WE take a look around the papers for the latest on Tottenham Hotpsur, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Reading, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers.
DAILY MIRROR: Manchester City are ready to make a £40million raid for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale. Also: Aston Villa’s troubled season has hit a new low after three stars were forced to apologise for a late-night drunken fracas
THE SUN: The Germans last night mocked England’s new manager - with their top players and bosses laughing: “Roy who?”. Also: Alex Ferguson has warned Manchester City the Premier League title race is not over. Also: West Ham took a giant stride towards Wembley - as a Wales ace caned Cardiff.
DAILY MAIL: Roman Abramovich is refusing to give up on his dream of taking Jose Mourinho back as Chelsea manager. Also: Stuart Pearce could be the first casualty of the Roy Hodgson regime, with the former England left-back expected to lose his role with the senior squad and so miss out on next month’s European Championship. Also: Aston Villa have disciplined three of their players after they were involved in a nightclub fracas just days before their most important game of the season.
Newcastle and Reading are in competition to sign Barnsley’s £2m-rated 21-year-old midfielder Jacob Butterfield.
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson last night pleased with Newcastle to rescue Manchester United’s title hopes. Also: Stuart Pearce could be left to concentrate on the Olympics this summer as Roy Hodgson weighs up whether to include him in the backroom team for Euro 2012. Also: Arsenal’s hopes of holding on to Player of the Year Robin van Persie have been boosted by the fact Manchester City have valued him at just £20million.
DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho has ruled out a return to Chelsea after deciding to stay at newly-crowned Spanish champions Real Madrid. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has piled the pressure on Manchester City and told them: You have to win at Newcastle to win the league.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsenal are facing competition from Tottenham Hotspur for Junior Hoilett as well as Jan Vertonghen and Eden Hazard
Senior figures in German football yesterday expressed surprise at the Football Association’s choice of England manager, and suggested that the organisation’s lengthy delay in making the appointment not only weakened the new man’s hand, but “would never have happened in Germany”. Roy Keane admits he is unlikely to repair his broken relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson unless he bumps into the Manchester United manager while “walking his dog”.
THE TIMES: Fabio Capello has warned Roy Hodgson that he will find it difficult to forge team spirit and create a winning mentality in the England squad before the European Championships this summer Also: Roy Hodgson’s international credentials have been called into question by the coach of the Champions League finalists Bayern Munich.
THE GUARDIAN: Roy Hodgson’s credentials to oversee the England team have been called into question by the veteran Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes after the German suggested he was largely unaware of the Englishman’s work and warned a difficult task lay ahead if he is to inspire the national squad ahead of Euro 2012. Also: Harry Redknapp may not be going to the European Championships with England but he will still have his say on their performances. The England manager has agreed to be a pundit for the BBC during its coverage of this summer’s tournament.
THE INDEPENDENT: Sir Alex Ferguson last night exerted his final piece of pressure on Manchester City by declaring that his own club’s chance of a 20th title will be extinguished if Roberto Mancini’s players win at Newcastle on Sunday. Also: Stuart Pearce’s involvement with the England senior team for the European Championship this summer and beyond is in doubt as the new national manager Roy Hodgson seeks to bring in his own staff.