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Newcastle cancel training with trip to Aston Villa in doubt amid Covid-19 fears

Five people among players and staff are now self-isolating ‘It’s been a tough week,’ says manager Steve BruceNewcastle United were forced to abandon plans to stage a first-team training session on Sunday amid fears they are in the grip of a coronavirus…

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Reluctant manager Alun Armstrong finds a new pressure at Darlington

Scoring goals at San Siro takes a different kind of nerve from helping a non-league club recover from financial catastropheAlun Armstrong thought he knew all about pressure. After converting a penalty against Internazionale at San Siro and playing Prem…

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Shelley Kerr aiming to guide Scotland to Euro 2022 from the sofa

Manager forced to self-isolate as team face crucial qualifiers but striker Lisa Evans fancies their chancesThere is never an ideal moment to be forced into self-isolation but for Shelley Kerr, the timing could hardly be worse.After coming into contact …

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Newcastle’s plans for Crystal Palace hit by three positive coronavirus tests

Unnamed trio includes player who starts regularlyClub face Palace at Selhurst Park on FridaySteve Bruce’s plans for Friday night’s visit to Crystal Palace have been disrupted by three positive Covid-19 tests, with at least one of the unnamed trio a pla…

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Paul Pogba ‘very important for us’ says Solskjær after Deschamps comments

Manchester United manager says he has spoken to midfielderDeschamps said Pogba ‘cannot be happy’ with playing timeOle Gunnar Solskjær spoke privately to Paul Pogba on Friday about comments made by the France midfielder’s international manager, Didier D…

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Newcastle’s Steve Bruce labels Miguel Almirón’s agent a ‘two-bob amateur’

Daniel Campos reported as saying Almirón wants to leaveHe has been ‘hugely disrespectful to his client’, says BruceSteve Bruce has branded Miguel Almirón’s agent a “two-bob amateur” seeking to “make a fast buck” after Daniel Campos was reported as sayi…

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Mike Ashley steps up legal pressure over failed Saudi takeover of Newcastle

Newcastle owner pursuing action against Premier LeagueAshley is seeking an arbitration hearingMike Ashley has confirmed he is actively pursuing legal action against the Premier League over the governing body’s role in this summer’s failed Saudi Arabia-…

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Israel’s Solomon strikes to thwart Scotland’s bid to top group

Israel’s Manor Solomon offered further evidence of his burgeoning talent as Scotland’s hopes of winning Nations League group B2 evaporated by the shores of the Mediterranean and Steve Clarke’s players received a perhaps timely reminder they are not wor…

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Emma Hayes fears for mental health of overseas WSL players in pandemic

Chelsea manager calls for compromise on festive gamesPlayers must either stay or go and then self isolateEmma Hayes fears government quarantine rules could disrupt the Women’s Super League and damage the mental health of overseas players unable to retu…

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Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson: ‘I love facing players like Vivianne Miedema’

Chelsea’s captain on facing title rivals Arsenal, leadership and why this season’s Women’s Super League will be harder than everMagdalena Eriksson is discussing her expected duel with Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema on Sunday and, typically, the analysis ex…

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‘He’s got something special’: Steve Clarke gets his reward with Scotland | Louise Taylor

Meticulous coach has long been admired by some of the best managers in the game and Euro 2020 progress is well meritedRightly or wrongly, people are often judged by the friends they keep. Given that football management is frequently as much about conta…

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‘He’s got something special’: Steve Clarke gets his reward with Scotland | Louise Taylor

Meticulous coach has long been admired by some of the best managers in the game and Euro 2020 progress is well meritedRightly or wrongly, people are often judged by the friends they keep. Given that football management is frequently as much about conta…

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Marshall save ends Scotland’s long wait as they pip Serbia to Euro 2020 finals

They did it the hard way but Scotland held their nerve in a penalty shootout to reach their first major men’s finals since the 1998 World Cup in France.David Marshall, the Derby goalkeeper, proved the hero, saving Alexsandar Mitrovic’s penalty to send …

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‘Exceptional’ Raheem Sterling will start against Liverpool, says Pep Guardiola

Guardiola says forward is one of best players he has worked withSterling has started every game in Premier League and EuropePep Guardiola is adamant he will not rest Raheem Sterling against his former club on Sunday. “He will be there again,” said Manc…

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Harry Kane makes it 200 goals in 300 Spurs games during win at Ludogorets

José Mourinho pledged that Tottenham Hotspur would be at “full power” in north-east Bulgaria on Thursday night and, sure enough, a high wattage performance dazzled Ludogorets into submission.With Harry Kane scoring his 200th goal in a Spurs shirt on hi…

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Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly: ‘We aim to win two FA Cups in one season’

Winger on Sunday’s final against former club Everton, cage football with her five older brothers and the chance to make historyThe restrictive weight of tier-three local lockdown rules govern Chloe Kelly’s home life in Liverpool and her Manchester-base…

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Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly: ‘We aim to win two FA Cups in one season’

Winger on Sunday’s final against former club Everton, cage football with her five older brothers and the chance to make historyThe restrictive weight of tier-three local lockdown rules govern Chloe Kelly’s home life in Liverpool and her Manchester-base…

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‘Fan power’: Newcastle finally start refunding supporters for missed games

Mike Ashley intervened to instruct staff to resolve matterAround 18,000 season-ticket holders had money withdrawnNewcastle United supporters hailed “fan power” after weeks of concerted lobbying resulted on Thursday in the club agreeing to refund season…

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‘Morally wrong’: Newcastle fans demand season-ticket money back

Supporters’ trust believes club have at least £7m of fans’ moneyNewcastle committed to reimbursing fans by ChristmasA leading group of Newcastle supporters has urged the club to refund fans for season tickets they are unlikely to be able to use until n…

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Aston Villa’s Gemma Davies: ‘There hasn’t been a moment I didn’t want to coach’

The youngest head coach in the Women’s Super League believes the future is bright for her clubGemma Davies is so unused to life in the slow lane that the process of buying her first house has opened a window to an alien new world where things move at s…