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England subplots add spice to Chelsea’s big clash with Manchester City

Top-of-the-table match pits Eni Aluko against her estranged team-mates and brings together two managers who have opted for club over countryEmma Hayes and Nick Cushing could have spent Sunday on tenterhooks, each waiting to learn if they had impressed …

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Newcastle’s Rafael Benítez issues Mike Ashley with transfer window warning

• Benítez says Newcastle could well be relegated without investment• ‘You have to be sure your team is strong enough to stay in the Premier League’Rafael Benítez has issued Mike Ashley with a stark warning that, without investment in the January transf…

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Rafael Benítez says dissenters and fake news forced him out at Chelsea

• Newcastle manager returns to Stamford Bridge for first time• Benítez won the Europa League during short Chelsea spellRafael Benítez will be reminded of what might have been on Saturday lunchtime when he returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time s…

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Rafael Benítez: ‘I will stay at Newcastle United even if takeover fails’

• Benítez: ‘I know money will be tight even if takeover is a success’• ‘It’s about being sure we stay in the Premier League’Rafael Benítez has warned Newcastle United supporters that, even if Amanda Staveley’s mooted takeover happens, he will have limi…

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England have right morals, says Jo Potter as Eni Aluko fallout continues

• Midfielder responds after Aluko accused former team-mates of lack of support• Potter maintains recent upheaval will not stop them qualifying for World CupJo Potter has said she and her England team-mates “know we have the right morals” as the fallout…

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Ashley seeks improvement in Staveley’s near-£300m bid for Newcastle United

• Amanada Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners in negotiations over buyout• Potential new owners want to see Rafa Benitez stay as managerMike Ashley wants Amanda Staveley to improve her offer for Newcastle United before he considers accelerating the pace of…

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Amanda Staveley’s consortium offers around £300m for Newcastle United

• Ashley wanted around £400m when he went to market• Rafael Benítez’s future in doubt unless he gets January fundsAmanda Staveley’s Dubai-based financial advisory firm PCP Capital Partners has formally offered Mike Ashley a sum in the region of £300m f…

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Chris Coleman vows to introduce ‘no excuses’ culture at lowly Sunderland

• New manager fired up by challenge of life on the ‘cliff edge’• Faces tough first Championship assignment at Aston Villa on TuesdayChris Coleman stepped on to the stage, smiled at the television cameras and announced a manifesto for change centred on …

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Britt Assombalonga: ‘Mum and dad wanted to give us chances they never had’

Middlesbrough striker looks back with gratitude at becoming Boro’s record signing after a journey from Africa – and a little help from Abbey Road StudiosWhen Britt Assombalonga runs out on to the Elland Road pitch on Sunday lunchtime his thoughts may w…

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Sunderland turn attention to Chris Coleman after Michael O’Neill rejection

• Odds on Wales manager switching to Wearside club are slashed• Ex-Fulham coach could use situation to strengthen position with WalesChris Coleman is the latest international manager on Sunderland’s radar after Michael O’Neill rejected their advances.A…

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Shay Given: ‘Roy Keane has a soft side, though you don’t see it often’

The Republic of Ireland’s most capped goalkeeper on Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane and why qualifying for a World Cup finals was the highlight of his careerShay Given did not establish himself as one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers, let alone ear…

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Did West Ham ask Sunderland’s Ellis Short for the lowdown on David Moyes?

The man appointed to replace Slaven Bilic was deemed dated by his players when on Wearside, where he became shrouded in a cloak of negativityFootball club executives like to talk up the amount of “due diligence” they routinely undertake before hiring a…

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Robbie Stockdale hoping Sam Allardyce’s lessons can save Sunderland

Sunderland go into the derby at Middlesbrough with their joint caretaker manager studying old blueprints in a bid to stop their slumpEllis Short became a billionaire in the world of high finance but, transposed to planet football, Sunderland’s owner ha…

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Sunderland’s natural position is seventh in Premier League, says Ellis Short

• Sunderland’s American owner says club ‘are in a bit of a crisis’• ‘I don’t believe our squad belongs in the bottom three of the Championship’Ellis Short acknowledges that Sunderland are in “a bit of crisis” but believes the club’s natural position is…

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Are Sunderland simply unmanageable? | Louise Taylor

Simon Grayson was sacked on Tuesday after one win in 15 league games at a club where good managers suddenly seem to lose their touchSimon Grayson readily agreed that his record of one Championship win all season was not too hot but demanded that it be …

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Are Sunderland simply unmanageable? | Louise Taylor

Simon Grayson was sacked on Tuesday after one win in 15 league games at a club where good managers suddenly seem to lose their touchSimon Grayson readily agreed that his record of one Championship win all season was not too hot but demanded that it be …

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Rafael Benítez keeps feet on the ground as Newcastle await takeover bid

• Manager refuses to get carried away despite prospect of huge investment• Team could go sixth with victory over Burnley on Monday nightRafael Benítez suspects Newcastle United are on the brink of a “sliding doors” moment. He has responded by drafting …

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Newcastle’s Mikel Merino on Dortmund bus attack: ‘We thought … we’re going to die’

The midfielder discusses the way the Dortmund bombs incident changed him, why life in England has not been what he expected and how playing under Rafael Benítez could speed him into the Spain squadMikel Merino had his headphones on and was listening to…

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Meet the England players facing Brazil in the under-17 World Cup semi-final

The under-17s are the latest England age-group side to have impressed this year. Five Chelsea players and three Manchester City youngsters are among the squad preparing for Wednesday’s semi-final in IndiaFrom Barrow, in Cumbria, the goalkeeper began hi…

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England Women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall sent home

• Kendall accused of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards striker Eni Aluko• Tim Dittmer, of the men’s under-21 side, flown out to ValenciennesIf England had hoped to leave their troubles behind after arriving in northern France for Friday night’s friendly…