What today’s papers are saying:
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Man City are closing in on £25million Fiorentina starlet Stefan Jovetic. Also: Alan Pardew has joined the Wayne Rooney love-in, labelling him “England’s best player”.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Ashley Cole is facing severe punishment from Chelsea and the FA after his foul-mouthed “bunch of t****” tweet. Also: Stewart Downing has blasted back at Brendan Rodgers for questioning his desire to be a Liverpool star.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Ashley Cole could face an FA investigation into his conduct if the governing body decide there is enough evidence that he tried to mislead the disciplinary commission which found Chelsea captain John Terry guilty of racial abuse. Also: Mark Hughes has pleaded for more time to show what his rock-bottom QPR team can do in the face of calls for his head last night.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manchester City are ready to ditch Mario Balotelli. Also: Arsene Wenger has been assured that he will have £35million-plus to invest in new players during the January transfer window.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Alan Shearer has sensationally admitted he is open to the possibility of becoming Blackburn boss. Also: Ashley Cole will not be rewarded with the captain’s armband as he celebrates his 100th England cap in the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Poland.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Ashley Cole is set to be omitted from England’s World Cup qualifier at home to San Marino on Friday, sparing him an awkward pre-match handshake with Football Association chairman David Bernstein and a potentially hostile reception from the Wembley crowd. Also: Queens Park Rangers will not sack Mark Hughes even if the club are involved in a relegation battle for the rest of the season.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Ashley Cole is likely to be fined for calling the Football Association a “bunch of t**** on Twitter when the FA meets tomorrow to discuss what punishment to level against the Chelsea defender. Also: Sale Sharks, beaten in their first six Aviva Premiership matches, have moved to reverse their disastrous start to the season by enlisting the services of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell.
THE OBSERVER: We defy anyone to watch John Terry on YouTube very clearly mouthing the words “You f****** black c***... f****** k******* at Anton Ferdinand and not agree with the independent commission set up by the FA to investigate the October 2011 incident. Also: Roy Hodgson has paid a glowing tribute to Ashley Cole as the player approaches the milestone of 100 caps for his country, despite the fresh problems the left-back has heaped on the England set up on the eve of two crucial World Cup qualifiers.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Ashley Cole can expect to face sanctions from both Chelsea and the Football Association for referring to the FA as “a bunch of t****” in a tweet on Friday. Also: The Football Association faces a new investigation into racism after Bolton striker Marvin Sordell claimed that he and team-mates were subjected to racial abuse during their 2-1 defeat to Millwall.
THE PEOPLE: Ashley Cole was hit by a double hammer-blow last night as a disastrous week ended in more misery. Also: Nemanja Vidic’s Manchester United future is in doubt again, with Spanish giants Barcelona and Italian champions Juventus trying to lure away the Old Trafford captain.