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Sunderland axe Martin O"Neill after dismal run leaves them one point above the drop zone

Sunderland axe O'Neill after dismal run leaves them one point above the drop zone

PUBLISHED:

21:40 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:47 GMT, 30 March 2013

Martin O'Neill parted company with Sunderland after the Black Cats slipped deeper into relegation trouble.

The 61-year-old's departure was confirmed hours after Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United, which left the club sitting just a point clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with seven games left to play.

A club statement said: 'Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O'Neill this evening.

Time's up: Sunderland have axed Martin O'Neill

Time's up: Sunderland have axed Martin O'Neill

'The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future.

'An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor..

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Barry Hearn strips top snooker stars of playing privileges

Hearn shakes up snooker with Trump and other top stars stripped of playing privileges

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UPDATED:

22:41 GMT, 18 December 2012

Snooker supremo Barry Hearn has thrown down the gauntlet to the top players.

The likes of Judd Trump and Mark Selby will have privileges removed and the top 16 will not be guaranteed a place at eight of 11 ranking events.

From June, all 128 tour pros will, for most events, be hurled in at round one in a draw with 64 seeds.

Wielding the axe: Snooker chief Barry Hearn is cutting player privileges

Wielding the axe: Snooker chief Barry Hearn is cutting player privileges

Bolton boss Owen Coyle feels axe hovering

Coyle feels Bolton axe hovering after day of talks fail to resolve club issues

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 8 October 2012

Owen Coyle has edged closer to the Bolton exit following a day of talks with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside.

Bolton have won only three of their 10 games in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League in May and sit seventh from bottom.

Under fire: Owen Coyle's reign as Bolton boss looks to be drawing to a close

Under fire: Owen Coyle's reign as Bolton boss looks to be drawing to a close

The international break has given Davies and Gartside the opportunity to make a change and the indications were that Coyle will be axed after nearly three years in charge.

The 46-year-old Scot said after Saturday’s defeat at Millwall that he would understand if he was not given more time to turn the club around, but insisted he will not quit.

‘I would never walk away from Bolton Wanderers,’ said Coyle. ‘But if, when we speak, the powers that be feel the club needs to go in a different direction, direction, then I’d understand that.’

Mick McCarthy in line for Bolton job

McCarthy in line for Bolton job should Gartside call time on Coyle's reign

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 7 October 2012

Mick McCarthy has emerged as a leading contender if Bolton decide to axe Owen Coyle.

Saturday’s defeat at Millwall left Coyle’s side seventh from bottom in the Championship. Afterwards the dejected Scot admitted to his players that it might be time for them to hear ‘a new voice’.

Chairman Phil Gartside will weigh up his options during the international break, but he knows that McCarthy would be a popular choice among supporters.

Borrowed time: Coyle (left) could be replaced by McCarthy (right)

Borrowed time: Coyle (left) could be replaced by McCarthy (right)

Borrowed time: Coyle (left) could be replaced by McCarthy (right)

Steve Kean flies to India for Venky"s talks

Kean jets to India for showdown talks with Rovers owners Venky's

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UPDATED:

22:20 GMT, 14 May 2012

Steve Kean flies to India on Tuesday for his first face-to-face talks with owners Venky's since Blackburn were relegated amid renewed calls from supporters for him to be sacked.

A petition signed by 5,000 fans has been sent to Anuradha Desai, the Venky's chief who has been Kean's staunchest ally.

Mrs Desai is coming under increasing pressure from her brothers Venkatesh and Balaji Rao, as well as some of her closest advisors in Pune, to wield the axe with Kean's fate set to be decided in the next 48 hours.

Rover and out: Kean is heading to India for talks with Ewood Park owners

Rover and out: Kean is heading to India for talks with Ewood Park owners

The Andre Villas-Boas project… and what it cost Roman Abramovich

The Andre Villas-Boas project… and what it cost Roman Abramovich

Andre Villas Boas has 'parted company' with Chelsea, with owner Roman Abramovich ruthlessly wielding the axe.

Roberto Di Matteo has been appointed interim manager until the end of the season.

Villas-Boas, 34, was only appointed eight months ago and cost billionaire owner Abramovich 13.3million to land from Porto.

The Andre Villas-Boas project... and what it cost

The Andre Villas-Boas project… and what it cost

Martin O"Neill"s entrance adds spice to Tyne-Wear derby – Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure: O'Neill's entrance adds spice to Tyne-Wear derby

Everywhere you go up here, there is only one question. Who's gonna win

It's the 145th Tyne-Wear derby, Martin O'Neill's first as Sunderland manager, Alan Pardew's first at home and third after last season's draw and the most recent 1-0 triumph at the Stadium of Light.

The two managers hold the key to North East bragging rights and it will come down to their players' bottle.

Showdown: O'Neill takes charge of Sunderland in his first Tyne-Wear derby

Showdown: O'Neill takes charge of Sunderland in his first Tyne-Wear derby

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Sunderland have lost so many of their recent visits to Tyneside on the team bus.

That's where last season's 5-1 capitulation started and they were easily battered into submission.

Thousands of the visitors headed to their own waiting buses long before the final whistle, to the delight of Newcastle supporters. Steve Bruce never really recovered from that Halloween horror show.

At least half of O'Neill's starting line-up are likely to be newcomers to today's events, and thus oblivious to the concept of real revenge, but whether that is an advantage is down to them. Handle the occasion and the hostile atmosphere and they and Sunderland have a chance.

Last week's shock 4-0 defeat at West Brom – and as O'Neill said this week of one his own games at Roker Park for Nottingham Forest, quoting Bill Shankly, Sunderland were lucky to get nil – was a reminder of the fragilities which hindered the team before O'Neill's dramatic arrival.

Under normal circumstances, the manager might be expected to make changes and he was denied an opportunity to show a very different side to his nature on Monday morning when the majority of his squad disappeared on international duty. But this is the derby.

It would make sense to give Fraizer Campbell the chance to put the top hat on his incredible week but that means changing his preferred away line-up which, has been selected to cater for injuries, but usually leaves Stephane Sessegnon as a makeshift but very effective striker.

He fits delightfully into the whole behind the frontman, so one of the regular four midfielders will have to miss out. His long journeys to and from Africa are not ideal preparation but it is unthinkable that he will not start.

Bouncing back: Newcastle surrendered a two-goal lead to Wolves and Sunderland shipped four to West Brom

Bouncing back: Newcastle surrendered a two-goal lead to Wolves and Sunderland shipped four to West Brom

Bouncing back: Newcastle surrendered a two-goal lead to Wolves and Sunderland shipped four to West Brom

O'Neill, and Sunderland fans, will also be hoping that Phil Bardsley's calf strain, which forced him to pull out of Scotland's game, is not serious.

The prospect of Sotirios Kyrgiakos making his debut at Newcastle, because John O'Shea has to move to the right, will not sit comfortably with many of the red and white persuasion. Wayne Bridge also sits in the wings, leaving options with Kieran Richardson's involvement.

Sunderland have proved very useful under O'Neill on their travels but on home form alone, this is a Newcastle win.

Wolves denied them a fourth successive home success last week through sheer hard work but it was a useful run-out for Cheik Tiote and Yohann Cabaye, another sustained period together for Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse and a bit of a wake-up call for the back four.

Ba's performance was arguably his least effective in a Newcastle shirt, so he owes his manager which makes him a very dangerous beast. He has gone two games without scoring and that has only happened once before this season.

'I think this is a big game for Demba,'
said Pardew. 'I spoke to him after the Wolves game, and told him I
thought he could have played better.

All change: Hughton and Bruce were in charge of the respective sides when Newcastle thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in 2010

All change: Hughton and Bruce were in charge of the respective sides when Newcastle thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in 2010

All change: Hughton and Bruce were in charge of the respective sides when Newcastle thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in 2010

'We need him at his best if we're going to win this game and I think he's aware of that.'

Cisse's groin strain should have cleared to make him available to partner Ba but Pardew has made it clear Shola Ameobi is very much in his thoughts.

The much and unfairly maligned striker has an incredible derby record and fits the occasion. The head cold which forced him home on Friday will not be an issue.

Pardew said: 'Fans should not underestimate just how important Shola is to us in that dressing room. Whether he plays or not, he's always the same.

'He's extremely influential. He never swears, but he makes it very clear to everybody how important it is to wear that jersey. I don't care how ill he is, I will have him in that dressing room.'

So who's gonna win Who knows

Ally McCoist in the dark over which players must leave Ibrox

I know nothing! McCoist in the dark over which players must leave Ibrox

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has admitted he is still in the dark over the scale of cutbacks to be imposed on his playing staff – after the administrators confirmed that the football department would not escape unscathed from the Ibrox insolvency.

McCoist, who saw his team romp to victory over Inverness in the Highland capital on Sunday, insisted his discussions with chief axe man Paul Clark of Duff & Phelps had been ‘productive’ – but that he had not been told how many players will be leaving.

Clark said over the weekend that announcements should be expected this week, warning that ‘cuts will undoubtedly include playing staff’.

In the dark: Ally McCoist (right)

In the dark: Ally McCoist (right)

But the man still nominally in charge of the football department confessed: ‘Effectively, it’s the administrator who is telling me what’s happening. It’s important to point that out.

‘I’m part of the staff. I’m higher up the pecking order in terms of getting information passed on.

‘There have been job losses already, let’s not forget that. But I hadn’t seen the quote from Paul Clark.

‘He certainly hasn’t told me that people will be going, but I’m not daft. I know there might have to be cuts. He will tell me that when it happens.

‘I haven’t spoken to the players about it because I don’t know what is happening. I’ve told them I’ll be completely honest and 100-per-cent transparent with everything I know.

Easy win: Rangers beat Inverness 4-1

Easy win: Rangers beat Inverness 4-1

‘But there is no point in having meetings with them if I’ve not got anything to say to them.

‘They know that, if I have anything to say to them about the administration, I will do it.

‘Paul Clark has been great. It’s ironic to use the term productive meetings with an administrator, but they have been.

‘I would imagine there will be more in the next couple of days.’

Asked if he feared that some of the players who performed with such distinction on Sunday might have played their last game for the club, McCoist said: ‘Well, we’ll discuss that if it does happen.’

The rookie boss was full of praise for his team, saying: ‘Pride was certainly a factor. I said to the boys before the game that the one thing I felt they’ve always had, something that would be needed, was a healthy respect for each other. They showed that today.

Icing on the cake: Lee McCulloch scores Rangers' fourth

Icing on the cake: Lee McCulloch scores Rangers' fourth

‘We’ve been battered, bruised, taken a couple of standing counts – but are certainly not down and far from out.

‘They showed spirit and willingness to help each other, to give the entire club a boost.

‘You say what you say as a manager but, as Walter Smith always said, the majority of times you play with Rangers, the motivation has to come from within.

‘That’s why you are playing at a club like Rangers, where you have to win every game. Playing at Rangers is, in many ways, unique because of the need for that great self-motivation.’

Former Rangers director Paul Murray, meanwhile, says that he is hopeful of making progress with his plans to put together a consortium to take over the stricken Ibrox club – with more details likely to be available by the end of the week.

Six Nations 2012: England call turn to Ben Morgan

Plumb job! England set to call on Morgan for Scotland clash

England are looking to introduce
trainee plumber turned No 8 Ben Morgan when they open the defence of
their RBS Six Nations title against Scotland at Murrayfield.

The 22-year-old, who took up the
trade when a professional career looked unlikely, could form a back row
alongside Leicester blindside Tom Croft and possible captain Chris
Robshaw, who is set to gain his second cap, at openside.

Ben Morgan (centre)

Forward thinking: Ben Morgan (centre)

Morgan played down his chance of appearing against Scotland, saying: 'We've got some great competition in the back row and I've just got to train hard and focus.'

He has gained his chance through the decision to axe the experienced Nick Easter and an injury to Tom Wood.

Bristol-born Morgan opted for England last month despite having played the last two years for Scarlets.

He missed out on professional rugby in England owing to bad luck and injury and did a plumbing course. 'My route has been difficult but you have to keep trying,' he said.

Sheffield United give James Beattie fitness ultimatum

Beattie given fitness ultimatum as Sheffield United threaten to axe him

Former England striker James Beattie has two weeks to get fit or face the axe at Sheffield United.

Beattie, 33, has yet to start training due to illness and a calf injury.

‘We can always extend James’s contract but he needs to be playing prior to January,’ boss Danny Wilson said.

Better days: James Beattie has seen his career totally disrupted by injuries

Better days: James Beattie has seen his career totally disrupted by injuries