What today’s papers are saying: Sunday April 22, 2013.
THE OBSERVER: For this first appearance before an adoring home congregation Paolo Di Canio was the animated cartoonish character of reputation. He also delivered. Also: Paula Radcliffe has urged Mo Farah to make the most of his remarkable form and not leave it too late to race the full marathon distance, as the 30-year-old embarks on a run to the midway point of today’s London Marathon.
THE PEOPLE: Paolo Di Canio made it two wins out of three to haul Sunderland six points clear of the Premier League drop zone. Also: Luis Suarez reckons Gareth Bale has a clear run at the PFA Player of the Year award after admitting he’s not even sure he would vote for himself!
THE SUN SUNDAY: Daniel Levy has slapped a £100 million price tag on Gareth Bale - as Manchester City join the queue for the Spurs superstar. Also: Arsene Wenger last night claimed Steve Sidwell’s X-rated lunge could easily have broken Mikel Arteta’s leg.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Jack Wilshere is set to miss England’s two summer internationals. Also: It will take a massive £65million bid to prise superstar Gareth Bale out of Tottenham; Sam Allardyce is ready to commit himself to West Ham until 2016.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is planning summer swoops for £10m-rated Man City defender Micah Richards and QPR striker Loic Remy, valued at £8m. Also: Paolo Di Canio last night hailed victory in his first home match as Sunderland manager as the HIGHLIGHT of his career.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Arsenal are closing in on Schalke’s £15million-rated teenager Julian Draxler as manager Arsene Wenger prepares to start spending. Also: A dejected Harry Redknapp seems to be saying goodbye to Tony Pulis - and to the Premier League.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Harry Redknapp finally threw in the towel last night and admitted that his beleaguered Queens Park Rangers side are almost certainly doomed to relegation from the Premier League. Also: The Premier League was last night accused of being the biggest obstacle in the path of aspiring black managers.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: The power has been turned back on at the Stadium of Light. And this was not about the man, it was more about his players as Sunderland rolled away the clouds of relegation in sparkling fashion to earn a thoroughly deserved victory against a side they had not beaten in the league since 2001 and in any competition in 19 previous attempts. Also: Joachim Low, the Germany coach, has emerged as a candidate to be Arsenal’s next manager.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Paolo Di Canio has already started to change the course of Sunderland’s history as he followed the Black Cats’ first away win over Newcastle in 13 years by leading them to their first victory over Everton since 2001. Also: Bernie Ecclestone has described the Bahrain government as “stupid” for allowing today’s grand prix in the troubled Gulf kingdom to give a voice to human rights protestors.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: There was no knee slide this time, and the pants stayed clean, Nevertheless, Paolo Di Canio was more than satisfied in the wake of trousering another precious three points. Also: Sam Warburton is set to be named captain of the British & Irish Lions later this month.