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Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

Wigan agree 5m fee with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger McGeady

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John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

07:34 GMT, 31 January 2013

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UPDATED:

08:18 GMT, 31 January 2013

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Back to Britain: McGeady is set to return

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is hoping to push through a late 5million move for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the Latics were looking to bring in McGeady on loan from Spartak Moscow, but now the Daily Mirror are reporting that the two clubs have agreed a fee for a permanent deal.

McGeady will have to take a pay cut from the 70,000-a-week wage he earns in the Russian capital, but the former Celtic man is thought to be keen on a move back to Britain.

The 26-year-old has 18 months left on his contract at Spartak and the
club are ready to cash in on the man they paid for 9.5m for back in August 2010.

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

High hopes: McGeady cost Spartak 9.5m back in August 2010

McGeady, who has 57 caps for his country, is wanted by Martinez to help Wigan's survival bid and it is thought the Spaniard has beaten Sunderland to his signature.

Kevin Kilbane on retiring from football: I wouldn"t change a thing

Kevin Kilbane: After more than 700 games, I'm calling it a day… but I wouldn't change anything

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UPDATED:

15:14 GMT, 8 December 2012

This is the day I have been dreading. I’m retiring and hanging up the boots after nearly 20 years. I am no longer a professional footballer.

It seems strange to say it after all these years but the body and the mind have had enough. I know it’s time.

The last year, battling a back injury and getting fit for a new season with Coventry City, has been a real slog. It’s just not much fun anymore.

I’d lost that competitive edge to go to training every day. From being a kid, and certainly throughout my professional career, I have treated every training session like it was my last. But that feeling has gone. I don’t have that hunger anymore.

I know it’s the right decision for me, and my family, and, if there is one consolation, I’m pleased it has been in my hands. Over the years, so many team-mates and good friends, some as young as 18, some on their early 20s, lads so full of hope, have had their careers ended in an instant. They go into one more routine game, and bang. It’s all over.

A new beginning: Kevin Kilbane has retired from football

A new beginning: Kevin Kilbane has retired from football

I’ve played more than 700 games, represented my country more than 100 times, including a run, of which I am very proud, of 66 consecutive competitive appearances. I couldn’t believe it when it was happening to me. I still can’t believe I have been so lucky.

I honestly couldn’t thank Coventry City enough for all their understanding over the last few weeks. I joined the club with really high hopes in the summer and was honoured to be made captain but things haven’t worked out like I hoped or planned. I know as well as most that’s just the way football goes.

Most importantly, after too many nights, weeks and months away from them, I want to be near my family. I can’t do that fighting against the tide in the Midlands when my heart just isn’t in it.

When I think back to the sacrifices I have made over the years, particularly representing my country, I don’t regret them. I was the only senior player who went to the States with Steve Staunton six years ago, but it was the right thing to do because I was playing for Ireland. I was captain on that tour. It’s what I dreamed of when I was wearing my Opel shirt at home in Preston in 1988.

It’s time to put me and the family first now.

My career started at Preston North End, my home-town club. I joined at 10, became an apprentice at 16 and made my debut two years later.

Calling it a day: Kilbane won 110 Republic of Ireland caps

Calling it a day: Kilbane won 110 Republic of Ireland caps

I still remember my debut. It was Plainmoor, Torquay United, September 1995, a boiling hot day on the coast. Gary Peters was manager, he named me in the squad the day before we set off, I warmed up for the entire game I was so nervous.

He put me on the for the last 20 minutes, and we won 4-0. Although I am pretty sure I came away thinking `this is a breeze’, I never felt I had made it. I was delighted to be a professional footballer and I just wanted to work hard every day to make sure it was never taken away from me. And I knew it was what I had to do.

I had a good grounding because my older brother Farrell, who also called it a day at the end of last season after a good career as a semi-pro, had been released by Preston while I was at the club.

Preston won the third division that season and of course it was just an amazing start for me. I only played about a dozen games, usually from the bench, but I just loved every minute of being a part of the dressing room.

Leaving wasn’t easy. But when West Brom came in with a then club record fee of 1million, there was really no choice.

It was very hard to start with, living away from home for the first time and living in a strange city. I was all over the place, but Ray Harford was one of the best coaches I’ve worked with and he just believed in me. Ray and his successor Denis Smith let me play with the most freedom I’ve enjoyed in my career.

A step up: Kilbane is honest about his spell on Wearside

A step up: Kilbane is honest about his spell on Wearside

Sunderland was a big move and I know I was not good enough. It’s not a problem to admit it because it’s a fact.

I loved my time in the north east, made some friends for life, and I totally understand their love of football. I really do get it which is why I love the fans up there so much.

But I didn’t really settle quickly enough on the pitch and my best season was probably when we went down, which is no benefit whatsoever.

I was sorry to leave, especially as the club and I really had no choice after relegation, but Everton was probably my best spell. And then Wigan, and my favourite club game, the dramatic last day when we beat Sheffield United to stay up in the Premier League. I had a hand in both goals, I remember that.

And where do I start with the Ireland memories

Playing in the 2002 World Cup Finals was the greatest, strangest and most painful experience in my career, all rolled into one incredible month.

We got there thanks to that win over Holland, and that’s my favourite game. I was right behind Jason when he scored and just ran after him, caught him quite easily by the touchline because he wasn’t the fastest. The celebrations back at the airport hotel, after Lillies, were the best ever – and there have been a few.

I watched the Germany game on ESPN Classic the other night. We were a good side you know, even without Roy Keane. My memory of that night is the party back at the team hotel, with the wives, families and supporters staying there, Noel O’Reilly on the banjo, everyone getting up to sing a song. Late finish.

We should have beaten Spain to get to the quarter-finals. I know I should have scored. I can’t erase the mis-hit from Ian Harte’s saved penalty, and my own penalty miss in the shoot-out. I can still close my eyes and see them, feel the touches off my left foot. Miss every time.

Painful memory: Kilbane watches as Ian Harte sees his penalty saved by Iker Casillas

Painful memory: Kilbane watches as Ian Harte sees his penalty saved by Iker Casillas

I’ve had my fair share of stick over the years, including from my own supporters.

No sports psychologist in the world can prepare a player for that abuse. It doesn’t matter whether it is one bloke shouting at you as you take a throw-in, or thousands booing you and cheering your substitution. It is hard to take because it’s you. They just do not like you.

No one likes criticism in any walk of life, but I learned to deal with it and ignore it, laugh it off. It’s the only way because you have to be stronger.
The funny thing is, I really wouldn’t change anything in my career, and I include all the stick.

Perhaps it goes back to my upbringing. When you’ve had Sam Allardyce, Gary Peters and John Beck bellowing at you as a young kid, stick from Sunderland fans is water off a duck’s back. With Big Sam one withering look was enough to make your blood run cold.

I’ll miss so much about playing but now I am looking forward to new challenges, long lie-ins and daytime television.

I’m not writing off coaching. I loved working with the reserves and academy players at Hull City last season with Nick Barmby as manager and sadly the role, which I had big plans for, was taken away when Nick was sacked and Steve Bruce gave it to someone else. And then I was sent to Coventry…

I’ve got my UEFA A and B licences, I know I love coaching, but it’s tough to get the work. I have certainly not ruled it out for the future.

My immediate future is to get more involved in work as patron of Downs Syndrome Association and work on my autobiography, which will be published next autumn in aid of the UK-based charity.

I will also be concentrating on the media work, which I’ve enjoyed over the last couple of years, and hopefully I can be successful. It is a new responsibility and I have to view games differently but I like that idea very much.

It starts with the column next week in the Irish Daily Mail and a game for BBC Radio 5 live back at Everton tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Sammy Ameobi tipped for big things by Alan Pardew

Pardew backs Sammy for big things after Ameobi Jnr stars in Bruges

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 9 November 2012

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew predicted big things for Sammy Ameobi after he combined with brother Shola to spark a Europa League fightback against Maribor.

The 20-year-old was a key figure as the Magpies cancelled out Club Brugge's early two-goal lead to claim at point at the Jan Breydel Stadion and ease closer to qualification for the knockout stage.

It was his 43rd-minute pass which 31-year-old Shola converted two minutes after Vurnon Anita had dragged the visitors back into the game on an eventful evening in Flanders, and Pardew was delighted with his contribution.

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

Impressive: Sammy Ameobi starred as Newcastle came back from 2-0 down to draw in Bruges

High hopes: Pardew wants Ameobi to contribute more defensively

High hopes: Pardew wants Ameobi to contribute more defensively

He said: 'I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi – which is almost like a song – for the second goal, which was nice.

'It was a great little turn from Sammy. He has just got this way of getting out of corners that I have not seen many players being able to get out of. He wriggles out of situations.

'He still needs to tighten up a little bit on the tactical and intelligence sides of the game. He takes people on where perhaps he should pass.

'But he will learn that. He showed his talent tonight – and he marks at set-plays, which he needs to do. He's 6'5″.

'He's not very good at it, but he's learning.'

Newcastle got off to a catastrophic start as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead, aided and abetted by some dreadful defending.

Ivan Trickovski took advantage of Fabricio Coloccini's indecision to control Ryan Donk's 14th-minute long ball and beat Tim Krul, and Jesper Jorgensen doubled to dose within five minutes after shooting home from 20 yards.

But it was the Magpies who finished the half with a flurry with Anita volleying home his first goal for the club four minutes before the break and Shola Ameobi levelling.

Both sides could have won it in the second half – substitute Yohan Cabaye hit the bar with a free-kick and Krul made a series of fine saves to deny Brugge – but a point kept the Magpies at the top of the group and edged them closer to qualification for the knockout stages.

Pardew said: 'I wasn't too concerned. I thought we would score goals tonight, it was just important not to let any more in.

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

Oh brother: Shola Ameobi scored Newcastle's equaliser

'We got a great goal from Anita after a good bit of pressure and then immediately got the second before half-time, which was a bonus, really.

'We came in at half-time in a strong position and really all we did second half was just to make sure defensively we were sound, and apart from a few break-aways and a couple of set-plays, I thought we were and it was just about whether we were going to score the winner.

'We hit the bar and had a couple of good situations, but overall, I am delighted. Two-nil down at Bruges, it's tough.

'They have got pace in their team, so they are always going to be a threat.'

Satisfied: Pardew (left) has his side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages

Satisfied: Pardew (left) has his side on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages

The draw leaves Newcastle a point clear at the top of Group D and knowing victory over Maritimo at St James' Park – a game midfielder Cheick Tiote will miss through suspension after picking up his third booking in the competition tonight – on November 22 will ensure their progression.

Pardew said: 'We are going to have to kick ourselves if we don't beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them.

'We have got ourselves in a great position and are looking to just wrap the league up perhaps with that win there, which is our next game.'

Caretaker Brugge boss Philippe Clement was in philosophical mood after the game.

He said: 'I think as a team, we can be happy with the way we played. For the supporters of both sides, it was a very good European game with a lot of fight, mentality and chances.'

Gloucester 27 Leicester 21: Freddie Burns sends message to Stuart Lancaster

Gloucester 27 Leicester 21: Burns sends message to Lancaster with virtuoso display

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UPDATED:

20:14 GMT, 27 October 2012

Freddie Burns emerged as an England contender worthy of Stuart Lancaster’s immediate attention as Gloucester increased their run of unbeaten matches to eight against Leicester on Saturday.

The form fly-half of the season completely upstaged the man in possession of the England No 10 jersey, Toby Flood, who is favourite to start at fly-half in the autumn internationals.

Class apart: Burns was outstanding for Gloucester

Class apart: Burns was outstanding for Gloucester

Class apart: Burns was outstanding for Gloucester

Burns is not in Lancaster’s 32-man Elite
Player Squad which will meet up at Burton this week but he scored a try
of international class and cheated difficult windy conditions to give
Gloucester a deserved victory as Tigers lost ground on Saracens at the
top of the Aviva Premiership.

It would be a bold move to call up the 22-year-old now, but Burns will
surely be the first cab off the rank should an England back suffer an
injury between now and the opening game against Fiji on November 10.

High hopes: Louis Deacon rises to collect a lineout ball

High hopes: Louis Deacon rises to collect a lineout ball

Gloucester built a six-point half-time lead, upstaging a side brimming with England players.

Their momentum was established from the second minute when Charlie
Sharples surged on to Burns’ tap ahead to go over in the corner. Burns’
conversion swerved viciously in a high wind before splitting the
uprights.

Flood reduced the deficit from a penalty before Burns replicated the England player’s accuracy from a penalty.

Outshone: England fly-half Toby Flood

Outshone: England fly-half Toby Flood

Tigers relieved the pressure when Scott Hamilton tore on to Manu
Tuilagi’s pass for a disputed try.

The video referee showed Ben Morgan
had not blocked Hamilton’s stretch for a touchdown for Tigers to close
the gap.

Burns thrilled the crowd with Gloucester’s second try in the 20th minute.

Star attraction: Leicester and England centre Manu Tuilagi

Star attraction: Leicester and England centre Manu Tuilagi

Receiving a pass from scrum-half Jimmy Cowan, Burns chip kicked to
himself to take out a Leicester player and raced over the line before
converting his own touchdown.

A Flood penalty made it 17-11 at the break but the match was settled
midway through the second-half when James Simpson-Daniel burned off the
Tigers defence and send Akapusi Qera over for a Gloucester try. Burns
made it three conversions out of three.

But referee John Doyle’s decision to show Cowan and Rob Cook yellow
cards for infringements when Gloucester were absorbing heavy Tigers
pressure reduced the home team’s numerical strength dramatically.

Winner: Akapusi Qera goes over for Gloucester

Winner: Akapusi Qera goes over for Gloucester

No sooner had the culprits left the pitch than the referee awarded
Leicester a penalty try, converted by Flood, which reduced the arrears
to 27-21.

But the Tigers wasted their numerical advantage to suffer their second Aviva Premiership defeat of the season.

Wasps 10 Worcester 6: Simon McIntyre scores only try

Wasps 10 Worcester 6: Woeful hosts hold on but Hill apologises for shocking match

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UPDATED:

18:20 GMT, 7 October 2012

Worcester head coach Richard Hill said sorry for a ‘shocker’ of a game that saw Wasps stagger to their third win of the season thanks to Simon McIntyre’s first-half try and a tremendous stint of late defending.

Hill said: ‘I apologise for inflicting that on you. That was a shocker. Neither team played particularly well and we were marginally worse.’

Worcester, who cut Wasps’ 10-0 half-time lead through a penalty and drop goal from Andy Goode, engineered a chance to win in the final five minutes but Goode’s cross kick bounced out of the reach of wing Jon Clarke.

Flying start: McIntyre crosses for Wasps

Flying start: McIntyre crosses for Wasps

Flying start: McIntyre crosses for Wasps

Wasps then stopped two attacking
line-outs through some stern defence and good tackling, culminating in
man of the match Joe Launchbury forcing substitute flanker Ben Cowan to
knock on.

Launchbury, a member of the England Saxons squad, is tipped to be a full international.

The 21-year-old started this match at
blindside flanker but Dai Young, Wasps’ director of rugby, predicted
his best position will be at lock.

‘People talk about him as a star of
the future, but he’s already here. England see his long-term future as a
second row, but with his mobility and skills he can play in both
positions.’

Young also criticised his team’s performance. ‘I don’t think we would have beaten many teams. We know we have to be better.’

High hopes: Marco Wentzel rises to take gather lineout ball

High hopes: Marco Wentzel rises to take gather lineout ball

Wasps started strongly with a try
after only three minutes. Billy Vunipola and Joe Launchbury made big
inroads into the Worcester defence and good ball retention saw prop
Simon McIntyre drive over for the try which Stephen Jones converted.

Worcester then had their first
opportunity for points but Andy Goode failed to take it as his 35-metre
penalty attempt rebounded back off a post.

Back
came Wasps to put the visitors' defence under sustained pressure in
their own 22 and when the Warriors were offside, Jones made no mistake
with an angled penalty to give his side a 10-point advantage.

After that bright opening, the second quarter of the game was a huge disappointment as both sides made frequent unforced errors which prevented any real flow to the game. There were frequent turnovers as the score deservedly remained at 10-0 to the home side at the interval.

Too Goode: Former England international Andy Goode (right)

Too Goode: Former England international Andy Goode (right)

Early in the second half, a handling
error by Andrea Masi allowed Worcester a position in the Wasps' half and
when the hosts were penalised, a Goode penalty gave Warriors their
first points.

Almost
immediately Jones was presented with a chance to nullify that score but
his 45-metre penalty attempt sailed narrowly wide.

With half an hour remaining, Goode reduced the arrears to only four when he fired over a splendid drop-goal from close on 50 metres.

Stung by the two penalties, Wasps resumed their earlier dominance with Launchbury and McIntyre again to the fore with their driving runs. They should have gone further ahead when a clever chip ahead from Simpson should have resulted in a try for Christian Wade but the wing knocked on with the line at his mercy.

Hands off: Joe Launchbury evades a tackle

Hands off: Joe Launchbury evades a tackle

Jones missed another angled penalty
for the Wasps, allowing the Warriors the possibility of an unlikely win.
Inventive play by Paul Hodgson and David Lemi put the visitors into the
Wasps' 22 but Aleki Lutui knocked on and the home side were able to
relieve the pressure.

With three minutes to go, Simpson made the best break of the game, with a sniping run from a ruck on halfway but the supporting Chris Bell was hauled down narrowly short.

This allowed Warriors one final chance but Jon Clarke failed to collect a Goode cross-kick for the winning try before the Wasps withstood four minutes of huge pressure to hang on for a nail-biting win.

DJ Campbell and Jermaine Beckford targeted by Huddersfield

Huddersfield move for Campbell and Beckford after Rhodes makes 8m Blackburn switch

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 30 August 2012

Huddersfield want QPR striker DJ Campbell and Leicester's Jermaine Beckford to replace Jordan Rhodes.

Blackburn signed Rhodes for a club-record 8million on Thursday. Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson had Beckford at Leeds.

Meanwhile, Clarke Carlisle has joined League Two side York. The 32-year-old PFA chairman had been without a club since leaving Burnley at the end of the last season.

High hopes: Huddersfield want to sign Beckford from Leicester

High hopes: Huddersfield want to sign Beckford from Leicester

Daniel Agger does not want to leave Liverpool – Brendan Rodgers

Agger doesn't want to leave and I intend to keep him at Anfield, insists Rodgers

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UPDATED:

15:00 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed both he and defender Daniel Agger see the player remaining at the club.

However, the future of Andy Carroll remains less favourable after the Northern Irishman admitted he would prefer to tinker with his preferred way of playing before using the England striker's obvious strengths in the air as a Plan B.

Agger has two years remaining on his contract but has been the subject of two serious enquiries from Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

Great Dane: Rodgers is an admirer of Agger

Great Dane: Rodgers is an admirer of Agger

Despite Rodgers admitting a week ago that 'every player has his price and we will see where it goes' he insists Agger is one he intends to keep.

'For me there has been no big change. The first point is we don't want to sell him,' said Rodgers.

'Secondly, I believe he will be a player who will thrive in this way of working and thirdly he doesn't want to leave – which is a great help as well.

'He is a top player and I want to keep him here. Over the last couple of months we have been able to sell the project and vision to a number of senior players.

'They are very happy to move forward with it and I would expect Daniel to be the same.

High hopes: Rodgers feels Agger will suit his preferred style of play

High hopes: Rodgers feels Agger will suit his preferred style of play

'He made that clear in the very first conversation we had that he wanted to be part of our revolution here in terms of moving forward and he hasn't wavered from that in any single way whatsoever.

'Other reported clubs have made bids for him, which is natural, because he is a top player.

'But for us nothing has changed: he doesn't want to go and we don't want to sell him.'

In the balance: Liverpool are open to offers for Carroll

In the balance: Liverpool are open to offers for Carroll

The situation is different for Carroll, who has attracted interest from former club Newcastle and Premier League rivals West Ham.

It is clear he will not be first choice as he does not fit into Rodgers' passing and pressing gameplan which he developed so well at former club Swansea and has now introduced at Anfield.

And while he still believes the England international can be effective for them he suggested it would be a while before he changed his principles and went for the alternative option.

'He knows where he stands. He is an important part of our group and that is how I see it at the moment,' added the 39-year-old.

'If you are a team that puts crosses in and are firing them in from all angles he is a great player in the box.

'Naturally his height and his power gives him that strength but if you play a different style it is that much more difficult.

'Most managers have a way of playing and a Plan A in terms of the way they want to play.

'I will always try to make Plan A better before I go to Plan B. If trying to make Plan A better doesn't work then we go to Plan B and then probably Plan C.

Rebuilding: Rodgers hopes to make more signings before the end of the month

Rebuilding: Rodgers hopes to make more signings before the end of the month

'Andy's strengths are someone else's weakness but we have that flexibility in the group and that will serve us well going forward.

On the radar: Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin

On the radar: Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin

'There is no doubt he is happy to be here, which is important, and of course every player wants to play but there are not many players here you can promise will play.

'All he wants to do is work hard every day in training and hopefully get an opportunity at some stage to show his form.

'If that doesn't happen then he'll be like every other player, because they want to play games.

'He is concentrating on being here and we will see what develops.'

Rodgers said there was nothing imminent in terms of players leaving, either on loan or permanently, but he hopes to learn in the next 48 hours whether his next two transfer targets will be arriving.

He has been strongly linked with loan deals for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 21, and Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin, 23, but would not confirm those were the players in his immediate thoughts.

'We hope in the next couple of days we'll have one or two coming in,' he said.

'Hopefully in the next 48 hours we will find out.'

Goran Popov Stoke City transfer hits snag

Stoke fight to save deal for Dynamo Kiev full-back Popov after work permit is refused

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UPDATED:

14:21 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Stoke have not given up hope of bringing in Dynamo Kiev full-back Goran Popov on loan despite the Macedonian failing to receive international clearance.

A season-long deal had been agreed but the Potters are now fighting to salvage the situation and secure Popov a work permit.

High hopes: Popov impressed when Stoke met Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League (above)

High hopes: Popov impressed when Stoke met Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League (above)

The 27-year-old, who came to Stoke boss Tony Pulis' attention in the two Europa League matches between the clubs last season, has played 42 times for Macedonia but the country is ranked only 102nd in the world.

Popov told the Stoke Sentinel: 'I am disappointed because I came here and I saw that Stoke is so good for me. That is why I wanted to stay so much, but I cannot change anything.

'This was my dream from starting to play football, to play in England. I played against Stoke City for Dynamo Kiev and I saw it was a good club. I saw also the stadium is nice and every game it is full with 28,000 people.

'You play against big teams here. I would say football in England is the best in the world.

'Everything was ready for me to sign, but then they say there is a problem with the work permit. It is so difficult with the Macedonia national team because we are ranked 102. Before we were in 60th place and that was good, but now it is bad.

'The problem is not the clubs, the problem is the rules here in England. It is crazy. I cannot believe it.'

While Popov has seemingly resigned himself to returning to Kiev, a Stoke spokesman described the move as 'hitting difficulties' rather than having completely collapsed.

Versatile: Popov is equally comfortable at left or right-back

Versatile: Popov is equally comfortable at left or right-back

London 2012 Olympics: Robbie Grabarz wins bronze

Bronze for Grabarz as high jumper adds another medal to Team GB's collection

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UPDATED:

19:55 GMT, 7 August 2012

Robbie Grabarz completed a remarkable rise by taking a share of the Olympic bronze medal in the high jump.

The 24-year-old had first-time clearances up to 2.29 metres before three failures at 2.33m sent him out of the competition.

Canadian Derek Drouin and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim had exactly the same record to share third place with the Briton.

More to follow…

Up and over: Robbie Grabarz had high hopes in the high jump

Up and over: Robbie Grabarz had high hopes in the high jump

Share the joy: Robbie Grabarz and two other athletes took home a bronze medal

Share the joy: Robbie Grabarz and two other athletes took home a bronze medal

Gutted: Robbie Grabarz's hopes of a gold medal were dashed

Gutted: Robbie Grabarz's hopes of a gold medal were dashed

London 2012 Olympics: Gail Emms slams Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier

Emms slates hapless Adcock and Bankier after pair's early badminton exit

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22:07 GMT, 29 July 2012

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 29 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier crashed out of the mixed doubles on Sunday and then found themselves under fire from Olympic silver medallist Gail Emms.

The Great Britain pair, controversially put together after Adcock's original partnership with fiancee Gabby White was dissolved, again failed to build on a superb start against lower-ranked opposition and went down 11-21, 21-17, 21-14 to Germans Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels.

The loss followed a similar result against Russia's Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina on the opening day of competition at Wembley Arena and the world No 10 pair cannot now progress to the quarter-finals from Group A.

Out: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier crashed out of the Games early

Out: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier crashed out of the Games early

Emms told BBC 5 Live: 'We have funding,
we have great facilities, we have great coaches so we should be
expecting medals.

'That's why we have elite sports set up with the
National Lottery because we want to get medals.

'We have players who are
playing full time, training every day to be world champions and Olympic
champions so it's not surprising we expect medals.

'It's just about
whether they can do it or not.'

Adcock and Bankier had entered their
first Olympics with high hopes after reaching the World Championship
final at the same venue last year.

Early exit: Emms doesn't believe the duo were good enough when it mattered

Early exit: Emms doesn't believe the duo were good enough when it mattered

Adcock said: 'We got a good start
again but we're absolutely gutted. We did everything we could but that's
the Olympic Games, it can be tough.

'Devastated, obviously. We lost
winnable games. We worked so hard to get here.

'But we've got one more
game and we want to repay the crowd who have supported us with a win.

'We came into the tournament in the best shape of our lives but faced
two difficult opponents. We started well but couldn't keep the momentum.
Unfortunately we couldn't come back.'