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Sunderland chairman defends £9m loan deal and denies being a ‘chancer’

• Stewart Donald says loan from US company FPP is a ‘win-win’• Sunderland will end up in FPP’s hands if owners default on loanThe Sunderland chairman, Stewart Donald, has described his decision to borrow £9m from a group of United States-based investor…

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Sunderland chairman defends £9m loan deal and denies being a ‘chancer’

• Stewart Donald says loan from US company FPP is a ‘win-win’• Sunderland will end up in FPP’s hands if owners default on loanThe Sunderland chairman, Stewart Donald, has described his decision to borrow £9m from a group of United States-based investor…

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Managerial swap-shop and flogging Wembley: a new manifesto for football | Louise Taylor

My Blueprint for Change can cure English football of its worst excesses, but those affected may not be keenAn election beckons. Forget Boris v Jezza, this one is even more surreal. I am campaigning for the post of English’s football’s very own prime mi…

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Steve Bruce aims to reinforce Newcastle midfield with Granit Xhaka an option

• Manager will look to ‘add that bit of quality’ in January• Bruce praises Jonjo Shelvey’s response to spell on benchSteve Bruce has identified Newcastle United’s midfield as a department in need of reinforcement in January and would not turn his nose …

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Germany’s Marozsán making up for lost time after pulmonary embolism

The Lyon playmaker prepares to face England on Saturday with a new perspective after fearing for her life and her careerDzsenifer Marozsán says she has only learned to properly enjoy playing football since recovering from a life-threatening pulmonary e…

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What has gone wrong for Phil Neville’s England – and how can he fix it?

Switch to a back three against Germany at a sold-out Wembley could get the best from Lucy Bronze, Jodie Taylor and othersThe last time England beat Germany they played three at the back and ended up having medals placed around their necks.It was a litt…

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André Gomes thanks Everton supporters for messages after injury

• Midfielder is home with family after successful ankle surgery• Gomes is expected to be out of action for up to a yearAndré Gomes has thanked Everton supporters for their good wishes after he surmounted the first, and most important, hurdle on the lon…

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Tommy Doyle debut knits family tighter into Manchester City fabric | Louise Taylor

Every first-team debut is emotional for the player involved but teenager’s bow at Etihad was a particularly evocative milestoneEvery first team debut is an emotional moment for the player involved but Tommy Doyle’s bow proved an unusually evocative mil…

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Steve Bruce reveals he twice came close to taking charge at Wolves

Newcastle manager talks of what might have been as he looks to Allan Saint-Maximin to destabilise Wolves at St James’ ParkSteve Bruce is talking tracksuits. There was the garish number – “very blingy”, says Newcastle’s manager – emblazoned with a map o…

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Manchester City sense opportunity of landing telling WSL blow on Arsenal

It is still early days but if Nick Cushing’s side can maintain their 100% start to the season they will hand title rivals a real setbackManchester City Women harbour a reputation as a club good players have an unfortunate habit of leaving but Nick Cush…

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Andy Carroll injury gives Dwight Gayle chance to make mark at Newcastle

• Gayle putting pressure on £40m signing Joelinton• ‘If you’re a goalscorer, you’re a goalscorer,’ says Steve BruceAndy Carroll’s latest injury has opened the door to Newcastle’s first team for Dwight Gayle, leaving the previously forgotten striker pos…

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Newcastle determined to extend contracts with Longstaff brothers

• Steve Bruce wants siblings to stay at St James’ Park• ‘My job is to protect them and keep that humility and honesty’Steve Bruce is determined to sign Matty and Sean Longstaff to improved contracts at Newcastle but has pledged to do everything in his …

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Sean and Matty Longstaff: ‘Knowing your brother has got your back is special’

Newcastle’s midfield brothers discuss their different paths to the first team, Matty’s debut goal against Manchester United and why their family could rival the NevillesWhatever the future holds, Matty Longstaff will never forget the sudden, almost ele…

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Sunderland appoint Phil Parkinson as new manager to replace Jack Ross

• Former Bolton boss given two-and-a-half-year contract• Chairman points to ‘proven track record of promotion’Sunderland have named Phil Parkinson as their new manager after deciding his past experience at leading clubs out of League One offered them t…

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England go for six-a-side World Cup glory, with a little help from Big Ron | Louise Taylor

On a Crete beach over the next 10 days 40 international teams will battle it out for the trophy with England hoping to go better than the quarter-finalsTransport Paul Pogba’s body double, along with Mark Clattenburg, Ron Atkinson and a Euro 2004 winner…

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Steve Bruce gets Alex Ferguson’s advice before Manchester United’s visit

• Newcastle manager set to switch formation to 3-4-3• ‘I always ring Sir Alex for a bit of advice now and again’A week of soul-searching has led Steve Bruce to seek counsel from his former Manchester United manager and mentor, Sir Alex Ferguson. Bruce …

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Steve Bruce accepts Newcastle limitations and focuses on defence

The penny dropped with the heavy defeat at Leicester, prompting Newcastle’s manager to change tack and move to a counterattacking styleIt was at a similar time on the same afternoon in late July that Steve Bruce and Boris Johnson addressed their new au…

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FA investigating allegations of racism involving Leeds’ Kiko Casilla

• Goalkeeper accused by Charlton forward Jonathan Leko • Alleged incident took place at Saturday’s matchLeeds United are at the centre of a Football Association racism investigation after Charlton Athletic alleged that their on-loan forward Jonathan Le…

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Steve Bruce cancels training in angry wake of Newcastle defeat to Leicester

• Manager still upset with players over 5-0 ‘surrender’ • Clear the air talks scheduled for later in the weekSteve Bruce cancelled a scheduled training session on Monday as emotions reached boiling point at Newcastle United. But it is understood Rafael…

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Steve Bruce struggles to develop Rafa Benítez blueprint at Newcastle

New manager wants to mould his side into a flexible unit more comfortable in possession but key departures in midfield and attack mean he lacks the tools to do soDuring his days as Newcastle’s manager, Rafa Benítez often discussed the problems of sleep…