From the Back Pages, May 9: Manchester City confident Pep Guardiola WILL arrive as Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement this summer

From the back pages
From the back pages

Manchester City believe they will land Pep Guardiola this summer. Sunday Mirror Sport understands that the deposed champions have been working on putting an agreement in place with Guardiola to take over at the Etihad in the summer of 2016, when his contract with Bayern Munich expires. (The Mirror)

Brendan Rodgers will make an all-out attempt to persuade Juventus maestro Andrea Pirlo to move to Liverpool in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Burnley produced a goal at long last and then a fighting victory, but it was all too late and relegation was confirmed by Leicester’s result against Southampton. The visitors’ first goal since the one that beat Manchester City in mid-March was enough to see off an anaemic-looking Hull, who badly needed a result here to allay relegation worries of their own. They never looked like getting one, barely showing any fight even when behind, and fell into the bottom three as a result with Tottenham and Manchester United their remaining opponents. (The Guardian)

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United match report: Julian Speroni gifts United victory as Marouane Fellaini heads home winner. (The Independent)

The expected appointment of Andrew Strauss as the new director of England Cricket and subsequent dismissal of Peter Moores as head coach were today confirmed within minutes of each other by the ECB. (The Times)

BOURNEMOUTH are plotting a swoop for former Manchester United and Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov following their Premier League promotion. (The Express)

At last, after his early season slumber, Nico Rosberg has come out fighting. It may only be pole position for today’s Spanish Grand Prix, but Rosberg reinvigorated the so far one-sided contest with Lewis Hamilton for the world championship here, hauling himself off the mat and finally landing a blow on his foe. (The Telegraph)