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Wednesday's gossip column

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CHELSEA GOSSIP

Guus Hiddink could earn up to 2.5m for a four-month stint as Chelsea's caretaker manager. (Various)

Other estimates suggest the Dutchman could pocket as much as 4m and he is expected to fly to England on Saturday to watch his new team in their FA Cup tie at Watford. (Daily Express)

Hiddink has agreed to manage Chelsea and Russia until the end of the season following Luiz Felipe Scolari's dismissal as Blues boss. (Various)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will appoint a permanent manager in the summer, with AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti his preferred candidate followed by Croatia coach Slaven Bilic. (Various)

Abramovich, who agreed a 7.1m severance package with Scolari on Tuesday night, will match Hiddink's 100,000-a-week wages he earns for coaching Russia. (Various)

Scolari was just over seven months into a four-year contract and so will walk away with more than 7.5m. (Guardian)

Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon could be the next man to leave Stamford Bridge after he expressed a desire to see Scolari given more time. (Daily Mail)

Senior Chelsea players, including goalkeeper Petr Cech, midfielder Michael Ballack and striker Didier Drogba, met Abramovich before the 0-0 draw with Hull as the owner prepared to sack his club's manager. (Daily Star)

Friends of Cech concede the player had a problem with former manager Scolari but insist he did not push for the Brazilian to be dismissed. (The Sun)

Scolari was twice talked out of walking away from Chelsea - after the FA Cup draw at home to Southend and the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United - before he was sacked. (Daily Express)

Hiddink's impressive second spell in charge of PSV Eindhoven, in which he won three league titles, came despite unrest among fans that resulted in him receiving death threats and bullets in the post. (The Sun)

PORTSMOUTH GOSSIP

Portsmouth hope to begin talks with Mexico manager Sven Goran Eriksson after his side's midweek World Cup qualifier against the United States. (Daily Mail)

The club are prepared to wait to find out if Eriksson is dismissed by Mexico before appointing a manager to succeed Tony Adams. (The Times)

Pompey's former technical director Avram Grant is set to be named the club's new manager - unless Eriksson is sacked by Mexico this week. (Daily Star)

Alan Curbishley's hopes of a return to management with Portsmouth could cost him millions in compensation as he battles his former club West Ham for a payout. (Guardian)

Adams received a telephone call during the birthday party of his five-year-old son Atticus to inform the former England defender he had been sacked. (The Sun)

The 42-year-old revealed he almost quit the job before Christmas after his transfer budget was slashed. (Various)

TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City fear they will lose striker Daniel Sturridge at the end of the season because of the 19-year-old's huge wage demands. (Daily Mirror)

Doncaster chairman John Ryan insists he will not be bullied by Birmingham into selling defender Matt Mills. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER FOOTBALL GOSSIP

Joe Kinnear's future as Newcastle manager is in doubt after doctors told him he needs an emergency heart bypass operation. (The Sun)

Manchester City have dismissed former owner Thaksin Shinawatra from his position as honorary president. (Daily Mail)

City have lined up former Arsenal and England winger Brian Marwood for a role in the boardroom as the club continue to take shape under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour. (The Times)

The club are to cut season ticket prices next season for the first time in their history. (Various)

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has demanded that goalkeeper Artur Boruc is given the biggest fine in the club's history after beating up team-mate Aiden McGeady. (Daily Record)

Aston Villa winger James Milner, 23, is set to be given his England debut against Spain on Wednesday night. (Various)

England boss Fabio Capello's lack of striking options may result in a debut for West Ham forward Carlton Cole. (Times)

Capello has given his clearest indication yet that midfielder David Beckham must stay at AC Milan if he wants to be selected for the 2010 World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

Spain striker David Villa says his side will prove they are worthy European champions by beating England. (Daily Star)

Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington insists there is no rift between him and striker David Healy. (Various)

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has warned South African striker Benni McCarthy he must shape up or risk missing out on the 2010 World Cup in his homeland. (Various)

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva believes the club's failure to replace him and other experienced players is the reason behind their struggles this season. (Various)

Setanta is believed to be seeking an urgent meeting with the Premier League in the hope it will broker a deal to regain the rights in lost in last week's record-breaking TV auction. (Guardian)

Former Newcastle majority shareholders Freddy Shepherd, Sir John Hall and their families made almost 146m from their time at St James' Park, according to figures released by the club. (Guardian)

Sin bins for yellow card offences will be discussed this month by the International Football Association Board. (Daily Mail)

Young Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta faces a year on the sidelines after breaking his leg and ankle in training. (Daily Mirror)

AND FINALLY

Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates has revealed that the message seen on his T-shirt after the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City - Memories last forever Gibbo - was for his 22-year-old friend Andrew Gibson, who died last week after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash seven months ago. (The Sun)



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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
10 Feb 09 |  Gossip
Monday's gossip column
09 Feb 09 |  Gossip
Transfers - February 2009
09 Feb 09 |  Football
SPL ins and outs
21 Jan 09 |  Scottish Premier
January football sales
02 Jan 09 |  Premier League


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