What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 20 2013, 8:09 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.

Malky Mackay: Facing the axe at Cardiff
Malky Mackay: Facing the axe at Cardiff

THE TIMES: Andre Villas-Boas has been approached by AC Milan to become their new coach despite his sacking by Tottenham. Also: Brendan Rodgers has claimed that his decision to become manager of Liverpool rather than Tottenham has been vindicated by Andre Villas-Boas becoming the latest managerial casualty of Daniel Levy's tenure.

THE INDEPENDENT: Tottenham are hopeful that Andros Townsend will not miss more than a month of first-team football after his hamstring tear against West Ham, with the early indications that the England international's injury is not as severe as first feared. Also: Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, has described Tottenham's attempt to hire him as manager last year as a "close shave" and declared, while dismissing the notion of considering another job offer from White Hart Lane, that the north London club's frequent sacking of managers put him off any idea of working for them.

DAILY MIRROR: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to open talks with West Brom about becoming their new boss - after snubbing a rival job. Also: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has handed Malky Mackay a shock ultimatum - resign or be sacked... Greg Dyke has told Jack Wilshere to grow up and count his cash the next time he is abused by rival fans.

DAILY STAR: Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has been told by owner Vincent Tan to resign or he will be sacked. Also: Tottenham have drawn up a double Dutch back-up plan - despite insisting they will give Tim Sherwood a run at the manager's job... Liverpool are confident that star striker Luis Suarez will sign a new five-year contract.

THE SUN: Malky Mackay expects to be sacked as Cardiff boss on Monday after a bizarre e-mail ultimatum from madcap owner Vincent Tan. Also: Wesley Sneijder is ready to take a £1million-a-year pay cut to join Manchester United... Tottenham target Frank de Boer is "honoured" to be linked with the vacant manager's job.

DAILY MAIL: Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was on Thursday night on the brink of being forced out of the club, with sources close to the Scot fearing he could be gone within days. Also: Jack Wilshere will serve a two-match suspension for his one-fingered salute towards Manchester City fans after the Football Association rejected an appeal.

THE GUARDIAN: Brendan Rodgers has claimed he had "a close shave" in rejecting the chance to manage Tottenham as he launched an outspoken attack on the hierarchies at White Hart Lane and Cardiff. Also: Malky Mackay's future as Cardiff manager appeared more precarious than ever on Thursday night after reports emerged that the the Scot had been told by Vincent Tan, the Premier League club's owner, to resign or be sacked.

DAILY EXPRESS: Malky Mackay has been handed a shocking ultimatum after Cardiff owner Vincent Tan ordered him to resign or be sacked. Also: Brendan Rodgers believes he had a "close shave" by rejecting Tottenham and claimed the club's revolving-door policy with managers made Liverpool a more attractive proposition.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Malky Mackay has been told that unless he resigns as manager of Cardiff, he will be sacked, the Daily Telegraph understands. Also: Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, says Tottenham's brutal sacking of Andre Villas-Boas shows he had "a close shave" when he rejected a move to White Hart Lane... Daniel Levy on Thursday night faced the biggest challenge to his Tottenham reign after angry fans demanded that the club's chairman explain himself.


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