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Radja Nainggolan takes fall for Inter’s struggles but is not solely responsible | Paolo Bandini | Football | The Guardian
Inter have made a statement with suspending Radja Nainggolan but they should have been more diligent before paying €24m for his services.

Things go from bad to worse for Thierry Henry at Monaco | Football | The Guardian
The manager was brought in to save the club’s Ligue 1 status but he is struggling to cope with crises on all fronts.

Has Rafael Benítez really reached end of his tether at Newcastle this time? | Football | The Guardian
Manager’s talk of ‘miracles’ and refusal to commit future indicate frustration with Mike Ashley has hit new level.

The Premier League title race and Women's World Cup - what to look forward to in 2019 - BBC Sport
What do we have to look forward to in football in 2019? BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty has a look.

Football's old guard will be stuck on wrong side of history - Football365
Roy Keane, Sam Allardyce and the rest of football's conservative culture might always be stuck in the past.

Merson: If Liverpool win at Man City it could be all over - Football365
If you had Christmas Eve as "the day some journalist declares the league over despite there being a ton of games left to play", step up and collect your prize!

Liverpool's Salah held back this season by shoulder injury from UCL final - Klopp
Mohamed Salah's slow start to the season was due to him still feeling the shoulder injury suffered in the Champions League final, Jurgen Klopp said.

Celtic in pole position to sign Timothy Weah from PSG on loan | Football | The Guardian
Celtic are in pole position to sign Timothy Weah from Paris Saint-Germain.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri suggests psychologist to assist players
Maurizio Sarri suggested he could enlist the help of a sports psychologist to work with his Chelsea players.

Report: Sir Alex pulled strings to secure Solskjaer appointment – ProSoccerTalk
Believe it or not, Sir Alex Ferguson has retained a fair bit of power at Manchester United.