From the Back Pages, December 28: Cardiff City train sights on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Malky Mackay is sacked

Cardiff City officials appear confident that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will become the club’s new manager after Malky Mackay was dismissed. (The Times)

From the back pages
From the back pages

Brendan Rodgers insists he did not question referee Lee Mason’s integrity when he criticised him after Liverpool’s controversial defeat at Manchester City. (The Mirror)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been asked to explain his comments by the Football Association after blasting the officials following his side’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will take his error against Manchester City in his stride and look to bounce back at the weekend. The Belgium international has had a good start to his Anfield career, having joined in the summer, but his failure to deal with Alvaro Negredo’s shot ultimately led to City winning 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day. (The Independent)

Andre Villas-Boas rues failure at Spurs and drops hint that next job in management will not be in England. (The Telegraph)

WOLFSBURG’S Luiz Gustavo has revealed he would be open to a move away from the Bundesliga if a club made the right offer, with Barcelona set to challenge Arsenal and Tottenham for his signature. (The Express)

England bowled their way back into the fourth Test in the afternoon. Another massive crowd, more than 78,000, had seen the rest of the England innings blown away first thing like so much chaff in the wind, Mitchell Johnson finishing with yet another five wicket haul. The question was whether their 255, their highest first innings score of the series, was a workable total. (The Guardian)