Regional Paper Talk: Bates reveals regrets

Ken Bates has revealed that he wanted Leeds to sack Neil Warnock last October, while more Birmingham boardroom revelations have emerged.

Last Updated: 28/04/13 at 11:16 Post Comment

Ken Bates: Wanted Warnock sacked sooner

Ken Bates: Wanted Warnock sacked sooner

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal cannot regret selling Robin van Persie to Manchester United as he called on supporters to respect their former player at Emirates Stadium.

Rafael Benitez will not allow his Chelsea side to get complacent about making the Europa League final after seeing Tottenham come a cropper against Basel earlier in the month.

Andre Villas-Boas says he would love Tottenham to have Chelsea's fixture congestion.

Harry Redknapp claims Queen Park Rangers will not be forced to sell their key players this summer and does not expect a mass clear-out.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Andros Townsend and Adel Taarabt have been ruled out of QPR's visit to Reading at the weekend.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp expects a flood of loanees to return this summer - but Joey Barton is unlikely to be one of them.

Stanislav Manolev hopes to make his loan move to Fulham permanent in the summer.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Roberto Mancini insists his confidence has not been knocked by seeing Manchester City lose their Premier League title with five games left to play - but admits United had more 'attitude' than the Blues.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, who will face City on Saturday, reckons the Blues will always trail United while Sir Alex Ferguson is in charge at Old Trafford.

United and City will fight it out for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, from under the noses of Bayern Munich.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Steven Pienaar insists finishing above Liverpool has not replaced Champions League qualification as Everton's priority this season.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United youngster Massadio Haidara doesn't want another late show at Liverpool - which means getting the job done early.

Paolo Di Canio's points target for Sunderland is easy... just win all the games.

Rob Elliot's form between the sticks for Newcastle United has persuaded the club their goalkeeping unit is strong enough.

THE JOURNAL

Alan Pardew has demanded consistency and clarity from the FA regarding how they hand out retrospective punishments.

Alfred N'Diaye has revealed he has been given a licence to roam as part of Paolo Di Canio's red-and-white revolution.

DAILY ECHO

Former Dell star Robbie Slater is backing fellow Aussie Trent Sainsbury to sign for Southampton.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Peter Pannu signed a 'secret' £1.5 million deal to join Birmingham with club owner Carson Yeung - who later DOUBLED his pay without telling other directors.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has shrugged off the Paolo Di Canio effect and vowed not to get wound up by the maverick who replaced his managerial mentor, Martin O'Neill, at Sunderland.

EXPRESS & STAR

West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans has admitted his Hawthorns future still hinges on his first-team chances.

Wolves have confirmed plans to award Jody Craddock a testimonial. The club has lodged a formal request with the Football League to mark the 37-year-old defender's 10 years' service.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

In lamenting what he considers to have been a "wasted season" for Leeds United, out-going chairman Ken Bates has revealed how the protracted takeover saga thwarted his plan to sack Neil Warnock last October.

Leeds United goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown plans to stay with the club next season, despite his first year at Elland Road denying him a single minute of league football.

Brian McDermott says he will talk players rather than budgets with Leeds United's board as he sets his plans for the transfer window in motion.

THE PINK UN

Norwich City's on-loan striker Kei Kamara intends to sign off with a bang in the final two games of his current deal.

Defender Ryan Bennett's FA charge over comments made on Twitter will not affect his chances of facing Stoke City in Saturday's Premier League encounter, manager Chris Hughton has confirmed.

READING POST

Nigel Adkins wants his Reading players to prove their worth before he decides if they have a future at the club.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea are being linked with a move for Sevilla and Spain striker Alvaro Negredo. The 27-year-old is valued at around £15 million, with the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Borussia Dortmund reportedly among the clubs tracking his progress.

Ashley Williams has boosted Swansea City by insisting he knows nothing about links with Liverpool and Arsenal, and declared: "I don't know where they get the stories from."

THE SENTINEL

Tony Pulis has revealed that his Stoke future - and the future direction of the club - will be decided at a scheduled summit meeting with the Coates family at the end of the season.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Australian defender Trent Sainsbury is on Wanderers' radar this summer but Dougie Freedman says reports the club have agreed a fee for the Central Coast Mariners star are premature.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

Danny Murphy says he would be happy to stay at Blackburn Rovers next season if a sensible decision is made on the club's next manager.

Blackburn Rovers are due back in court today for an expected resolution to Henning Berg's compensation claim against the club.

EVENING GAZETTE

Middlesbrough's players face a day of reckoning with Tony Mowbray at the end of the season. What's been a disappointing campaign comes to a close on May 4 at Sheffield Wednesday and, 48 hours after that match, the manager will hold one-to-one briefings with his entire first-team squad.

THE STAR

Dave Jones is urging his Sheffield Wednesday players to stay calm on what could be the decisive weekend in their survival battle.

EVENING TIMES

Neil Lennon is adamant Celtic won't break the bank this summer - in case a spending spree wrecks their dressing room spirit.

Rangers' Andy Little has admitted the off-field turmoil at the Ibrox club has started to impact upon the players.

THE SCOTSMAN

Imran Ahmad is almost certain to leave Rangers after an internal probe implicated the director in a series of rants published online condemning senior club figures, including Walter Smith and Ally McCoist.

Celtic are investigating the possibility of alcohol sales at Parkhead, more than 30 years after the practice was banned from Scottish stadiums.

The SRU has opened discussions with Rangers and Celtic over the staging a potential RaboDirect PRO12 final at Ibrox or Celtic Park.

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