What today’s papers are saying: Sunday, November 10, 2013.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Top football clubs are celebrating another huge TV windfall after BT Sport paid almost £900m to secure exclusive UK live rights for all Champions League and Europa League games. Also: Roy Hodgson has spoken for the first time about the sports scientist who he hopes can break England’s penalty shootout hoodoo at football World Cups.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Football changed irrevocably at 2am yesterday when BT agreed to pay £897 million to secure exclusive rights to broadcast the Champions’ and Europa Leagues for three seasons from 2015. Also: There are holes in England’s game, as everyone knows, and it is unlikely they will be plugged completely in the next seven days leading up to the concluding autumn international against New Zealand but Chris Robshaw was quite right in describing the week to come before his team faces the world champions as “exciting”.THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Mesut Ozil says Arsenal are out to end Manchester United’s title dream today. Also: West Brom boss Steve Clarke was fuming as Chelsea were saved by a last-minute penalty.
THE OBSERVER: England recorded their sixth successive victory at HQ - something they have not achieved since they were on their way to winning the 2003 World Cup - but their head coach, Stuart Lancaster, admitted their performances against Australia and Argentina would not be enough against New Zealand. Also: Steve Clarke was “flabbergasted” at Andre Marriner’s decision to award Chelsea a stoppage-time penalty as West Bromwich Albion came within 19 seconds of becoming the first visiting team to beat Jose Mourinho’s side in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Martin Jol was last night on the brink of becoming the third Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Fulham’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool. Also: England’s Champions League clubs will get a £25million-a-season windfall thanks to BT Sport’s stunning entry into the European football broadcasting market.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho was the ‘Lucky One’ after avoiding his first Premier League defeat as Chelsea boss at Stamford Bridge. Also: Kevin Pietersen has made an emergency dash to Melbourne for a jab to save his Ashes tour.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: England have been hit with a double injury blow to two senior players after Kevin Pietersen joined Matt Prior on the treatment table just 11 days from the first Ashes Test. Also: Chris Ashton was last night the most relieved man in Twickenham after scoring one of England’s four tries in their victory over Argentina.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Manchester City are set to offload Joe Hart - throwing England’s World Cup plans into chaos. Also: Steve Clarke blasted referee Andre Marriner after West Brom came within a whisker of ending Jose Mourinho’s 65-match unbeaten home league run.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Joe Hart is facing an Etihad exit with Man City stepping up their search for an experienced keeper. Also: Hollywood superstar Mike Myers, star of hit movie Austin Powers and Liverpool fanatic, had a great day at Anfield yesterday as the Reds thrashed Fulham 4-0, with Luis Suarez bagging a pair.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Football supporters were last night facing having to pay more than ever to watch Britain’s top clubs on television after BT confirmed it would charge viewers for its Champions League coverage. Also: England have been hit by two significant fitness doubts just 11 days before the start of the Ashes, with Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior both suffering injuries in the rain-affected warm-up match against Australia A, which finished in a draw here yesterday.