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  1. Goodbye

    Sports Personality of the Year

    Winners Weekend

    And that is it for another edition of Sportsday. We'll leave you with this...

    BBC Sport looks forward to Winners' Weekend on BBC One this Sunday, including the Strictly Come Dancing final, Sports Personality of the Year 2015 and The Apprentice final.

    Three winners. Two nights. One Winners' Weekend.

    Head here for the video

    Watch the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final from 18:35 GMT on Saturday and then on Sunday, Sports Personality of the Year from 18:50 followed by The Apprentice final at 21:00.

  2. Quiz: Spot the Bauble


    Sergio Aguero

    Forget balls - at this time of year it's all about the baubles. But can you pick them out successfully?  

    Play our festive Spot the Bauble quiz

  3. Sterling not worried by fee


    Raheem Sterling says he does not think about the huge fee Manchester City paid to sign him from Liverpool.

    Raheem Sterling

    The England winger cost City £49m when he moved from Anfield in the summer.

    Ahead of City's game at Arsenal on Monday, Sterling also believes his team are favourites to win the Premier League title.

    Watch the video here

  4. I didn't want to sack Mourinho - Abramovich


    Roman Abramovich addressed the Chelsea players at training today to tell them that he didn't want to sack Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail. 

    Apparently he addressed the players in Russian, with his comments translated to the team. 

    According to the article, Jose Mourinho was also back at the training ground, and also spoke to the players. He "reminded them of what it took to be winners last season, when they landed the Premier League and the Capital One Cup."  

    Roman Abramovich
  5. McFadden back at Motherwell...again


    Former Scotland forward James McFadden has signed for his first club Motherwell for a third time.

    McFadden, who has been training at Fir Park for most of the season after his release by St Johnstone, has been given a contract until the end of January.

    James McFadden

    The 32-year-old told Well's website: "The club has always had a special place in my heart and I've always had a close bond with the supporters.

    "I've been training hard, feel fit and I really believe I can help out."

  6. Ex-Costa Rica chief extradited amid Fifa scandal


    More Fifa related news...

    Eduardo Li - former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation - has been extradited to the US, the Swiss justice ministry says.

    He was handed over to the US police in Zurich and then flown to New York.

    Eduardo Li

    Mr Li is one of seven officials with Fifa, world football's governing body, who were arrested in Zurich in May, amid a huge corruption investigation.

    Separately, Switzerland will extradite former Fifa Vice-President Eugenio Figueredo to his native Uruguay.

  7. Hayatou calls for a reformed Fifa


    Football deserves "nothing less" than a rebuilt and fully accountable Fifa, says acting president Issa Hayatou.

    World football's governing body has been engulfed by claims of widespread corruption since summer 2015.

    Issa Hayatou

    As a result of criminal and internal investigations new reform measures were approved by Fifa in December.

    "There may be more challenges, and it will take time for the reforms to take effect. Our resolve to rebuild Fifa for the better remains steadfast," he said.

    Read the full piece here

  8. Bowler Steyn fit to face England


    South Africa paceman Dale Steyn's chances of being fit for the Test series with England look positive after he passed a thorough fitness test.

    Dale Steyn

    The 32-year-old, the number one ranked Test bowler, has been out of action with a groin strain since the first Test against India in early November.

    But in Cape Town this week he was able to bowl at high intensity in the nets, run sprints and do fielding drills.

    The first of the four-match Test series begins in Durban on 26 December.

  9. Kist causes shock at PDC


    Here are the afternoon results from the PDC World Championship. A shock result sees Dutchman Christian Kist beat England's Justin Pipe.

    Qiang Sun (Chn) 0-2 Mick McGowan (Ire)*

    John Henderson (Sco) 1-3 Darren Webster (Eng)

    Justin Pipe (Eng) 0-3 Christian Kist (Ned)

    Mark Webster (Wal) 3-0 Mick McGowan (Ire)

    Head here for the full schedule

  10. Hockaday is back


    Kidderminster Harriers have named former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday as their new head coach.

    David Hockaday

    The 57-year-old takes over from Gary Whild who left the National League club last month.

    Hockaday will be in the dugout  for Saturday's game at Macclesfield, with Harriers bottom of the table, without a win, and five points from safety.

    "Dave has an enviable reputation as a coach within the game," said Kidderminster chairman Rod Brown.

  11. Para-triathlete rules out Rio complacency

    Disability Sport

    World Para-triathlon champion Lauren Steadman has ruled out any complacency after 14 months unbeaten.

    Lauren Steadman

    The 23-year-old is also British and European champion going into Rio 2016, when Para-triathlon will make its Paralympics debut.

    "I didn't ever believe I'd have such an achievement, but everyone trains as equally as hard so I can't sit back and relax," she told BBC Look East.

    "I just get it in my head that the rest of the world is chasing me."

    Watch the video here

  12. Scots to face Australia

    Rugby Union

    Scotland have the chance to avenge their last-minute Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat when Australia visit in the autumn Tests in November.


    Vern Cotter's men will face the Wallabies for the first time since the 35-34 loss at Twickenham in the first of the traditional three-Test series.

    Both that opener on Saturday 12 November and the Test against World Cup semi-finalists Argentina the following Saturday will be at Murrayfield.

    Scotland play Georgia one week later.

  13. Varney signs new Ipswich deal


    Luke Varney has signed a deal with Ipswich Town until the end of the season, while fellow forward David McGoldrick faces lengthy spell out.

    Luke Varney

    Varney, 33, has been undergoing rehabilitation with Ipswich since injuring his Achilles in last season's play-off semi-final against Norwich while on loan from Blackburn.

    He played 12 games for Ipswich before being released by Rovers in the summer.

    Meanwhile, McGoldrick is out for the "long-term" with a hamstring tear.

  14. Goulding returns to Wigan

    Rugby League

    Wigan Warriors have appointed former centre Darrell Goulding as their youth development coach after his retirement in June.

    Goulding, 27, was at Hull KR when he was forced to quit the game on medical advice after suffering a series of concussion injuries.

    Darrell Goulding

    He came through the academy at the Warriors and won a Super League and Challenge Cup double in 2013.

    "This club will always feel like home and I'm glad to be back," he said.

  15. Sri Lanka investigate match fixing


    Sri Lankan authorities are investigating an attempt to fix an international cricket match involving the national team and the West Indies.

    Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said a suspected bookmaker had approached two Sri Lankan players ahead of the match to try to convince them to under-perform and lose the match.

    Both players turned down the approach and the authorities were informed, Mr Jayasekara said.

    Sri Lanka went on to win the game.

  16. Plough Lane 'a dream' for Dons boss


    AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley says it would be "a dream" to lead the club into their new stadium at Plough Lane.

    The Dons have planning permission to build a new ground on the site of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, and hope to complete construction in 2018.

    Ardley wants his team to display the spirit shown by fans in re-establishing the club. "They don't expect you to play free-flowing football like Real Madrid, though it's a bonus if you do," he said.

  17. Swansea 'won't rush' naming new boss


    Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says they "will not rush" appointing a new manager, following Garry Monk's departure earlier this month.

    Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has recently been the leading candidate to take over.

    Marcelo Bielsa

    Jenkins travelled to South America, where it is understood he spoke to the 60-year-old about taking charge.

    "We have been working tirelessly and diligently to fill the managerial void," said Jenkins via Twitter. 

  18. Why you shouldn't celebrate too early...

    American Football

    Tampa Bay Buccanneers

    What's he doing??

    Tampa Bay wide receiver Donteea Dye prematurely celebrates a superb catch against the St Louis Rams - only to realise the ball is still in play.

    Watch the video here

  19. England keeper joins Liverpool


    Siobhan Chamberlain

    Liverpool Ladies have signed England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain for the 2016 Women's Super League season.

    She left Arsenal at the end of last term, during which she had a spell on loan at Notts County.

    The 32-year-old was a member of the England squad that finished third at the World Cup in Canada.

  20. Football

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    More from LMA chief executive Richard Bevan: "There are lots of conversations going on but all we know is that Jose Mourinho will no longer be on the Chelsea bench. It is a volatile environment and hard to build a career. It is like going to a permanent tribunal and there is not much sympathy.

    "The owners need to look at the expectations of the fans and give managers time. Time is not a commodity afforded to football managers."

  21. Football in the FT?!


    BBC Radio 5 Live

    LMA chief executive Richard Bevan: "Sir Alex Ferguson got it right saying a manager's role has gone from demanding to convincing. 

    "In my eight years at the LMA, I have never seen a sacking on the front page of the Financial Times, everyone wants to know what went on and what has gone on behind the scenes."

  22. Guardiola wins vote

    Who should be next permanent Chelsea manager?

    Many thanks to everyone who took part in our vote. 

    Pep Guardiola won with 21% of the vote.

    Diego Simeone was second with 17%. 

    Brendan Rodgers was third with 12%. 

    You can see the full results above. 

    Pep Guardiola
  23. Veteran Batty signs new Surrey deal


    Surrey captain Gareth Batty has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.

    The 38-year-old spinner skippered the side to the Division Two title in 2015.

    Gareth Batty

    "We've got a very special set of players at the moment and it's a great honour to be able to lead them onto the field," he told the club website.

    "Promotion last season was just the start of what we can achieve. I look forward to playing my part in our continued development."

  24. Taylor signs for Sussex


  25. Get Involved


    We Heart Smiles: Chelsea should hire Zidane. Would be a great hire and make Hazard the best player in the world.

    Shane Daly: Here's a question, if Jose does get the United job, does he want or can he persuade Ronaldo to come back to Old Trafford?

  26. Pep for Chelsea?


    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he has made a decision over his future, while Thomas Muller is one of four players to sign new deals.

    Guardiola's contract expires in June and he has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.

    Pep Guardiola and Thomas Muller

    The Spaniard has told Bayern what he will do and is set to make it public following Saturday's game at Hannover.

    Meanwhile, Muller, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso have all extended their Bayern deals.

    Read the full piece here

  27. Carneiro to continue legal case


    Katie Gornall

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea filed their defence before yesterday's midnight deadline ahead of an initial hearing in South London on 6th January. A date for the full tribunal will  be set, and Mourinho and Chelsea hierarchy will be compelled to give evidence in person.

    Carniero's claim includes a request for reinstatement, raising the possibility of a return to Stamford Bridge for her. However the club will not be forced to take her back.

    Carniero left the club in September when she was demoted after Mourinho criticised her and physio Jon Fearn for going onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the season.

  28. Carneiro to continue legal case


    Katie Gornall

    BBC Sport

    The former Chelsea doctor Eva Carniero is to continue with legal action against Chelsea and the club's former manager Jose Mourinho.

    Carneiro is suing Chelsea for constructive dismissal, breach of contract, and there is a separate but connected legal claim against Mourinho for alleged discrimination.

    Eva Carneiro
  29. Post update

    Yet more breaking news concerning Chelsea and Jose Mourinho is coming right up...

  30. Ascot security increased

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC Sport horse racing correspondent


    Security measures at Ascot racecourse have been significantly stepped with Saturday’s expected 16,000-strong crowd facing body searches as well as bag checks.

    Nick Smith, spokesman for the Royal racecourse, says the changes are “sensible measures” in the light of world events and not a reaction to a specific threat.

    “We have actively upped the security and made it more visible.

    “Metal detector wands are being employed for the first time plus more search dogs and we’ve doubled the staff doing it which should ensure as little hold-up for customers as possible.”

  31. Liverpool news conference

    Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    More of the, let's call it 'exchange', between West Brom boss Tony Pulis and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

    The German added: "It is no problem for me to say sorry. I have big respect for his work. I wanted to go to the players to be together with them."  

    "Sometimes football is like this. Some people have to make decisions. It's not too good that a thing like this ends like this.

    "I forgot to shake hands. That's all."  

  32. Police search for ex-Ivory Coast player


    German police have confirmed that the family of Steve Gohouri has filed a missing person's report for the former Ivory Coast international.

    The 34-year-old attended his German club's Christmas party on Friday before heading to see his family in Paris.

    Steve Gohouri

    Six days on, the TSV Steinbach defender has yet to arrive.

    "We are taking the case seriously and are aware of the family's concerns," Dusseldorf police spokeperson Susanna Heusgen told BBC Sport.

  33. Get Involved


    On South Eastern: Would Man Utd be happy with Jose as manager? Could it be done in January? 

  34. Who will succeed Mourinho?

    Vote now

    You have until 16:00 GMT to take part in our vote above on who should become the next permanent Chelsea manager. 

    You can read all our terms and conditions here. 

    Chelsea contenders
  35. Liverpool news conference

    Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis said earlier today "he would like to apologise after his side played three more long passes than Liverpool" in the draw between the 2-2 draw between the teams at Anfield last Sunday. 

  36. What next for Mourinho?


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Mourinho was right in the frame to succeed Steve McClaren in 2007 but eventually pulled out of contention.

    Would the Football Association be tempted to make an approach if Euro 2016 does not go to plan and Roy Hodgson's time is up?

    It is an unlikely scenario but if England were seeking a new manager and Mourinho was available, surely the call has to be made? Unlikely - but an interesting thought.

    Rating: 4/10

  37. What next for Mourinho?


    Mourinho has always stated his intention to sample international coaching later in his career - with all the signs pointing to him eventually taking charge of his home country, Portugal. But what about England?

    Jose Mourinho
  38. Post update

    As you can see, Jurgen Klopp is addressing the media ahead of Liverpool's game at Watford this weekend. We'll bring you the best of that and continue to look at Jose Mourinho's post-Chelsea options.

  39. Liverpool news conference

    Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    All the Premier League managers have had their say about Jose Mourinho's departure from Chelsea, so what does Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp think?

    "It is sad situation that such a successful relationship between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea ends like this," said the German. "So I wish Jose all the best and he can use the time a little bit for himself because as I know after a few days, weeks, it's good to have a little bit of rest. 

    "I think he has worked over the last few years constantly and that's not easy at this level - I wish him all the best.

  40. What next for Mourinho?

    Bayern Munich

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Bayern Munich may soon find themselves having to fill a Pep Guardiola-sized hole at the Allianz Arena, and few managers in football have the pedigree and personality to match the demands and expectations of a club known as 'FC Hollywood'.

    Mourinho is one, and his sudden availability may spark interest from Bayern, though this job looks like it has got Carlo Ancelotti's name on it. 

    Rating: 5/10

  41. What next for Mourinho?

    Bayern Munich

    Mourinho has won titles in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A but Bundesliga success is missing from his CV - and only one club could meet that need.

    Jose Mourinho
  42. Wigan post losses


    League One side Wigan Athletic have announced a loss of £3.9m for 2015, their first for four years.

    The Latics made a profit of £2.6m in 2014, but were relegated from the Championship last season.

    DW Stadium

    Turnover decreased from £37m to £28 because of a reduction in Premier League parachute payments, no Europa League football and a smaller income from the FA Cup.

    The results mean that Wigan's net debt has increased to £13.3m.

  43. What next for Mourinho?

    Real Madrid

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    His cause was not helped by the 4-0 El Clasico thrashing by Barcelona and the loss to Villarreal that has put Real off the pace in La Liga and the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss under pressure.

    Could Mourinho return to Real? He left amid squad acrimony in 2013 but president Florentino Perez remains an admirer and it may be a case of Mourinho feeling he has unfinished business if he ever had the chance to go back.

    Managerial positions are always fluid at the Bernabeu - so it is a case of "never say never".

    Rating: 6/10

  44. What next for Mourinho?

    Real Madrid

    Rafael Benitez, an old adversary of Mourinho, is in charge at the Bernabeu but he too has faced criticism of his tactical approach.

    Jose Mourinho
  45. Get Involved


    Auay Jokesomefun: They are two, one is good, the other is cool. Mourinho is gone Van Gaal is next  

  46. Where next for Mourinho?

    Manchester United

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    United manager Louis van Gaal is struggling to win over a sceptical public unhappy with his playing style and his team's recent exit from the Champions League.

    If Van Gaal fails to improve matters and Mourinho is available at the end of the season, could he be the perfect replacement?

    Mourinho's style is equally pragmatic but he is a guarantee of success, charismatic and would not be afraid of United's worldwide stature.

    Rating: 7/10

  47. What next for Mourinho?


    Yep, everyone is still talking about Jose Mourinho, so your humble Sportsday authors will return to pondering his exit from Chelsea.

    Earlier on, we tried to consider who might replace Mourinho, only for Guus Hiddink to selfishly show up in London right in the middle of our debate.

    Now, unless Jose already has something line up, we're certain this one can't be hijacked. Our chief football writer Phil McNulty has been pondering what next for the Special One...

  48. Mourinho's departure - global reaction

    Jose Mourinho's sacking has made headlines all over the world this morning, BBC Monitoring reports. 

    In Spain, both Marca and AS use the headline "Mourinho Anda Suelto", meaning "Mourinho walks free" - an apparent reference to a song entitled "El Diablo (The Devil) Anda Suelto". Both papers speculate about a return to Real Madrid. 

    International papers

    In Italy, Il Messaggero says "Disaster at Chelsea as Mourinho the Special One leaves with 12 million (euros)", while Russia's Kommersant says he left "with an allowance". 

    Ukraine's Segodnya newspaper also focusses on the dent Mourinho's departure will make on the wallet of Chelsea's Russian owner, saying: "Abramovich says bye to Mourinho and 40m euros". 

    On the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, which is similar to Twitter, a hashtag that roughly translates as "Mourinho leaves class" has been used more than 2000 times so far with users praising the achievements of the self-proclaimed "Special One".

  49. Celtic ban fans over Turkey flares


    Celtic have "indefinitely suspended" two fans from attending matches home and away after the use of flares inside Fenerbahce's stadium in Istanbul.

    The Glasgow club face what would be a fourth sanction this year from European football's governing body, Uefa.

    Celtic fans

    "There have been calls from many for Celtic to raise a civil action in relation to recovering any fines imposed," said a club statement.

    "And this is something which the club will consider."

    Read the piece in full

  50. Get Involved


    Neelam Khan: I keep reading Mourinho had to go; he did play his part but so did the players & they need to take some responsibility.

    King Zorba: Will Jeremy Vine also be writing a letter about Chelsea physio John Fearn?

  51. Answers

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Today's question was: Name the eight European managers to have played under Roman Abramovich as Chelsea?

    Answers: Claudio Ranieri, Jose Mourinho, Ray Wilkins, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez.

  52. Amir closer to Pakistan return


    Mohammad Amir has moved a step closer to a returning to international cricket after being named in a Pakistan training squad.

    The 23-year-old left-armer, who was banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing scam on the 2010 tour of England, has impressed in domestic cricket.

    "I promise that I will do my best to respect the prestige of the green cap and Pakistan shirt," said Amir.

    Mohammad Amir
  53. LeBron sends golfer's wife to hospital


    LeBron James accidentally injured Ellie Day, wife of world number two golfer Jason, as the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar collided with the courtside seats in his team's win over Oklahoma.

    LeBron James

    James, 30, was chasing a loose ball and unable to stop himself crashing into Ellie, who was sat next to her husband.

    Ellie was taken to hospital in a neck brace, but was released on Friday.

    "I squeezed her hand and she said she was OK," said James, who weighs 113kg (17st 11lbs), after the match.


  54. Griffiths signs new Celtic deal


    Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths has signed a new contract, which will run until the end of the 2020/21 season, with champions Celtic.

    The 25-year-old initially struggled to hold down a place in the team after arriving in January 2014.

    Leigh Griffiths

    But Griffiths has flourished this season, leading the Premiership scoring charts with 14 goals.

    Griffiths said: "I'm looking forward to the next five years as we look to add to the trophies already won."

  55. Get Involved


    Jamie Watson: I would not be surprised if Mourinho took the England job after the Euros, would be a massive coup for the FA.

    Dimal Luta: Chelsea have outgrown the Premier League so much that they're looking to try their luck in the Championship

  56. Vardy brings Christmas cheer to hospital


    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy may have hastened Jose Mourinho's Chelsea exit, but he has at least shown he is not full of humbug spirit by bringing Christmas cheer to children at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

    Jamie Vardy

    He showed his festive side when he and his table-topping team-mates clubbed together to buy presents and then personally deliver them on Thursday.

    "Some of these kids might not be able to get home home for Christmas," Vardy told BBC East Midlands Today. 

    "There are smiles on everyone's faces. Hopefully it gives the kids a lift and hopefully they will be out of here as soon as possible."

    Watch the video here

  57. Dhanda agrees pro Liverpool contract


    Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda has become the first player of Indian heritage to sign a professional contract with the Anfield club.

    Birmingham-born playmaker Dhanda, 17, joined the Reds' academy in July 2013 from West Brom and has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal.

    Yan Dhanda

    He is the second British Asian with a professional deal in the top-flight, with Swansea's Neil Taylor the other.

    Dhanda has also played for England at under-16 and under-17 level.

    The attacking midfielder won the up-and-coming player category at the Asian Football Awards in 2013.

  58. New deals for Bayern quarter


    Bayern Munich players Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez have all signed new contracts with the Bundesliga club until 2021.

    Spaniard Xavi Alonso has signed a new deal until 2017.

  59. Get Involved


    Henry: Why oh why would we want someone who has been disaster for the last 5 years to replace Jose? This is just stupid.

    andypoon: In a few years down the road when JM has won trophies elsewhere, then he'll be back at Chelsea...anyone wanting a bet on this

  60. When Chelsea 'outgrew' the Premier League


    It might be worth a little reminder that a little under 14 months ago, one Chelsea fan phoned in to 5 live Sport's Football Social to claim that Chelsea had 'outgrown the Premier League'. 

    This November, he came back and stood by his original comments. 

    Wonder what he's thinking now...

  61. Get Involved


    Harry Partridge: CFC's net spend was 37% higher than the PL average. In JM's first spell, it was 100% higher than the 2nd highest net spenders!

    Aidan Williams: Mourinho signed his own resignation through uncharacteristic stupidity and sheer horrible idiocy with treatment Eva Carneiro

  62. Real say no to Mourinho?


    Real Madrid have no immediate plan to bring back Jose Mourinho, according to president Florentino Perez.

    Jose Mourinho

    Mourinho, 52, won La Liga and the Copa del Rey during his time at the Bernabeu from 2010 to 2013, but on Thursday was sacked as manager of Chelsea.

    Real manager Rafael Benitez is under pressure in a disappointing season that includes a 4-0 home loss to Barcelona.

    Perez said: "No-one can know the future, but right now he will not come to Madrid."

  63. 'You humiliated her'


    A little more from Jeremy Vine's letter to Jose Mourinho...

    "You didn't just demote her and cause her to leave, you humiliated her. You should not have done it and I believe the players were also at a loss as they tried to explain it to their young daughters.

    "She was popular; they sided with her against you; you lost the dressing room. You caused the doctor to leave and the players sacked you. 

    "Do you understand that, Jose? You were fired by your own players. When you realise that is what has happened, I believe you will find the thought unbearable."

  64. "Do you understand that, Jose? You were fired by your own players"


    Jeremy Vine (yes, that one from Radio Two) has written an open letter to Jose Mourinho after his sacking. 

    He begins describing how much joy Mourinho has given him, but goes on to say "And then something utterly unhinged happened. I had to explain to my young daughter why you had exploded at the popular team doctor (one of the most prominent women in the Premier League) and I could not give her a decent reason. 

    Jeremy Vine and his daughter Martha
    Image caption: Jeremy Vine and his daughter Martha
  65. Get Involved


    Steve Pretty: Roman, when Mrs. Abramovich told you to go out and get a Guus for Christmas, this is not what she had in mind!

    Larry Moyo: Chelsea have just endorsed player power, same problem that has left Real Madrid without titles of late

  66. 'I want as much information as possible'

    More from Guus Hiddink: "I want as much information as possible.

    "Chelsea are in a bad situation and there are reasons for that. 

    "Whether or not I'm visiting their next match depends on my first conversation. Then I'll decide if I should stay in London longer."

    Guus Hiddink
  67. I am talking to Chelsea - Hiddink

    Guus Hiddink has confirmed he is in talks with Chelsea, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

    As we reported first earlier today, the Dutchman is in London for discussions over an interim role at Stamford Bridge.

    "I want to get some good insight before I make my decision," said Hiddink.

  68. Post update

    Stand-by for a Guus Hiddink update, this time straight from the man himself...

  69. Darts

    PDC World Championship

    Day two is just getting under way at the Alexandra Palace. After defending champion Gary Anderson made it through the first round last night, there are two session today. The line-up is:

    Qiang Sun (Chn) v Mick McGowan (Ire)*

    John Henderson (Sco) v Darren Webster (Eng)

    Justin Pipe (Eng) v Christian Kist (Ned)

    Mark Webster (Wal) v Qiang Sun (Chn)/Mick McGowan (Ire)

  70. Get Involved


    Jolly Van Jingles: Guardiola will go to Man Utd for the history, City for the Barca connections or Arsenal for London-life. Chelsea, forget Pep.

    Nick Orchard: As soon as Abramovich heard that Hiddink had just helped the Dutch to fourth place, he had to be the man for the job.

  71. A lot of variants

    Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford head coach Quique Flores is looking forward to the Premier League visit of Liverpool on Sunday. And he’s thinking more about the Liverpool team rather than their coach Jurgen Klopp.

    “He’s very ambitious, he’s very energetic. But I focus on Liverpool as a team. I’m not thinking too much about the coach – I’m thinking about the players," said the Spaniard. 

    "I’m happy because these kind of matches against historic teams are always a little bit different. We have to think about the difficulties to play against these type of players because they have energy, they make good pressure, they play well, they play fast, they have a lot of variants.”

  72. No Europe talk for Flores

    Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford will have a familiar look on Sunday for the visit of Liverpool with no fresh injuries at Vicarage Road and the Hornets on a three match unbeaten run. 

    Manager Quique Flores is challenging his players to continue their excellent form which sees them 7th in the Premier League: “We haven’t changed anything. We have the same targets. 

    "I’m happy with their performances and the ambition is to aim high. We have to be ambitious and it’s important that we keep the confidence. 

    "But before a match I don’t say to the players we can get into Europe. I don’t talk like that.”

    Quique Flores
  73. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United are on a run of five games without a win in all competitions. They face Norwich at Old Trafford.

    "Every game has its own pressure," said boss Louis van Gaal. "Every week you have to do it in different circumstances. Three or four players are coming back. 

    "Wayne Rooney and Ander Herrera have trained the full week. We have other players who have trained just one day so there is too much risk. In these circumstance, you have to take a risk. only the preparation is the same. 

    "We always prepare very good about the quality of the opponents and our gameplan. They are doing their utmost best. We have to give the results everyone is expecting."

  74. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United job, one that Louis van Gaal currently occupies.

    "I have the full confidence of the my board and players," said the Dutchman. "We have to get results. We have to win, we know that. There is no doubt about it.

    "When you lose too much, then it will be the end of the world for me too."

  75. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v Norwich (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    One of your rivals has been given the chop from his position, so what does Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feel about the decision...

    "I am surprised Jose Mourinho got sacked, he is a fantastic manager," said the Dutchman. "We know and Jose kowns no-one is safe, it is the footballing world. 

    "I have seen articles [that things are not right with the players] so this world is a little bit crazy.  "

  76. Hiddink's best days behind him?

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Guus Hiddink resigned as Turkey coach after failing to get them to Euro 2012 then had a short spell in charge of Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala before sustaining arguably the biggest scar on his reputation when he succeeded Louis van Gaal after the 2014 World Cup for a second stint as Netherlands coach.

    He lasted only 10 months and left the job with the Dutch qualification campaign for Euro 2016 doomed, losing five of his ten games in charge.

    The facts suggest Hiddink's best days are behind him - but Abramovich will hope the return to Chelsea will buck that disturbing trend since he was last in charge at Stamford Bridge.

    Guus Hiddink
  77. Hiddink comes with a dented reputation

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Guus Hiddink celebrates winning the FA Cup with Chelsea

    Guus Hiddink is in a London hotel putting the finishing touches to his return to Chelsea - but is Roman Abramovich actually turning to a manager who is out of his time?

    Hiddink will be trading on memories of his successful temporary spell in charge in 2009, when he took over from sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari and won the FA Cup against Everton at Wembley.

    The 69-year-old's reputation has been dented since then with an undistinguished spell in charge of Russia, where he was sacked for failing to get them to the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

  78. Question of Sport teaser

  79. Chelsea are in a difficult position


    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    It is understood that Hiddink is looking forward to the challenge at Chelsea, but is acutely aware of the size of the task he faces. He acknowledges the club are in a completely different position to that when he previously took interim charge in 2009, but is confident he can help turn it around and that the squad of players are more than capable of doing so.

  80. Hiddink - since leaving Chelsea

    Guus Hiddink
    Image caption: 2010-11: Failed to lead Turkey to Euro 2012 after a 3-0 playoff defeat against Croatia
    Guus Hiddink
    Image caption: 2012-13: Led Anzhi Makhachkala to a third place finish in the Russian Premier League
    Guus Hiddink
    Image caption: 2014-15: Appointed Netherlands boss after the 2014 World Cup. Sacked after disastrous start to Euro 2016 qualifying campaign which the Dutch never recovered from
  81. Hiddink set for interim Chelsea job

    Hiddink won six Dutch league titles and the European Cup in his time as PSV Eindhoven manager.

    He has also coached South Korea, Australia and Russia before leading Chelsea to FA Cup success in 2009.

    Since then, he has endured unsuccessful spells as manager of Turkey, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and the Netherlands.

  82. Get Involved


    Nabil Hawa: Shouldn't we be careful with rumours? He could just be getting in some last minute Christmas shopping.

  83. Hiddink to become interim Chelsea manager


    Guus Hiddink

    Hiddink will hold fond memories for Chelsea fans after he led the Blues to the FA Cup, but his last role was nothing short of a disaster.

    Only 10 matches in charge of the Netherlands, a tenure ended after 10 months in charge. Five defeats and four wins, the start of a Euro 2016 qualifying campaign that ultimately failed.

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    SMS Message: I would like Mark Hughes get the job. Chelsea player, British, knows the league inside out. No European experience not a problem for the near future. from John G
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  85. Post update

    Are you sure that's Hiddink Peter? It could just be a clean-shaven Father Christmas jetting in before he gets to work.

  86. Hiddink spotted at Heathrow?

  87. Get Involved


    Tony Brookes: Guardiola should be discounted as a future Chelsea manager. No way he will ever consider it. Concentrate on Hiddink.

    Len Morrison: Surely Ancelotti is the best option? Abramovich has shown he's willing to take back managers, and he will be for the long-term.

  88. Who will Chelsea turn to next?

    Guus Hiddink

    After getting the flak and sack for the Netherlands' dismal Euro 2016 qualification campaign, he may decide that, at 69, he can do without the pressures of another high-profile full-time role.

    But if offered another caretaker role, he would be a good candidate to keep the Stamford Bridge seat warm.

  89. Who will Chelsea turn to next?

    Guus Hiddink

    The abiding image of Hiddink's brief spell in charge of Chelsea is of the Dutchman with one hand on the shoulder of a beaming Abramovich, a cigar in the other, and the team's FA Cup celebrations as a backdrop. 

    It was the end of a short, but sweet, three-month stint as he rejuvenated a club that had looked lost under Luiz Felipe Scolari, securing a Champions League place and beating Everton 2-1 at Wembley in his final game in charge.

    Guus Hiddink