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From the back pages, January 29: English football ‘has a year to change’ say MPs preparing to urge legislation

FA Chairman David Bernstein

FA Chairman David Bernstein

Radical proposals to overhaul the way English football is run could be backed by new legislation, following a withering parliamentary report criticising the failure to introduce new financial controls and increase the influence of fans. (The Guardian)

The fallout from Liverpool’s humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Oldham Athletic has continued, with Brendan Rodgers warning his young players to learn quickly and improve or to face up to a future plying their trade in npower League One. (The Times)

Angry Queens Park Rangers players had to be kept apart in an astonishing dressing-room bust-up after their FA Cup defeat by MK Dons at the weekend. On a day when manager Harry Redknapp claimed the January transfer window had descended into ‘gang warfare’ between rival agents, it emerged a massive division has developed in his QPR dressing room. (Daily Mail)

AC Milan are confident of bagging Mario Balotelli — but Juventus are ready to hijack the move. The misfit striker, 22, travelled with the Manchester City squad for tonight’s clash at rock-bottom QPR. (The Sun)

Striker Danny Graham has asked to quit Swansea – with Sunderland ready to complete a £5.5million transfer. The North East-born star told Michael Laudrup he wants out for “pe rsonal reasons” last night, hours after the Swansea chief insisted Graham could stay. (The Mirror)

Three days to go in the transfer window and Harry Redknapp says this has been the worst he has known. The QPR manager is something of a master in transfer dealings, normally at the forefront during the windows and linked with every player under the sun. (The Express)

Revealed: Lancaster part of elite coaching think tank. ‘No one knows everything’ says England coach as he confirms meetings with Dave Brailsford and others from football and Formula One to exchange ideas. (The Independent)

Ashley Cole grew frustrated and became vocally critical of the Chelsea forwards during Sunday’s humbling FA Cup draw at Griffin Park, according to Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson. (The Telegraph)

 

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