WHAT today’s papers are saying
Wolves players will be given a ‘secret’ exit door out of Molineux - if there is another hostile reaction from fans tomorrow. Also: Spurs will throw everything at Jose Mourinho to entice him to the club if Harry Redknapp quits as boss.
Roman Abramovich is still set to wield the axe this summer, despite Chelsea’s Champions League heroics against Napoli. Also: Wolves will step up security measures tomorrow - to protect players from their own fans.
Kauto Star said farewell to the Gold Cup to a swell of sympathetic and reverent applause rather than the famous Cheltenham roar, which yesterday belonged to AP McCoy and Synchronised. Also: Wolves players could have minders tomorrow for their battle with Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Wales were last night mourning the death of Mervyn Davies, their former captain, who won two Grand Slams and three Triple Crowns with his country and was at the heart of two magnificent British and Irish Lions sides in the 1970s. Also: When Sachin Tendulkar ended 369 days of waiting for his 100th international century we witnessed a player leaving the mark of true greatness on the game.
So to use a racing analogy, which seems appropriate after yet another magnificent Cheltenham Festival, the runners and riders in the 2012 RBS Six Nations Championship approach the final fence in this year’s tournament this afternoon. Also: Roberto Di Matteo is adamant that he has no objections to John Terry issuing tactical instructions from the bench, insisting that he positively encourages his players to “help each other” on and off the pitch.
Wales stand on the threshold of emulating a feat they last achieved in the 1970s, the golden era of a country which is one of the few in the world to call rugby union its national sport when success came on demand. Also: Patrice Evra has no intention of trying to paper over the cracks.
Roberto Di Matteo has told his Chelsea players: Don’t get mugged in Europe. Also: Wolves have been forced to beef up security around their own players - to protect them from their own fans.
Kauto Star’s owner gave the clearest indication yesterday that the great horse has run his last race after he was pulled up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Also: England will confront Ireland at Twickenham this evening with “no fear”, says Andy Farrell.
In all its rich history, there can never have been another Gold Cup where the applause for a horse that could not complete even half the course nearly eclipsed that for the winner. Also: Mervyn Davies was such a giant of a player, his figure could easily be picked out in the enormous shadow cast across Welsh rugby by the Seventies.