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Ledley King to test knee before deciding on Spurs future

King to test knee but will be offered coaching role if he turns down deal

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UPDATED:

23:54 GMT, 28 June 2012

Ledley King will put his troublesome knee to the test before deciding whether to retire this summer.

But the Tottenham stalwart will be offered a coaching role at the club should he decide to hang up his boots.

Decisions, decisions: Ledley King (left) will make his Spurs future known

Decisions, decisions: Ledley King (left) will make his Spurs future known

King’s current Spurs contract officially expires on Sunday and he has yet to sign fresh terms.

And the central-defender – whose career has been ravaged by knee problems – will see how his body holds up to the rigours of pre-season before making decision on whether to retire.

Stalwart: King has been at White Hart Lane since 1998

Stalwart: King has been at White Hart Lane since 1998

King underwent yet another knee operation at the end of last season and is unsure whether the joint could get through another Premier League season.

The former England international will hold talks with manager-in-waiting Andre Villas-Boas after the club’s pre-season tour of America.

King will be offered a coaching or ambassadorial role at the club should he decide to call it a day.

Meanwhile, the departures of sacked manager Harry Redknapp’s assistants Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan were confirmed by the club.

Rangers make friendly plans despite financial crisis

Rangers make plans for summer tournament with Arsenal despite threat of extinction

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 1 June 2012

Rangers are making plans for a pre-season friendly tournament against Southampton and Arsenal — despite the spectre of a potential suspension from football hanging over the Ibrox club.

The insolvent outfit, fighting for their very survival and still on life support while creditors weigh up Company Voluntary Arrangement proposals from would-be owner Charles Green, have agreed to take part in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup tournament at Southampton’s St Mary’s ground on July 14, just two days after they hope to emerge from administration.

There remains the possibility the that SFA could suspend or even expel Rangers from the league after the governing body chose to accept a Court of Session ruling that a transfer embargo was unlawful.

Plans: Ally McCoist hopes to take his players south for a friendly tournament

Plans: Ally McCoist hopes to take his players south for a friendly tournament

The club’s very future hangs in the balance of an appeals tribunal’s decision which could come as early as this week.

But Rangers have decided to press on with plans for the pre-season tournament which would see Ally McCoist’s team take on Premier League new boys Southampton in the opening fixture followed by Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.

Both games will last only 45 minutes each, the unique round-robin tournament seeing all three teams play each other over the truncated format, with draws settled by penalties.

Should creditors approve the CVA, Rangers will not officially come out of administration until July 12.

Just which players remain for manager McCoist to select for the friendly tournament, however, will become apparent next week, with the opening of the transfer window likely to result in wholesale departures of some of the club’s biggest names.

Dark days: Scottish club Rangers remain in financial trouble

Dark days: Scottish club Rangers remain in financial trouble

The players’ contracts reverted back to full levels on Friday after they had accepted stringent wage cuts in March to help the club negotiate a safe passage through the administration process.

Supporters have voiced their concerns about how the club would be funded from this point onwards, with the wage bill rising back to normal levels at a time when no gate money is coming in.

But a spokesman for administrators Duff & Phelps sought to allay those fears by insisting the club has the funds available to see the club through.

A spokesman said: ‘The funding is in place for the club to operate and function normally until the sale is complete, which should be in July.’

Manchester City won"t sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Thiago Silva

City dealt transfer blow as Milan rule out Ibrahimovic and Silva departures

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UPDATED:

09:26 GMT, 22 May 2012

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is adamant Manchester City targets Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva will not be sold this summer.

Sweden striker Ibrahimovic and Brazil centre-half Silva have both been linked with City since the Serie A season finished but Allegri is confident the pair will still be at the San Siro beyond the summer.

'The club and the president are keen to maintain AC Milan at a high level,' Allegri told the AC Milan television station.

Staying put: Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed a successful season with Milan

Staying put: Zlatan Ibrahimovic enjoyed a successful season with Milan

'Ibrahimovic and Thiago will remain here.

'Thiago is young and Ibrahimovic can also give a lot.

'They are two champions on which Milan can build its basis for the future.

'The club is only working on replacing those players that have left.'

Highly rated: Thiago Silva is among the best centre backs in the world

Highly rated: Thiago Silva is among the best centre backs in the world

Ibrahimovic, 30, divides opinion but his record is impressive – he was the top scorer in the Italian top flight last season with 28 goals in 31 games. He is under contract at Milan until June 2015.

Twenty-seven-year-old Silva, whose deal runs until June 2016, has emerged as one of the best central defenders in Europe and has also been linked with Barcelona and Paris St Germain.

Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso to leave AC Milan

Stalwarts Inzaghi and Gattuso follow Nesta out of Milan

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UPDATED:

18:22 GMT, 11 May 2012

Filippo Inzaghi and Gennaro Gattuso
both announced they will be leaving AC Milan in the summer.

The veteran pair follow in
the footsteps of Alessandro Nesta, who revealed that he was leaving the
Serie A club on Thursday.

'The first and only thing that I want
you to know forever is this: I played and won for us,' striker Inzaghi,
38, said in a statement on the Milan website.

Emotional: Filippo Inzaghi spent more than a decade at Milan

Emotional: Filippo Inzaghi spent more than a decade at Milan

'Playing without sharing emotions means nothing, but you and I, we, we did everything together. We were always on the same wavelength, and no-one will ever take that away from us.'

Midfielder Gattuso, 34, said he planned to go away.

'I'm going away for a year, this is goodbye. The moment has come to move myself away, but I don't know yet where I will go,' he said.

Stalwart: Gennaro Gattuso

Stalwart: Gennaro Gattuso

The pair won two Serie A titles and two Champions League crowns over more than a decade at the club, and both were World Cup winners with Italy in 2006.

The departures will necessitate some rebuilding work at Milan, who lost their Serie A title to Juventus last weekend.

Michael Appleton preparing for lots of departures at Portsmouth

All change at Pompey: Appleton preparing for mass exodus from Fratton Park as club look to cut costs

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UPDATED:

11:11 GMT, 1 May 2012

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton is ready for a huge change at Fratton Park this summer as he looks to slash the wage bill at the financially struggling club.

Pompey, who are in administration, will play in League One next season after being relegated from the Championship.

And Appleton says large number of players heading for the exit door.

All change: Portsmouth Manager Michael Appleton says there could be as many as 18 departures from Fratton Park this summer

All change: Portsmouth Manager Michael Appleton says there could be as many as 18 departures from Fratton Park this summer

'It could be as big as 17 or 18 players leaving the football club and the same coming in,' Appleton said.

'It is going to be a tough, tough summer. Lots of hard work and not so much relaxation'

'I’d be surprised if there were one or two players from this squad still here next season.'

Greg Halford and Jason Pearce were not involved in Saturday’s defeat at Nottingham Forest, with Appleton stating there are agreements in place for them to move to other clubs, while Joel Ward is set to join Ipswich.

Kanu, Benjani Mwaruwari and Dave Kitson were also not involved at the City Ground.

On the way out: Portsmouth's Luke Varney and Greg Halford look likely to be among the departures at Fratton Park

On the way out: Portsmouth's Luke Varney and Greg Halford look likely to be among the departures at Fratton Park

'It is going to be a tough, tough summer,” added Appleton. 'Lots of hard work and not so much relaxation.

'In the case of Greg Halford and Jason Pearce there is an agreement in place with various clubs that they wouldn’t play in the game. From our point of view it is important that the club can recoup some money for their services.

'As for Kanu, Benjani and Kitson – their future has to be elsewhere otherwise the football club will not survive. Hopefully we can come to some kind of agreement with them.'

Portsmouth entered administration for the second time in three years in February, and were docked 10 points as a result.

Administrator Trevor Birch told BBC Sport last week the club only had enough money to last them until June.

Liverpool owner John Henry watches academy match

Did you get your dates mixed up Liverpool owner watches kids after missing semi-final

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UPDATED:

10:00 GMT, 20 April 2012

John Henry reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool's future by taking in an academy match against Manchester United on Thursday.

The American owner was criticised after missing the FA Cup semi-final against Everton last weekend to watch Boston Red Sox's first home match of the
Major League Baseball season.

Watching: John Henry (left) with Frank McParland, Liverpool's academy director

Watching: John Henry (left) with Frank McParland, Liverpool's academy director

Henry
is currently overseeing a radical shake-up of the Anfield club which
led to the departures of director of football Damien Comolli and
head of sports medicine and sports science Peter Brukner.

But he took time out to watch Liverpool's kids battle back to earn a 2-2 draw against United in Kirkby.

Back in it: Michael Ngoo celebrates after scoring for Liverpool

Back in it: Michael Ngoo celebrates after scoring for Liverpool

Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard put the visitors 2-0 up in the first half before goals from Nathan Eccleston after Michael Ngoo ensured the spoils were shared.

Liverpool owner miss FA Cup semi-final and return to the USA

We'd rather watch the Red Sox! Liverpool owners jet back to the US before Wembley showdown

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UPDATED:

10:21 GMT, 14 April 2012

Liverpool's principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Everton having flown back to the United States.

The pair were on Merseyside earlier in the week to oversee the departures of director of football Damien Comolli and head of sports medicine and sports science Peter Brukner.

Keeping you awake Liverpool owner John W. Henry has flown back to the United States to watch his Boston Red Sox instead of the FA Cup semi-final

Keeping you awake Liverpool owner John W. Henry has flown back to the United States to watch his Boston Red Sox instead of the FA Cup semi-final

However, the club have confirmed they opted to to fly home to watch Boston Red Sox's first home match of the Major League Baseball season on Friday night.

Henry and Werner were widely expected to attend the Wembley showdown against the club's near-neighbours – which has taken on additional significance in the wake of poor recent league form – but it turned out their presence was for more pressing business matters.

The two leading figures in Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool's owners, held talks with manager Kenny Dalglish during their time in the city but Werner said on Thursday that the Scot's position was not under immediate threat.

Rangers players agree pay-cut

Rangers players agree pay-cut in order to save redundancies at Scottish club

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UPDATED:

19:37 GMT, 9 March 2012

Rangers' administrators have confirmed players have agreed a wage-reduction deal that has secured jobs at the club.

Duff and Phelps say there are minor issues to be resolved but a deal is in place to keep the playing squad intact and prevent redundancies among the general workforce.

In a statement, joint administrator Paul Clark said: 'We are pleased to announce today a package of cost-cutting measures has been agreed with the Rangers playing staff that enables the club to move forward.'

Hope: Rangers players have agreed to take a cut in wages to help the club

Hope: Rangers players have agreed to take a cut in wages to help the club

Players have agreed cuts ranging from 25-75 per cent while coaching staff have also accepted reductions, while administrators confirmed midfielders Mervan Celik and Gregg Wylde had volunteered to leave the club.

The statement continued: 'The agreement on very substantial wage reductions and voluntary departures from the club represents a major sacrifice by the Rangers players.

'The discussions have been lengthy and by no means easy for anyone involved but the most important objective in all of this process has been to achieve an outcome that will help save the club.

'There are a small number of matters still to be dealt with over the weekend but we do not believe these will be insurmountable in the completion of an agreement.

'The players deserve great credit and we are in no doubt that this agreement is the best way to achieve the necessary cost savings to ensure the continuing operations of the club while preserving the fabric of the playing squad.

'The agreement has also directly prevented substantial job losses among non-playing staff both at Ibrox and Murray Park.

Hit in the wallet: Alan McGregor is one of the top earners at Rangers

Hit in the wallet: Alan McGregor is one of the top earners at Rangers

'This has been a difficult week for
everyone at the club and we are pleased that we can now move forward and
focus on the next steps in the recovery process.'

Some cuts have been made, namely the
closure of the London office, which was opened in January with the
appointment of global partnerships director Misha Ser.

The statement confirmed: 'As regards non-playing staff, job losses will be kept to a minimum.

'The recently opened London office will close and another recently appointed employee will leave the business.'

Clark
added: 'Everyone involved in the process, the Duff and Phelps team, the
manager, the PFA Scotland and, most importantly, the players themselves
made every effort possible to reach a consensual position where job
losses among the playing staff were either prevented or kept to the
minimum.

'This required a commitment to very substantial temporary wage cuts and we're very pleased to say that after all our discussions this has been achieved.

Beleaguered: Craig Whyte was ruled not a fit and proper person to own a club by the SFA

Beleaguered: Craig Whyte was ruled not a fit and proper person to own a club by the SFA

'The considerable sacrifice the
players at Rangers have made has saved the jobs of other people at the
club and we fully recognise the football staff are paying a very heavy
price for the greater good.

'It
is to their eternal credit the players and the management have sought
to find a solution that helps protect the fabric of the club.

'We
are especially grateful to the manager, Ally McCoist, who has put the
interests of the club, his players and the staff first and foremost at
all times.

'Senior first-team players have also been very helpful in trying to secure a successful outcome.'

Clark later revealed the hold-up to securing all the signatures was mainly down to the fact some players were not present. The likes of John Fleck and Kyle Hutton are out on loan.

Speaking at a media conference broadcast live by Sky News, he said: 'Some of the players just weren`t available today, for instance some of them are no longer in Glasgow.

'So we haven`t got every single signature but there are very, very few and we expect them to be dealt with in the next couple of days.

'We believe there is complete consensus, it`s simply people that are not available to sign the documentation.'

STATEMENT FROM RANGERS ADMINISTRATORS

We are pleased to announce today a package of cost-cutting measures has been agreed with the Rangers playing staff that enables the Club to move forward.

The agreement on very substantial wage reductions and voluntary departures from the Club represents a major sacrifice by the Rangers players.

The discussions have been lengthy and by no means easy for anyone involved but the most important objective in all of this process has been to achieve an outcome that will help save the Club. There are a small number of matters still to be dealt with over the weekend but we do not believe these will be insurmountable in the completion of an agreement.

The players deserve great credit and we are in no doubt that this agreement is the best way to achieve the necessary cost savings to ensure the continuing operations of the Club while preserving the fabric of the playing squad.

The agreement has also directly prevented substantial job losses among non-playing staff both at Ibrox and Murray Park.

This has been a difficult week for everyone at the Club and we are pleased that we can now move forward and focus on the next steps in the recovery process.

The cost cutting programme includes:-

First team playing squad members agreeing substantial temporary wage cuts ranging from 25% to 75% of their salaries.

The senior football management team accepting temporary wage cuts.

The wage cuts will prevent widespread job losses at the club.

Non-playing job losses are being kept to a minimum.

Two members of the playing squad, Gregg Wylde and Mervan Celik, have been allowed to leave the Club at their request.

Everyone involved in the process, the Duff and Phelps team, the manager, the PFA Scotland and, most importantly, the players themselves made every effort possible to reach a consensual position where job losses among the playing staff were either prevented or kept to the minimum.

This required a commitment to very substantial temporary wage cuts and we're very pleased to say that after all our discussions this has been achieved.

The considerable sacrifice the players at Rangers have made has saved the jobs of other people at the Club and we fully recognise the football staff are paying a very heavy price for the greater good.

It is to their eternal credit the players and the management have sought to find a solution that helps protect the fabric of the Club.

We are especially grateful to the manager, Ally McCoist, who has put the interests of the Club, his players and the staff first and foremost at all times. Senior first team players have also been very helpful in trying to secure a successful outcome.

We should be absolutely clear that this Club is in a perilous financial situation and there are no easy options. If substantial cost reduction could not be achieved then the Club would not survive until the end of the season.

Administration is never a painless process and is imperative if the Club is to survive that the business trades viably through the period of administration.

As regards non-playing staff, job losses will be kept to a minimum. The recently opened London office will close and another recently appointed employee will leave the business.

We still hold to our view that the future of Rangers can be secured and the measures announced today will be an important part of the recovery process.

Roberto Mancini eyes January sales

Mancini keen to strengthen Manchester City squad… but Tevez and Bridge must go first

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini may consider making new signings this month, but only if there are significant departures first.

Considerable speculation inevitably accompanies wealthy City into any transfer window but this time the main movements could be outgoing.

City are looking to offload absent striker Carlos Tevez while defenders Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge, both surplus to requirements, are also available.

Home comforts: Carlos Tevez is back in Argentina as his future is sorted out

Home comforts: Carlos Tevez is back in Argentina as his future is sorted out

The club have already held negotiations with AC Milan about Tevez but have not yet reached an agreement as their hope is for an immediate sale while the Italians want to loan the player first.

Mancini believes a deal could be done quickly if Milan agree to their terms but he says other clubs are also interested.

The Italian said: 'We need to sell three or four players and with Carlos we could close (a deal) with a club in the next three or four days, and also possibly Wayne. Then maybe we can do something.

Market mover: City boss Roberto Mancini could be set to do business this month

Market mover: City boss Roberto Mancini could be set to do business this month

'We hope for us and for Carlos we can do a deal. There are two or three teams in Italy, a team in France, and another team involved – I hope for him he can start to play football.

'We could maybe bring someone in, but we need to sell.'

The absence of Tevez, City's top
scorer for the past two seasons, for much of the campaign has left the
club a striker down but Mancini is not necessarily looking for a direct
replacement.

Mancini
feels he has enough firepower and is more likely to target a midfielder
with key man Yaya Toure soon to depart for a lengthy spell on
international duty.

Mancini
said: 'We have three strikers, plus Samir (Nasri), David (Silva) and
Adam Johnson. Maybe we need one midfielder if we can do it.'

City have been linked with Roma star Daniele De Rossi but Mancini does not know if a deal for his fellow Italian is feasible.

He said: 'De Rossi is a top player, like
Yaya, but he plays for Roma, a top team, and he was born there. I don't
know if he will leave.'

Target: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been linked with Manchester City

Target: Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been linked with Manchester City

City hope to have striker Mario Balotelli and midfielder Nasri back for Sunday's eagerly-anticipated FA Cup third round clash against Manchester United.

Both pulled out of the Barclays Premier League leaders' win over Liverpool in midweek through illness.

Mancini said: 'Samir was ill, Mario the same. I hope that they will be okay for the game against United. They trained with us in the morning but then were ill.'