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Football rumours on Wednesday 11th February

last updated Wednesday 11th February 2009, 8:07 AM

Football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Manchester City fear they will lose striker Daniel Sturridge at the end of the season because of the 19-year-old's huge wage demands. (Daily Mirror)

  • Doncaster chairman John Ryan insists he will not be bullied by Birmingham into selling defender Matt Mills. (Daily Mirror)
  • Joe Kinnear's future as Newcastle manager is in doubt after doctors told him he needs an emergency heart bypass operation. (The Sun)

  • Aston Villa winger James Milner, 23, is set to be given his England debut against Spain on Wednesday night. (Various)

  • England boss Fabio Capello's lack of striking options may result in a debut for West Ham forward Carlton Cole. (Times)

  • Capello has given his clearest indication yet that midfielder David Beckham must stay at AC Milan if he wants to be selected for the 2010 World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

  • Spain striker David Villa says his side will prove they are worthy European champions by beating England. (Daily Star)

  • Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington insists there is no rift between him and striker David Healy. (Various)

  • Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has warned South African striker Benni McCarthy he must shape up or risk missing out on the 2010 World Cup in his homeland. (Various)

  • Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva believes the club's failure to replace him and other experienced players is the reason behind their struggles this season. (Various)

  • Manchester City are to cut season ticket prices next season for the first time in the club's history. (Various)

  • City have lined up former Arsenal and England winger Brian Marwood for a role in the boardroom as the club continue to take shape under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour. (The Times)

  • Sin bins for yellow card offences will be discussed this month by the International Football Association Board. (Daily Mail)

  • Young Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta faces a year on the sidelines after breaking his leg and ankle in training. (Daily Mirror)

  • Guus Hiddink could earn up to £2.5m for a four-month stint as Chelsea's caretaker manager. (Various)

  • The Dutchman has agreed to manage Chelsea and Russia until the end of the season following Luiz Felipe Scolari's dismissal as Blues boss. (Various)

  • Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will appoint a permanent manager in the summer, with AC Milan's Carlo Ancelotti his preferred candidate followed by Croatia coach Slaven Bilic. (Various)

  • Abramovich, who agreed a £7.1m severance package with Scolari on Tuesday night, will match Hiddink's £100,000-a-week wages he earns for coaching Russia. (Various)

  • Blues chief executive Peter Kenyon could be the next man to leave Stamford Bridge after he expressed a desire to see Scolari given more time. (Daily Mail)

  • Senior Chelsea players, including goalkeeper Petr Cech, midfielder Michael Ballack and striker Didier Drogba, met Abramovich before the 0-0 draw with Hull as the owner prepared to sack his club's manager. (Daily Star)

  • Friends of Cech concede the player had a problem with former manager Scolari but insist he did not push for the Brazilian to be dismissed. (The Sun)

  • Hiddink's impressive second spell in charge of PSV Eindhoven, in which he won three league titles, came despite unrest among fans that resulted in him receiving death threats and bullets in the post. (The Sun)

  • Portsmouth hope to begin talks with Mexico manager Sven Goran Eriksson after his side's midweek World Cup qualifier against the United States. (Daily Mail)

  • The club are prepared to wait to find out if Eriksson is dismissed by Mexico before appointing a manager to succeed Tony Adams. (The Times)

  • Pompey's former technical director Avram Grant is set to be named the club's new manager - unless Eriksson is sacked by Mexico this week. (Daily Star)

  • Adams received a telephone call during the birthday party of his five-year-old son Atticus to inform the former England defender he had been sacked. (The Sun)

  • The 42-year-old revealed he almost quit the job before Christmas after his transfer budget was slashed. (Various)
  • Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates has revealed that the message seen on his T-shirt after the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City - Memories last forever Gibbo - was for his 22-year-old friend Andrew Gibson, who died last week after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash seven months ago. (The Sun)

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