What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 18 2014, 7:52 GMT

THE SUN: Mauricio Pochettino refused to commit his long-term future to Southampton last night. Also: Robin van Persie is backing under-fire Manchester United boss David Moyes - and wants the doubters to give him time......Jonas Gutierrez has blasted Alan Pardew for booting him out of Toon.

Diego Costa: Reportedly wanted by Chelsea
Diego Costa: Reportedly wanted by Chelsea

THE TIMES: Mauricio Pochettino, the Southampton manager, insisted yesterday that that he would not follow Nicola Cortese out of St Mary's Stadium in the short term but admitted that he could not guarantee that he would see out the remaining 17 months of his contract. Also: Sergio Aguero sounded a warning to Manchester City's rivals by saying that he expects it to take no more than a week before he returns to peak form and fitness.

THE INDEPENDENT: The Southampton owner, Katharina Liebherr, has reacted with surprise to the notion that former chairman Nicola Cortese was forced out, the club having offered him a new salary package last year and requested minor changes in the way the club was run. Also: The Manchester United striker, Robin van Persie, has described David Moyes as "our leading man" and, in his strongest affirmation of faith in the manager, has declared that he will change the club's fortunes.

DAILY MAIL: Robin van Persie is convinced David Moyes has the ability to turn round Manchester United's league season. Also: Bernie Ecclestone's command over Formula One has been diluted for the first time in 40 years with the announcement that he is no longer signing the cheques.....Mauricio Pochettino is ready to walk away from Southampton in the summer after hiring a team of lawyers to study the fine print in his contract at Southampton.

DAILY STAR: Southampton have slapped a £30m price tag on teenage star Luke Shaw. Also: Jose Mourinho has earmarked scoring sensation Diego Costa as his major summer signing......Robin van Persie has backed David Moyes to recover from his horror start at Manchester United.

DAILY MIRROR: Mauricio Pochettino last night put himself on collision course with his employers by threatening to quit as Southampton manager if his players are sold. Also: Tom Ince is ready to sign for mega-rich Monaco, placing major doubt over the future of dad Paul as Blackpool boss.

THE GUARDIAN: Mauricio Pochettino has pledged to remain at Southampton until the end of the season, when he will assess his options regarding the final year of his contract as he digested what he called the "heavy blow" of the departure of chairman, Nicola Cortese, on Wednesday evening. Also: Formula One will never be the same again following the news that Bernie Ecclestone has lost absolute power over the sport he transformed into a global empire.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Mauricio Pochettino has cast fresh doubt over his long-term future at Southampton by revealing that a decision on whether he remains manager next season will be put off until the summer. Also: Ravel Morrison has been left confused over whether West ham want to sell him this month.

DAILY EXPRESS: Mauricio Pochettino has vowed to stay as Southampton manager until the end of the season but could change his mind if the club sell players without his agreement. Also: Bernie Ecclestone insists he will continue to run F1, despite stepping down from the sport's management board after being told he will stand trial in Germany on bribery charges.


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