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Tuesday's gossip column

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Real Madrid are set to fire manager Bernd Schuster and replace him with former Tottenham and Sevilla coach Juande Ramos. (Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, 1202 GMT)


Dutch coach Co Adriaanse, currently in charge of Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, is high on Sunderland's shortlist to replace Roy Keane as manager. (The Sun)

The Black Cats hope to compile a shortlist of three potential managers from 33 serious applications at a board meeting on Wednesday. (The Guardian)

Ellis Short, Sunderland's biggest shareholder, has apologised to Keane for comments made by his associate Per-Magnus Andersson that criticised the former Manchester United midfielder's management style. (The Guardian)

Short is believed to favour a well-known, probably foreign, name as the Black Cats' new boss. (The Guardian)

Or Short favours a younger manager, preferably with top-flight experience, rather than former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce. (Daily Mail)

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn may be more inclined to go for a homegrown manager. (The Guardian)

Hull City boss Phil Brown remains a strong candidate for the job but Allardyce is not a leading contender. (The Guardian)

Former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier and ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson are in the frame for the vacant post at the Stadium of Light. (Daily Mirror)

Should Sunderland opt to appoint an interim manager until the summer, former Black Cats boss Peter Reid - now boss of Thailand - would be in the running. (Daily Mail)

Keane is adamant he will return to management in the future. (Various)

Keane is already looking for his next managerial challenge. (Daily Mirror)

Keane is likely to be a strong contender should Gordon Strachan come to the end of his reign as Celtic boss in the summer or be poached by Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)


Valencia striker David Villa's agent has flown to the UK for talks over the Spanish international's 60m move to Manchester City. (The Sun)

Manchester City will definitely land Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra and Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz - and remain hopeful they can capture Barcelona frontman Thierry Henry. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are set to launch a 15m bid for Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso. (Daily Mail)

Wigan striker Emile Heskey is keen to link up with Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill - who he played under at Leicester - but remains determined to see out his contract at the JJB Stadium and leave the club for free next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has told Tottenham target Robbie Keane that the forward will not be leaving Anfield. (The Sun)

Lazio want to take Manchester City midfielder Elano on loan in January with a view to a permanent transfer. (Daily Mirror)

AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani hopes England midfielder David Beckham extends his short-term loan from Los Angeles Galaxy that begins in the new year. (The Independent)

Forgotten Tottenham goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez is desperate for a move back to his native Spain. (Daily Mirror)

Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to raid his old club and take Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic to Inter Milan. (Daily Star)

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari wants to snap up SC Braga's 4m-rated striker Orlando Sa in January. (Daily Mirror)

Everton are watching Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak as they look to solve their striker injury crisis. (Daily Star)

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray hopes to bolster his front line by making a loan move for Arsenal youngster Jay Simpson. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear will meet the club's managing director Derek Llambias on Tuesday to discuss his January transfer targets. Kinnear has about 12m to spend and is eyeing two Premier League players. (The Independent)

Stoke City will make a move for Celtic defender Gary Caldwell when the transfer window opens. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea striker Ben Sahar, currently on loan at Portsmouth, has met Dutch side Utrecht for talks over a move. (Daily Star)

Aberdeen boss Jimmy Calderwood insists Scott Severin, Darren Mackie, Jamie Smith, Derek Young, Jeffrey de Visscher and Lee Mair - who are all out of contract in the summer - will commit their future to the Dons. (Daily Record)

In-form Burnley winger Chris Eagles has ruled out a January switch to West Brom. (Daily Mail)

Leicester City will launch a bid for Hartlepool defender Michael Nelson in the new year. (Daily Mirror)

Dagenham and Redbridge have signed Wealdstone winger Graeme Montgomery for a four-figure sum. (Daily Mirror)


Blackburn will decide on Tuesday whether to keep faith with under-fire manager Paul Ince. (The Sun)

Ince is expected to survive the board meeting at Ewood Park but his fate will be decided by Rovers' next two matches - at Wigan on Saturday and at home to Stoke on 20 December. (The Times)

Rovers chairman John Williams wants to stand by Ince but other board members feel the consequences of relegation means the club must make a change now. (The Sun)

Williams has refused to give Ince his unequivocal backing and says his board will take any action necessary to protect Rovers' Premier League status. (The Guardian)

A bad defeat for Blackburn at Wigan on Saturday - or any indication that Ince no longer has the support of his players - will spell the end of the former England international's reign at Ewood Park. (Daily Express)

If Ince does go, his replacement would have only 5m to spend in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror)

Ex-Bolton boss Sam Allardyce and former Rovers manager Graeme Souness have both been linked with the Blackburn post. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn's veteran Turkey midfielder Tugay has also been touted for the job. (The Independent)

Rovers are actively seeking an investor to pump some much-needed funds into the club's coffers. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will walk out if the club's Arab owners continue to attempt to interfere in team selection and tactics. (The Sun)

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari will start Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka together for the first time this season in Tuesday's crunch Champions League Group A clash with CFR Cluj. (The Sun)

Only a win will guarantee that Chelsea reach the knockout stages but Scolari insists he is not feeling the pressure. (Daily Mirror)

New Watford boss Brendan Rogers will finally sign a contract at Vicarage Road after interim chairman Andrew Wilson flew back from the United States to stop the former Chelsea coach from walking out on the Vicarage Road club. (Various)

Celtic players have been hit by a booze ban by boss Gordon Strachan - and told it is for their own good. (Daily Record)

Rangers striker Steve Naismith is set to return from a cruciate ligament injury in a reserve match on Tuesday - six months earlier than his expected comeback date. (Daily Record)

Aage Hareide has quit as manager of Scotland's World Cup qualifying opponents Norway. (Daily Record)


Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari says footballers should find themselves a "good wife", not party girls who lust the limelight. (Daily Star)

Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has been concentrating on improving his shooting with his wrong foot - known in his native Netherlands as a player's chocolate leg. (Daily Express)

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see also
Monday's gossip column
08 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Sunday's gossip column
07 Dec 08 |  Gossip
Transfers - December 2008
05 Dec 08 |  Football

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