Paper Round: Whyte 'will kill Rangers rather than sell'

Papers: Whyte won't sell


The paper claims that Whyte - who has run the venerable club into administration with debts of around £75 million since taking over last year - told administrators that he will use his remaining powers to veto any offer made for his shares by Murray's Blue Knights consortium.

Murray had been on the Rangers board until the takeover last year, and had strongly opposed Whyte's purchase of the club. Whyte retaliated by having him thrown off the board, and it's clear that the bad blood between the pair is as strong as ever.

"I've spoken to the administrators about this today and been told by them that Whyte is not prepared under any circumstances to sell his shares to my consortium," Murray told the paper, adding that legal action will now commence to force Whyte to sell.

The Daily Mirror leads its back page on the news that Stuart Pearce is to manage England at Euro 2012 after he began stepping up preparations for the tournament.

With no appointment yet made Pearce has begun talking to Premier League managers about which players might be involved in the squad, a move which seems sensible and pragmatic in the circumstances. But the Mirror makes this particular 2+2 equal 127, with its excitable sub editors blaring on the front page, "Pearce to get England job". The story itself, almost needless to say, makes no such claim.

Manchester City are to make a £42 million swoop for Atletico Madrid's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, according to The Sun.

The 26-year-old has notched 25 goals in 36 games following his £34m move from Porto last summer, but is apparently keen to move to the Premier League "for the sake of his international career".

The Sun's back page leads with news that Chelsea's Champions League hero Salomon Kalou was frozen out of the Chelsea team by previous boss Andre Villas-Boas for refusing to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.

The player claims that his refusal was "not about money, but about playing time". Kalou's deal is up in the summer, but it seems his pleas have already been heard. He's played more games since Roberto Di Matteo took over three weeks ago (five) than he did in the entire time under AVB (four).

The Daily Mail claims, incidentally, that Di Matteo has emerged as one of the main contenders to get the Chelsea job after putting the Blues on the verge of a Champions League semi-final. The Times runs a piece insisting that he will not be appointed despite the club's changing fortunes.

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh could be on his way out this summer as Paris St Germain consider a £6m bid (Daily Mirror), Tottenham will axe plans to sign Emmanuel Adebayor over the player's massive wage demands (Daily Mail), while Blackburn want to land Marseille's out-of-favour forward Andre-Pierre Gignac (Daily Mirror).

And finally, Terry Venables is to return to football to help out Wembley FC, a semi-professional club that plays in the Combined Counties League Premier Division - that's the ninth tier, for those of you who don't have an encyclopaedic knowledge of non-league football.

The former Spurs and England manager will become the club's technical advisor. "If they are willing to learn, I'm willing to teach," he said.

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