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Steve Bruce: ‘It would settle everybody if we got a result at Norwich’

• Newcastle manager understands pressure at St James’ Park• ‘Coming here was never going to be easy’Steve Bruce has shouldered the blame for the tactical confusion that prefaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring Arsenal’s winning goal at St James’ Park…

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Whether anti-Ashley sentiment grows depends on Newcastle’s early results | Louise Taylor

If success on the pitch should halt the protest movement in its tracks a couple more disjointed defeats under Steve Bruce may see it gain considerable tractionSunderland supporters used to joke that their closest rivals harboured such blind loyalty to …

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Steve Bruce excited before Newcastle debut but not expecting honeymoon

• New manager hopes to build respect from fans over time• ‘Andy Carroll’s maturity can help our younger players’Steve Bruce is experiencing a range of emotions ahead of fulfilling a long-standing dream by presiding over his first Premier League match a…

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Steve Bruce relishes having ‘local hero’ Andy Carroll back at Newcastle

• Free-transfer striker returns to Newcastle after eight years away• Andy Carroll: ‘My friends and family are here. It’s home’Eight years after departing Newcastle in a January deadline-day transfer Andy Carroll has returned in another 11th-hour move t…

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Newcastle close in on Emil Krafth as Matt Ritchie defends ‘honest’ Ashley

• Swedish right-back set to complete £5m move from Amiens• Ritchie says he ‘does not understand’ Newcastle fan unrestNewcastle’s long pursuit of a right-back appears to be reaching a conclusion with Sweden’s Emil Krafth close to completing a £5m move f…

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Steve Bruce tells Newcastle fans: ‘I’m not Mike Ashley’s bagman’

• New manager aims to forge close ties with Newcastle owner• Many Newcastle fans have not welcomed Bruce’s arrivalAt approximately the same time on Wednesday as Britain’s new prime minister stood in Downing Street outlining a prescription for change, N…

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Newcastle have gambled on Bruce but shadow of Benítez looms large | Louise Taylor

Steve Bruce may be a geordie but that will not be enough to fill Rafael Benítez’s sizeable shoes and a sceptical Gallowgate will need an awful lot of convincingSome years ago Steve Bruce wrote a trilogy of football-based thrillers. Their hero was Steve…

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Lucy Bronze: Phil Neville is ‘not the best coach’ but made England better

• Bronze: ‘We’re disappointed not to have won the World Cup’• Full-back defends coach who admits tactical deficienciesLucy Bronze acknowledges that Phil Neville is not quite the finished article but the right-back England’s manager labels “the world’s …

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Benítez bows out after collision of control freaks at Newcastle

Manager’s Magpies love affair ends after years of dysfunctional dealings with the club’s owner Mike AshleyLast season was drawing to a close as Rafael Benítez stood in a quiet corridor at St James’ Park briefing a small group of newspaper journalists o…

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Phil Neville: ‘I’ve seen nothing in this tournament that gives me fear’

The England coach’s rotation policy, so successful so far in the World Cup, is a matter of common sense rather than scienceThe hotel’s breakfast buffet is still doing brisk trade when Phil Neville takes a seat in a quiet corner and reflects on the nigh…

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Neville looks forward to ‘business end’ of World Cup as England cruise through

• Manager will not compromise on style or rotation tactics• England to face a third-placed team in last 16 on SundayPhil Neville looked forward to the “business end” of the World Cup insistent that England’s new possession-based approach will not be co…

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England’s Karen Bardsley says mixed teams at academies is the way forward

England’s No 1 believes the goals should remain the same size and wants more respect for all keepersIf Karen Bardsley had collected a pound every time a man told her female goalkeepers are rubbish she would be very rich indeed. “Whether it’s people fee…

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From pink goalposts to blue plaques: a history of women’s football

From outraged 17th-century ministers to the 2019 World Cup via world war, the suffragettes, coffee houses and Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get LoudAlmost 50 years have passed since they stepped off the plane and into a parallel universe but their memories of…

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Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 13: England

The beaten semi-finalists four years ago have a new manager but a similarly flexible approach This article is part of the Guardian’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countri…

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England Women 0-1 New Zealand: five World Cup warmup talking points | Louise Taylor

Karen Carney suddenly seems essential to Phil Neville’s plans and Lionesses’ final ball will need to be far better in FranceKaren Carney’s first touch after stepping off the bench – a gorgeous, galvanising reverse pass – seemed emblematic of her abilit…

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Mike Ashley in talks with UAE’s Sheikh Khaled over £350m Newcastle sale

• Several hurdles still to be addressed before sale can proceed• Rafael Benítez’s contract as manager runs out on 30 JuneMike Ashley is negotiating the potential £350m sale of Newcastle United to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emi…

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England 2-0 Denmark: five talking points from the World Cup warm-up

Questions over formation and freshness to the fore after the Lionesses’ somewhat lucky win over DenmarkIt is testament to the growing strength of the women’s game that a side as decent as Denmark have failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament. The…

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Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’

After playing for years with a torn hip, the Sunderland midfielder is back to full fitness and ready for a League One play-off final date with CharltonIt is a cool March night at the Stadio Olimpico in 2006, Middlesbrough have just eliminated Roma from…

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Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’

After playing for years with a torn hip, the Sunderland midfielder is back to full fitness and ready for a League One play-off final date with CharltonIt is a cool March night at the Stadio Olimpico in 2006, Middlesbrough have just eliminated Roma from…

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John Terry in running for the vacant manager post at Middlesbrough

• Aston Villa’s assistant manager had talks with club• Chairman set to make decision after the weekendJohn Terry has emerged as a contender for the managerial vacancy at Championship Middlesbrough. Aston Villa’s assistant manager is among those competi…