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Wenger: 'I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Patrick Vieira has the credentials to become a successful manager. But the Gunners boss thinks Manchester City already have a man of "super" calibre in their top job in Manuel Pellegrini.

Vieira, one of Wenger's most influential former Gunners captains, is currently the manager of City's elite development squad. Recent speculation over Pellegrini's future has seen the Frenchman mentioned as a potential successor to the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsene Wenger Credit: PA Images

"I believe like many other players he has the intelligence and the competence to do this job, but I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence and super-quality as well - so if you want me to interfere in that, I am not ready to do it."

– Arsene Wenger

Pellegrini's position has come under scrutiny as City have collapsed in the Barclays Premier League title race in the second half of the season.

The defending champions were joint top in January but are now fourth after a dismal three months in which they also went out of the Champions League and FA Cup.

A host of names have been linked with Pellegrini's job-also including Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez - but City have given no indication they are considering a change.

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Police confronted by machete gang in Wigan

Police have shot a man with a Taser after they were confronted with a gang in Wigan.

Officers say one of them pointed an air rifle in an officers face are a house on Maple Crescent in Leigh last night. Police were called to the house just before 10pm last night following reports of criminal damage when they were confronted by men with machetes and an air rifle.

Four men aged 19, 47, 29 and 27-years-old were arrested on suspicion of affray, and the 19-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of a firearm. All four remain in custody for questioning.

Officers searched the house and recovered the gun which was later revealed to be an air gun, a pellet gun, more than 170 pellets, a chrome bar and machetes. They have been recovered for forensic analysis.

"The officers initially responded to a report of criminal damage, only to be confronted by an armed gang with machetes and a gun. The gun was pointed directly in the face of the officer, and at that time it was impossible to know whether it was a genuine firearm or an air rifle.

"Faced with such intimidating and threatening circumstances, the officers acted appropriately by using a Taser and as a result, arrested all the members of the gang without injury to either themselves or anyone at the house.

– Detective Chief Inspector Michael Fraser

Details of spectacular cruise ship show revealed

Details of a fantastic water ballet performed by cruise ships on the Mersey have been revealed.

Cunard's Three Queens will salute Liverpool between May 24th and 26th.

It will mark the 175th anniversary of the famous cruise line.

Every year Liverpool puts on a spectacular show which gets everyone talking and generates millions for the local economy.

Three Queens Credit: Cunard

SCHEDULE

Saturday 23 May

10pm – Amazing Graces – state-of-the-art projections on the Three Graces exploring the spirit of Liverpool.

Sunday 24 May

9am – Queen Mary 2 arrives in the city and berths at Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal. 10pm – Amazing Graces projections. 10.30pm – Firework display.

Monday 25 May

10.45am – Queen Mary 2 leaves the berth to greet her two sisters at Brazil Buoy (on the river between Crosby Beach and New Brighton). 12pm to 2pm – Three Queens meet and sail in formation south towards the Liverpool Echo Arena, and then north along the Mersey. 2.10pm – Queen Mary 2 leaves the city, Queen Elizabeth berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal and Queen Victoria anchors in the middle of the Mersey. 10pm – Amazing Graces projections 10.30pm – Firework display,after which Queen Elizabeth leaves the city and Queen Victoria berths at the Cruise Liner Terminal

Tuesday 26 May

4.30pm – A special musical sail-away performance to say goodbye to Queen Victoria 5pm – Queen Victoria sails out of the city.

Up-to-date details can also be found at www.cruise-liverpool.com

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It's the battle for Number 11: The men who want to be the next chancellor campaign in the North West

With just two weeks left of the General Election campaign and here in the North West we're getting a lot of attention from the country's most powerful politicians.

This region will play a big part in who wins this year's Election - and today it was the turn of the money men to try and win over voters.

Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt reports:

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Centre will bring new support for cancer patients and their families

A new centre is being built at the renowned Christie hospital to help people diagnosed with the disease.

Around 60,000 people are expected to use it ever year.

The Maggies Centre will provide emotional suppport to family and friends as well as patients themselves.

From the Christie in Manchester, Victoria Grimes reports:

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Victim's mother's plea to Parole Board over killer's Facebook posts

Steffan Bell, 23, was running his own business in Ormskirk when he was killed in an unprovoked attack by Colin Eedle. Credit: ITV News.

A murderer has posted a shocking messages on the internet which the mother of his victim says mean he should stay behind bars.

Colin Eedle stabbed Stefan Bell to death in 2001 and more than a decade later, he is now due for parole.

But Stefan's mother says the killer's post on social media makes him unfit for release.

Tim Scott has this report:

  1. Caroline Whitmore, ITV News

Maxine Peake on her new film and a new Home for Manchester's much-loved Cornerhouse

Bolton actress Maxine Peake is back on the big screen in the new film, The Falling.

And its premier has been held in a new venue for Manchester. HOME is the new site for what was the much-loved Cornerhouse.

It's just down the road from the original venue which opened in 1935 as a cinema and contemporary art centre.

Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore went to meet Maxine in the swanky new surroundings.

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