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Newcastle and Millwell set for fight against Nigeria over Africa Cup of Nations player block

Newcastle and Millwall set for fight against angry Nigeria after block on players travelling to Africa Cup of Nations

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UPDATED:

10:43 GMT, 27 December 2012

Newcastle and Millwall have been threatened by the Nigeria Football Federation with one player at each club set to refuse to travel to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Alan Pardew says Shola Ameobi will not be appearing in the tournament for the Super Eagles while Millwall expect Danny Shittu also to turn down any call up.

Not going: Alan Pardew wants Shola Ameobi (left) to stay with the Toon

Not going: Alan Pardew wants Shola Ameobi (left) to stay with the Toon

FIFA rules dictate that unless a country and club are in agreement, any player who does not report for international duty can be made ineligible for the period of their call up – and an extra five days.

Nigeria Football Federation board member Chris Green told the BBC: 'These clubs are not only disrespecting Nigeria but Fifa and [African governing body] Caf as well.

'The rules are clear on international games approved by Fifa so we consider these comments as not only ridiculous but totally disrespectful.

No go: Danny Shittu is also expected to refuse a call up

No go: Danny Shittu is also expected to refuse a call up

He continued: 'We know the rules. Fifa has made it clear that these clubs will not be able to use these players for the duration of the Nations Cup plus an additional five days.

'We will further push for additional sanctions – we understand these clubs employ our players but they are also international footballers.

'Rules are rules. Newcastle and Millwall must understand why they exist.'

Steve Kean quits as Blackburn manager

Kean quits! Blackburn boss 'forced out' after Venky's try to interfere with team

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UPDATED:

19:11 GMT, 28 September 2012

Steve Kean’s turbulent 22 months in charge of Blackburn came to an end on Friday when he quit as the Championship club’s manager.

Sources at Ewood Park have told Sportsmail he decided to walk out because he believed the club’s Indian owners were trying to interfere in his team selection before Saturday's match at Charlton.

I'm out: Steve Kean has quit as Blackburn Rovers' manager

I'm out: Steve Kean has quit as Blackburn Rovers' manager

Ironically the 44-year-old has faced
bitter abuse from a section of fans who saw him as the symbol of the
unpopular owners ever since he took over from Sam Allardyce

Blackburn are in third place in the
Championship following their relegation last season, but Kean has been
under pressure all week since last Friday’s home defeat by Middlesbrough
left them two points short of the target of 16 from seven games he was
set at the start of the season.

On Friday night, in a statement issued through his lawyers, Kean said: 'For
reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret,
given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I
have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club
with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming
untenable.

'I wish to thank all the players and
coaching staff for their great support and the majority of the fans, who
now see their club heading towards an automatic promotion position back
to the Premiership. I wish the club all the very best for the future.'

Kean has been a much-derided figure
at Ewood Park for the duration of his near two-year spell in charge,
with the low point being relegation from the Barclays Premier League in
May.

Burn notice: Kean quit after club's Indian owners made his position 'untenable'

Burn notice: Kean quit after club's Indian owners made his position 'untenable'

Unrest: Kean failed to win over the fans despite guiding them to top of the Championship this season

Unrest: Kean failed to win over the fans despite guiding them to top of the Championship this season

But despite poor results on the
pitch, Kean remained in charge – much to
the fury of supporters who regularly protested against him.

The tide seemed to have turned for
the 44-year-old this season, on the pitch at least, as Blackburn made a
positive start to the campaign, with Rovers sitting third in the npower
Championship table ahead of Saturday's trip to Charlton.

Kean was appointed as Rovers boss in December 2010, replacing Sam Allardyce who was relieved of his duties despite saving the club from relegation the previous season.

Kean's contract was upgraded a month later and, although he Kept them up that campaign, it was clear he was not a terrace favourite.

As Rovers struggled at the start of the 2011-12 season, the calls for Kean to stand down became stronger, but despite that, he was again given an improved deal in the November.

Regular protests reached their most vicious when Blackburn lost a six-point relegation battle at home to Bolton but Venky's remained nerveless, though, standing by their man despite a seemingly inevitable relegation being confirmed when they drew at Wigan in May.

Even the most loyal Blackburn fans expected Kean might be relieved of his duties over the summer, but the faith remained in the boardroom, despite disparaging public comments from director of football Shebby Singh, who had to apologise for stating Kean would be sacked if he lost three games in a row.

Kean was heavily backed in the transfer market, signing Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes for 8million, but despite only losing their first league game of the season last Friday, he remained under heavy pressure.

Singh did little to douse the fires this week when he said the situation was getting worse 'day by day', with those comments coming three days before Kean's decision to stand down.

Rovers later confirmed news of Kean's departure in a brief statement on their website.

'Blackburn Rovers Football Club can confirm that Steve Kean tonight resigned from his position as manager,' the statement read.

Barnsley check players" cars in bid to solve injury crisis

Driven mad! Barnsley boss Hill probes players' cars in bid to solve injury riddle

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UPDATED:

15:44 GMT, 31 August 2012

Barsnley manager Keith Hill is being driven so mad by his team's injury crisis that he has checked the cars they are driving.

Hill will be without 11 players for the second weekend running at home to Bristol City and has had just 12 senior players in training this week.

Hill said: 'To legislate for the type of injuries we’ve got, you must have really seriously good finances, which unfortunately we haven’t got.

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

Injury crisis: Championship club Barnsley have been rocked by a host of sidelined stars

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'We’ve looked at every possible reason for the injuries. We’ve even gone so far to look at the type of car the players are driving and the distance they are travelling each day.

'Especially for those with hamstring problems where we’ve sought advice from sports science departments at Premier League clubs and they are coming up with types of cars for hamstring injuries and seating positions for the duration of the journey.

'We’ve been assured everything we’ve been doing on the training pitch is correct and we just can’t find the reason why we are picking up so many injures other than the possibility of travelling and the type of car they are driving.'

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

Driven mad: Barnsley boss Keith Hill is desperate to find a solution to his club's injury problems

Cameron Shepherd move to Northampton cancelled for medical reasons

Saints make U-turn on Shepherd switch after hearing advice from medical team

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 6 August 2012

Northampton have pulled the plug on Cameron Shepherd's move to Franklin's Gardens on medical advice.

Shepherd was due to join Saints in August after his contract with Australian Super 15 side Western Force came to an end.

The 28-year-old Australian's arrival was subject to several conditions, however, and Northampton's medical team have vetoed the move.

No go: Cameron Shepherd (in blue) will not play for the Saints

No go: Cameron Shepherd (in blue) will not play for the Saints

Groin and wrist injuries plagued Shepherd in the recent Super 15 season and his frequent visits to the treatment table throughout his career have restricted him to just nine Wallaby caps.

'Obviously it is important to believe we will get the most out of our squad throughout the season,' said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

'With a minimum of 32 games in Aviva Premiership Rugby, the Heineken Cup and LV= Cup, our campaign is the most demanding in the world.

'We obviously monitored Cameron's condition between signing his contract and his scheduled arrival and after great consideration felt that on balance we needed more certainty about his ability to handle the tough demands of our long season for the duration of his three-year contract.

'We know Cameron has ability and are confident that he will be with another club soon.

'But while we are disappointed that Cameron will not be joining us we are nevertheless very confident in the ability of our squad to compete in every competition this coming season.'

Craig Levein pledges future to Scotland

I'm here to stay! Levein pledges to take Scotland through 2014 qualifiers

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 23 May 2012

Craig Levein has vowed to stand by Scotland – even if a top English club comes calling.

Determined to lead the nation back to a major finals, Levein has pledged himself for the duration of the current World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 47-year-old Fifer still has aspirations of returning to English football to prove himself following an unsuccessful spell as manager of Leicester City which ended in 2006. And a flying start to the qualification campaign for Brazil in two years’ time would increase his stock significantly.

Committing himself to the SFA until the forthcoming campaign reaches its natural end, however, Levein insisted: ‘I’ve not even thought about that.

This way to Brazil! Levein wants to lead Scotland to the World Cup

This way to Brazil! Levein wants to lead Scotland to the World Cup

‘I can say to you, 100 per cent, that I will be here at the start of this campaign and I will be here at the end – if it’s my choice.

‘The reason I say that is, I want to go to a World Cup.

‘If things go brilliantly and we get in front, then somebody is interested in me and wants me to leave, I won’t leave. I will be here, if it’s my choice, to take us to Brazil.’

Levein, whose Scots side face the United States in Jacksonville, Florida in the early hours of Sunday morning, has forged a close bond with the current squad of players, although he is frustrated at the brief amount of time he gets with his men, saying: ‘The lack of contact time is absolutely the biggest problem, not just watching them and seeing them progress, but also having an idea of what they’re thinking.

‘I have a little group I speak to – Darren Fletcher, Gary Caldwell and Kenny Miller. They are the three players I bounce everything off.

‘I’ve done that gradually, but I feel they’re representative of the group because everyone looks up to them, sees them as experienced players with great attitudes and leaders within the dressing room.

‘I try to put them up on a pedestal as good examples.

‘I keep in touch with those boys – Fletch more than anybody – and text the lads and sometimes give them a phone.

‘If anything needs to be done in terms of making a decision, then I know where to go. Having that little group lets me know what the players think.’