What the back pages say - September 16


Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie is facing an unprecedented lengthy ban in addition to a three-match suspension after breaking the leg of Hull City's Craig Fagan in a horror challenge on Saturday. 

Read Colin Young's report here

Also: Heurelho Gomes, the Brazilian bought for £7.8million to replace England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, deepened Tottenham's early season crisis with a blunder that left them bottom of the Premier League.

Read Simon Cass's report here


Newcastle were in meltdown last night as investors refused to buy into the Toon crisis. 


Future king: Andy Murray's display at the US Open has persuaded the LTA to take out a £30m development programme

Also: Calamity keeper Heurelho Gomes messed up to leave Spurs at the foot of the Premier League table...Chelsea had to settle for £1million compensation as Steve Clarke joined West Ham last night.


In the crippling days of the credit crunch, financial tailspins and investment bank collapses, the Lawn Tennis Association is ready to buck the trend spectacularly when it announces a multi-layered mega-deal for British tennis to the tune of £30million.

Also: Mike Ashley is thought to have been in Abu Dhabi last night in an attempt to push through a quick sale of Newcastle United, but the club's embattled owner has been informed by supporters that protests against his regime will continue.


Manchester City are on the brink of handling Ronaldo a one-year deal to relaunch his career at Eastlands. The former Real Madrid and AC Milan striker - a free agent since leaving the San Siro two months ago - has been offered a £60,000-a-week package to move to City.

Also: Big Phil Scolari last night refused to admit he has to win the Champions League to safeguard his Chelsea future.


Brazilian superstar Ronaldo says he could join Manchester City's samba army on a staggering £150,000 a week in January. Former World Cup winner Ronaldo, 31, met representatives in Rio de Janeiro and said: "It's the best offer I've received and it will be very interesting for me to play with Robinho".


Mike Ashley, having put Newcastle up for sale on Sunday, is understood to have been in a prominent hotel in Abu Dhabi yesterday. There is no confirmation of who Ashley was meeting there, or if he was on Newcastle business, but it would be unsurprising if he was speaking to possible purchasers of the Tyneside club.


Rafa Benitez brought his Liverpool players back down to earth by ordering them to forget the win over Manchester United and hammer out a fresh message to Europe's elite.

Also: Lee Westwood touched down in Louisville last night with his sights set on helping Europe hand out another beating to the Americans this weekend.


Brazilian forward Ronaldo claimed last night that Manchester City were on the brink of offering him a one-year deal to relaunch his career at Eastlands.

Also: Gianfranco Zola yesterday completed his backroom coaching team at West Ham after compensation of around £1million was agreed with Chelsea for Steve Clarke.


Mike Ashley's claims he inherited a club in financial mess were last night rubbished by the man he replaced as Newcastle chairman, Freddy Shepherd, who mounted a stout defence of his former regime.

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