What today’s papers are saying:
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Stuart Pearce has revealed that he has already turned down the chance to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager. Also: Andre Villas-Boas is on the brink of being sacked as Chelsea boss after failing to quell a dressing room mutiny.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Stuart Pearce revealed last night that he told the FA 10 months ago that he wasn’t ready to become manager of England. Also: Andre Villas-Boas finally had something to laugh about yesterday as Chelsea crushed Bolton 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
THE OBSERVER: Wales remain on course for a third grand slam in seven years, but their captain, Sam Warburton, was relieved more than impressed after their 19-12 victory against England. Also: Stuart Pearce, the interim England coach, has spoken glowingly of Harry Redknapp’s credentials as an elite manager, comparing him with Brian Clough, Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson in what will be perceived as public backing for the favourite to take over the national team.
THE PEOPLE: Steven Gerrard has dropped a Three Lions bombshell by revealing that injury fears could force him to quit England after Euro 2012. Also: Stuart Lancaster’s new England hit the buffers as Wales claimed the Triple Crown at Twickenham.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Frank Lampard scored his 150th league goal to save Andre Villas-Boas’ job - only for the Chelsea boss to warn him that he might be dumped on the bench next Saturday. Also: Tottenham have promised Harry Redknapp a new three-year contract to stop him becoming England manager - but it may already be too late.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Andre Villas-Boas bought himself more time at Stamford Bridge as his team swept to a 3-0 win over Bolton yesterday. Also: Mario Balotelli was in the mood for love as he helped Manchester City go five points clear at the top in his first Barclays Premier League game since being banned for stamping on Tottenham’s Scott Parker.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp will raid Tottenham for his backroom staff when England come calling. Also: Ashley Cole is staying with Chelsea. Also: England’s hopes of defending their Six Nations title were dashed when video ref Iain Rammage ruled a last-minute ‘try’ by David Strettle was “inconclusive”.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: David Strettle last night insisted the officials had got it wrong after he was denied a potentially match-saving try that could have stopped Wales sealing their 20th Triple Crown and their first secured at Twickenham. Also: Andre Villas-Boas recalled the three players that he had left out of that defeat in Naples and Chelsea promptly ended a run of five games without a win to reclaim fourth spot in the Premier League.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: England came up agonisingly short as their Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham ended in a controversial 19-12 defeat. Also: “I got a call this morning to pick all three of them,” joked Andre Villas-Boas after Frank Lampard, Michael Essien and Ashley Cole returned to the starting line-up and normal service was resumed at Chelsea with this straightforward victory over Bolton Wanderers.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The England wing Dave Strettle bemoaned the try that got away as Wales stayed on course for a third Grand Slam in eight years with a 19-12 win in the Six Nations’ Championship at Twickenham. Also: A laboured win over a team in the bottom three is not exactly cause for an open-top parade but in their present predicament Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas will take anything going.