A round-up of the top national sports stories from Wednesday’s newspapers including Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Arsenal, England, Wales and boxing
THE GUARDIAN: Aston Villa lost £54m in the year from June 1 2010 to May 31 2011, the club have announced. Also: Stuart Pearce will call his England players together at 10am to name the team he hopes will win him the job for Euro 2012, a tournament for which he is planning so extensively he has asked the Football Association to change the warm-up programme Fabio Capello had put in place.
THE SUN: Stuart Pearce has tightened his grip on the England job by ripping up Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 masterplan. Also: Jose Mourinho is back in London looking for a new house - fuelling talk of a stunning return to Chelsea...Carlos Tevez pulled on a Manchester City shirt for the first time in five months - but looked a long way from re-joining their title charge...John Terry has vowed to return from surgery and lead Chelsea’s bid for a top-four spot.
DAILY MAIL: Stuart Pearce has promised that England will come first under his leadership and challenged his players to follow his example. Also: Dereck Chisora has been banned indefinitely from boxing by the World Boxing Council for his shameful brawl with David Haye...Carlos Tevez was back in a Manchester City shirt for the first time in five months on Tuesday - albeit in less glamorous surroundings than last time...Arsenal suffered a worrying injury scare when Robin van Persie failed to complete Holland’s training session due to a groin problem.
DAILY STAR: Rookie England boss Stuart Pearce flexed his muscles by insisting he will decide how long Steven Gerrard plays against Holland. Also: Roberto Mancini snubbed Carlos Tevez as the Argentine rebel failed to make an impression on his return to competitive action for Manchester City...Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge will be handed the chance to show they can fill Wayne Rooney’s boots at Euro 2012.
DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho is ready to head back to the Premier League after agreeing to buy a new family home in London. Also: Stuart Pearce put all his players on trial as he admitted Wembley could be his own audition for the Euros.
DAILY EXPRESS: Stuart Pearce has launched ‘operation tournament’ by making the England players start penalty practice three months before the European Championship kick-off. Also: Carlos Tevez appeared in a Manchester City shirt for the first time in five months but did not manage a shot in a 45-minute outing with City’s reserves in a 3-1 defeat by Preston.
THE TIMES: Stuart Pearce has been authorised to make changes to England’s European Championship preparations this summer as he looks to persuade the Football Association that he should stay on as manager beyond Wednesday night’s friendly against Holland. Also: Robin van Persie has confided in his national team manager as he considers his future with Arsenal.
THE INDEPENDENT: Stuart Pearce has given the biggest indication yet that he is prepared to lead England into the European Championship after stamping his mark on the squad during the build-up before Wednesday’s friendly with the Netherlands. Also: Gary Speed’s teenage sons will lead out Wales in the company of Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy on Wednesday night, after their grandfather has given the team-talk in the dressing room.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: When the dressing-room buzzer calls England players to arms, the last few words Stuart Pearce will tell tyros such as Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones will be: “Go and express yourself. Go and show us your ability. You’re fighting for a place in a major finals this summer.” Also: Joe Hart understands the public’s fascination with the England armband, which will be assigned by Stuart Pearce this morning ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly with Holland.