From the Back Pages, February 6: David Beckham rules out Sir Alex Ferguson to manager his Miami franchise

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David Beckham confirmed plans that he will start his own Major League Soccer franchise in Miami today, and he has ruled out one man to manage the team - Sir Alex Ferguson. (The Independent)

Matt Prior defended himself furiously against accusations of undermining Andy Flower during the dying days of the Ashes tour as the fallout from the Kevin Pietersen saga spiralled out of control yesterday. (The Times)

Arsenal’s huge clash with Manchester United is set to go ahead next Wednesday - even if the planned Tube strike goes ahead. (The Mirror)

West Ham United threaten legal action against the FA over Andy Carroll suspension. Club are ready to take unprecedented legal action against the Football Association if they refuse to allow Andy Carroll another chance to appeal his three-match suspension. (The Telegraph)

David Moyes has endured plenty of speculation over his ability - or otherwise - to replicate Sir Alex Ferguson’s success at Manchester United. So it probably won’t help Moyes’ mood when he finds out one of his senior players has been accused of stirring talk about his exit from the club. Rio Ferdinand found fingers pointed at him on Wednesday after posting an enigmatic question on Twitter. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger claims Chelsea’s win at Manchester City proves how unpredictable the title race is, with fourth-placed Liverpool and champions Manchester United to next face the Gunners. (The Express)

When Wales last visited Dublin two years ago, Leigh Halfpenny was not their first-choice goal-kicker. He has been ever since and as Wales return to the Aviva Stadium this weekend, Rhys Priestland points out that but for him, the full-back might not have become one of the best-paid players in the world. (The Guardian)