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Bristol City sack Derek McInnes after losing 4-0 to Leicester

Championship basement side Bristol City sack boss McInnes after losing 4-0 to Leicester

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Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

19:43 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:02 GMT, 12 January 2013

Bristol City manager Derek McInnes has been relieved of his duties.
The Robins slumped to the foot of the npower Championship table following the 4-0 home defeat to Leicester.

Director Jon Lansdown said in a statement: 'This is a decision we felt we had to make for the good of the football club.

The end of an era: Bristol City sacked Derek McInnes

The end of an era: Bristol City sacked Derek McInnes

'Derek has been a pleasure to work with; he's disappointed but he understands the decision.

'We want to give ourselves the best possible chance of getting out of the situation we are currently in and we've got 20 games to do that.'

The 41-year-old left Kilmarnock to take the Robins job in October 2011 and kept them in the Championship during his first season in charge.

On target: Chris Wood came back to haunt his former club with a hat-trick

On target: Chris Wood came back to haunt his former club with a hat-trick

But the Ashton Gate outfit have struggled this term, winning just six out of 26 league matches as well as being dumped out in the first round of the League Cup and third round of the FA Cup.

The heavy loss inflicted by Leicester proved to be the final straw, with McInnes dismissed after losing 31 of his 62 games in charge.

Assistant manager Tony Docherty has been asked to take training on Monday and the club will hold a press conference on the same day.

Andre Villas-Boas" take on English: the new Ronglish

First there was 'Ronglish' (which we loved), now it's 'AVBinglish' as the Spurs boss has his own take on talking the beautiful game

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UPDATED:

12:37 GMT, 28 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas is known for using some strange tactics and he is fast becoming known for some even stranger language. The Tottenham manager recently described Jermain Defoe as being able to ‘smell every cross’, but that was far from being the 35-year-old’s most bizarre use of phrasing.

He is said to have missed out on an opportunity at Burnley in 2010 because of some inexplicable use of the English language in his application.

Pioneer: Villas-Boas has a unique take on the English language

Pioneer: Villas-Boas has a unique take on the English language

Chief Executive Paul Fletcher released his autobiography early in November, and in it described the application that was sent in by Villas-Boas after the departure of Owen Coyle as being ‘very detailed and lengthy.’

‘Tommy Docherty used to say he never said anything to his players his milkman wouldn’t understand,’ wrote Fletcher. ‘I don’t think any milkman would fathom the meaning of a lot of Andre’s presentation.

Nose for goal: AVB claimed that Defoe (left) can smell crosses

Nose for goal: AVB claimed that Defoe (left) can smell crosses

‘The language and jargon of football
gets worse by the day. Villas-Boas uses a lot of it. Would Burnley
players have ever understood what he wanted if he’d told them to
'solidificate’ or some of his other terms’

That was one of Villas-Boas’ less comprehensible phrases, but the manager does have a habit of failing to find the right word for the occasion. He has described his own team’s performance as being ‘amazing in all sectors’ against Manchester United, as well as saying before the loss of his job at Chelsea that there was ‘doubtness over the future.’

After arriving at Tottenham the manager
said that the Spurs players ‘feel the dimension of the club and where
the club want to arrive,’ while back at Chelsea, just before his
sacking, he said of his club’s position: ‘It can go into the equation,
that the third place becomes nearer to us.’ Admittedly, whilst not the
most eloquent description of the club’s situation, most listeners would
be able to decipher what the manager meant.

Less clear is the Portuguese’s assertion that football is a ‘massive sport in which we are inserted.’

It does seem that the Portuguese has picked up some words and phrases that have become particular favourites. Every positive experience is ‘gratifying,’ whilst anything his team do well, they do well ‘in every sense of the word.’

Rangers 7 Alloa 0 match report: Dean Shiels, Lee McCulloch, Robbie Crawford and Barrie McKay score

Rangers 7 Alloa 0: McCoist's men rebound from midweek mauling to sting Wasps

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 3 November 2012

Rangers bounced back from their midweek Scottish Communities League Cup exit to Inverness in style with an emphatic 7-0 thrashing of Alloa in the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Dean Shiels, Lee McCulloch and Barrie McKay netted a double each and Robbie Crawford was also on the scoresheet against Paul Hartley's high-flying Irn-Bru Second Division side.

Anestis Argyriou and Fraser Aird were both drafted into the Rangers side for the third round tie, with Lee Wallace ruled out with a dead leg and Kyle Hutton dropped to the bench.

Let the drubbing begin: Dean Shiels fires Rangers a goal to the good at Ibrox

Let the drubbing begin: Dean Shiels fires Rangers a goal to the good at Ibrox

Match facts

Rangers: Alexander, Argyriou (Crawford 54), Perry, Emilson Cribari (Naismith 72), Hegarty, Little, Black, Macleod, Aird (McKay 61), Shiels, McCulloch. Subs not used: Scott Gallagher, Hutton.

Goals: Shiels 2, 21, McCulloch 33, 72, Crawford 73, McKay 82, 89.

Alloa: Bain, Doyle, Gordon, Marr, Meggatt, Simmons (Grehan 55), Ryan McCord, Young, Holmes, Low (Docherty 74), Cawley (Thomson 79). Subs not used: McDowall, Ross McCord.

Sent Off: Doyle (78).

Booked: Gordon.

Att: 25,478.

Ref: Iain Brines.

Shiels, Andy Little and Lewis Macleod were all passed fit to start despite nursing knocks from the clash with Inverness.

Alloa were boosted by the return of skipper Darren Young following a sickness bug but on-loan Aberdeen forward Mitch Megginson was unavailable for the trip to Ibrox.

Rangers knew they needed a positive reaction following the midweek defeat and they enjoyed the best possible start to the game.

An Aird corner broke for Shiels, whose deflected shot found its way through a sea of bodies and into the bottom corner after just two minutes.

Chris Hegarty then surged forward from the left-back position before rifling just over the crossbar from distance.
It was Shiels who doubled the advantage when he grabbed his second of the day after 21 minutes.

McCulloch was the provider with a lovely pass for the Northern Irishman and the offside flag stayed down as Shiels slotted past goalkeeper Scott Bain.

No mistake: Lee McCulloch slots home the fourth

No mistake: Lee McCulloch slots home the fourth

Skipper McCulloch then helped himself to a goal when he unleashed a powerful strike from just inside the box after 33 minutes.

The Gers utility man could have netted again just before the break with a ferocious effort that fizzed just over.

Alloa had failed to trouble the Gers defence in the first half but carved out a couple of decent efforts in quick succession after the break.

A well-struck free-kick from just outside the area from Nicky Low was comfortably gathered by Neil Alexander.

Kevin Cawley then saw his hooked effort curl just past the far post after evading the goalkeeper as the Wasps desperately tried to salvage the tie.

Celebration time: Two-goal Shiels helped Rangers to a convincing win

Celebration time: Two-goal Shiels helped Rangers to a convincing win

There was concern for Rangers 10 minutes into the second half when Argyriou was stretchered off after crumpling to the turf with what appeared to be an ankle problem.

The Greek defender was replaced by youngster Crawford, before Aird made way for the introduction of McKay.

McKay was immediately involved in the action when he teed up the shot for Shiels, who was denied his hat-trick by the post.

The teenager then pounced on the rebound and was denied the sight of the net bulging by the quick reaction of Michael Doyle who cleared off the line.

However, any respite for Alloa was brief as Rangers found the back of the net twice in quick succession.

It's so easy: Barrie McKay hit a late brace to increase Alloa's woe

It's so easy: Barrie McKay hit a late brace to increase Alloa's woe

Shiels squared into the path of McCulloch and all that was required was a simple tap in from the captain after 72 minutes, before Crawford supplied a low finish from a Shiels cut-back a minute later.

There was worse to come for Alloa when Doyle was shown a red card for a challenge on Hegarty after 79 minutes.
McKay then added his name to the scoresheet three minutes later with a superb shot from outside the box, before completing the rout with a well struck drive with a minute to go.

Paul Lambert feels the heat after Aston Villa"s worst start since 1970

The Doc's spectre looms large over Lambert as Villa stumble to worst start since 1970

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

First, the good news for Aston Villa’s supporters.

Following the club’s worst start to a league campaign in 43 years, they cannot be relegated to the third tier of English football, a fate suffered by Tommy Docherty and Vic Crowe’s crop in 1970.

Christian Benteke shows promise. Ron Vlaar is a resolute addition to the ranks. And Matthew Lowton efficiently goes about his business.

And here is the bad.

Home keeper Brad Guzan was rightly named man of the match by Villa’s matchday sponsors. That should be an adequate pointer.

Man of the match: Brad Guzan makes a save from Wes Hoolahan

Man of the match: Brad Guzan makes a save from Wes Hoolahan

The long walk: Tommy Docherty quits Villa in 1970

The long walk: Tommy Docherty after quitting Villa in 1970

Norwich boss Chris Hughton ditched his normal conservative press conference style to claim without hesitation that the Canaries had dropped two points. He was right, too.

Out of their nine matches so far, Villa have played just one team who finished in the top four last season — Tottenham — and have fixtures to come in the next four weeks that include Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

What’s more, against those teams last term they picked up not one solitary point.

Manager Paul Lambert appears to have over-estimated the quality of Villa’s playing staff. His brave policy of buying largely untried Premier League players appears flawed. Frankly, their midfield is the weakest in the division.

Tough times: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has the weight of the world on his shoulders as Villa struggled against former club Norwich

Tough times: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has the weight of the world on his shoulders as Villa struggled against former club Norwich

What’s more, the Scot is struggling to come up with any plausible way forward, apart from blind faith.

What is becoming clearer by the day is that a promising win over Swansea City was a false dawn and the sooner the whole club appreciates the gravity of this situation, the better.

The whole club — from the boardroom to the terraces — wants Lambert to succeed. But something needs to change. Villa are a quarter of the way through the season and boast six points.

Norwich, on the other hand, appear a far more organised outfit than the one who were spectacularly demolished by Liverpool last month.

Sebastien Bassong is a defender of Premier League class whom Hughton will need to keep on the pitch.Having seen the new Carrow Road chief organise a Birmingham City team that threatened to implode, he is whipping the Canaries into shape.

This is obviously where his reputation as a coach of substance comes from.

As for Villa, I’ll leave you with a little teaser. Who said the following

‘The new players have not performed as well as I anticipated,’ said this Scottish boss, ‘but I have complete faith and confidence in all of my players and in my own ability.’

The answer

Tommy Docherty. Twenty-four hours later, he was sacked. Four months after that, Villa were relegated.

Edinburgh reject Saracens offer to play Heineken Cup game in South Africa

Edinburgh reject Saracens offer to play Heineken Cup game in South Africa

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 11 October 2012

Edinburgh have rejected an approach by Saracens to play a Heineken Cup pool game between the teams in South Africa.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director Craig Docherty said the proposal was not 'commercially compelling'.

Saracens tackle Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday in the opening Pool One fixture of this season's tournament.

No go: Edinburgh have rejected an offer from Saracens to play their Heineken Cup clash in South Africa

No go: Edinburgh have rejected an offer from Saracens to play their Heineken Cup clash in South Africa

But the Aviva Premiership club were keen to play the return fixture – scheduled for January 20 – in Cape Town.

Saracens have already taken one 'home' Heineken Cup fixture abroad this season, opting to tackle French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels on Saturday week.

Moves to play a Heineken game against Biarritz in Cape Town, meanwhile, did not come to fruition last term.

Edinburgh reached last season's Heineken semi-finals, beating four-time tournament winners Toulouse on the way in a thrilling quarter-final at Murrayfield that attracted a crowd close to 40,000.

Docherty said: 'As a club, our commitment is to our fans and other key stakeholders, such as sponsors, and fundamentally our goal is to qualify from what is a very challenging Heineken Cup pool.

'Following Edinburgh Rugby to South Africa is simply not an option for the vast majority whose support was so crucial to our journey to last season's semi-final.

Away day: Saracens will host French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels

Away day: Saracens will host French club Racing Metro at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels

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'I am sure they will be desperate to support us in what could be a critical pool game.

'The case made by Saracens was not commercially compelling and, from a performance perspective, would have had a detrimental effect on our preparation for – and recovery from – this match.

'Edinburgh Rugby are open to new and innovative ideas, but the prospect of playing our final pool game in the southern hemisphere was simply not an option that we could seriously consider from a number of different perspectives.

'We consulted with tournament organisers ERC (European Rugby Cup) and Scottish Rugby throughout this process, and both are happy with our decision.'

Saracens' official fixture list currently has the Edinburgh game down to be played at Vicarage Road in Watford.

It would be Saracens' last game there before moving to a new home – Allianz Park in Hendon.

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Andre Villas-Boas nearly became Burnley manager in 2010

It was nearly AV-Burnley! Villas-Boas turned down by Clarets in 2010

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UPDATED:

06:30 GMT, 7 September 2012

Turned down: Villas-Boas applied for the Burnley job in January 2010

Turned down: Villas-Boas applied for the Burnley job in January 2010

Burnley's former chief executive has revealed that the club turned down an application from Andre Villas-Boas in January 2010 to become their new manager.

With former boss Owen Coyle having just departed for Bolton, the Clarets were looking to make a swift appointment to help the club's fight for Premier League survival.

Tottenham boss Villas-Boas – then manager of Academica in his Portuguese homeland – was among those who applied for the vacant post, but Paul Fletcher reveals in his soon to be released book that Villas-Boas' application was 'too complicated'.

The Clarets opted for Brian Laws and were relegated just a couple of weeks before Villas-Boas was appointed Porto manager after a successful debut season in management.

The 34-year-old went on to win four trophies in one season at Porto before an ill-fated spell at Chelsea. He now finds himself at White Hart Lane but, as Fletcher reveals in Magical: A Life In Football, it could have been oh so different.

'Mickey Walsh, an old playing colleague of mine, got in touch with me to describe Andre as being a real up and coming hot prospect,' Fletcher writes.

Relegated: Burnley could not survive under the guidance of Brian Laws

Relegated: Burnley could not survive under the guidance of Brian Laws

'He sent a very detailed and lengthy application for the job. His CV and Powerpoint presentation were amazing. Even by today’s standards there was some complicated stuff in it, with some things that I didn’t understand.

'Tommy Docherty used to say he never said anything to his players his milkman wouldn’t understand. I don’t think any milkman would fathom the meaning of a lot of Andre’s presentation.

'The language and jargon of football gets worse by the day. Villas-Boas uses a lot of it. Would Burnley players have ever understood what he wanted if he’d told them to “solidificate” or some of his other terms

'It’s a fascinating thought, one of the many “ifs” in football. If Andre Villas-Boas had been manager of Burnley’s Premiership team; would he have saved the season With hindsight, we might have appointed him, but at the time it would just have been too big a risk.'

Lance Armstrong "snubs" Bevan Docherty after finishing second

Armstrong finishes second in ironman and then 'snubs' winner at finish line

New Zealander Bevan Docherty says he was snubbed by Lance Armstrong after beating the seven-time Tour de France winner into second place at the Panama half ironman on Sunday, Armstrong's first professional triathlon.

Docherty beat Armstrong by 31 seconds after overtaking the American on the running leg of event, which was raced in searing heat.

On track: The seven-time Tour de France winner was taking part in his first triathlon

On track: The seven-time Tour de France winner was taking part in his first triathlon

An Olympic silver medalist, Dochery told New Zealand media that Armstrong brushed passed him at the finish line without offering congratulations, but later briefly shook his hand and acknowledged his victory.

Docherty said: 'I'm not sure what it was all about, I can only assume he was just disappointed to get beaten.

That's handy: Docherty claimed Armstrong didn't offer his congratulations

That's handy: Docherty claimed Armstrong didn't offer his congratulations

'I did shake his hand a little bit later. He's on a completely different level and planet to us guys (triathletes),' Docherty said.

'It's great to have him in the sport, he certainly adds something. It's an eye opener to see how he gets mobbed and the chaos around him.'

Docherty said he was surprised Armstrong didn't dominate the race's 90-kilometer (55-mile) cycle leg.

On the run: The legendary American was second best on Sunday

On the run: The legendary American was second best on Sunday

'I thought Lance would absolutely cream us on the bike, but he was probably in a similar position to me where he wasn't too sure how to pace himself,' he said.

Debut: Armstrong led after the cycling leg

Debut: Armstrong led after the cycling leg

'He certainly looked like he was holding back and that was probably why he ran so well off the bike.'

Armstrong led Docherty after the cycling leg, but the New Zealander made up ground on the 21-kilometer (16.5-mile) running leg and passed Armstrong 2.5 kilometers from the finish.

'It's great that I could hold one up for the other triathletes and show that it's certainly not a sport that you can just walk into and dominate straight away,' he told the New Zealand Herald.

'It's quite an honour to see a seven-time Tour de France winner and someone you admire standing in second place below you on the podium. It's a highlight of my career.'

Armstrong began his career as a triathlete before switching to cycling and winning seven successive Tours de France.

Federal authorities last week decided Armstrong would not be charged after a two-year probe into accusations he and his cycling teammates systematically used performance-enhancing drugs.