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Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by mutual consent

Ranger in shock St James' exit after leaving Newcastle by 'mutual consent'

PUBLISHED:

19:13 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 1 March 2013

Nile Ranger

Troubled striker Nile Ranger has left Newcastle after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

The 21-year-old was in late January released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape.

A statement from the club tonight said: 'Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual consent.'

Ranger posted on his Twitter page that he is 'happy' at the decision.

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Gone: Troubled striker Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by 'mutual consent'

Gone: Troubled striker Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by 'mutual consent'

Alerx McLeish quits as Nottingham Forest boss after just 41 days

McLeish does a Clough and walks out on Nottingham Forest after just 41 days

PUBLISHED:

11:16 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:34 GMT, 5 February 2013

Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest by mutual consent, the League Managers Association says.

The Scot was in charge of the Championship side for just 41 days and seven games, winning only one and losing four.

Gone: Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest manager

Gone: Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest manager

It is thought the reason behind McLeish's decision to leave Forest is interference from the club's Kuwaiti owners, the Al-Hasawi family, in team affairs.

McLeish, who replaced Sean O'Driscoll as manager on December 27, said via a statement on the club's official website, nottinghamforest.co.uk: 'I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period.

'But even so, it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.

'Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith. However, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company.'

Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi had denied claims that there was a bust-up with manager Alex McLeish following the club's lack of transfer activity on deadline day.

Reports circulated that McLeish, who did manage to secure the services of Kuwaiti goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi, was unhappy after George Boyd's proposed move collapsed at the 11th hour over what Peterborough described as an 'inconclusive eye test'.

Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi said: 'I'm bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out as we had hoped when he became our manager and I would like to put on record my thanks for his services to the Club and wish him every success in the future.'

McLeish's turbulent reign at the City Ground rekindled memories of Brian Clough's disastrous 44-day spell at Leeds United.

Clough was famously sacked by the Yorkshire club after falling out with the players and board but went on to lead Nottingham Forest to league and European Cup glory.

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Lewis Hamilton set for Mercedes life without Norbert Haug as Mercedes chief quits

Hamilton set for life without ally Haug as Mercedes chief leaves Silver Arrows

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UPDATED:

15:53 GMT, 13 December 2012

Lewis Hamilton will be without the friendly face of close ally Norbert Haug to welcome him to Mercedes after it was announced the 60-year-old is to leave his role as head of motorsport for the German car giant.

Haug has held the role for 22 years but will leave 'by mutual consent' at the end of the month.

His departure comes two months after the appointment of three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda as non-executive director, his principle role being to liaise between the Mercedes' board and their Brackley-based Formula One operation.

Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month

Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month

Lauda was instrumental in persuading Hamilton to turn his back on McLaren to accept the challenge of turning Mercedes into Formula One frontrunners.

But Hamilton has a long-standing relationship with Haug and his departure is likely to make his transition from McLaren to Mercedes that little bit more taxing.

Haug was part of the McLaren set-up when Hamilton entered Formula One in 2007 and when he went on to take the drivers' title the following year.

But despite Mercedes managing only one win since return to grand prix racing three years' ago, Haug is adamant Hamilton can look forward to a bright future with his new team.

He said: 'Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula 1 works team in 2010, we couldn't fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.'

Diego Arismendi contract terminated at Stoke

2.6m Uruguayan misfit Arismendi leaves Stoke after playing FIVE games

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UPDATED:

21:21 GMT, 30 November 2012

Stoke City have terminated the contract of Uruguyan midfielder Diego Arismendi by mutual consent.

The 24-year-old only made five appearances for the first team after joining in 2009 from Club Nacional for 2.6million.

The Potters' chief executive Tony Scholes said: 'It has been an incredibly frustrating time for everyone because he came over here with such high hopes of making a name for himself in English football, but it clearly hasn't worked out that way for him.

Going home: Diego Arismendi will head back to Uruguay

Going home: Diego Arismendi will head back to Uruguay

'His contract with the club would have come to an end next summer, but with him not in our 25 man Premier League squad and little prospect of another loan move, it was in the interests of both parties for us to terminate his agreement now.

'Diego will be returning to Uruguay immediately, so we would like to wish him all the best in finding a new club to get his career up and running again.'

The South American had three loan spells during his time here, at Brighton, Barnsley and Huddersfield.

But perhaps he was best known in England off the field, for being branded a noise pest by his neighbour Dr Muhammad Khan in 2010.

The doctor complained that Arismendi regularly played loud music until the early morning and it even sounded like he was playing football in his flat.

Khan said he had no option but to move out, although after being made aware of the complaints Arismendi said: 'I don't think I am being noisy.'

Drink drive killer goalkeeper Luke McCormick plays first game for Truro City

Drink-drive killer keeper McCormick plays first game in four years after joining Truro

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 11 November 2012

Goalkeeper Luke McCormick played his first match on Saturday since being released from prison for killing two children in a car crash over four years ago.

The 29-year-old featured for non-league Truro City as they lost 3-2 in their FA Trophy clash at Blue Square Bet South league rivals Farnborough FC in Hampshire on Saturday.

He was jailed in October 2008 after he admitted causing the deaths of Arron Peak, 10, and Ben Peak, 8, on the M6 in Staffordshire having been drunk behind the wheel.

Back in business: Luke McCormick played his first game in over four years after being released from prison in June

Back in business: Luke McCormick played his first game in over four years after being released from prison in June

McCormick was twice the drink-driving limit when the crash happened as he was returning from former team-mate David Norris’s wedding in Bolton.

Arron and Ben were travelling to Silverstone racetrack for a day out with their father and three friends when their Toyota Previa people-carrier was hit by McCormick’s Range Rover at 5.44am on June 7.

Truro were desperately in need of a goalkeeper after regular stopper Tim Sandercombe was injured last week.

McCormick was playing for Plymouth Argyle at the time of the car crash and his contract was terminated by mutual consent after he had been charged and bailed.

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Not a happy return: McCormick's side, rock bottom of their league, lost 3-2 to Farnborough in the FA Trophy

His last match was for the club in May 2008 against Wolves.

Paulo Di Canio brought him in to train with Swindon during the summer but released him in August.

'We were happy to help a person who had paid his price,' said the Italian manager.

'But I don't think it was right to sign him as we are not a recovery clinic.'

McCormick was been released from jail just one day before the fourth anniversary of the boys’ deaths.

Amanda and Phil Peak, parents of the two children who lost their lives, revealed their hurt at the timing of McCormick’s release.

Angry: Phillip Peak and Amanda Peak were upset with the timing of McCormick's release

Angry: Phillip Peak and Amanda Peak were upset with the timing of McCormick's release

Mrs Peak said: ‘On a day when we should have been remembering our precious little boys, all we’ll be doing is thinking, “that b******’s got his freedom back”.'

‘To hear he was being let out on that date, it was honestly almost as bad as the day I found out I had lost them both — it’s a catastrophic insult.

‘What would a few extra days mean He has already only served half his sentence.’

Mrs Peak also said she wanted to confront McCormick. She said: ‘I want to look him in the eye to see if he’s remorseful, because that’s the only way I’ll be able to tell.’

Mr Peak, from Partington in Manchester, was at the wheel of the Toyota and suffered serious injuries that left him in a wheelchair.

Not taken on: McCormick was on trial at Swindon but Paulo Di Canio let him go

Not taken on: McCormick was on trial at Swindon but Paulo Di Canio let him go

Damien Comolli leads race to be West Brom director of football

Ex-Liverpool man Comolli in pole position to become West Brom director of football

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 12 October 2012

Damien Comolli is the leading candidate to become the director of football at West Bromwich Albion after settling his Liverpool pay-off at an employment hearing on Wednesday.

He left the club in April by mutual consent after being appointed in September 2010.

Comolli oversaw the spending which brought Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to Anfield.

Pole position: Damien Comolli is favourite for the West Brom role

Pole position: Damien Comolli is favourite for the West Brom role

West Brom's current sporting director Dan Ashworth is leaving to take up a role with the Football Association.

Former Chelsea chief scout, Lee Congerton, rejected the role to stay at Hamburg which has left Comolli, who has also worked at Tottenham, in pole position.

Ben Foster praised the departing Ashworth, saying he is ready for the opportunity to work with the national team.

On the move: Dan Ashworth (left) will be leaving to work for the FA

On the move: Dan Ashworth (left) will be leaving to work for the FA

'It's a huge opportunity for Dan and he's deserved this chance. He's shown in the work he's done for us how capable he is,' said the goalkeeper.

Bad news for Liverpool arrived on Thursday night with Fabio Borini suffering an injury with Italy's U21s.

The striker broke his right foot and is likely to be out for several weeks at the least.

Luis Boa Morte signs for Chesterfield

League Two Chesterfield snap-up former Portugal star Boa Morte

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UPDATED:

18:36 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Fulham, Arsenal and West Ham winger Luis Boa Morte has signed for Chesterfield.

The 35-year-old, who played 28 times for Portugal, has agreed to join the Spireites initially until January and, as long as international clearance is received in time, he may make his debut against Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact Stadium this Saturday.

Boa Morte opened talks with Chesterfield following a chance meeting in London with former Fulham team-mate Mark Crossley, who is assistant to the Derbyshire club's caretaker-manager Tommy Wright.

Star name: Luis Boa Morte played for Fulham for four and a half years

Star name: Luis Boa Morte played for Fulham for four and a half years

He said: 'He asked me if I'd fancy coming up to Chesterfield and it went from there.
'The most important thing for me now is to play football and get going again. I'll be here until the end of January but that doesn't mean that I won't stay until the end of the season.'

Wright added: 'To have a player of Luis' quality coming to Chesterfield is a fantastic coup for us. It's great that a player of his ability wants to play football.

Starting out: Boa Morte got his first taste of English football with Arsenal

Starting out: Boa Morte got his first taste of English football with Arsenal

'The financial aspect of the deal was no worry – he just wanted to come and play.'

Boa Morte has made more than 300 appearances in English football over a 15-year period having arrived at Arsenal from Sporting Lisbon in June 1997 as one of Arsene Wenger's first signings.

Last time out: Boa Morte last English club was West Ham

Last time out: Boa Morte last English club was West Ham

He won the double with the Gunners in 1998 and after a brief spell with Southampton moved to Fulham before spending four-and-a-half years at West Ham before leaving by mutual consent in August 2011.

Boa Morte has been training recently with Fulham following brief spells with South African club Orlando Pirates and MLS outfit Toronto FC.

Castleford seek to redevelop Wheldon Road after scrapping new stadium plan

Castleford seek to redevelop Wheldon Road after scrapping new stadium plan

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UPDATED:

10:28 GMT, 10 October 2012

Castleford are considering shelving plans for a new stadium and may instead re-develop their existing Wheldon Road ground.

Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres
made the revelation at a meeting at Castleford's Civic Hall on Tuesday night
which he called to update fans on the club's 'precarious' financial
position.

Cash-strapped Castleford need new investment

Cash-strapped Castleford need new investment

Castleford signed a deal last year with developers to sell and redevelop their ground as a supermarket, which would then fund a new 12million stadium at nearby Glasshoughton for which they have received full planning consent.

A move to a new stadium was said to be key to the club retaining their Super League status, especially with neighbours Wakefield making progress on their planned move to a new home.

However, Ferres, who until recently worked as a club support officer for the Rugby Football League, says RFL regulations are being relaxed because of the country's economic difficulties and admitted the club's efforts to build a new stadium had stalled.

'The board of directors agree we need to look at alternative stadium options, including re-development of the existing Wheldon Road site,' Ferres said.

'The RFL are mindful of the testing economic climate and how it is impacting on the game generally.

'As a result, licensing requirements are being relaxed to enable clubs to explore different routes to ensure they achieve Super League status.

'The redevelopment is, therefore, a realistic and much more cost effective option and, after the support we received for it from fans tonight, one which will be given serious consideration.'

Ferres, who is a former chief executive of Wakefield and succeeded Richard Wright at Castleford in July, told the meeting that the club urgently needed new investment and had targeted 5,000 season-ticket holders to ensure its survival.

'The current business model is not working,' he said. 'We are falling short of the Super League's model club and we, therefore, need to look at ways to work smarter and generate new revenue streams.

'We are working in extremely difficult times and it is clear that we aren't the only club to be facing difficulties. Hull KR is one example who has already given an honest assessment of their current challenges.

'Identifying a new investor is integral to the club's future and will be a priority for me as CEO.'

Castleford finished next to bottom of the 14-team Super League in coach Ian Millward's first season after ending the campaign with seven straight defeats and Ferres, a former head coach of Huddersfield, warned fans that the team face a potentially difficult year ahead.

The club have lost 11 members of their 2012 squad and signed new six new players and Ferres revealed that there is little prospect of further additions without extra outside investment.

Ferres admitted the club would be prepared to sell England international Rangi Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel, who has three years left on his contract, if the deal suited the Tigers.

A proposed move to Hull recently fell through but, speaking on the eve of his departure with England for their training camp in South Africa, Chase revealed there is still interest from his former Australian club St George Illawarra and claimed Castleford would be happy for him to go.

Ferres said: 'Any potential interest will be given due consideration and decisions will be made in the best interests of both parties.'

Graham Westley texts eight players not to turn up for Preston training

Don't turn up for training, boss Westley texts Preston eight

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 6 July 2012

A bizarre text message from a league manager telling eight of his players to stay away from pre-season training has created a huge storm.

Players at League One side Preston North End have called in the PFA following manager Graham Westley’s latest attempt to push them out of the club.

Sportsmail can reveal that Westley sent the text to eight of the players he wants out, telling them to stay away from first team training and that he expects them to be gone by the start of the season.

Players at League One side Preston North End have called in the PFA following manager Graham Westleys latest attempt to push them out of the club.

Odd: Graham Westley sent his players the message

The players are understood to include midfielders Barry Nicholson, Paul Coutts and striker Iain Hume while another, German forward Juvhel Tsoumou, had his contract cancelled by mutual consent this week. Coutts and Hume are considered to be two of the club’s best players.

The text is blunt in its delivery. Westley, who released 14 players at the end of the season and transfer-listed seven, has continually clashed with his squad since being appointed manager in January, even declaring: ‘I’ve had to tread carefully around some of the most mediocre standards I’ve ever seen in my life.’

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Here it is: Westley's text message in full

Here it is: Westley's text message in full

In April he claimed four of his squad leaked his team and tactics to Sheffield Wednesday ahead of their 2-0 defeat at Hillsborough and threatened disciplinary action backed by chairman Peter Ridsdale. No action was taken after intervention from the PFA and the accusation was vehemently denied by the players.

Hume later said on Twitter: ‘Can’t see [it], and hopefully [I’m] proven right, that any of my team mates would divulge info[rmation] like that.’ Westley said: ‘It’s a difficult place, our club and our dressing room. If they’d have seen the real me, we probably would have had a big fall-out and there could have been a real problem at the club.’

Not needed: Barry Nicholson (centre) is supposedly one of the players

Not needed: Barry Nicholson (centre) is supposedly one of the players

Westley, 44, who won successive promotions from the Blue Square Bet Premier to League One with Stevenage, has managed Preston for 21 games, winning just three, drawing 10 and losing eight.

He has recruited 12 new players since the
end of the season and this week pointedly said: ‘The players I’ve
brought in have the hunger, thirst and desire to win. Their attitude
towards the team and club is positive and professional.’

Mediocre standards: Westley is not impressed by some of his current players

Mediocre standards: Westley is not impressed by some of his current players

A Preston spokesman said: ‘We have a number of players who have indicated that they wish to move to another club and a number who have been transfer listed by the club.

‘These players have been given an extra week off before returning for training to see if they find new clubs. Once they return they will be partaking in an organised pre-season training regime organised by the manager and his coaching staff, which was communicated to all players affected by way of the club’s usual means of contacting its players.’

Blackburn turmoil continues with secretary sacking

Blackburn turmoil continues as club secretary's shown the door after just one year

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 19 June 2012

Relegated Blackburn were embroiled in further turmoil after club secretary Anthony Bloch was sacked and replaced by former Liverpool administrator Ian Silvester.

Bloch, appointed as secretary at Ewood Park 12 months ago, is believed to have voiced misgivings about manager Steve Kean’s failure to keep Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League last season and paid with his job after being ruthlessly axed by owners Venky’s.

Divisive: Steve Kean's continued management of Blackburn continues to cause problems among certain sections of the club's hierarchy and fan base

Divisive: Steve Kean's continued management of Blackburn continues to cause problems among certain sections of the club's hierarchy and fan base

Though Venky’s wasted no time installing a successor in Silvester, who left his post as Liverpool secretary by mutual consent last month, the latest unrest will do little to pacify supporters who protested throughout last season at the way their club was being run.