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The top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday’s regional newspapers.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Branislav Ivanovic has warned Manchester City that Chelsea will not blow their lead in the title race a second time.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Alexis Sanchez for not giving up despite his recent goal drought.
Bobby Zamora insists he is unconcerned by Queens Park Rangers’ dip in form at home.
Chris Ramsey has admitted that every game until the end of the season has to be treated as a ‘cup final’ if QPR are to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manuel Pellegrini has told Manchester City that his attacking principles will win them more titles.
Matija Nastasic is likely to make his loan move from Manchester City to Schalke permanent in the summer, the German club’s general manager has revealed.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Phil Jagielka insists Everton’s players must share the blame after their sorry league season hit a new low with defeat at Stoke City.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle boss John Carver says he will “look” at footage of Papiss Cisse’s clash with Manchester United’s Jonny Evans.
Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after a touchline incident during Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Hull City.
Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez says he will never forget the ovation he received after playing his first game following his successful fight against cancer.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has shrugged off criticism of his team selection against Hull City – and says he stands by his tactics.
Poyet has also been charged with improper conduct over his touchline confrontation with Hull City counterpart Steve Bruce.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Former Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov could be set for a return to the Aston Villa coaching set-up.
Gary Rowett says Birmingham City match-winner Andy Shinnie ‘goes home a happy player’ after his header gave Blues a second home win in four days.
EXPRESS & STAR
Aston Villa or West Brom face potential ticket chaos ahead of their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley if Saturday’s quarter-final clash ends in a draw.
Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton will face no action over his high challenge on West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino in Tuesday’s Premier League derby.
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has been nominated for the Championship Manager of the Month award for February.
THE SENTINEL
Danny Higginbotham has called on Stoke to dig deep and buy on-loan Chelsea winger Victor Moses this summer.
THE DAILY ECHO
Southampton have begun their team-building trip to Switzerland, in the spectacular surroundings of Davos.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said he was frustrated that key decisions did not go his side’s way in their 2-0 defeat at Man City.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Garry Monk believes there is nothing seriously wrong with Bafetimbi Gomis despite the striker’s collapse at Tottenham Hotspur.
Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis has spoken out about his collapse during the match against Spurs at White Hart Lane last night. Gomis wrote on Twitter: “I wanted to reassure you concerning my health, it actually looks much more scary than physically dangerous and I am feeling well now.”
NEWHAM RECORDER
West Ham defender Winston Reid has signed a new six-and-a-half year contract at Upton Park, and said: “I feel valued here.”
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Neil Redfearn admitted that Leeds United were all but assured of Championship survival and urged his side to finish the season in style after upsetting the league’s promotion fight again following their 2-1 win over Ipswich
Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has been nominated for February’s Championship Player of the Month award.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman and star midfielder Henri Lansbury have been shortlisted for February’s Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.
THE PINK UN
Norwich suffered a double blow to their Championship promotion hopes on Wednesday night with Wigan inflicting a 1-0 Carrow Road defeat before City boss Alex Neil revealed afterwards prolific striker Lewis Grabban needed ankle surgery.
City boss Alex Neil may have suffered a painful 1-0 Championship defeat to Wigan on Wednesday but his faultless February has seen him nominated for the Sky Bet Championship manager-of-the-month after a perfect five league wins from five.
EVENING GAZETTE
On-loan Boro striker Patrick Bamford says the arrival of Didier Drogba at Chelsea prompted his latest loan exit.
The FA has confirmed it is looking into allegations that Jose Semedo spat at Grant Leadbitter during Boro’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Neil Lennon could be forced to find emergency loan cover after losing Zach Clough, David Wheater and Kevin McNaughton to long-term injuries.
WIGAN EVENING POST
Malky Mackay hailed the contribution of Kim Bo-Kyung after the South Korean star scored a vital winning goal at Norwich.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Blackpool striker Steven Davies is on the verge of a move to Sheffield United after requesting to leave Bloomfield Road.
Lee Clark said Joe Lewis’ surprise axe from Blackpool’s squad last night was with the future in mind.
IPSWICH STAR
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy could not hide his disappointment and frustration following Wednesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.
THE STAR
Sheffield United’s long-running pursuit of Blackpool striker Steven Davies looks like coming to a successful end.
Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray bemoaned his side’s lack of consistency in the wake of their 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
EVENING TIMES
Dave King will delay his ascent to the Ibrox throne until he has been given the all clear by Stock Market and SFA chiefs.
Rangers will still be able to achieve long-term financial stability when Dave King takes over – despite the Ibrox club’s shares being suspended, according to financial expert Neil Patey.

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