Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio was left incensed after news of a behind-closed-doors friendly was leaked.
Di Canio, according to Alan Nixon’s piece in the Mirror, fielded his first team against an Under-21 side and saw his main team beaten 3-1.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will not be in attendance at England’s World Cup qualifier with Ukraine on Tuesday, reports David Woods in the Daily Star.
“Prior personal business commitments” have been cited as the reason for Dyke’s failure to make the trip to Ukraine.
Porto central defender Eliaquim Mangala is a January transfer target for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, according to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star.
Mahamadou Diarra has been given a Premier League lifeline by Fulham boss Martin Jol, according to the Daily Express.
Diarra was released by Fulham at the end of last season, but Jol has left one place open in his 25-man squad, and Diarra has been handed the chance to prove his fitness and take that place.