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Championship clubs wait on results of first batch of Covid-19 tests

Clubs receive data on Sunday before training next daySenior players and staff swabbed by independent testersChampionship clubs are set to receive the results of the first batch of Covid-19 testing carried out across the division on Sunday. It is hoped …

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Steve Bruce admits he would love Saudi-led Newcastle takeover to happen

Manager hoping to stay and backs himself to succeedBruce confirms Newcastle had no positive Covid-19 testsSteve Bruce would welcome a £300m, largely Saudi Arabian-funded takeover of Newcastle United.With the deal to buy out Mike Ashley believed to be c…

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Hull City break ranks and call for Championship season to be voided

City concerned about legal implications of Covid-19 infectionsEFL has placed ‘undue and inappropriate’ pressure on clubsHull City are the first Championship club to demand the season be voided and have set out their reasoning in a letter emailed to Ric…

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée urges Newcastle fans to oppose takeover

Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of murdered journalist, writes open letter‘Slam shut the door on this offensive deal’ Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has implored Newcastle United supporters to mobilise against the prospec…

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Juninho, Ravanelli, Emerson … Middlesbrough’s exotic past reborn | Louise Taylor

Charity match for victims of Covid-19 promises to be a wonderful wallow in nostalgia for Boro fansAnthems are invariably repetitive but the paean celebrating Middlesbrough’s journey to the 2006 Uefa Cup final took things to extremes. “Small town in Eur…

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Sarina Wiegman’s dazzling CV means England’s future should be Oranje | Louise Taylor

The 100-cap midfielder has transformed the women’s game in the Netherlands as a manager and represents a template for female coach development in England“Nexit” – Phil Neville’s departure from the role of England Women’s coach – has been confirmed for …

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Newcastle takeover nears as Saudi director named in paperwork

Bander bin Mogren listed on Companies House documentsSaudi Public Investment Fund close to £300m dealThe Saudi Arabia-funded £300m takeover of Newcastle United inched closer to completion on Tuesday as documentation lodged with Companies House revealin…

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Newcastle United: seven priorities for the potential new owners | Louise Taylor

Future of manager Steve Bruce and his squad need quick decisions, the training ground requires a major upgrade and it is time local heroes were welcomed backWhen Kevin Keegan became Newcastle manager in 1992 his first act was to fumigate the training g…

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Newcastle expect green light for Saudi takeover despite Amnesty misgivings

PIF undergoing fit and proper persons’ testAmnesty voices concerns as Ashley era nears its endThe consortium close to completing a takeover at Newcastle does not expect the Premier League’s owners’ and directors’ test to pose any problems but Amnesty I…

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Newcastle takeover: will Saudi deal be the one that finally goes through?

A breakdown of where the potential takeover is up to and what needs to happen for the Mike Ashley era to endWill they or won’t they? Is he going to stick or twist? Where do fantasy and reality collide?These questions have been asked about Newcastle Uni…

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in advanced talks to sell club for £350m

Amanda Staveley, who tried to buy the club in 2017, fronting bidDocuments have been lodged at Companies House Mike Ashley’s controversial 13-year ownership of Newcastle could soon be over. A £350m sale to a consortium fronted by the Yorkshire-born fina…

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in advanced talks to sell club for £350m

Amanda Staveley, who tried to buy the club in 2017, fronting bidDocuments have been lodged at Companies House Mike Ashley’s controversial 13-year ownership of Newcastle could soon be over. A £350m sale to a consortium fronted by the Yorkshire-born fina…

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FA can boost post-coronavirus economy with new venues for women’s Euro 2022

The 12-month delay to the women’s European Championship in England offers the FA time to reset its insipid planThe queue for security inside Charles de Gaulle airport moved at a snail’s pace and, easily distinguishable in their tracksuits, the England …

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Newcastle become first Premier League club to put staff on furlough

Move applies to all non-first-team staff amid coronavirusSaudi-led consortium tries to push on with takeover plansCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageAs talk of a £340m Saudi Arabian takeover was revived Newcastle became the …

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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….