What the papers say
A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in Saturday's national newspapers.
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THE SUN: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to replace sacked Malky Mackay as boss. Also: Scrooge Manuel Pellegrini cancelled Christmas by forcing his stars to spend three nights in a hotel.
DAILY MAIL: Malky Mackay was fired as Cardiff manager yesterday as the full details of the club's £50million summer spending spree emerged for the first time. Also: Jose Mourinho claims Liverpool are serious title contenders this season because their gentle fixture schedule, with no European competition, is like being 'on holidays'.
DAILY MIRROR: Vincent Tan wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Cardiff's new boss - and is prepared to spend "whatever it takes" to keep them in the Premier League. Also: Brendan Rodgers claims Luis Suarez has turned his career around since biting Branislav Ivanovic.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Vincent Tan, the Cardiff City owner, ended one of the more bizarre chapters in recent Premier League history in aptly controversial fashion yesterday by claiming that it was Malky Mackay who was to blame for his dismissal for "exposing" "far too much dirty linen to the public gaze". Also: Stoke City are making a complaint to referees' chief Mike Riley over the "disgraceful" performance of Martin Atkinson in their 5-1 hammering at Newcastle United.
THE TIMES: Cardiff City officials appear confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will become the club's new manager after Malky Mackay was dismissed yesterday. Also: Somewhere in West London, Jose Mourinho would have allowed himself a ghost of a smile. Brendan Rodgers had just seen his Liverpool side come within a whisker of ending Manchester City's flawless home record, but when he addressed the media afterwards, he did not eulogise their fearless, stylish approach.
THE GUARDIAN: Cardiff City have made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their No. 1 target to replace Malky Mackay, with Vincent Tan, the club's owner, optimistic than he can convince the former Manchester United striker to leave Norway in favour of the chance to manage in the Premier League. Also: England bowled their way back into fourth Test in the afternoon.
THE INDEPENDENT: When Jose Mourinho left Chelsea the first time around, more than six years ago, Brendan Rodgers was the club's reserve-team manager with a page in the matchday programme and a profile that did not extend much further than the gates of Cobham. Also: Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, knows that he must minimise the pressure on his players after they dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League on Boxing Day.
DAILY EXPRESS: Malky Mackay was sacked by Vincent Tan yesterday and sent on his way with a stinging attack from the Cardiff owner... who then moved to bring in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Also: Luis Suarez will come face-to-face with Branislav Ivanovic tomorrow for the first time since biting the Chelsea defender - with the moment that shocked football now regarded as being the making of the Liverpool striker.
DAILY STAR: Malky Mackay suffered a stinging attack after he was finally sacked by Cardiff. Also: Branislav Ivanovic will shake hands with Luis Suarez tomorrow for the first time since the Liverpool ace bit him.