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Martin O"Neill told he had "resigned" while watching video of Sunderland losing to West Brom

Double blow for O'Neill who was told he had 'resigned' while re-watching West Brom defeat



21:00 GMT, 26 November 2012

Martin O’Neill was still in his office at the club, watching a re-run of Sunderland’s defeat to West Brom, when he discovered he had 'resigned'.

The Sunderland manager was contacted on Saturday night by the club’s press officer Louise Wanless, and then owner Ellis Short, to be told news of his pending departure from the Stadium of Light had hit cyberspace.

'It was a double whammy,' O’Neill said. 'I’d just reached the point when the referee had given the penalty to West Brom so I was cursing twice.'

Oh no! Martin O'Neill heard the perplexing news while watching his team lose on video

Oh no! Martin O'Neill heard the perplexing news while watching his team lose on video

The rumour that O’Neill had offered his resignation was tweeted by his former player Stan Collymore and broadcast as a fact after West Brom’s 4-2 win.

Sunderland, and O’Neill, then had the difficult task of whether to comment fully on a non-story, in the fear that it would give it some credence.

'People tweet now and it runs like wildfire,' said O’Neill. 'It has got to the stage where I just accept it but if you go out of your way to dismiss it then it keeps running.'

O’Neill was in good humour as he sought the best way to deal with the issue three days later. He even quoted The Sundance Kid at one point. 'I wanna fight them,’ he said, without the accent. 'I want to fight 'em, so let’s stay and fight em.'

But there is the serious issue of his future and commitment to the Sunderland cause. O’Neill has been the subject of internet rumours for the last month, not helped by his side’s indifferent start to the season which saw them fell to 16th in the Premier League. He remains defiant and insisted he and owner Short are in it for the long haul.

O’Neill said: 'The owner has said to me this will take some time to get things together here. I don’t intend to do it in 10 years as that would bore the life out of everybody but I intend to do it as quickly as I possibly can.

'I don’t say I know Mr Short fantastically well but we’ve had some very good conversations and he is the one pointing out to me this will take time. He is not expecting anything at the minute and he genuinely wants stability at the football club.

Bad start: Sunderland have been less than impressive this season

Bad start: Sunderland have been less than impressive this season

'In the past it’s the teams who have shown stability who have come through it. It is tough, there is no doubt and like everybody else I would not mind a few more points on the board if we could get them, but I knew it would be tough. I want to do well at the club and more importantly I expect to do well.

'We will look to strengthen the squad. In the course of time I think both of us want to deliver a team that not only would the fans be delighted with but also a side that can compete.

'I spent five years at Wycombe, five years at Celtic and four and a half at Leicester and four years at Aston Villa. I am not sure where the quitting thing comes in.

Dark days: O'Neill admits times are tough at the moment

Dark days: O'Neill admits times are tough at the moment

'It is pretty tough. I have chosen the job, don’t get me wrong, there are as many dark days as rosy ones. You have to get through it and I would expect somewhere along the way my time in the game will stand me in good stead.'

O’Neill has not ruled out captain Lee Cattermole from QPR’s visit to Wearside on Tuesday night but John O’Shea is injured.

Police will advise supporters to set off early for the game after the A19 was shut north and south in Wearside on Monday.

O’Neill visited the Stadium of Light and is confident the pitch, subject to a postponement in the first month of the season, will handle another deluge on the day.

London 2012 Olympics: BBC video highlights from day 15

Watch BBC video highlights from day 15 of the Olympics including Farah and Bolt


01:42 GMT, 12 August 2012



07:35 GMT, 12 August 2012

Mo Farah completed an historic double, adding the 5,000metres gold to the 10,000m he won last weekend as Great Britain took their gold medal tally to 28.

Ed McKeever set the ball rolling early in the day with victory in the kayak 200metres final, and Luke Campbell beat Ireland's John Joe Nevin to claim victory in the men's bantamweight final.

Elsewhere, Usain Bolt completed his second triple Olympics gold medal haul as Jamaica smashed their world record in the 4x100m relay with a time of 36.84secs.

And poster boy Tom Daley put in a gutsy performance in the 10m dive, claiming a bronze medal in a thrilling competition.

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London 2012 Olympics: Sailing – Ben Ainslie

Big Ben makes history: Ainslie wins fourth gold to become best ever Olympic sailor



13:49 GMT, 5 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Great Britain's Ben Ainslie became the most successful sailor in Olympic history after securing a fourth successive gold medal on Sunday.

The 35-year-old replaced Denmark's legendary Paul Elvstrom as the Games' most decorated sailor after triumphing on home waters in front of thousands of supporters in Weymouth.

Ainslie faced fierce resistance throughout the week from Elvstrom's countryman Jonas Hogh-Christensen, although he managed to finish ahead of the Dane in Sunday afternoon's medal race to increase his Olympic haul to four golds and a silver.

More to follow…

Neck and neck: Ainslie and Hogh-Christensen battle for position

Neck and neck: Ainslie and Hogh-Christensen battle for position

Neck and neck: Ainslie and Hogh-Christensen battle for position

John Bracewell extends contract at Gloucester

Gloucester director Bracewell signs three-year extension at Nevil Road



20:18 GMT, 12 March 2012

Staying on: Bracewell will remain with Gloucster

Staying on: Bracewell will remain with Gloucster

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell has signed a three-year extension to his contract.

The 53-year-old former New Zealand coach will remain at the LV= County Championship Second Division side until 2015 as he looks to secure promotion.

'At a time when we have lost a good deal of experience in our playing squad I felt it was a good time to solidify the coaching side,' he said.

'I am in it for the long haul with a group of players who have enormous potential.

'During the next three years the squad will mature and I am very much looking forward to seeing that happen.'

Australia v India: Tourists in command on day three

India on top despite Hilfenhaus heroics as Aussie openers fail on day three

Australia held an overall lead of 230 runs at stumps on day three of the first Test against India at the MCG, after reaching 179 for eight in their second innings.

Michael Hussey (79 not out) and Ricky Ponting (60) combined for a 115-run stand that halted a damaging top-order collapse – but the latter”s dismissal means India are in command of a see-saw contest.

Hussey, dropped in the slips by Rahul Dravid in the shadows of stumps, will join number 10 James Pattinson (three not out) when play resumes.

Steadying the ship: Hussey and Ponting

Steadying the ship: Hussey and Ponting”s stand halted the top-order collapse

Australia v India

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The hosts” top four each failed to reach double figures, undoing the superb work of Ben Hilfenhaus – who earlier today claimed his first Test five-wicket haul to earn Australia a 51-run first-innings lead.

Under-fire veterans Hussey and Ponting came to the crease after young Indian quick Umesh Yadav (four wickets for 49 runs) rifled through the top order to leave Australia teetering on 27 for four.

Ponting hit his second half-century of the match by driving off the back foot to deep point and then running all four runs to raucous applause of the 40,000-strong crowd. Hussey, out for a golden in the first innings, reached his 50 the next over as Australia regained the momentum.

But 36-year-old Ponting fell well short of a drought-breaking hundred when he presented a catch to gully off veteran seamer Zaheer Khan (two for 32).

And when out-of-form Brad Haddin was out for six, caught at second slip also to Zaheer, and tail-enders Peter Siddle (four) and Nathan Lyon (nought) followed, the tourists had wrested back control with two days to play.

Fifteen wickets fell on a day dominated by the bowlers despite there being no obvious signs of uneven bounce or menace in the wicket.


Aussie”s ruled: Yadav traps Cowan LBW and Marsh”s stumps are rattled (below)


The visitors lost seven wickets for 68 runs during the morning session to be all out for 282 after Hilfenhaus claimed five for 75 in a devastating spell.

He removed Dravid (68), Virat Kohli (11), MS Dhoni (six) and Ishant Sharma (11) to dent India”s challenge after they resumed at 214 for three, in reply to Australia”s first-innings 333.

Fans had barely settled in their seats before Dravid was clean bowled second ball of the day. The Tasmanian seamer produced a perfect delivery which came in and then moved away slightly to beat the outside edge of Dravid”s bat and hit the top of off-stump.

Siddle (three for 63) then had VVS Laxman caught behind by Haddin for two – and Australia took control when Hilfenhaus struck twice within three overs midway through the morning session.

Kohli presented a simple catch to Haddin after edging an outswinger and skipper Dhoni lasted three deliveries against the new ball before picking out Hussey at gully.

Nightwatchman Sharma provided the most resistance but eventually presented Haddin with his fifth catch of the innings.

However Australia blew a chance to take control of the match when they suffered a dramatic top-order collapse.

David Warner (five) was the first to go chopping a ball from Yadav onto the stumps while his partner Ed Cowan (eight) was out three balls later, foolishly leaving a ball that straightened and struck him on the pads.

Five alive! It was a memorable day for Aussie seamer Hilfenhaus

Five alive! It was a memorable day for Aussie seamer Hilfenhaus (and below)

Five alive! It was a memorable day for Aussie seamer Hilfenhaus

Shaun Marsh was bowled for three, playing on to his stumps when attempting to drive a pitched-up Yadav ball.

Then captain Michael Clarke (one) made it a pair of failures in the series opener when Sharma tore through his defence with a 149.9 km/h thunderbolt.

India”s enforced absence of the decision review system has again worked to their advantage in this contest.

Ravichandran Ashwin was struck in front in the first session only to be given not out despite replays showing the ball hitting middle and leg stumps.

And replays showed Cowan”s dismissals – caught behind in the first innings and lbw in the second – were both incorrect.