Paper News and Gossip: Spurs Appoint Sherwood, Arsenal 'Cry' Says Mourinho

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 24, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Spurs Appoint Sherwood, Arsenal 'Cry' Says Mourinho

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    The surprise appointment of Tim Sherwood as Tottenham Hotspur head coach dominates the football headlines on Tuesday.

    The former Spurs and Blackburn midfielder has been promoted by the White Hart Lane club to replace Andre Villas-Boas until the end of next season.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was unimpressed with some of Arsenal's foreign players after the 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

    But who else is making the headlines on Christmas Eve? Read on to find out more.

Tim Sherwood Appointment at Tottenham Hotspur Is a 'Gamble'

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    Tottenham "stunned" the football world by naming Sherwood as their new head coach until the end of next season, according to Paul Jiggins of The Sun (subscription required).

    The former Spurs and Blackburn midfielder moved up to replace the sacked Villas-Boas and secured the role after the win at Southampton on Sunday.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror described the move as a "gamble," with Sherwood having no managerial experience.

    But Tottenham defender Danny Rose insists Sherwood is already laying down the law, according to a report by Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph:

    People may think that Tim is not a big name or doesn’t have a big CV, but you know he will take no nonsense from anybody. 

    His first training session, a couple of lads rolled out on to the training pitch late and he got us in a circle and said it was unacceptable. 

    Fortunately, it wasn’t me who was late. Tim set out some new rules and you know not to mess with him, and that’s good.

    Meanwhile, Spurs striker Erik Lamela is attracting interest from Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.

Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho Bemoans 'Crying' Arsenal Stars

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    Chelsea manager Mourinho was unimpressed with the attitude of some Arsenal players after the 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, reports Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was unhappy with a John Obi Mikel challenge on Mikel Arteta during the game, but Mourinho dismissed the complaint:

    You know they (Arsenal) like to cry. That’s a tradition.

    The tackle on Arteta was a hard and aggressive one. But football is for men —  or for women with fantastic attitude. 

    There are other sports without physical contact and I respect those sports. But football is a game of contact. 

    English football, winter, water on the pitch, sliding tackles at fantastic speed... be proud. Play with pride. 

    Foreign players bring a lot of good things to the English game. They come here because they are talented. 

    But I prefer English blood in football and I told the fourth official that English people would never provoke a situation like that. 

    Because English blood in this situation is ‘come on, let’s go’. So I think the referee did well. He had a very good game.

    Meanwhile, The Sun (subscription required) reports that Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin is in talks with Chelsea over a proposed transfer.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror claims the Blues could raid Benfica for winger Lazar Markovic and midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Real Madrid Star Angel di Maria Plays Down Tottenham Hotspur Link

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    Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria insists he is happy at the Bernabeu, despite reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur, writes Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    The Argentina winger has been sidelined by Carlo Ancelotti on a number of occasions this season, sparking reports that he could leave the La Liga giants.

    However, Di Maria maintains he is satisfied with life at Real amid links with Spurs, Arsenal and Manchesteer United, according to Lustig:

    I'm happy at Real Madrid.

    I have never asked for a (contract) renewal. A player who does not play is not going to ask for a renewal.

    My head is in Madrid. You (journalists) said that I was going to Tottenham. You know where this information came from.

World-Record Fee Won't Tempt Everton to Sell Ross Barkley

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    Everton manager Roberto Martinez maintains that not even a Gareth Bale-like transfer figure will tempt the club into selling Ross Barkley, reports Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.

    The England international has emerged a major talent so far in the current Premier League campaign after being given his chance to shine by Martinez.

    But the Goodison Park boss is adamant that Barkley will be going nowhere in the foreseeable future, even if an astronomical bid is made:

    Ross is in a moment of his career where, first, he knows that he needs to carry on developing and this is the perfect place to do that.

    Second, he is a mad Evertonian and enjoying every single second. And third, we are in the middle of a season where we would never, ever consider disrupting what we have got in our squad now. 

    It is not the right time for the player or the club to consider anything. Even if we got a Gareth Bale-size valuation we would never even consider it in January.

Bits and Pieces: Asamoah Gyan, Everton Ribeiro, Michu, Gianfranco Zola

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    West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce is considering a loan move for Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, reports Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the report, the Hammers have offered Gyan, who is now with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, £100,000 per week in a six-month loan deal.

    Everton Ribeiro is set to reject the advances of Real Madrid in favour of joining Manchester United next month, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Swansea City striker Michu will be sidelined for six weeks with an ankle problem, reports Ben Curtis of the Daily Mirror.

    Former Watford manager Gianfranco Zola could be set for a quick return to management with Bologna, reports the Daily Mirror.