From the back pages, May 15: Cup heroes Wigan relegated as Pod fires Gunners into fourth

From the back pages
From the back pages

WIGAN’S eight-year Premier League stay is over — just days after their greatest triumph. Roberto Martinez’s FA Cup heroes were dumped into the Championship by Arsenal who move back ahead of Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification. (The Sun)

David Platt has resigned from Manchester City as assistant manager having declined the offer to continue, with the 46-year-old deciding that after the sacking of Roberto Mancini he would follow the Italian, who is a good friend, from the club. (The Guardian)

It took 13 seconds. That’s when the chanting started for Roberto Mancini. It was another 10 minutes before it stopped. Then it started again.

The fact Manchester City’s section of the Madejski Stadium was barely half full last night told its own story. But if those in power at the Etihad Stadium wanted even a modicum of support from the masses for their decision then they did not get it. (Daily Mail)

There were some very unflattering words used publicly to describe Roberto Mancini yesterday, so it did not require a huge leap to imagine some of what was being uttered in private about the Italian by his now former colleagues at Manchester City. (The Times)

David Moyes plans to meet Wayne Rooney as early as next week to sort out his Manchester United future. Although Moyes does not officially start as United boss until July 1, Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor wants Rooney’s situation resolved swiftly. (The Mirror)

CHELSEA have been dealt a severe blow as Eden Hazard has been ruled out of tonight’s Europa League final. (The Express)

Chris Robshaw could still play a part for the British and Irish Lions despite being given the summer off by Stuart Lancaster, the England coach. The red rose captain was devastated at being overlooked by Warren Gatland for the tour to Australia but the Lions coach has dangled a potential lifeline. (The Independent)