What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 7:52 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

Louis Van Gaal: Linked with Tottenham job
Louis Van Gaal: Linked with Tottenham job

DAILY MAIL: Legendary Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has emerged as Tottenham's No 1 target to replace Andre Villas-Boas. Also: Malky Mackay remains in grave danger of the sack from Cardiff City this Christmas despite the club's owner Vincent Tan being persuaded not to pull the trigger last night

THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho has set himself the ambitious target of remaining Chelsea's manager for another 12 years despite returning to the club on his "worst contract" of the past six seasons. Also: Vincent Tan, the Cardiff City owner, has granted Malky Mackay a stay of execution after another bizarre chain of events at the club.

THE INDEPENDENT: Twenty-four hours after what seemed to be his final match in charge of Cardiff City, Malky Mackay was granted a dramatic stay of execution by owner Vincent Tan yesterday when chairman Mehmet Dalman revealed the Scot will remain as manager "for the foreseeable future".

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Graeme Swann departed Test cricket with abrupt certainty yesterday but not before taking what appeared to be a barely disguised swipe at some of his fellow England players for not respecting the game. Also: This was an impressive job audition by Tim Sherwood, demonstrating his ability to motivate mercurial players like Emmanuel Adebayor, showing his knowledge of emerging talent like Nabil Bentaleb and also setting up the team in keeping with Tottenham Hotspur's attack-minded traditions. To dare is to do.

DAILY STAR: Tim Sherwood will meet Spurs chairman Daniel Levy today and lay down his blueprint for becoming the club's full-time manager. Also: Jose Mourinho has delivered a major blow to Ashley Cole by revealing he feared the England star could have been exposed by Arsenal tonight.

DAILY EXPRESS: Emmanuel Adebayor bagged two goals in Tottenham's 3-2 victory at Southampton before revealing the emotional turmoil he has endured this season. Also: Malky Mackay will stay as Cardiff manager after a stunning U-turn by owner Vincent Tan... Michael Vaughan insisted Graeme Swann was not being "selfish" by retiring in the midst of an Ashes series.

DAILY MIRROR: Emmanuel Adebayor handed Tim Sherwood his first win as Tottenham caretaker and backed him to land the job full-time. Also: Arsene Wenger wants his Arsenal side to prove they are big-game players against Chelsea tonight.

THE TIMES: Disintegration became a reality when Graeme Swann left England and the tour of Australia, retiring from first-class cricket with immediate effect. Also: Tim Sherwood wants Daniel Levy to outline his philosophy in talks with the Tottenham Hotspur chairman this week that will determine the club's short-term future, but there are no question marks over his own footballing creed.

THE SUN: Tim Sherwood will meet Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy today to lay down his vision for the club's future. Also: Graeme Swann has warned his fellow cricketers: "Some people have no idea how far up their own backsides they are."


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