What today’s newspapers are saying, today, Sunday, May 5, 2013.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Steve Bruce christened yesterday’s breathless finale to the Championship season as the most “ridiculous” day in his long career, after his Hull City side secured promotion to the Premier League at Watford’s expense. Also: Rafael Benitez has stoked his smouldering feud with Sir Alex Ferguson by insisting he is ready to “fight” his corner when the managers face each other today.
SUNDAY TIMES: Hull City manager Steve Bruce was still trying to calm his rattled nerves 20 minutes after the final whistle at the KC Stadium and enjoy the feeling of being back in the Premier League. Also: Rafa Benitez could be offered the chance to join the Bundesliga boom, with Schalke eyeing the Spaniard after he guided Chelsea to the Europa League final.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: “We have a score from Vicarage Road...” the PA announcer shrieked. “It’s Watford one...” he paused. “Leeds United two!” Some erupted, others stared ahead disbelievingly and others flooded the pitch. Also: An afternoon which began portentously with thunder and lightning ended in bitter anticlimax and undisguised anxiety for the welfare of two young Watford goalkeepers.
THE SUN: Gareth Bale saved Spurs with a stunning late strike - and then heard the praise of both managers ringing in his ears. Also: Steve Bruce led Hull back into the Premier League and roared: It’s my finest achievement as a manager.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Jose Mourinho has arranged a first summit with Roman Abramovich aboard the Chelsea owner’s super-yacht this week. Also: Phil Jones is heading for a bumper new deal with Manchester United.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Steve Bruce hailed Hull City’s £110million promotion to the Premier League as his greatest managerial achievement. Also: Manchester United will test Tottenham’s resolve to keep Gareth Bale.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he would be prepared to make a sensational return to Manchester United. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson does not have many regrets in life - but not signing Frank Lampard is certainly one of them.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has warned that the newly crowned champions have the cash to make a huge signing. Also: A remarkable week for Gareth Bale was rounded off in style by the Welshman yesterday when he fired Spurs to a last-gasp win over Southampton.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Rafa Benitez will be offered the chance to join Germany’s footballing renaissance next season, with Schalke chasing him as their No.1 choice to be new manager. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed reports he will miss the start of Manchester United’s Premier League title defence next season following hip surgery.