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Some good stuff in the Sunday papers as the scribes look ahead to our luncthime trip to the Boleyn Ground.

The News of the World notes that Clint Dempsey is now a Dad to little Elyse born on Monday. Congratulations to Clint and his family. Our American international is also the Observer’s main feature too. He talks about his rapping exploits and how he’s happy to let his feet do the talking nowadays.

The team’s playing well and it feels good to be part of it. The two previous seasons I’ve been here have been ­relegation battles. Roy has got us all on the same page – the team we have now likes to play their football, pass the ball

Europe would be a dream finish but it’s about trying to get some wins away from home and stay strong at home, and see where we are closer to the end.

Amen to that.

Roy gets some attention in the broadsheets as well. The Telegraph’s Paddy Barclay caught up with our manager this week and quizzed about his time in Italy, Kaka (inevitably) and the state of world football. He’s quite philosophical about our good start putting us above Manchester (or should that be Abu Dhabi?) City.

Yes, but in a way isn’t that the beauty and fascination of the Premier League? A club who have flirted with relegation more times than they’d wish, indeed been relegated and 10 seasons ago spent time in the equivalent of League One, are still big enough to attract an owner willing to put in hundreds of millions.

Roy’s also on good form in the Independent on Sunday. He insists our style isn’t negative and on coaching, he offers this gem:

It’s about persuading individuals your ideas, methods and way of working are worth following.

It looks like Craig Bellamy won’t feature this afternoon too. Does that mean David Di Michele will step up and play a blinder then?