#TheFootballTalk: All the latest football stories today

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The Sun
  • Martin Jol was axed as Fulham boss last night after his first contact with owner Shahid Khan in two months.
  • Stuart Pearce is ready to bounce back into management with Sheffield Wednesday.
  • David Moyes is in no rush to open contract talks with Wayne Rooney after the Manchester United striker scored twice at Spurs.
  • Celtic are interested in signing Huddersfield striker James Vaughan in January.
Daily Mirror
  • Andre Villas-Boas saw his Tottenham side grab a draw against Manchester United then told his critics: “Show me some respect”.
  • It was a dramatic day for managerial departures yesterday, Martin Jol shown the door – as expected – at Fulham while Sheffield Wednesday sacked Dave Jones and Owen Coyle surprisingly left Wigan.
  • Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists the Reds must buy in January after claiming his small squad is to blame for defeat at Hull.
  • Leeds want Chelsea’s England Under-21 cap Nathan Chalobah at the end of his current loan deal with Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.
  • Blackpool boss Paul Ince wants to extend defender Tyler Blackett’s loan from Manchester United.
  • Blackpool are keen to keep Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling, but face competition from Bournemouth.
Daily Mail
  • Andre Villas-Boas launched a stunning attack on his critics yesterday after Tottenham’s 2-2 home draw with Manchester United.
  • Martin Jol was finally sacked by Fulham yesterday after the club’s dismal start to the season.
  • Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed talk of in-form Sergio Aguero heading to Real Madrid in January.
Daily Express
  • Rene Meulensteen yesterday took Martin Jol’s job at Fulham just 18 days after arriving to help him save it.
  • Andre Villas-boas said he deserved “some respect” after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
  • Arsenal have emerged as favourites to sign Chelsea and Manchester United target Julian Draxler from Schalke.
Daily Star
  • Fuming Andre Villas-Boas hit back at his critics yesterday in an amazing attack.
  • Rene Meulensteen was last night asked to save Fulham’s season after Martin Jol was finally axed.
The Guardian
  • Andre Villas-Boas claimed he deserves more respect as he railed against what he believes is a sinister agenda to undermine him.
  • Five months after buying Fulham, Shahid Khan has sacked his first Premier League manager, relieving Martin Jol of his duties.
  • Andre Villas-Boas hit back at criticism from former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Alan Sugar after yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United
  • In the end, Martin Jol’s stay of execution lasted only 180 minutes.
The Times
  • Rene Meulensteen denied stabbing Martin Jol in the back last night after replacing his fellow Dutchman as the manager of Fulham.
Daily Telegraph
  • Andre Villas-Boas made an extraordinary plea for more respect yesterday.
  • Martin Jol was dismissed yesterday as Fulham manager and replaced immediately by Rene Meulensteen.
London Evening Standard
  • Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal should be taken seriously as title contenders following their victory at Cardiff.
  • Tottenham’s 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City brought the squad closer together, according to Brazilian midfielder Sandro.
  • Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele has hailed the character showed by his team in bouncing back from a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City with an improved display against Manchester United.
Manchester Evening News
  • David Moyes is confident Manchester United will be “in the mix” in the Premier League by the time 2014 arrives.
  • After Samir Nasri picked up two goals in Sunday’s win over Swansea, Gael Clichy has hailed his fellow Frenchman’s return to form.
Liverpool Echo
  • Daniel Sturridge has vowed to come back from his ankle injury better than ever as the “gutted” Liverpool striker thanked fans for their support.
  • Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed the highlight of his Goodison tenure to date has been the willingness of his players to take on his new ideas.
  • Romelu Lukaku proved he won’t be distracted by his war of words with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho by scoring his eighth goal of the season against Stoke, says Gareth Barry.
The Chronicle
  • Alan Pardew has revealed home truths in the visitors’ dressing room at Goodison Park are the real reason behind Newcastle United’s successful season so far.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Moussa Sissoko says Newcastle United’s surge into European contention is exactly what he expected when he joined in January.
Sunderland Echo
  • Vito Mannone believes his prophecy that last month’s defeat at Hull City would be a turning point for Sunderland is ringing true.
Birmingham Mail
  • Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has primed his fringe players for action during the busy December fixture list.
Express & Star
  • Steve Clarke today claimed Zoltan Gera could play a major part in Albion’s season after the fans’ favourite made his comeback following 11 months out.
  • Villa boss Paul Lambert insists Christian Benteke will emerge stronger and better from the first form crisis of his Premier League career.
The Sentinel
  • Mark Hughes is open-minded on whether to retain Marc Muniesa at the centre of his defence as he mulls over the heaviest defeat of his short managerial reign at Stoke City.
Fulham Chronicle
  • Adel Taarabt insists blame at Fulham should be laid at the feet of the players – and not sacked Martin Jol.
  • Rene Meulensteen insists he’s surprised by Fulham’s decision to axe manager Martin Jol.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Michael Laudrup will look for a boost from Michu today as Swansea City lick their wounds after a heavy defeat at Manchester City. Michu is set to return to training this week.
The Daily Echo
  • Saints look set to lose Artur Boruc until the New Year, after the keeper suffered a suspected fracture of his left hand in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea.
  • Jay Rodriguez believes the defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea will turn Saints into a better team.
Hull Daily Mail
  • Steve Bruce believes Hull City are now halfway towards their Premier League survival target after making history with a famous 3-1 win over Liverpool.
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United are to press ahead for Football League approval of the takeover deal which will give a group led by managing director David Haigh control of the club before the end of this month.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Wigan Athletic have parted company with manager Owen Coyle following the 3-1 defeat to Derby County.
The Star
  • Relegation-haunted Sheffield Wednesday are expected to make a quick managerial appointment after sacking Dave Jones last night.
  • Coach Stuart Gray will be in charge for the Owls’ match against Leicester at Hillsborough tomorrow.
Ipswich Star
  • Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy sees no reason why his side cannot challenge for a top six finish in the “evil” Championship.
Evening Times
  • Lewis MacLeod is confident Rangers can go on an extended run in the Scottish Cup this season after beating SPFL Championship club Falkirk.


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