WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE PEOPLE: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will make an extraordinary SOS call to Didier Drogba in a bid to sign the former Chelsea striker on a short-term deal. Also: Carlos Tevez was Manchester City’s goal hero to settle the longest Premier League game in history...Roberto Di Matteo has urged Chelsea to offer Ashley Cole a long-term contract and stop the England left-back walking out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has pleaded with owner Roman Abramovich to do whatever it takes to keep Ashley Cole at the club. Also: Micah Richards faces a lengthy lay-off as his injury jinx struck again yesterday...David Moyes has refused to commit his future to Everton...An 80-year-old gran from Rochdale has forced Alex Ferguson to rethink his tactics.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini will tell his bosses: Back me or sack me. Also: Mark Hughes slammed referee Anthony Taylor after his side were denied a point at the Emirates...Sir Alex Ferguson has provocatively stoked the fires ahead of today’s summit meeting at Stamford Bridge by telling Chelsea: “You’re not as good as Jose Mourinho’s team.”..Roberto Di Matteo admits he is powerless to stop Paris St Germain target Ashley Cole quitting Chelsea.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Blackburn are ready to make a sensational swoop for Harry Redknapp. Also: Manchester City leapfrogged Manchester United to second place in the Premier League table behind Chelsea ahead of their big rivals’ showdown today...Boss Mark Hughes has yet to see rock-bottom QPR win after Stephane Mbia was sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Roberto Di Matteo has appealed to his Chelsea bosses to keep Ashley Cole at all costs. Also: The long wait is over - for Arsenal and England. Brilliant young midfielder Jack Wilshere returned to action after 17 months of injury hell...and immediately looked a class apart... QPR defender Anton Ferdinand pulled on his Kick It Out T-shirt before his side’s game at Arsenal yesterday to indicate that football is taking the first steps toward healing itself.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester United’s biggest stars have heaped praise on the new Chelsea but their manager Sir Alex Ferguson does not consider the current Premier League leaders as strong as the ‘ruthless’ team built by Jose Mourinho a Stamford Bridge. Also: Manchester City’s Micah Richards faces an anxious wait for the results of a scan on his injured knee after being carried off on a stretcher near the end of the win over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Manchester City have appointed Txiki Begiristain director of football as part of a new £250m investment to establish the Premier League champions as the world’s foremost recruiters and developers of talent. Also: England coach Stuart Lancaster could be without Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley for the four autumn rugby internationals after the two Northampton forwards left the field with injuries during their side’s 16-6 home defeat against Premiership leaders Saracens yesterday.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Sean Yates, one of the men who masterminded Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France victory in July, has left Team Sky after admitting an involvement in doping. Also: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is ready to leave out the club’s long-standing No 1 goalkeeper Pepe Reina and keep faith with Brad Jones for today’s Merseyside derby.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The Queens Park Rangers manager, Mark Hughes, was left raging at a referee’s decision that cost his struggling side an unexpected point away to Arsenal yesterday. Also: After warning his players what would happen if they did not learn to adapt to his tactical changes, Roberto Mancini was rescued by a man who last season proved himself utterly inflexible.
THE OBSERVER: Arriving here, Jack Wilshere could be seen giving the green-skinned Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus a particularly energetic high five on his way through the players’ entrance. Also: Phil Neville knows what it takes to win a derby when there is not much to choose, football-wise, between the neighbouring teams.