The Times on John Terry:
'John Terry, the Chelsea and England defender, made the remarkable disclosure last night that, during recent contract negotiations, he had asked for a clause that would give him the option to take over as Chelsea manager at the end of his playing career.
'Talks over a new deal collapsed in March as the club refused to meet the captain's demands, with his request for the managerial clause one of the main reasons for the breakdown.'
Times on Man City:
'Stuart Pearce's future as Manchester City manager appears increasingly bleak after the club last night gave Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand, the green light to proceed with his £92.5 million takeover bid.
'Shinawatra has been granted a period of due diligence, where he will inspect the club's accounts before making his offer formal, and is now the overwhelming favourite to win the three-way battle for ownership of City.
'Sam Allardyce is likely to be among those interested in the job, despite his reported alliance with the Ranson bid. It remains to be seen what impact a Shinawatra takeover would have on the City boardroom, but Mackintosh is likely to be retained as chief executive.'
Times on Leeds:
'Leeds United's problems could be about to worsen as they face starting their new life down among the dead men with a ten-point penalty for going into administration. Shaun Harvey, the chief executive, said yesterday that new investors were welcome and it is believed that Ken Bates, the chairman, would be happy to sell up, but the club could call in the receivers even before their relegation to Coca-Cola League One is confirmed.
'For all the club's history, Leeds are no longer an attractive proposition. They do not own their own ground, are saddled with debts of about £20 million and, by the start of next season, will have endured another exodus of players.
'Adam Pearson, the chairman of Hull City, whose win on Saturday all but condemned Leeds to the third tier of the Football League for the first time in their history, estimated that the club were now worth only £5 million. It is a remarkable price given that Dr Bill Gerrard, of Leeds University Business School, independently valued the squad alone at £200 million in 2002.'
'Andriy Shevchenko has thrown Chelsea's Champions League preparations into chaos by crying off from Tuesday night's semi-final clash with Liverpool having been left out of the starting line-up.
'Shevchenko claimed he had an abductor muscle injury and told club officials he was unable to travel, hours before the team flew to Merseyside on Monday for the second leg at Anfield.'