From the back pages, March 12: Di Canio in line to take up the struggle with Reading

Paolo Di Canio.

Paolo Di Canio.

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Paolo Di Canio is among the candidates to take over as Reading manager after the club sacked Brian McDermott last night in a desperate effort to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. (The Times)

The head of the investigatory arm of Fifa’s ethics committee has promised to deliver his verdict this month on the long-running ISL affair that implicated several senior figures in a bribery scandal. (The Guardian)

Arsenal’s slim hopes of overturning a 3-1 deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich have suffered a significant setback, with midfielder Jack Wilshere ruled out of the game with an ankle injury. (The Telegraph)

Arsenal face a summer fight to keep hold of Lukas Podolski. Juventus and Atletico Madrid are both interested in signing the Germany striker — less than a year after he arrived at the Emirates for £10.9million. (The Sun)

Andy Flower has hit back at claims that a “holiday camp” mentality was behind England’s false start in New Zealand. Nobody could accuse Flower, a stickler for preparation and a meticulous strategist, of being a bluecoat or opening the south Pacific branch of Butlins. (The Mirror)

Manchester United’s Champions League heartbreaker Luka Modric still has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford, despite his wonder goal eliminating them from the Champions League with Real Madrid. (Daily Mail)

England’s bionic man Tom Croft believes his young side are ready to strike fear into their rivals two years out from a home World Cup by clinching their first Grand Slam in a decade this Saturday. (The Express)

England’s bionic man Tom Croft believes his young side are ready to strike fear into their rivals two years out from a home World Cup by clinching their first Grand Slam in a decade this Saturday. (The Express)