What today’s papers are saying: Sunday December 22
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Malky Mackay last night defiantly refused to resign as Cardiff City manager even though the club are talking to candidates, including Sven-Goran Eriksson, about replacing him. Also: Franco Baldini, Tottenham Hotspur’s technical director, offered to resign on the same day that Andre Villas-Boas was sacked as the club’s head coach...Matt Prior is likely to pay the price for England’s loss of the Ashes by being dropped for the fourth Test in Melbourne starting on Boxing Day, and replaced by Jonny Bairstow.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Graeme Swann has sensationally announced his England retirement. Also: Malky Mackay has told Cardiff owner Vincent Tan: “I will not resign.”...Real Madrid want Wayne Rooney to stall on a new Manchester United deal to get him at a bargain price...Tottenham’s stand-in boss Tim Sherwood has admitted he is a Gooner.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Luis Suarez has an escape clause in his bumper new £180,00-a-week Liverpool contract. Also: Managerless Spurs want to sign Mirko Vucinic on loan from Juventus in the January transfer window...Zenit St Petersburg are chasing Manchester City defender Aleks Kolarov...Malky Mackay remained defiant last night as he refused to quit as Cardiff boss amid sacking threats by controversial owner Vincent Tan.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has called the managers’ union into his bitter battle to get a £2million pay-off from owner Vincent Tan. Also: Luis Suarez capped another attacking masterclass with two goals to fire Liverpool to the top of the Premier League...Tim Sherwood has the chance to remain in charge of Tottenham for the rest of the season - throwing the future of technical director Franco Baldini in to doubt.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Luis Suarez delivered an immediate pay-back on his new £225,000-a-week contract as he inspired Liverpool to the top of the Premier League. Also: Louis van Gaal has moved to the top of Tottenham’s wanted list...Wes Brown looks set to miss Sunderland’s next three vital matches after being sent off yesterday.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: The fight over Malky Mackay’s future at Cardiff turned ugly last night, with fans heaping abuse on the club’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan and managers’ chief Richard Bevan offering his support for the Scot ahead of an anticipated £2million compensation battle. Also: Mesmeric Luis Suarez added another two gems for his personal goal of the season competition as Liverpool hit the top of the Premier League for the first time at this stage of the season since 2008.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Liverpool will have to grab a place in the Champions League to ensure Luis Suarez remains at Anfield despite the striker having signed a new mega contract. Also: Malky Mackay took charge of Cardiff against Liverpool yesterday but is set to be sacked within the next 48 hours...Tributes poured in last night from the world of sport following the death of David Coleman, aged 87...Jose Mourinho last night reopened his long-running war of words with Manuel Pellegrini by poking fun at Manchester City for not being runaway leaders of the Premier League.
THE OBSERVER: Malky Mackay insisted he would not bow to Vincent Tan’s request to resign as manager of Cardiff after receiving impassioned support from fans before, during and after a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. Also: To be best known for “One-nil” may not have made David Coleman the most Churchillian of broadcasters but it was the way he delivered his pet score-line that elevated him to the pantheon of commentators.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Malky Mackay yesterday faced down Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan by again insisting he will not resign as manager despite the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. Also: Someone forgot to tell West Ham that this is supposed to be the season of vanishing aura at Old Trafford.
SUNDAY TIMES: For the second time in a week a devastating display by Luis Suarez plunged a Premier League manager deeper into trouble. Also: The Leicester Tigers director of rugby, Richard Cockerill, has given the clearest indication yet that his fly-half Toby Flood will leave the club at the end of the season to join Toulouse...Leading figures from British sport have paid tribute to the broadcaster David Coleman, who died yesterday, aged 87.