READ about this and find out what else is making sporting headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, February 25, 2012
THE GUARDIAN: Arsene Wenger was at a low ebb yesterday. Also: Steven Gerrard switches to auto-pilot when asked to revisit the 2005 final.
THE TIMES: Andre Villas-Boas faces Bolton Wanderers today knowing that it could be his last match as Chelsea manager. Also: Steve Morgan has defended his decision to appoint Terry Connor as Wolverhampton Wanderers manager for the final 13 games of the season - only 11 days after insisting it was not a job for a novice.
DAILY STAR: Wolves owner Steve Morgan last night claimed Terry Connor was the man they wanted all along. Also: Steven Gerrard has just told his Liverpool team-mates: don’t just settle for Carling Cup success.
DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard claims he felt “suicidal” the last time he reached the League Cup final. Also: Wolves owner Steve Morgan hopes Terry Connor can follow in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho after promoting him to boss.
THE SUN: Steven Gerrard is desperate for Wembley glory tomorrow, after his last League Cup final date left him “suicidal”. Also: Chelsea flop Fernando Torres was dropped by Spain last night.
DAILY MAIL: Stuart Lancaster’s novice England team will brace themselves for a heavyweight Welsh onslaught at Twickenham today, with the RBS Six Nations title challenge and their coach’s job prospects on the line. Also: Fernando Torres faces a fight to make Euro 2012 after being dropped from Spain’s squad to play Venezuela next week.
DAILY EXPRESS: England enter today’s Six Nations clash against Wales at Twickenham as serious underdogs - but they are ready to make the Welsh pay for their overconfidence. Also: Steven Gerrard believes winning the Carling Cup can act as a catalyst for a new era of success at Liverpool.
THE INDEPENDENT: A little over three weeks ago, just as they were about to head north to Edinburgh for the Six Nations game with Scotland, the England wings David Strettle and Chris Ashton found themselves discussing what, on the face of it, was a rather serious issue: namely, what precise roles they would end up playing. Also: Steven Gerrard is one of that diminishing breed of footballer disinclined to communicate their injury updates, breakfast contents and general hopes of conflict resolution through Twitter, so it is only now that we discover the full emotional capital he carries into leading Liverpool out at Wembley for the first time tomorrow.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: This morning, in the Gloucestershire market town of Dursley, a minibus will set off rammed with relatives and friends of a No 8 making his first start for England against Wales at Twickenham. Ben Morgan’s dad will drive. Also: On the eve of a seismic north London derby, Harry Redknapp has warned those Arsenal fans calling for Arsene Wenger’s dismissal to be careful what they wish for.