Paper News and Gossip: Cardiff City Chaos, Andre Villas-Boas Link to AC Milan

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 20, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Cardiff City Chaos, Andre Villas-Boas Link to AC Milan

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    The unexpected name of Cardiff City leads the newspaper headlines on Friday after the relationship between manager Malky Mackay and owner Vincent Tan approached critical point, according to reports.

    Mackay guided the Welsh club into the Premier League for the first time last season, but an email to the manager from the club owner has been leaked to underline the strain in the relationship between the two men.

    Andre Villas-Boas has only been out of work for a matter of days since his dismissal at Tottenham, but the former Chelsea head coach is already being linked with another job.

    Who else is making the headlines on Friday? Read on to find out more. 

Cardiff Owner Tan Reportedly Tells Mackay to 'Resign or Be Sacked'

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    Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan emailed manager Malky Mackay to tell him to resign or be sacked, reports Phil Cadden of the Daily Mirror, among others.

    The relationship between the two men has been strained since head of recruitment Iain Moody was sacked in October, claims the report.

    However, Tan increased the problems between the pair when he sent an email criticising Mackay on a number of issues, according to Cadden.

    Meanwhile, Riath Al-Samarrai and Dominic King of the Daily Mail claim former Manchester United forward Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a strong favourite to replace Mackay.

    Cadden also reports that former Cardiff manager Dave Jones could return to the club as director of football. 

Andre Villas-Boas Linked with AC Milan as Tottenham Eye Dutch Pair

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    Former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has only been out of work for a few days, but is already being lined up by AC Milan, report Matt Hughes and Gary Jacob of The Times (subscription required).

    The report claims the Serie A giants are among a number of European clubs looking to pick up the former FC Porto head coach.

    Meanwhile, Tottenham are monitoring Frank de Boer and Ronald Koeman as potential candidates to replace Villas-Boas at White Hart Lane, according to David Woods of the Daily Star.

    Woods also states that Tottenham want to give interim manager Tim Sherwood a chance to show what he can do, but the Dutch pair are being considered also. 

Manchester United Legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ready to Open West Brom Talks

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    Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is preparing to open negotiations with West Brom over succeeding Steve Clarke as head coach, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    Currently in charge of Molde in his home country, the Norwegian has already rejected an approach from Legia Warsaw in Poland, claims the report.

    However, Solskjaer is "leaning" towards a return to the Premier League and England where he has property and is experienced in the game, reports Nixon. 

Wesley Sneijder Reportedly to Take £1 Million Pay-Cut to Join Manchester United

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    Wesley Sneijder would take a £1 million-a-year pay-cut to join Manchester United and save his World Cup hopes, reports Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Holland international has become frustrated at Galatasaray and is concerned about his place in the squad for the finals in Brazil next year, according to the report.

    Meanwhile, United are looking for an experienced midfielder, and the 29-year-old could be an answer for David Moyes.

    Galatasaray also have an interest in United defender Alex Buttner, which could help the deal go through next month, claims Beasley.

Bits and Pieces: Ashley Cole, Shay Given, Wilfried Zaha, John Heitinga

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    Ashley Cole made alternative plans for a Christmas night out by gatecrashing the party for Arsenal players after the Chelsea "do" was cancelled, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    The former Gunners defender was pictured at the Arsenal event before Chelsea take on the North London side in the Premier League on Monday.

    Swansea City are looking to take goalkeeper Shay Given from Aston Villa in the January transfer window, reports Ian Gordon of The Sun (subscription required).

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will not be making a move for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha next month, claims David Coverdale of The Sun (subscription required).

    Everton defender John Heitinga is the subject of interest from Roma, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Basel winger Mohamed Salah is set to snub Chelsea and Manchester United by joining Liverpool next month, reports Charles Perrin of the Daily Express