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Friday's gossip column

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Roy Keane became so elusive at the end of his reign as Sunderland boss that he resigned by text message. (Various)
Keane resigns as Sunderland boss

Keane felt he had lost the Sunderland dressing room but also believed the club's board were no longer behind him following the arrival of millionaire American businessman Ellis Short. (Daily Express)

Short's criticism of Keane's spending spree of over 70m in the transfer market tipped the former Republic of Ireland international over the edge. (Daily Express)

Keane's departure sparked celebration among the Sunderland squad. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is keen on taking charge at the Stadium of Light. (The Sun)

Allardyce is the leading contender for the job and 'friends' have confirmed he is interested. (Daily Mirror)

But Allardyce faces surprise competition from Celtic manager Gordon Strachan while David O'Leary, Alan Curbishley and former England boss Steve McClaren are also in the frame. (Daily Mirror)

Hull City boss Phil Brown - a Sunderland fan - is another contender. (Various)

Brown is Sunderland's number one choice and the Black Cats would appoint Allardyce as director of football if it helped secure the services of the Tigers manager. (Daily Express)

Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat and former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier have also been linked with the Sunderland post. (Daily Mirror)


Arsenal defender William Gallas is ready to quit the club in January after being stripped of the Gunners' captaincy and would welcome a move to AC Milan. (The Sun)
Gallas stripped of captain role

Chelsea are lining up a move for 3m-rated SC Braga striker Orlandon Sa. (Daily Star)

Tottenham hope to sign former Fenerbahce midfielder Stephen Appiah and Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson. (Daily Mirror)

Ex-Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari claims Chelsea star Michael Essien - his team-mate for Ghana - is set join him and former Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan. (Various)

Panathinaikos want to sign Chelsea defender Alex on loan in January. (The Sun)

West Ham will resist any interest in their England defender Matthew Upson but are willing to listen to offers for striker Dean Ashton. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham left-back Herita Ilunga has branded the Hammers a "second-rate" club and says he is hoping to use his time at Upton Park as a stepping stone to a bigger deal elsewhere. (Daily Express)

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson will be given a 5m transfer kitty for the January transfer window. (Daily Express)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has slapped a 10m price tag on England striker Emile Heskey. (The Sun)

Blackburn striker Robbie Fowler has turned down a move to League Two side Grimsby and will stay at Ewood Park to try to earn a permanent deal. (Daily Star)

Blackburn have accepted it will be difficult for them to hold on to striker Roque Santa Cruz - a target for former Rovers boss Mark Hughes at Manchester City - in January. (The Independent)

Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann says he is "flattered" by the interest of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp and says he fears for his future with the Royals. (Daily Telegraph)

Celtic defender Gary Caldwell is poised to sign a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2014. (Daily Record)

Crystal Palace want to sell Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi in January because they cannot afford his 13,000-a-week wages. (Daily Star)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Alan Combe has been told to make up his mind over the new contract he has been offered by the Rugby Park club, with Hearts and Hibernian both believed to be interested in the 34-year-old. (Various)

However, Hearts' hopes of signing Combe may be dashed by the Tynecastle club's current financial difficulties. (The Scotsman)

Celtic are keeping tabs on Bosnian midfielder Semir Stilic, who is currently with Polish side Lech Poznan. (Daily Mail)

Former Scotland and Celtic defender Steven Pressley has been told his four-month contract at Danish side Randers will not be renewed when it expires next month. (Various)

Inverness Caledonian Thistle goalkeeper Michael Fraser and midfielder Ian Black have rejected new contract offers at the Highland club. (Various)


Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Blackburn boss Paul Ince should be given time to turn things around at struggling Rovers. (The Sun)

Ince's future at Ewood Park is under serious doubt after his side's fall towards the bottom of the Premier League table. (The Independent)

Blackburn's directors have already begun talks to decide how much longer they can give Ince to reverse the club's slump. (The Guardian)

New Watford boss Brendan Rogers is considering quitting the job after just 11 days in charge because he has been told he must slash his playing budget at the cash-strapped Championship club. (The Sun)

Kevin Keegan has began legal proceedings against Newcastle United three months after his departure from St James' Park, with his solicitor officially lodging a multi-million pound claim for constructive dismissal against the club. (The Times)

Keegan is claiming he is owed 8m over the three years that remained on his contract with the Magpies when he left. (Daily Mirror)

John Toshack is expected to sign a two-year extension to his contract as Wales boss next month. (The Guardian)
Toshack in club management hint

Former Aston Villa, Juventus, Sampdoria and Arsenal midfielder David Platt has turned down the chance to manage Crewe, another of his old clubs. (The Sun)

Injured Everton striker Louis Saha could return to action quicker than expected after his hamstring injury and is targeting his side's game against Manchester City on 13 December for a comeback. (The Independent)

A clause in Frazier Campbell's loan deal with Tottenham means he will not be able to face his parent club Manchester United if they meet in the Carling Cup semi-finals. (Daily Telegraph)

The Office of Fair Trading has ordered Tottenham to offer fans refunds for rescheduled fixtures. (Daily Telegraph)

Hearts are poised to offload their highest earning players in January to try to solve a cash crisis at Tynecastle. (Daily Record)

Swindon have asked Leyton Orient for permission to make O's boss Martin Ling their new manager on the advice of Glenn Hoddle, who launched his managerial career with the Robins. (Daily Mirror)


Former England winger Darren Anderton plans to travel around the world following his decision to end his playing days after Bournemouth's game with Chester on Saturday. (The Sun)
Anderton to retire from football

Anderton, who suffered from continuous injury problems during his time at Tottenham, says he can laugh at his old tag of 'Sicknote' after playing more than 600 games in his career. He says the nickname 'certainly didn't come from any of my team-mates'. (Sun)

Tottenham's Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko was elected as a member of the local parliament in his home city of Stavropol in September after pledging to improve standards in local grass-roots football. (The Sun)

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see also
Thursday's gossip column
04 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Wednesday's gossip column
03 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Tuesday's gossip column
02 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
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Transfers - December 2008
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