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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007, 08:13 GMT
Saturday's gossip column
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ENGLAND GOSSIP

Jose Mourinho cancelled a trip to London - which he says was for Christmas shopping - because he did not want to encourage rumours about the England vacancy. (various).

Mourinho's agent has given the Football Association a dossier of what his demands would be to take the job, including a dedicated England training facility and medical team (Star).

Mourinho's decision could be swayed by the fact his wife misses life in London (Sun).

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley says he is "happy and committed to the club" after being linked with the vacancy (Sun).

Arsene Wenger says having a non-English manager would be like asking a foreigner to lead a nation's army in battle (Guardian).

TRANSFERS AND GOSSIP

Wes Brown could be on his way out of Manchester United after rejecting a four-year deal. "We feel it's a good offer and will not be going back," says Sir Alex Ferguson (Mirror).

Crystal Palace teenager John Bostock is ready to reject a move to Chelsea to sign his first pro contract with the Eagles when he turns 16 in January (Mirror).

Arsene Wenger says he was put off buying English players after the high-profile flops of Richard Wright and Francis Jeffers (Star).

Wenger also says it is "not his responsibility" whether England do well or not (Sun).

Portsmouth coach Joe Jordan would love to be associated with Scotland as coach or manager. (Record)

Kenny Dalglish would be interested in the Scotland job but does not expect to be approached by the Scottish FA. (Record)

Maciej Zurawski's agent says LA Galaxy have made an offer for the out-of-favour Celtic striker. (Mail)

Russian Premier League outfit Krylya Sovetov are poised to make a 2.5m bid for Celtic midfielder Jiri Jarosik in January. (Record)

Barnsley boss Simon Davey has doubled his wages by signing a new four-year deal (Star).

West Brom's Kevin Phillips says he thought his career was over after suffering a recent knee injury (Star).

Middlesbrough's George Boateng says being in the bottom three is "devastating" and it is the worst period of his career (Star).

Bolton captain Kevin Nolan has hailed new manager Gary Megson for restoring the team's "nastiness and edginess" after Sammy Lee's brief ill-fated reign (Independent)

Tottenham's Didier Zokora wants to face Anderlecht in the Uefa Cup final to get revenge after he was hit by a missile at their ground (Mirror).

Fulham's Brian McBride will not be back from his dislocated knee until January (Express).

Chelsea's Claude Makalele is expected to retire after Euro 2008, despite having one year of his Chelsea contract left (Express).

Former Manchester City defender Ray Ranson is hoping to complete a deal to buy Coventry before the end of the week (Telegraph).

New Leicester boss Ian Holloway says he is glad the team are struggling in the Championship or he would not have been given the job (Sun).

Reading's Stephen Hunt says he plays with "controlled fury 99% of the time" (Guardian).

AND FINALLY

Sir Alex Ferguson was interviewed for the Barcelona manager's job in 1985 before Terry Venables took it (Mirror).

John Terry was too embarrassed to answer the phone to his friends after England's Euro 2008 exit at the hands of Croatia (Star).

Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock says he cannot eat after 10am on a match day (Independent).

Sunderland boss Roy Keane says he is happy for goalkeeper Craig Gordon to have a mid-season holiday - "as long as he doesn't go out in a canoe" (Mail).

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez says he recently watched a comedian on YouTube doing impressions of him and Jose Mourinho (Guardian).



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