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The major football stories making the back pages of today’s regional newspaper.
LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Jose Mourinho admits his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘non-existent’ and dismissed any chance of Chelsea signing the Real Madrid star.
Tony Pulis has revealed he and Steve Parish were ‘going in different directions’ when he decided to call time on his Crystal Palace career last month.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has said he would like to face Scottish sides in the Premier League.
Arjen Robben is convinced Louis van Gaal will lead United straight back into the Champions League.
LIVERPOOL ECHO
Daniel Sturridge is on course to be fit for next Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield according to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Fabricio Coloccini has pleaded with the Toon Army to go easy on Newcastle United’s young players against Hull City.
Glenn Roeder feels that Newcastle United players MUST stand up and take some responsibility in their clash with Hull City this weekend.
THE JOURNAL
Ricky Alvarez will come into his own when Sunderland are on top, according to Gus Poyet.
SUNDERLAND ECHO
Gus Poyet wants to make the most of his options by tweaking Sunderland’s line-up on a regular basis.
Sunderland forward Ricky Alvarez has sent his best wishes to Newcastle United’s Jonas Gutierrez, who is battling cancer.
BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Paul Lambert insists Randy Lerner will only sell Aston Villa to improve the club.
David Cotterill has insisted that Birmingham City can move away from trouble.
Alan Irvine has finally declared West Bromwich Albion an injury-free zone as he prepares for Sunday’s game at Tottenham Hotspur.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom boss Alan Irvine today leapt to the defence of Jonas Olsson and urged fans not to judge the Swede on his recent high-profile errors.
THE SENTINEL
Mark Hughes has brushed off Harry Redknapp’s confirmation that he fancied signing Peter Crouch in the summer.
Tony Pulis admits he may have become obsessive in his desire to serve the Coates family towards the end of his seven-year reign as Stoke City manager.
NEWHAM RECORDER
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade sees no reason why they cannot have a successful season despite their slow start to League One life this term.
FULHAM CHRONICLE
Danny Murphy has admitted he would be interested in replacing Felix Magath at the Fulham helm.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Garry Monk has taken the pressure off Wilfried Bony as the striker eyes a first goal of the season, declaring: “I don’t care who scores.”
WALES ONLINE
Swansea City manager Garry Monk has sympathised with former Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, suggesting the Norwegian was up against it from the start.
THE PINK UN
Complacency is the enemy within for Norwich City boss Neil Adams ahead of a Carrow Road return against struggling Birmingham.
THE DAILY ECHO
Ronald Koeman has revealed that Graziano Pelle is being monitored by the Italian national team and believes the striker is good enough to play for his country.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Ahmed Elmohamady wants to pile more misery on Newcastle United tomorrow – almost a year to the day after he last helped Hull City silence St James’ Park.
YORKSHIRE EVENING POST
Leeds United’s search for a new head coach remained up in the air last night as caretaker Neil Redfearn insisted he was happy to remain in charge for as long as necessary.
DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County must not let the turmoil at Cardiff City affect them tomorrow, says first-team coach Paul Simpson.
NOTTINGHAM POST
Britt Assombalonga believes Nottingham Forest’s simple will to win – and ability to secure three points without being at their best – will have the rest of the Championship running scared.
LEICESTER MERCURY
Leonardo Ulloa is determined to follow in the footsteps of famous Argentinian exports who have been a big hit in English football.
LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Sean Dyche will continue to let his players decide among themselves who should take penalties – despite Scott Arfield’s late miss at Selhurst Park last week.
THE BOLTON NEWS
Dougie Freedman has predicted the darkest days are over for Bolton Wanderers after finally chalking up their first win of the season.
WIGAN EVENING POST
James Tavernier admits he’ll gain a great deal of confidence from his cameo at Huddersfield in midweek.
BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Karl Oyston was today accused of having no respect for Blackpool’s fans after failing to show at a supporters’ forum last night.
EVENING GAZETTE
Middlesbrough youngster Adam Reach could find himself at the centre of a Premier League tug-of-war amid reports that up to nine top flight clubs have been alerted to his scintillating early-season form.
THE STAR
Ben Davies has warned quitters will not be tolerated at Sheffield United.
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Chris Powell says memories of watching his childhood favourites Spurs play Arsenal in North London derbies mean he knows just how important a clash with Leeds United is to Huddersfield Town fans.
DONCASTER FREE PRESS
Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has made his intentions abundantly clear – he does not want to hang around in League One.
READING POST
Nigel Adkins wants Reading to score 86 goals this season to secure promotion to the Premier League.
THE ARGUS
Brighton boss Sami Hyypia has stood by David Stockdale ahead of the goalkeeper’s birthday clash with Blackpool.
BOURNEMOUTH ECHO
Tommy Elphick insists Bournemouth must rediscover their defensive mean streak as they attempt to buck a worrying trend of conceding leads.
THE SCOTSMAN
Ronny Deila last night hailed Craig Gordon’s contribution for Celtic as they began their Europa League group stage campaign with a creditable 2-2 draw away to Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg.

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