WHAT today’s Sunday papers are saying:
THE SUN: Andre Villas-Boas looked doomed last night after another Chelsea defeat. Also: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal must “do anything” to hang on to goal king Robin van Persie.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Andre Villas-Boas ripped into his Chelsea flops after they crashed at West Brom - before defiantly claiming: I’m still the best man for the job. Also: Shattered Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is set to tell the FA: I do want the England job - but I’m too tired to take charge for Euro 2012...Manchester City have agreed a massive £60m four-year deal to keep their sensational Spanish midfield maestro David Silva at the Etihad Stadium until he’s 32...Newcastle have spent the £35m Andy Carroll fee on a new £16m four-year deal on skipper Fabricio Coloccini, 30, and a five-year £15m contract for keeper Tim Krul, 23...Mario Balotelli will today be hit with a maximum £240,000 fine for his early-morning strip club shame.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Andre-Villas Boas is doomed as Chelsea manager. Also: Arjen Robben wants to end his Bayern Munich nightmare and come back to English football.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Rafa Benitez is on the brink of being appointed the new Chelsea manager and could be in place for Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth-round replay against Birmingham. Also: Jose Mourinho has emerged as Harry Redknapp’s most serious rival for the job of the next England manager.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Andre Villas-Boas was fighting a losing battle to save his job last night after his Chelsea team tumbled to a crushing defeat at West Brom. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has warned the FA they face a public backlash if Harry Redknapp isn’t installed as the next England manager.
THE PEOPLE: Spurs could do a sensational swap deal with the FA - offering Harry Redknapp in exchange for a temporary move to Wembley. Also: The future of Andre Villas-Boas as Chelsea manager is on a knife-edge after a harrowing defeat to West Brom...Mario Balotelli scored as Manchester City went five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Bolton.
THE GUARDIAN: Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is unsure if he will still be in charge when Chelsea travel to Birmingham in the FA Cup on Tuesday following his side’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom. Also: Arsenal are the new comeback kings after spectacular second-half recoveries against Tottenham and, yesterday, Liverpool.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Andre Villas-Boas said that he could expect no public endorsement of his position after a 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion extended Chelsea’s miserable run to three wins in 12 Premier League games. Also: With a first home defeat of the season, unlucky as it was, Liverpool effectively surrendered any hope of a Champions League place while Arsenal’s fourth successive victory confirmed an ability to push Tottenham and Chelsea all the way for one - something younger supporters must regard as their birthright.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Andre Villas-Boas accepted last night that he was under greater pressure than ever after his Chelsea side succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, leaving his future as the club’s manager at the mercy of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. Also: Mario Balotelli is set to be fined two weeks wages - in the region of £250,000 - after being pictured outside a Liverpool strip club in the early hours of Friday morning...Premier League clubs could be the first in the world to introduce goal-line technology after football’s lawmakers yesterday approved two devices for final testing...Sir Alex Ferguson expects the game at White Hart Lane to be the last time he faces Harry Redknapp as a club manager.
SUNDAY TIMES: The departure of Andre Villas-Boas from Chelsea moved ever closer when his team lost 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion. Also: The Premier League hopes to be the first big competition to utilise goal-line technology (GLT) and have it in place for the start of next season, it its introduction is approved by a FIFA vote in July.