Keane set for Ireland return: Roy Keane is poised to make a sensational return to football as Martin O'Neill's number two with the Republic of Ireland. The Daily Mirror is one of several papers to report that O'Neill will be confirmed as Giovanni Trapattoni’s successor next week, with Manchester United legend Keane wanted as his assistant. The paper adds that a deal is yet to be struck, but an O'Neill-Keane partnership should be in place by the time Latvia visit Dublin for a friendly on November 15.
Paper Round's view: While the photo and accompanying headline on the Mirror's back page are, for some reason, terrifying, this can only be good news for the Irish. A good cop-bad cop combo at the helm could be just the ticket to get Ireland back on track in international football. Is it going to happen? Most papers are reporting the news, but we will all have more of an inkling soon enough - the pair are to feature together as ITV pundits for Manchester United’s Champions League clash at Real Sociedad on Tuesday. Surely someone will bring this up.
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Hart axed, foreigner preferred: The news that Joe Hart has been dropped by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for today's Premier League clash with Norwich City is reported by all papers. The Daily Mail takes the England international's axing one step further, pointing out that with Romania keeper Costel Pantilimon in between the sticks, City will be sending out an all-foreign starting XI, with Joleon Lescott and James Milner joining Hart on the subs. It will be the sixth time a Premier League side has not featured an Englishman from the start so far this season.
Paper Round's view: Hardly new news, and even Hart must have seen it coming. How he reacts to being dropped could have a huge bearing on his career, although early signs are that he is man enough to fight back. As for the all-foreign XI, the Mail has a nice graphic highlighting the increasing instances of managers sending out teams without home-grown players under the headline 'English Premier League'. After a drop in 2011, the trend is on the rise again but, again, this is hardly news.
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Wenger admits Suarez mistakes: The Daily Star's back page screams 'Wenger's bid for Kop star Suarez made Gunners a... LAUGHING STOCK', while The Independent is entirely more circumspect on the subject with the headline 'Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal misjudged Luis Suarez bid'. Both papers are reporting the same quotes from Wenger, who said Arsenal's £40m plus a pound bid for Luis Suarez was "not the most subtle thing" that his club had ever done. The two clubs meet today for the first time since the summer's transfer saga.
Paper Round's view: Wenger added that he doesn't think Arsenal fans will boo Suarez, suggesting Gooners still harbour hopes that the Uruguayan may yet sign for their club. One thing is for sure now though - we won't hear the end of the Luis Suarez transfer saga until he actually leaves Liverpool.
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