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Regional Paper Talk: Jose chase hots up

Chelsea reportedly believe they can lure Jose Mourinho back to the club, while two Celtic new boys will not be playing in the Champions League.

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Chelsea are more hopeful than ever that they can lure Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge to become their permanent manager again next season.

Rafael Benitez is adamant Chelsea's slump in form is not because the players have an attitude problem.

EVENING TIMES

Tom Rogic and Rami Gershon have had their dream of playing against Juventus in the Champions League shattered. The two January signings have not been included in the 25-man squad registered by Celtic with UEFA for the knockout rounds of the competition.

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has criticised the timing of this week's international friendlies as he grows increasingly anxious over the health of his squad ahead of their Champions League last-16 first-leg showdown with Juventus in eight days' time.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Jermaine Jenas refused to blame the QPR penalty taker whose miss cost the side a vital two points in their bid to escape the drop.

Clint Hill reckons he has 'been written off more times than a car crash' - but the QPR centre half is determined to confound his critics all the way to a new contract.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart claimed the point against Liverpool was a good result for the Blues given they had to rely on a Sergio Aguero stunner to earn the draw.

Oldham had 25 applications for the manager's job within two hours of Paul Dickov's departure after the defeat at Walsall.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brendan Rodgers backed his Liverpool players after they refused to put the ball out of play in the build-up to the equaliser in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool's dominant performance against Manchester City proves they are capable of launching a push for a Champions League spot.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Mighty Moussa Sissoko has revealed that St James' Park can be his "field of dreams" after sinking European champions Chelsea on a home debut that few Newcastle United fans will ever forget.

Alan Pardew says that Demba Ba got a taste of exactly what he's missing on his return to St James'.

Alan Pardew described Newcastle United's 3-2 win over Chelsea as his "best ever" as manager.

THE JOURNAL

The agent of former Newcastle United player Paul Gascoigne has spoken out about his fears for the footballer's health following reports he has started drinking again.

Craig Gardner believes Danny Graham will easily be able to separate being a Newcastle United fan and a Sunderland player.

Martin O'Neill will consider a new role for Steven Fletcher after Danny Graham's arrival.

DAILY ECHO

Rickie Lambert is vowing to prove to Roy Hodgson he is good enough for a place in the England squad.

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Saints are good enough to stay in the Premier League this season.

Rickie Lambert admits reaching 100 goals for Saints will hold great significance for him - but he will only reflect on the milestone properly when he retires.

Morgan Schneiderlin has no doubts that Saints will avoid relegation with the way they are playing.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Steven Reid has claimed West Bromwich Albion players would support the club's stance on Peter Odemwingie - and hinted that the Nigeria international would have some making up to do in the dressing room.

Aston Villa's Yacouba Sylla earned praise from Paul Lambert for his brief substitute cameo against Everton after experiencing his first Premier League action in difficult circumstances.

"I'm sick of talking about it." That was Paul Lambert's blunt response after yet another concession from a corner denied Aston Villa a desperately-needed victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

Paul Lambert has saluted Christian Benteke for setting "really, really high standards" as Aston Villa look to the scoring sensation to be their Premier League saviour.

Lee Clark believes the dark cloud that has been hanging over Birmingham City could be moving away at last.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom favourite Goran Popov faces a hefty club fine after boss Steve Clarke admitted he was "disgusted" by the spitting that saw the defender sent off.

Boss Steve Clarke has revealed West Brom could raid the 'free agent' transfer market as he sweated on the fitness of Youssouf Mulumbu.

THE PINK UN

Chief executive David McNally has rubbished reports Norwich City tried to sign convicted rapist Ilombe Mboyo during the January transfer window.

NEWHAM RECORDER

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists England would not have to employ ugly long-ball tactics if national team boss Roy Hodgson opted to recall Andy Carroll.

READING POST

Alex Pearce has told Reading's relegation rivals to beware of their late-season run.

Reading manager Brian McDermott praised match-winner Jimmy Kebe 'phenomenal' aerial prowess after he scored twice to down Sunderland.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Michu insists he has not been affected by missing out on a place in Spain's squad for Wednesday's friendly against Uruguay.

Angel Rangel reckons Swansea City were the better side on Saturday - but that this time West Ham's long-ball tactics prevailed.

THE SENTINEL

Asmir Begovic has pledged his immediate future to Stoke City after dodging any talk of him leaving in the summer.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Dougie Freedman is not entertaining the thought that Wanderers could slide into a relegation battle in the Championship.

Kevin Davies believes Wanderers' league position should be a wake-up call for the club.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Centurion Jordan Rhodes insists Blackburn Rovers have to keep their focus after his double boosted hopes of a late play-off challenge.

Martin Paterson has admitted that he needs to start finding the net more regularly again - but knows he faces a near impossible task to displace Charlie Austin in the Burnley team.

EVENING GAZETTE

Tony Mowbray retains "total faith" in his Middlesbrough squad, despite suffering a fourth successive Championship defeat at the weekend.

Kieron Dyer admits Middlesbrough let themselves down on Saturday. The former Ipswich and England winger endured a tough debut for his latest club, who were thumped 4-0.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Neil Warnock admitted that Leeds United had reached a crucial stage of the season after a dominant display against Cardiff City ended in a frustrating 1-0 defeat.

THE STAR

Danny Higginbotham has challenged his Sheffield United colleagues to embrace the weight of expectation being placed upon their shoulders and savour the tension of a League One promotion bid.

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