Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers today warned Kop fans that the club will not be big spenders in the January transfer window. Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are also among today’s national newspaper headlines.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: This was the first time that divorce papers were filed on the first date. As Rafael Benitez stepped out of the tunnel, Chelsea fans made venomously clear their total unwillingness to form any sort of relationship with this “interim first-team manager” who had replaced the popular Roberto di Matteo and who had derided those who keep the blue flag flying high during his Liverpool days. This was brutal. Also: If this was an evening when Tottenham rediscovered the simple pleasures of goals and glory, it was also when the game was reminded of one of its festering sores.
THE SUN: Rafa Benitez vowed to win over the Chelsea hate mob. Also: West Ham face an FA probe after their fans’ sick anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham yesterday; Harry Redknapp has ordered his QPR squad to rewrite history.
DAILY EXPRESS: Rafa Benitez was met by an extraordinary hail of abuse from Chelsea fans as he took his seat for his first game in charge, but Petr Cech pleaded: “Give the man a chance.” Also: West Ham fans marred yesterday’s London derby at Tottenham with sickening chants of “Lazio” after a Spurs fan was stabbed in Rome this week.
THE TIMES: Rafael Benitez admitted last night that the only way he will win over the Chelsea fans is to deliver results after the new manager was subjected to deafening boos and hostile abuse in his first match in charge yesterday. Also: Sebastian Vettel claimed his third drivers’ championship yesterday after a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix.
THE INDEPENDENT: They came to boo Rafa Benitez, not to praise him, and when finally Stamford Bridge did roar their disapproval at the club’s new manager they may even have surprised themselves with the fervour of it. Also: Southampton appear to want to erase Alan Pardew from their club history and the Saints team he used to manage treated his Newcastle side just as dismissively on the pitch yesterday.
DAILY MIRROR: West Ham could face an FA investigation after Spurs fans were subjected to sick chants for the second time in a week. Also: Rafa Benitez vowed to win over the hate mobs after walking into a storm of abuse and booing on his Chelsea baptism.
DAILY MAIL: West Ham United are facing an FA investigation after their fans subjected Tottenham supporters to vile chants at White Hart Lane yesterday. Also: Sebastian Vettel became the youngest three-time Formula One world champion last night after a thrilling end to the season in Brazil.
THE GUARDIAN: A defiant Rafael Benitez has vowed to win over Chelsea’s support after his debut as the club’s interim first-team manager prompted a poisonous reaction from the stands and a show of support for the dismissed Roberto Di Matteo. Also: Tottenham Hotspur fans were subjected to anti-semitic abuse from a section of the travelling West Ham United support during their 3-1 derby victory yesterday.
DAILY STAR: Rafa Benitez vowed to win over the furious Chelsea fans who showered him with abuse on his Stamford Bridge debut last night. Also: Brendan Rodgers last night warned Kop fans that Liverpool won’t be big spenders in the January window; West Ham could face an FA investigation after their fans taunted Tottenham with sick chants yesterday.