From the Back Pages, December 23: Mackay granted Cardiff reprieve as Tan backs down

From the back pages
From the back pages

Twenty four hours after taking charge of what seemed to be his final match in charge of Cardiff City, Malky Mackay was granted a dramatic stay of execution by owner Vincent Tan on Sunday after chairman Mehmet Dalman revealed the Scot will remain in charge “for the foreseeable future”.. (The Independent)

Tim Sherwood hopes to speak with the Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy before the Boxing Day visit of West Bromwich Albion to ascertain whether his interim management of the team will extend until the end of the season. (The Guardian)

Southampton 2 Tottenham 3: Emmanuel Adebayor scores twice as Spurs triumph in caretaker manager’s first league game. (The Telegraph)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez labelled Ross Barkley as “a diamond” after his winning goal in the 2-1 win over Swansea. (The Mirror)

ARSENAL and Liverpool target Pedro will evaluate his future at Barcelona at the end of the season. (The Express)

Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa will not be among the Manchester United players leaving Old Trafford in the New Year sales. (Daily Mail)

The England spinner Graeme Swann has shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement, with immediate effect, midway through the Ashes series. (The Times)