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Stadium of plight: Sunderland at risk of their most shattering relegation | Louise Taylor

Chris Coleman spoke of rebuilding Sunderland but, with the club bottom of the Championship, a wantaway owner unable to sell and poor player recruitment, he now seems less certainWhen Chris Coleman walks into a room, one question invariably seems to ech…

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Phil Neville opens England door with surprise selection of Anita Asante

• Chelsea defender and Aluko ally last called up in 2015• New manager names 23-strong party for SheBelieves CupPhil Neville has made a clear political statement by unexpectedly naming Anita Asante in his first England squad. “I hope this squad shows th…

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Until Sunderland have a new owner, we are where we are, says Chris Coleman

• Manager fans flames before Tuesday’s trip to Bolton• Coleman also digs out players for ‘not standing up to the fight’Chris Coleman has risked the wrath of Ellis Short after making some brutally honest, and arguably incendiary, comments before his Sun…

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West Brom ‘taxi’ quartet unlikely to face court case in Barcelona

• Case against Evans, Barry, Livermore and Myhill put on ice• Taxi driver decides not to press charges against West Brom playersJonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill are highly unlikely to face punishment in Spain after a Barcelona …

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Nigel Adkins plays the peacemaker in struggling Hull City’s civil war

Last season Hull City were a Premier League club, now the owners want to sell, there is unrest in the stands, a relegation battle and Chelsea away in the FA CupNigel Adkins knows precisely what is required to knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup. “Magic,” s…

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Islam Slimani targets permanent Newcastle move and praises Benítez

• Algeria striker said he felt ‘a good feeling’ with Newcastle manager• Slimani hopes to overcome thigh strain to face Manchester UnitedIslam Slimani is embarking on a three-fold mission at Newcastle. The Algeria striker wants to score the goals needed…

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Hartlepool call in police to investigate potential financial irregularities

• Police step in ‘at the request of the club’ • Struggling National League club to pay £48,000 tax bill on ThursdayHartlepool have become the subject of a police investigation into potential financial irregularities and face a fourth winding-up petitio…

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Isaac Hayden: ‘We have mansions, yet people are queueing for food’

The Newcastle midfielder visited Newcastle’s West End Foodbank as the club’s fans and staff help the local communityOnly seven miles separate Newcastle’s West End Food bank in Benwell and the north-east footballers’ mecca of Darras Hall but they repre…

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Rafael Benítez plans ‘internal debate’ on Newcastle transfer window deficiencies

• ‘I don’t want to start a war. Is it ideal? I won’t say if it’s ideal or not’• ‘I need to be sure players concentrate on getting points to stay up’Rafael Benítez intends to initiate an internal inquiry into the deficiencies that undermined the January…

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Leading coaches question FA line over Phil Neville’s England appointment

• Vera Pauw and Carolina Morace say the system was flawed• Pair dispute FA claim of applicants’ fears of media scrutinyTwo leading female applicants for the England women’s team manager’s job have heavily criticised the Football Association’s decision …

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FA looked at 147 candidates for England women’s role says FA’s Sue Campbell

• Coaches were deterred by fear of excessive scrutiny says FA head• Phil Neville’s passion for new role praised by Baroness CampbellBaroness Sue Campbell, the Football Association’s head of women’s football, has defended the “massive global search” tha…

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Phil Neville appointment a kick in the teeth for better qualified coaches | Louise Taylor

The former Manchester United player has no experience in the women’s game but has still been given the England job in preference to Mo Marley and other well-qualified coachesA damning indictment of the Football Association’s recruitment process? A kick…

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Phil Neville appointment a kick in the teeth for better qualified coaches | Louise Taylor

The former Manchester United player has no experience in the women’s game but has still been given the England job in preference to Mo Marley and other well-qualified coachesA damning indictment of the Football Association’s recruitment process? A kick…

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Rafael Benítez wants three or four Newcastle signings in next 12 days

• Newcastle manager says takeover talk is not a distraction• ‘We have to be sure we can get our January targets,’ says BenítezRafael Benítez was noncommittal about his future at Newcastle United after revealing he knew Amanda Staveley’s mooted club tak…

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Sunderland, Hull and Middlesbrough struggle to adapt to life after relegation | Louise Taylor

Despite each receiving £47m in parachute payments, the trio have all changed managers and fallen well short of their aimsMiddlesbrough’s owner, Steve Gibson, predicted his team were set to “smash the Championship,” and Hull City’s new manager Leonid Sl…

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Sunderland, Hull and Middlesbrough struggle to adapt to life after relegation | Louise Taylor

Despite each receiving £47m in parachute payments, the trio have all changed managers and fallen well short of their aimsMiddlesbrough’s owner, Steve Gibson, predicted his team were set to “smash the Championship,” and Hull City’s new manager Leonid Sl…

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Phil Neville close to confirmation as coach of England women’s team

• Neville’s role would not be entirely welcome in women’s football • Former England full-back would join squad at Spain training campPhil Neville’s controversial appointment as the new coach of the England women’s football team is close to being confir…

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Phil Neville emerges as frontrunner for England Women’s manager job

• Former Manchester United player has admirers at the FA• Neville has zero experience in the women’s gamePhil Neville has emerged as a controversial frontrunner to become head coach of the England Women’s team.The former Manchester United, Everton and …

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Newcastle United set to decide Peter Beardsley’s future next week

• Club’s under-23s coach fighting bullying and racism charges• Managing director Lee Charnley has been weighing up witness statementsPeter Beardsley will almost certainly have to wait until the middle of next week before learning if he is to lose his j…

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Peter Beardsley: how Newcastle great ended up facing bullying accusations | Louise Taylor

The 56-year-old was a tremendous player but he has now been placed on gardening leave during an internal investigation into alleged bullying and racismPeter Beardsley has always been a man of contradictions. As an immensely gifted footballer regularly …