What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 9:44 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

Rafa Benitez: Dominating the back pages
Rafa Benitez: Dominating the back pages

SUNDAY SUN: Rafa Benitez last night admitted he could be axed as Chelsea boss. Also: Roberto Mancini had an angry exchange with fans after they jeered his substitution of Carlos Tevez... Alex Ferguson slammed Manchester United's defending in this seven-goal thriller.

SUNDAY PEOPLE: Rafa Benitez admits he fears the sack at Chelsea after just 10 days in the Stamford Bridge hotseat. Also: Harry Redknapp is ready to offer Frank Lampard a two-and-a-half-year deal to join QPR - despite having publicly laughed off suggestions he could sign his nephew... Chris Robshaw's England threw down the gauntlet to the rugby world after toppling world champs New Zealand at Twickenham yesterday.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Frank Lampard is a sensational transfer target for Arsenal. Also: Roberto Mancini has accused Jose Mourinho of touting himself around Europe's top clubs... England stunned the All Blacks with a record win at Twickenham yesterday - the first time they had beaten them since 2003.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Rafa Benitez last night conceded he is not '100 per cent' sure he can turn around Chelsea's shocking season or win over the Stamford Bridge boo-boys. Also: Liverpool will offer £12m for West Brom and Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long, 25, in the New Year transfer window... Andre Villas-Boas is ready to resist Harry Redknapp's transfer window swoop for Scott Parker.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admitted that he might not last the season after a soul-destroying defeat to West Ham. Also: Roberto Mancini has told Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho to look elsewhere for a new job - because the Italian is staying put at Manchester City... Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Wayne Rooney to go on a goal blitz after Christmas - and help fire Manchester United to the title.

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may consider his future at the end of the season after his misfiring team slumped to another defeat yesterday and he had to endure a torrent of abuse from fans. Also: Rafa Benitez remained defiant in the face of continued fans' protests against his appointment at Chelsea yesterday - but admitted that the size of his challenge at the club is greater than he had imagined after his European champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

THE OBSERVER: Chelsea's retreat into the chasing pack continues apace. Also: England may be among the second seeds when the draw for the 2015 World Cup pools is made tomorrow, but even the holders, New Zealand, will hope to avoid being grouped with the hosts after suffering a record defeat at Twickenham and their first in 16 months.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: It gets worse. After successive goalless draws, Rafa Benitez concluded his third game at Chelsea with the club's first defeat in London's East End since 2002. Also: Like a lonely planet in an elliptical orbit around a bright sun, England sometimes get close to beating New Zealand, sometimes they are a long way distant.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: England came of age under Stuart Lancaster yesterday, producing one of their greatest performances to inflict a record-breaking defeat on the mighty New Zealand. Also: Three matches into his reign as Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is, quite rightly, being asked if he can survive the season.

SUNDAY TIMES: Was it the greatest sporting upset of the year? Was it the greatest win Twickenham had ever seen? England's breathtaking 38-21 triumph over world champions New Zealand was a reversal of history and all current form.