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Rumours on Sunday 25th November 2007

last updated Sunday 25th November 2007, 9:08 AM

All the latest football rumours from today's newspapers.

  • Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill says former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer should replace Steve McClaren as England boss. (News of the World)

  • Which is just as well really because Shearer will be interviewed for the job by the Football Association. (Sunday Express)

  • Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster and former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier have joined the list of people linked with England. (Sunday Telegraph)

  • FA chief executive Brian Barwick says he will have talks with England skipper John Terry to emphasise what he expects from the players in the future in the wake of the failure to qualify for Euro 2008. (News of the World)

  • Barwick will have to move quickly if he is to secure the services of Jurgen Klinsmann, as the former Germany coach weighs up a list of offers from Europe. (Mail on Sunday)

  • Fabio Capello will name former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola in his management team if he gets the England job. (News of the World)

  • Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would find it hard to turn down a serious offer to coach England. (The Observer)

  • Striker Michael Owen says England need to improve their psychological preparations as "how we as players cope with that [pressure] is where the problem lies". (News of the World)

  • Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has expressed his dismay at English managers who rule themselves out of the running to take the country's top job. He said: "You'd almost have to be a traitor to turn it down." (Mail on Sunday)

  • David James says fellow England goalkeeper Scott Carson - whose gaffe on Wednesday night led to Croatia's opening goal - should have been given more international experience before being put in such a high-pressure situation. (The Observer)
  • Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez will be sacked following his row with the club's owners and Mourinho is being lined up to replace him. (News of the World)

  • Benitez, meanwhile, has refused to back down and insists he needs to sign three players in the January transfer window - and wants the negotiations to start now. (Sunday Express)

  • Terry Venables, who was sacked as England's assistant manager on Thursday, will be interviewed for the vacant Republic of Ireland job next week. (News of the World)

  • Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez is close to signing a new long-term deal with the club. (Various)

  • Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is wanted by Spanish side Atletico Madrid. (News of the World)

  • Chelsea want to sign Russian internationals Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Branislav Ivanovic. (Daily Star Sunday)

  • Juande Ramos' £15m transfer spree has been rejected by the Tottenham board when they learnt that the three players in question were over 26-years-old. (The People)

  • Bolton manager Gary Megson is set to raid his former club with a £2.5m swoop for West Brom defender Paul Robinson. (Sunday Express)

  • Inter Milan are considering a move for Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho, who is unsettled following the exit of Mourinho. (News of the World)

  • Birmingham assistant manager Eric Black will next week be asked to replace Steve Bruce as boss. (The People)

  • It looks as if Tottenham have missed out on Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista as the Brazilian would prefer a move to Roma. (News of the World)
  • The Sunday papers would not have been pleasant reading for the Football Association top brass as there was plenty of criticism of their handling of the national team.

  • The most stinging attack of their governance came from former Spurs chief executive and Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar, who has typically not pulled any punches in his assessment of the FA board.

  • "If they were a company, the shareholders could sue them for incompetent mismanagement. In commercial terms, it's like watching your mother-in-law drive your new Ferrari over the cliff." (News of the World)

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