From the Back Pages, April 14: Manchester City ready to sack Manuel Pellegrini before end of season

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Manchester City are ready to sack Manuel Pellegrini if the club fear Champions League qualification is in danger. There is a recognition that finishing outside the top four will make it particularly difficult to attract the players required for the summer’s rebuild of the squad. (The Guardian)

Manchester United and Chelsea have been encouraged to make a summer bid for Nathaniel Clyne after the ­England right-back was dropped on Saturday by Southampton and then described himself as “flattered by the interest from the big clubs”. (The Telegraph)

Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 0: Raheem Sterling’s ninth-minute opener and a rare strike from Joe Allen proved enough as Liverpool defeated Newcastle United at Anfield. (The Independent)

JOE HART admits the derby defeat at Old Trafford was one of the worst days in his Manchester City career. (The Express)

Jonathan Trott’s first innings on his return to Test cricket for the first time in 17 months was brief and unsuccessful, as he was caught at first slip just three balls in. (Ian Bell hit 143, Joe Root 83 and Ben Stokes 71* as England finished on 341-5). (Daily Mail)

Ashley Young is willing to take a pay cut to stay at Manchester United on a long-term deal. (The Mirror)

Jordan Spieth walked triumphantly up the 18th hole at Augusta last night to a standing ovation after a Masters-winning performance that cemented his status as golf’s new young superstar. At 21, the Texan not only won his first major championship, but did so with a record-equalling score of 18 under par at the glorious climax of a week when he was utterly dominant. (The Times)