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Arsenal guard of honour for Manchester United and Robin van Persie

Arsenal players OBJECT to giving old boy Van Persie and champions United guard of honour

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

11:35 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:08 GMT, 24 April 2013

Reluctant Arsenal players are
privately unhappy about giving newly crowned champions Manchester United — and their
former captain, Robin van Persie — a guard of honour when they meet at
the Emirates Stadium on Sunday – but they are still expected to perform the honour.

A
guard of honour is a tradition in games involving teams who have just
won the title. Privately, a number of Arsenal players have expressed
objections towards the gesture, particularly in front of their own
supporters, but it is understood it will still go ahead.

Arsenal’s
pain will be offset by a 1.5million bonus they will receive due to a
clause inserted in Van Persie’s contract when he signed last summer. The
clause was activated when United won the title.

Homecoming: Van Persie and United head to the Emirates this weekend

Homecoming: Van Persie and United head to the Emirates this weekend

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Meanwhile, David
Gill has promised the champions will invest in new players this summer, though he expects Manchester City to be active, also.

He said: 'I’m sure they will come back. They’ve got some ambitious plans on their investment and their academy. But that’s what the excitement of the Premier League is. I’m sure all the clubs who missed out this season will be doing business in the summer – as we will be – with a view to come back all guns blazing next year.'

The out-going chief executive has also praised the work of the American owners. Gill claims United's success proves the determination of the Glazers to keep things progressing on and off the pitch, and that some of the criticism they get is unfair.

Guard of honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Guard of honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Guard of honour: United applaud Chelsea on to the Old Trafford pitch in May 2005

Dutch of class: Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal

Dutch of class: Van Persie spent eight years at Arsenal

He
added: 'The Glazers have definitely demonstrated that since they have
taken over they have shown that what happens on the pitch is crucial to
the club’s ambitions off it.

'There
are still a small number of dissenters and they will always be there
and they have had long held views which they are not going to change. We
respect those, but ultimately, someone has to own the club.

'They
[Glazers] get the personal enjoyment and the important thing is that
there is really no ego about them. They operate behind the scenes here,
they don’t walk around saying “we own the club”, and they are very
mindful of the traditions and the history of the club and people.

'Clearly, if you own an asset and it comes up with winning a 20th title, it’s unbelievable.'

Ally McCoist assured Craig Whyte will not return to Ibrox

McCoist receives assurances that Whyte will not return to Ibrox

PUBLISHED:

23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:15 GMT, 6 April 2013

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has held talks with Ally McCoist to assure the manager there was “never any possibility” of Craig Whyte returning to the club.

The move comes after the former owner apparently claimed he was behind the original Ibrox newco.

Whyte has threatened legal action against Green and former Rangers director Imran Ahmad, demanding 1million a year for life or 25 per cent of Green's shares.

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Talks: Rangers Chairman Charles Green (left) gave Ally McCoist (right) assurance

Whyte, whose own Rangers takeover remains the subject of a police inquiry, claims he was the main driver behind the Sevco 5088 company which purchased the assets and business of the oldco Rangers company he had put into administration.

Days later Green transferred the assets, which were bought for 5.5million in June last year, to a different company called Sevco Scotland which then became The Rangers Football Club.

Whyte's main argument appears to be that such a transfer was illegal and he remains the rightful owner of the club's assets.

Green released a statement last night in a bid to clarify the situation and has moved to explain things further this evening following talks with McCoist, who had asked the new owner for answers.

'I spoke with Ally McCoist today and we are agreed that, despite the wild and outlandish allegations tossed around by Craig Whyte, the one thing that matters most is the rebuilding of this club,' Green said.

'I am totally committed to that and Ally is exactly the same. Neither of us will be deflected from our task. We share the same goal and we will be successful no matter who or what attempts to get in our way.

Takeover talk: Craig Whyte

Takeover talk: Craig Whyte

'I made it absolutely clear to Ally that there was never any possibility of Whyte returning to Ibrox and I also stressed that this man has no claim on any of the club's shares or assets.

'I wanted to make sure he understood what Whyte is trying to do because, like every other fan, our manager has a right to know if the disgraced former owner still has any involvement in this club.

'I told Ally that is not the case and that there was never any possibility of Whyte being involved with my group.

'Ally knows and accepts that I cannot be held responsible for Whyte's ramblings or his ridiculous claims. But Ally is a fan and he would have been alarmed at the re-emergence of Whyte and his claims.

'Along with all the good and loyal Rangers fans Ally has lived through the brief but calamitous Whyte era and the very mention of this man's name is enough to have even the strongest of them concerned. But there is no need for any anxiety.

'Rangers FC, no part of it and none of the assets will ever fall into Whyte's hands. If I have to I will stand at the front door and deny him entry.

'I can guarantee every single fan that I will not let them down and that Whyte has no claim on any part of this great club.'

McCoist added: 'Yes we spoke and I'm glad we did. I never believed that Charles had entered into any kind of agreement but it was important to have a chat after what the former owner had been putting about in the papers.

'I am a fan and it would be devastating to have this man back anywhere near the club he almost destroyed.'

Captain McMillan among EIGHT players axed by stricken Scottish side Dunfermline

Captain McMillan among EIGHT players axed by stricken Scottish side Dunfermline

PUBLISHED:

18:58 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:59 GMT, 28 March 2013

Captain Jordan McMillan has confirmed that he is among eight players made redundant by crisis club Dunfermline

The defender used his Twitter
account to reveal that he had been axed by the Scottish First Division side.

McMillan wrote: 'The news is true i
have been made redundant with immediate affect but loved my time at club
as captain hope boys do well rest of season.'

Axed: Dunfermline's Jordan McMillan leaves East End Park after being told he is being made redundant

Axed: Dunfermline's Jordan McMillan leaves East End Park after being told he is being made redundant

Dunfermline players had been called
to a meeting with the club's interim administrator to learn which of
them will lose their jobs.

Players and staff reported for a 4pm
meeting with Bryan Jackson, who had warned of 'brutal' cuts after being
appointed by a court on Wednesday.

The last walk Dunfermline players trudge off after defeat to Falkirk last night

The last walk Dunfermline players trudge off after defeat to Falkirk last night

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart and manager Jim Jefferies were also at the meeting at East End Park.

The club applied to go into administration to avert being wound up over an unpaid 134,000 tax bill.
Jackson, who has performed the same role at Clyde, Clydebank,
Motherwell, Dundee and Portsmouth, said: 'I'll be honest and say this is
as bad a situation as I've seen at a football club. It's going to be as
challenging as anything I've done in the past.

More to follow

Charity: Dunfermline staff are appealing for donations to the club due to their current financial situation

Charity: Dunfermline staff are appealing for donations to the club due to their current financial situation


Angry: Dunfermline fans express their opinions with a banner calling the situation an 'insult' to the club

Angry: Dunfermline fans express their opinions with a banner calling the situation an 'insult' to the club


Request: Roy Barry (second right) asked if Sir Alex could help in any way

Troubled times: The board are appealing for fans to support the team through the choppy waters

Salford City Reds sack head coach Phil Veivers

Salford sack head coach Veivers after just five games of the Super League season

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

14:07 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 3 March 2013

Salford City Reds have parted company with head coach Phil Veivers with the club bottom of Super League.

The 48-year-old's dismissal comes following their fourth loss in five games as the Reds went down 38-4 to their fellow strugglers London Broncos on Friday.

The announcement came today just five weeks after the club was taken over by racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash who has big plans for the future of the club.

In a statement on the club’s official website, CEO Ed Farish said: ‘We have had to look at the whole business and what is right for the Club.

Dismissed: Veivers has been stood down as coach of the Reds

Dismissed: Veivers (pictured) has been stood down as coach of the Reds

‘The results speak for themselves and it was felt a change must be made to allow our progression to continue on the field as well as off it.

‘We thank Phil for his efforts during an extremely difficult close season and wish him all the best for the future.’

After Friday’s embarrassing defeat Dr Koukash had warned that ‘things have to change and changes will be made.’

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

The decision comes after only one Reds win since July and the side have started the season in disastrous fashion sitting at the foot of the Super League ladder having conceded almost 200 points.

Head of Youth Development Alan Hunte will take over the coaching duties for the trip to Wakefield next weekend.

After making Australian Ed Farish his chief executive and appointing New Zealanders Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe to his board of directors, Koukash seems certain to go down the same route with Veivers' successor.

Lowe, who succeeded Steve Simms as director of rugby, returned to Auckland yesterday and is expected to lead the search for the new man.
National coaches Tim Sheens (Australia) and Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) are both without club ties but are unlikely to be available until 2014 as they focus exclusively on preparations for the 2013 World Cup.

Sheens has spent the last seven days in Britain and Ireland on a fact-finding mission and confirmed to Press Association Sport that he would be looking to get back into club coaching after the World Cup, ‘whether that be in Australia or England’.

Former New Zealand coach Brian McClennan, who took Leeds to Grand-Final glory in 2008 and 2009, could come into the reckoning, along with former Great Britain boss Brian Noble, who is keen to get backing into coaching after leaving Crusaders at the end of 2009.

David Gill to step down at Manchester United

Ferguson pays tribute to the man he's had 'a million arguments' with as United chief exec Gill announces decision to step down

: October – Appointed vice chairman of the Football Association.
2013: February 20 – Announces he will step down as chief executive of United plc on 30 June 2013, but will remain a director of the football club.

Upon announcing his decision to stand down, he said: 'It
has been the greatest privilege to serve Manchester United for 16
wonderful years – the last 10 of which as its chief executive.

'I have worked alongside the finest
manager in the history of the game and been part of what I consider to
be the best club in the best sport in the world.

'It has been a very hard decision
because I love this club and, as the fans’ banner says, it is, ‘more
than a religion’. I’ve experienced some incredible highs, such as the
Treble in 1999 and the League and Champions League double in 2008, and
lows, like losing the title with the last kick of the season last year.

'But that is what makes this club and this sport so compelling.'

Gill,
who will remain a director at the club, was appointed vice chairman on
the Football Association in 2012 and has been nominated as its candidate
in the upcoming UEFA Executive Committee elections later this year.

He added: 'I am looking forward to
continuing my involvement on the club board. And I hope to be able to
make a contribution to the game on a wider national and European level.'

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Warming up: A scarf seller sets up outside Old Trafford

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Looking on: Ferguson oversees United's 2-1 win over Reading on Monday evening

Patrick Vieira says Arsenal lack the self-belief to win silverware ahead of Champions League tie with Bayern Munich

Arsenal's players lack the self-belief to end their trophy drought, says Vieira (the man who drove them to silverware)

By
Adam Shergold

PUBLISHED:

16:41 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 19 February 2013

Patrick Vieira believes Arsenal's players are lacking the self-belief required to win silverware.

The Gunners legend, who made more than 300 appearances for the club between 1996 and 2005, lifted their last trophy – the FA Cup – eight years ago.

Well off the pace in the Barclays Premier League and dumped out of the FA Cup by Blackburn on Saturday, their last hope of ending their trophy drought this season comes in the Champions League.

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Distant glory: Patrick Vieira lifts the FA Cup for Arsenal in 2005, the last time the club won any silverware

Distant glory: Patrick Vieira lifts the FA Cup for Arsenal in 2005, the last time the club won any silverware

And tonight they take on the formidable Bayern Munich in the first leg of their round of 16 tie as they hope to advance in the competition.

Vieira, now Football Development Executive at Manchester City, said the players need to trust in their 'fantastic' ability to start winning trophies again.

Disaster: Arsenal's hopes of ending their eight-year trophy drought took a knock on Saturday when they lost to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round

Disaster: Arsenal's hopes of ending their eight-year trophy drought took a knock on Saturday when they lost to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round

New challenge: Vieira is now in charge of Football Development at Manchester City

New challenge: Vieira is now in charge of Football Development at Manchester City

'With Arsenal, it's always up and down. When Arsenal have a good day, they can beat any team in the world,' he told FA TV.

'But maybe they lack consistency to win silverware. When you look at the Arsenal starting XI they are fantastic players, but they may need to believe in themselves more that they can win something.

'Maybe that's why they haven't achieved the height of their potential.'

VIDEO: Vieira talks about Arsenal's lack of belief at the end of Twitter Q&A

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Jessica Ennis" coach Toni Minichiello slams UK Athletics for "lack of respect"

Ennis coach slams UK Athletics and claims 'lack of respect' forced him out the door

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

20:18 GMT, 9 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 9 February 2013

Jessica Ennis' coach, Toni Minichiello, has cut all ties with UK Athletics, claiming he felt ‘bullied’ and ‘not respected’ and alleging that chief executive Niels de Vos had not even congratulated him after Ennis won Olympic gold last summer.

Minichiello had been offered a consultancy role within UKA after his old job came to an end last month.

But Minichiello, who has coached Ennis since she was 12, has turned down the role after relations between him and De Vos and head coach Peter Eriksson soured.

Winning relationship: Toni Minichiello will continue to coach Jessica Ennis

Winning relationship: Toni Minichiello will continue to coach Jessica Ennis

Errikson said last month that Minichiello had been offered a new job and it was his decision to ‘take it or leave it’.

That jarred with Minichiello, who was at the European Indoor Championship Trials in Sheffield yesterday.

‘He said take it or leave it and I left it,’ he said. ‘It reflects what
their attitude and position is on what I’ve achieved in coaching.

‘What I’ve done with Jess, coaching her from such a young age, is
unique. You look at that statement and it shows a lack of respect. I
felt bullied and I’m sick and tired of that.’

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

Minichiello will continue to coach Ennis as she targets the World Championships and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Pay me or don’t pay me, I am still going to coach Jess,’ he said.

Swede Eriksson, who took over from Charles van Commenee as head coach,
said Minichiello’s offer was worth more than his previous job.

‘He had a better financial offer than when he was a full-time employee,’
he said. ‘We gave him a better offer to coach one athlete and he turned
it down. That’s his choice, if he doesn’t want the job, that’s fine.’

No respect: Minichiello believes the terms he was offered from UK Athletics were disrespectful

Minichiello disagreed with Eriksson’s interpretation, saying: ‘It was
actually a reduction in my overall salary compared with the financial
package I was getting before.’

But it was the lack of validation that really hurt Minichiello.

‘After the Olympics, I got floods of congratulations, but there were two
notable absentees — Niels and Ed Warner, the chairman,’ he added. ‘At
no point did they pat me on the back, it was pretty clear they didn’t
rate me even after that success.’

Golden girl: Minichiello fears that his time with Ennis could be limited if he has to look for other work

Golden girl: Minichiello fears that his time with Ennis could be limited if he has to look for other work

A UKA statement said: ‘We made Toni a good offer to continue working
with us, but he has decided he would prefer to coach independently.

We have no issue with that and absolutely respect his decision. His
track record with Jessica is superb and if he feels his decision is the
best way to maintain success, then we respect that.

‘We’ll continue to support Jess and Toni 100 per cent with all training, medical and support services.’

Priority: Head of UKA Niels de Vos confirmed they would still be working very closely with Ennis

Priority: Head of UKA Niels de Vos confirmed they would still be working very closely with Ennis

Lance Armstrong given two week deadline extension on co-operation with investigators

Disgraced Armstrong given two week extension on investigation co-operation deadline

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

01:41 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:42 GMT, 7 February 2013

The US Anti-Doping Agency have announced Lance Armstrong wants to 'assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling' and have given the disgraced cyclist a two-week extension to co-operate with investigators.

Armstrong had been given until yesterday to confess all under oath after admitting to doping during each of his seven Tour de France triumphs in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.

However, USADA have set a new deadline.

Extension: Lance has two more weeks to co-operate

Extension: Lance has two more weeks to co-operate

Chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement: 'We have been in communication with Mr. Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling.

'We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen.'

USADA revealed last year that Armstrong had led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen'.

The UCI, cycling's world governing body, stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles – none of which were reassigned – and he was banned from sport for life.

Armstrong told Winfrey he would 'be the first man through the door' to take part in a truth and reconciliation hearing.

First man: Lance said he would not be the last person 'through the door'

First man: Lance said he would not be the last person 'through the door'

And in an email interview with cyclingnews.com, the American was adamant a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way forward for all endurance sports.

'It's not the best way, it's the only way,' he said.

'As much as I'm the eye of the storm this is not about one man, one team, one director.

'This is about cycling and to be frank it's about ALL endurance sports.'

Armstrong stated the UCI should not be involved in a TRC, believing the World Anti-Doping Agency should lead it.

Asked why WADA and not USADA should run the process, Armstrong said: 'No brainer. This is a global sport not an American one. One thing I'd add – the UCI has no place at the table.

'When I was on speaking terms with ol' Pat McQuaid (the UCI president) many, many months ago I said, 'Pat, you better think bold here. A full-blown, global, TRC is our sport's best solution.' He wanted to hear nothing of it.'

Brian Laudrup set for Rangers return

He's back! Rangers legend Laudrup lined up for role at Ibrox after talks with Green

By
John Mcgarry

PUBLISHED:

01:19 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

02:41 GMT, 29 January 2013

Rangers legend Brian Laudrup is poised to return to the club in an ambassadorial capacity.

The Dane, who helped take Rangers to three league titles in the mid-1990s, arrived in Glasgow on Monday for talks on the proposed role with chief executive Charles Green.

And the former winger, who won 82 caps for his country, is prepared to give something back to the club after watching it endure the most tumultuous year in its history.

'Since Rangers went into these chaotic circumstances, I have said all along that, if I could help the club in any way, I would,' he told Rangers TV.

Hero: Laudrup is set to rejoin Rangers as a club ambassador

Hero: Laudrup is set to rejoin Rangers as a club ambassador

Legend: Laudrup in action for Rangers back in the day

Legend: Laudrup in action for Rangers back in the day

'I've been here today to speak to
Charles a little bit and we'll see if we can find a way for me to do
that. 'To be able to be an ambassador for Rangers Football Club would be
absolutely fantastic and we want to see if we can find a way to work
together.

'If the club
wants me to help – and it looks like it does – I would love to do it. I
have always said I had four tremendous years at Rangers.

'The
issue at the moment is to find a way in which I can help and it has
been fantastic to meet Charles. 'He is a fantastic man to speak to and
he has a great vision for this club. Now we just have to sit down at
some point and formalise things so that we can work together. That would
be great.'

Laudrup, 43, now spreads his time between working as a televsion pundit in Denmark and his academy. A 2.3million buy by Walter Smith from Fiorentina in 1994, he is regarded as one of the finest players to have worn a Rangers jersey.

Smith has also returned to the club recently in a non-executive director capacity.

In the meantime, the independent commission set up by the SPL to investigate alleged dual contracts at Rangers begins today.

Lord Nimmo Smith is joined by Nicholas Stewart and Charles Flint, both QCs, in considering whether the Ibrox club breached SPL rules through their operation of an Employee Benefit Trust scheme.

Talks: Laudrup flew in for discussions with Charles Green on Monday

Talks: Laudrup flew in for discussions with Charles Green on Monday

Four days have been set aside for the hearing, although it is not known when a verdict will be delivered. If Rangers are found guilty, then a stripping of SPL league titles won during the period in question is among the potential punishments that the commission could recommend.

Ibrox chief executive Green is boycotting the process but the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund have pledged to fund a legal defence should trophies be threatened.

'There were allegations about a number of alleged breaches of SPL rules over a number of years,' said SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster. 'Those allegations are complicated.

'The SPL board decided that the right way to deal with those allegations was to appoint an independent commission to establish whether in fact SPL rules were broken or not.

'And, if they were, what punishment is appropriate – if any. That process will continue. I am not going to make any predictions about timescales.'

Loic Remy signs for QPR from Marseille for 8million

I'm the man to keep QPR in the Premier League, says Remy after sealing his 8m move from Marseille

after he was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury.

Fellow QPR player and teammate at Marseille Joey Barton tweeted a message to the outgoing forward: 'Best of luck to you both. Loic is a great guy and a fantastic player'.

QPR currently stand bottom of the Premier League, two points behind Reading in 19th and five behind Wigan and safety.

They have a crunch period of games coming up, including away to West Ham, away to Man City and home to Norwich in the next few weeks.

New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

Bedding in: New signing Remy alongside Chief Executive Philip Beard

New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road


New QPR signing Loic Remy exclusively photographed at Loftus Road

Remy has 17 caps for France so far

International: Remy has 17 caps for France so far