From the Back Pages, April 28: Bournemouth all but promoted to Premier League after win over Bolton

From the back pages
From the back pages

They had appealed for supporters to stay off the pristine playing surface at full-time here, though that was always likely to prove wishful thinking. A freakish combination of results could technically still deny a club which has flirted with extinction in the recent past but, in reality, Bournemouth are as good as in the Premier League. The locals have waited too long to enjoy moments as glorious as these. (The Guardian)


Liverpool face prospect of giving Chelsea guard of honour if Jose Mourinho’s team win next two games ahead of Reds visit to Stamford Bridge on May 10. (Daily Mail)

Mike Ashley is facing a £60million rebuilding job at Newcastle - with a new manager requiring at least 10 players. (The Mirror)

Jose Mourinho claimed today that the PFA Team of the Year should consist of 11 Chelsea players and that the side announced last night would not win the Premier League. Six Chelsea players were voted into the side by PFA members, but Mourinho dismissed the selection as lacking the requisite balance to win trophies. (The Times)

Arsenal transfer targets: The summer signings that would please Thierry Henry, including Sami Khedira and Edinson Cavani. (The Independent)

ANDREW STRAUSS is hot favourite to replace Paul Downton as England’s new director of cricket. (The Express)

The debate over the Rugby Football Union’s policy of refusing to choose players who play abroad was given fresh impetus last week when the Australian Rugby Union amended its similar rule to state that in respect of Australian-qualified players who had achieved 60 caps or more would still be considered for selection. Advocates of amending or scrapping the RFU’s rule have portrayed the ARU move as forward thinking and the RFU antediluvian. (The Telegraph)