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THE TIMES

Rafael Benitez has been entrusted with Chelsea's short-term future after the abrupt dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo, but the former Liverpool manager's contract includes the option of an extra 12 months should the club fail to land Pep Guardiola.

DAILY STAR

Rafa Benitez is the new boss of Chelsea - but Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are already waiting in the wings.

Harry Redknapp will give the Ukraine FA an answer by Sunday as he waits to see if a vacancy comes up at QPR.

New York Red Bulls look set to block Arsenal's bid to sign Thierry Henry on loan again.

Guly do Prado is being tracked by Brighton and Watford after losing his place in the team at Southampton.

Brian Deane has been appointed manager of Norwegian side Sarpsborg.

DAILY EXPRESS

Roberto Mancini could be the second manager to be sacked this week for European failure after Manchester City failed to qualify for the next phase of the Champions League.

Andre Villas-Boas has mocked Roman Abramovich's hire-and-fire policies.

Leeds fans have declared their disappointment that Ken Bates will be staying on as president of the club at Elland Road.

DAILY MIRROR

Chelsea fans have already voiced their fury at the sacked Roberto Di Matteo being replaced by Rafa Benitez.

Harry Redknapp has said he is serious about the Ukraine job - but it may only serve to smoke out QPR.

Leeds' takeover will be concluded next month but fans are unhappy that Ken Bates will remain at Elland Road.

Marouane Fellaini will stay at Everton - if they qualify for the Champions League.

Blackburn have made a shock move to lure veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel back to Ewood Park from Tottenham.

Bordeaux forward Yohan Gouffran is a January target for QPR.

Manchester City are ready to splash out £7million for Croatian teenager Alen Halilovic, a 16-year-old attacking midfielder at Dinamo Zagreb.

Hull have signed Fulham keeper David Stockdale on loan.

DAILY MAIL

Rafa Benitez will meet Chelsea's players on Thursday after being appointed as boss at Stamford Bridge.

Southampton are ready to make a £5.5million move for Blackpool's Matt Phillips in January.

Brad Friedel is ready to give up his battle with Hugo Lloris to be Tottenham's number one keeper by making a dramatic return to Blackburn.

Manchester City want Dinamo Zagreb teenager Alen Halilovic.

THE SUN

Roberto Di Matteo was warned he would be sacked by Chelsea if he axed Fernando Torres on Tuesday against Juventus.

Rafa Benitez reckons he knows what is wrong with Fernando Torres while Didier Drogba could make a return to Chelsea in the New Year.

Roberto Di Matteo's axing has taken Roman Abramovich's pay-offs to sacked managers to nearly £70million.

QPR's Bobby Zamora has been ruled out for at least three months with a hip injury.

Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is a target for Liverpool.

Henning Berg hopes to take Manchester United's Joshua King to Blackburn on loan.

THE INDEPENDENT

Andre Villas-Boas painted a vivd picture of the brutal reality of life as Chelsea manager by claiming that sackings represent "just another day at the office" at Stamford Bridge.

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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