From the Back Pages, December 20: Malky Mackay facing the end as Cardiff City manager

From the back pages
From the back pages

Malky Mackay is facing the sack as Cardiff City manager after it emerged that the Scot had been told by Vincent Tan, the Premier League club’s owner, to resign or be forced out. On the back of an extraordinary club statement earlier in the week, when Tan criticised Mackay for expressing his hope that three new players could be signed when the transfer window opens next month, the manager’s reign is coming to end. (The Guardian)

André Villas-Boas has been approached by AC Milan to become their new coach despite his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur. (The Times)

Tim Sherwood has been told he will be in charge of the Tottenham Hotspur team for Sunday’s Premier League game against Southampton. (The Independent)

Spurs fans demand answers from Levy. Supporters Trust urge chairman to explain his plans for club as Villas-Boas’s sacking throws them into another period of turmoil. (The Telegraph)

Jack Wilshere will serve a two-match suspension for his one-figured salute towards Manchester City fans after the FA rejected an appeal on Thursday. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea and Man City set to battle Barcelona for signature of Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio. (The Express)

According to a tweet posted by Nico Rosberg, but later deleted, Pirelli tyre blow-outs are not a thing on the past in Formula 1. The Mercedes driver complained to his followers on Twitter that one of his tyres gave out on him during winter tyre testing in Bahrain, causing him to spin his car while travelling at full speed - 320km/h. (Mirror)