barcelona have held talks with the goalkeeper over a possible return to Spain, but Onana would rather a move to England.’
Onana, whose current deal at Ajax runs until June 2022, has made 171 appearances for Ajax since he joined the club from Barcelona in 2015 and was nominated for best goalkeeper of 2019 at this year's Ballon d'Or.