FA right to axe Terry – poll

Fabio Capello’s departure following the FA’s decision to strip Chelsea’s John Terry of the England captaincy predictably dominates today’s newspapers.

A YouGov poll commissioned by The Sun indicates that a clear majority of fans believe the FA were right to axe Terry.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail again suggest Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is under continued pressure from club owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea’s accounts show they spent £28m firing Carlo Ancelotti and replacing him with Villas-Boas, who was said by the Mail to be ‘shaken’ after a training-ground visit from Abramovich on Saturday.

The paper now say the Russian billionaire, who has made two more trips to the Cobham training base this week, spent yesterday making more assessments and held further talks with director of football Michael Emenalo.

It is claimed the players are convinced that Villas-Boas is increasingly vulnerable.

The Sun also say Villas-Boas is under serious pressure – and that he has been told Champions League qualification is a minimum requirement this season or he will be out.

Metro report on Nicolas Anelka, who recently left Chelsea to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. He says the treatment he received prior to his move from Stamford Bridge proved “there are no friends in football.

The Sun and Daily Star include a story that Taye Taiwo (whose transfer from AC Milan to QPR has already been agreed, subject to Rangers staying up) wants to make his loan move permanent.

“The fans didn’t believe in me in Italy but I’m happy here and QPR want to sign me on a permanent basis,” he is quoted as saying.

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