What the papers say

  • Last Updated: April 1 2013, 7:54 BST

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

Paolo Di Canio: New man at the Sunderland helm
Paolo Di Canio: New man at the Sunderland helm

DAILY MAIL: Sunderland provoked a furious backlash last night by appointing Paolo Di Canio to replace Martin O'Neill as manager. Also: Andy Murray showed why he deserves to be the new world number two as he overcame a relentless David Ferrer in the Sony Open final to move above the absent Roger Federer.

THE INDEPENDENT: Paolo Di Canio was last night appointed as the head coach of Sunderland following the sacking of Martin O'Neill on Saturday after the defeat by Manchester United. Also: Rafa Benitez has taken another swipe at Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of today's lunchtime showdown in the FA Cup, claiming Chelsea's endless managerial upheaval under Roman Abramovich has still proved as successful as the Scot's time in charge at Old Trafford for the same period.

THE TIMES: Paolo Di Canio has been appointed Martin O'Neill's successor at Sunderland, with the north-east club gambling their status in the Barclays Premier League on a managerial maverick who is untried in the division. Also: Neil Robertson gave himself the perfect tonic before the World Championships in less than three weeks' time by claiming a first China Open title yesterday.

THE GUARDIAN: Paolo Di Canio last night became Sunderland's left-field, kill-or-cure choice to stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League. Also: Paul Lambert has backed his Aston Villa side to escape from relegation trouble despite seeing them collapse to a 2-1 defeat against Liverpool yesterday.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: In this unparalleled era of men's tennis, you have to earn every baby-step towards the top of the rankings. Andy Murray left everything on the court yesterday as he overcame David Ferrer in a thrilling final of the Sony Open, so climbing one rung on the ladder to replace Roger Federer as the world number two. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has delivered a dismissive assessment of Chelsea's FA Cup pedigree by claiming their haul of four successes in six seasons is down to Manchester United's quarter-final opponents not having "one hard game" in the early rounds of recent campaigns.

DAILY MIRROR: Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's winner from the spot but claimed his stunning goalline clearance was the clincher. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has taunted Rafa Benitez by claiming Chelsea have blown their best chance of beating Manchester United.

DAILY STAR: Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is a shock summer target for Barcelona. Also: Brendan Rodgers has tipped superhero Steven Gerrard to play on until he's 40.

DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Murray drove himself to the point of exhaustion last night to win a dramatic Sony Open final in Miami and become the new world number two. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson upped the stakes for today's FA Cup showdown with Chelsea by claiming they have had it easy in the competition in recent years.

THE SUN: Robin Van Persie has set his sights on marking his brilliant first season at Manchester United by winning the Double. Also: Stevie Gerrard had a pain in the foot before kick-off - and then proved to be a pain in the neck for Villa.

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