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Marching on together: Bielsa and Leeds show team spirit as wait goes on

The manager, squad and coaching staff have accepted wage deferrals to help others as football takes a back seatThe plinth supporting the landmark statue of Billy Bremner outside Elland Road bears a simple, yet evocative, message. “Side before self, eve…

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Newcastle fans angry with club for not halting season-ticket payments

Club accused of failing to offer support at difficult timeAffected fans understood to be on special cheaper dealsNewcastle United fans have accused the club of a lack of flexibility over season-ticket payments due for next season.Toon for Change and th…

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My favourite game: Canada v England, women’s World Cup quarter-final 2015

Mark Sampson’s side beat the hosts and in so doing transformed the fortunes of the women’s game in EnglandPerfection can be likened to a flame it is possible to touch but very rarely hold. Almost five years ago Jodie Taylor, Lucy Bronze and their fello…

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Andy Carroll leads Newcastle squad whip-round to get kit man new hip

George Ramshaw back working with club after surgery‘I’m eternally grateful … it’s champion,’ says assistant kit manAndy Carroll has had no shortage of criticism over the years – some of it deserved – but George Ramshaw refuses to hear a bad word about …

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Steve Bruce says Newcastle prepared for fixture suspension four weeks ago

Players have personal training schedules away from baseBruce says playing behind closed doors was not an optionSteve Bruce and his staff at Newcastle are implementing coronavirus contingency plans that have been on the club’s tactics board for a month….

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Shelvey and Ritchie sign new contracts in signal of Newcastle policy shift

Under Ashley Newcastle have tended to offload older playersBruce’s tone less optimistic regarding Matty Longstaff’s futureJonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie have ended speculation about their futures by signing new three-year contracts at Newcastle United….

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Bowyer and Woodgate set friendship aside for relegation showdown

Managers of Charlton and Middlesbrough have a long history and meet on Saturday battling to stay in ChampionshipJonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer planned to talk on the telephone during the 48 hours preceding Saturday’s match at The Valley.In one sense …

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Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla was banned for using N-word

Spaniard aimed racial slur at Charlton’s Jonathan LekoFA independent panel satisfied with evidence of incidentAn independent Football Association regulatory commission suspended Kiko Casilla for eight games after being satisfied that the Leeds United g…

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Manchester City visit offers Garry Monk unlikely chance to end slump

Sheffield Wednesday manager says he is in ‘probably the most difficult moment in my career’ before his team’s FA Cup tieGarry Monk believes one of the best things his parents did for him was to ensure he developed a thick skin.A tough carapace acquired…

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Manchester City have Europe in their sights as Alan Mahon keeps it simple

Emma Hayes’s Chelsea unbeaten in WSL this seasonMatch is chance to compare Ellen White with Beth EnglandWho says Manchester City will not be in the Champions League next season? And who on earth claims they cannot win the title this spring? Alan Mahon’…

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Manchester City have Europe in their sights as Alan Mahon keeps it simple

Emma Hayes’s Chelsea unbeaten in WSL this seasonMatch is chance to compare Ellen White with Beth EnglandWho says Manchester City will not be in the Champions League next season? And who on earth claims they cannot win the title this spring? Alan Mahon’…

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Newcastle defy statistics and show Premier League table can lie

Steve Bruce’s side are in the bottom three on almost every metric except the one that counts – but are they taking pragmatism too far?Steve Bruce sits in Rafael Benítez’s old chair in the centre of the room where his predecessor once held court. The wa…

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Andy Carroll’s Newcastle future in doubt after volley brings injury setback

No timescale on Carroll’s return, says Steve BruceStriker, sidelined since January, has contract until JuneAndy Carroll’s future at Newcastle United has been thrown into doubt after the striker suffered yet another setback in his quest to regain full f…

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Melanie Reay: Shearer’s cousin plots Sunderland Ladies’ return to big time

Birmingham of the WSL visit Sunderland on Sunday in the FA Cup and the resurgent Wearside club are keen to make a statementName the coach seconded to assist Phil Neville during his first two World Cup qualifiers as England women’s manager? She is relat…

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Championship may need to break away from EFL to attract audience it deserves | Louise Taylor

One way for the second tier to get the global attention it deserves would be to slim down in a repackaged league systemCedars Art Production has been making well-received Middle Eastern films and television dramas since the 1950s but it was not until t…

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Championship may need to break away from EFL to attract audience it deserves | Louise Taylor

One way for the second tier to get the global attention it deserves would be to slim down in a repackaged league systemCedars Art Production has been making well-received Middle Eastern films and television dramas since the 1950s but it was not until t…

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It is an insult to call Newcastle lucky this season, says Steve Bruce

• Bruce: Premier League survival comes before change in tactics• Manager urges Longstaff brothers to agree new contractsSteve Bruce has described the suggestion Newcastle have been lucky this season as “an insult” but acknowledged he dare not risk his …

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It is an insult to call Newcastle lucky this season, says Steve Bruce

• Bruce: Premier League survival comes before change in tactics• Manager urges Longstaff brothers to agree new contractsSteve Bruce has described the suggestion Newcastle have been lucky this season as “an insult” but acknowledged he dare not risk his …

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Newcastle target Olivier Giroud and Jarrod Bowen in striker hunt

• Newcastle ready to pay £3m to loan Giroud from Chelsea• Hull’s asking price for Bowen could make agreement hardAs Danny Rose travelled north to complete his £2m loan switch from Tottenham to Newcastle, Steve Bruce’s longstanding quest for attacking r…

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Saudi £340m takeover of Newcastle ‘90% certain’ but leaks threaten deal

• Shell company created by Amanda Staveley to facilitate deal• All involved parties admit leak has placed transaction in doubtA shell company has been registered to facilitate the potential £340m takeover of Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign…