WHAT today’s papers are saying:
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Mario Balotelli fell out with Manchester City’s fans and his own team-mates yesterday as the club’s title challenge looked to be on the verge of cracking up. Also: The tension and frustration of trying to stay in the Premier League boiled over at Molineux yesterday when Wolves captain Roger Johnson almost came to blows with his own goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Gareth Bale today tells Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: “You can’t turn down the England job.” Also: Mario Balotelli scored twice but still copped a stinging blast from Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini...Arsenal will land Lukas Podolski after the £11million striker snubbed Manchester United...Liverpool’s owners want to know why Kenny Dalglish’s megabuys are doing so badly.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The grand dreams have not left the Etihad Stadium but after what he called a “crazy emotional game”, Roberto Mancini conceded it would be hard for Manchester City to win the title. Also: It is tough at the top but tighter at the bottom. An afternoon of tension and fluctuation fortunes for the four clubs at the wrong end - Blackburn do not play until tomorrow against Manchester United - finished with wins for three of them, including Queens Park Rangers.
THE PEOPLE: Madcap Mario Balotelli was Public Enemy No.1 once more last night as Manchester City slipped up again in the title race. Also: Stiliyan Petrov will take inspiration from the bravery shown by Bolton star Fabrice Muamba as he begins his own battle to overcome a life-threatening illness...Brendan Rodgers has risked pricing himself out of becoming the next Tottenham boss by having a £5million compensation clause written into his Swansea contract.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini is booked in for talks over a lucrative new contract in the summer which will secure his Manchester City future. Also: Misfiring £35million Liverpool striker Andy Carroll can still end the season with a bang - a surprise call-up for England’s Euro 2012 finals campaign.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Pressure was mounting last night on Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. Also: Jose Mourinho will not return to the Premier League to manage Man City or Chelsea.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manchester United have lined up a £15million deal for ‘the new Roy Keane’. Also: Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov had to be pulled apart as they squabbled over who took a free-kick...Tottenham will have to splash £4million if they want to take Brendan Rodgers from Swansea City to succeed Harry Redknapp as manager.
THE OBSERVER: It was difficult not to come away thinking this was the moment when it all unravelled for Manchester City. Also: Arsene Wenger is not known for giving his players a public dressing-down, but after watching his team let themselves down with a flat and error-strewn performance at Queens Park Rangers, he did not even feel the need to find any excuses.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Roberto Mancini is ready to cut loose Mario Balotelli after finally losing patience with the mercurial striker. Also: The rugby career of Gavin Henson, the 30-year-old Welsh back, could be over.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Roberto Mancini has again been scathing in his criticism of Mario Balotelli after Manchester City failed to win at home for the first time in the league this season and it is understood the club are now prepared to listen to offers for their controversial Italian striker. Also: Stuart Lancaster looks set to further strengthen his coaching team in time for the three-Test tour of South Africa in June, with Brian Ashton last night emerging as one of the names thought to be under consideration for a short-term position.