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Lennon and Conte come to blows Celtic Juventus

And tonight's main event…Wrestlemania II! After first leg farce, Celtic and Juve get set for another royal rumble in Turin

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Mick McManus (right)

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WHo's the Daddy Wrestler Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) poses up with some fans in the 1970s

WHo's the Daddy Wrestler Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) poses up with some fans in the 1970s

'Before the ball’s kicked, he’s not doing anything. He’s entitled to stand where he likes. So he’s talking nonsense.

'We were getting hauled back and the referee is looking straight at it.

'Are the rules different in Spain and Italy to what they are in Britain On that showing they must be.'

Striker Georgios Samaras echoed Lennon's words, saying he hopes the referee in the second leg can deal with the antics better.

'It wasn't fair, I think everybody saw that,' said Samaras, who missed the first leg. 'It is how they defend set-pieces, like most Italian teams.

'Hopefully, the referee will have his eyes more open tomorrow and see clearly what's going on and it can be a fair game.'

With his side being three goals ahead in the tie, Juventus boss Conte is likely to leave out defender Giorgio Chiellini who made his return from injury in the 1-1 draw with Napoli on Friday night after for nearly three months.

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Ring star: Hulk Hogan would have felt right at home in the Parkhead penalty box during the first leg visit of Juve

Celtic manager Neil Lennon gestures during the UEFA Champions League, Round of Sixteen match at Celtic Park, Glasgow.

Juventus coach Antonio Conte argues during the match against Genoa in their Serie A match in Turin

Verbals: Both Lennon and Conte have locked horns in the last few weeks, with different perceptions on events in the first leg at Celtic Park, which Juventus won 3-0

Pride of Leeds: WWF Wrestler The British Bulldog

Pride of Leeds: WWF Wrestler The British Bulldog

Martin Caceres and Nicolas Anelka (both back) are also a doubt, while Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe (all thigh) are all long-term injuries.

Celtic need a miracle, and were boosted by Georgios Samaras returning during the 2-1 defeat away to Motherwell in the SPL last Wednesday.

However, Scott Brown's ongoing abductor problems will force him to miss the trip. Swedish fullback Mikael Lustig (thigh) also looks set to sit the game out. Lennon hopes Charlie Mulgrew can feature at some stage after injury.

‘Charlie’s all right,’ said Lennon. ‘He trained yesterday but that was his first proper training session, so it might be a bit much to stick him in straight away. We’ll see how he is.’

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Bristol City 4 Peterborough 2 match report

Bristol City 4 Peterborough 2: Baldock masterclass sees off Posh

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18:21 GMT, 29 December 2012

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18:22 GMT, 29 December 2012

Bristol City striker Sam Baldock scored twice and set up another as his side recorded their first win at Ashton Gate since August against 10-man Peterborough.

The former West Ham man teed up Paul Anderson for the opener before grabbing two goals either side of Stephen McManus' header to end a nine-game winless run on home soil.

Posh, who had Lee Tomlin sent off early on, did draw level through Grant McCann and Dwight Gayle grabbed a late consolation but they were comfortably beaten by a City side who are now just three points from safety at the foot of the npower Championship.

Star: Baldock scored two and set up another for Bristol City

Star: Baldock scored two and set up another for Bristol City

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Bates, McManus, Cunningham, Adomah, Danns, Skuse, Anderson (Kilkenny 77), Foster (Bryan 52), Baldock, Stead (Davies 81).

Subs Not Used: Gerken, Fontaine, Taylor, Elliott.

Booked: Heaton, Baldock, Skuse.

Goals: Anderson 5, Baldock 37, McManus 59, Baldock 64 pen.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival (Brisley 50), Little, Boyd, McCann (Ferdinand 56), Newell (Swanson 62), Rowe, Tomlin, Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton.

Sent Off: Tomlin (12).

Booked: Zakuani.

Goals: McCann 19 pen, Gayle 89.

Att: 12,991

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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City boss Derek McInnes made one change from the side that was set to face Watford on Boxing Day before the conditions saw the match postponed, with Anderson in for Liam Fontaine and he took just five minutes to make an impact, nodding home Baldock's ball from close range.

And the former MK Dons striker should really have added his name to the scoresheet shortly after but he put his effort wide when through on goal.

The visitors had lost all 14 matches when they had conceded first this season and their chances of ending that run took a real blow in the 12th minute when in-form striker Tomlin was sent off.

The Posh forward was given a straight red card when he seemed to elbow City left-back Greg Cunningham.

But just seven minutes later Darren Ferguson's men were level when Tom Heaton fouled George Boyd after a poor header back to his keeper from Cunningham.

McCann stepped up and squeezed his spot-kick beyond the former Cardiff keeper to draw the 10 men level.

Anderson, making just his second
start of the season, could have been celebrating again in the 33rd
minute but he failed to convert Albert Adomah's low cross.

Penalty: McCann equalised from the spot for 10-man Posh

Penalty: McCann equalised from the spot for 10-man Posh

And it was no surprise that it was
Anderson and Baldock who combined to put their side back in the lead
eight minutes before the break. Baldock swapped passes with the former
Liverpool winger before beating Bobby Olejnik for his first goal in open
play for 16 games.

A minute before the break that man Baldock was at the heart of the action once more and the 23-year-old came inches away from grabbing his second of the match but his shot from six yards out crashed off the post.

The Robins, leading at the interval for the first time since October 20, looked to have put the game to bed just before the hour mark when McManus met Adomah's corner at the back post with a downward header.

Consolation: Dwight Gayle's goal was too little, too late for the visitors

Consolation: Dwight Gayle's goal was too little, too late for the visitors

Five minutes later the home side did made the points safe when Baldock sent Olejnik the wrong way to notch his ninth of the season from the penalty spot after Anderson was fouled by Michael Bostwick.

Peterborough continued to struggle against their rivals in the battle for survival and they could have been 5-1 down had Jon Stead's 35-yard thumping effort not hit the bar.

Just two minutes after replacing Stead it was Steven Davies' turn to rattle the woodwork from another Adomah cross.

Gayle then grabbed a late consolation with his 13th of the season, sliding in from close range, but it was too little too late.

Ipswich 1 Bristol City 1: Neil Danns, Tommy Smith score

Ipswich 1 Bristol City 1: Smith's stunning strike brightens drab draw

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17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

Ipswich came from behind to earn a point against fellow strugglers Bristol City at Portman Road, a draw which keeps the Tractor Boys five points clear of their opponents.

Derek McInnes' visitors took an early lead through a fine strike from Neil Danns before Tommy Smith acrobatically drew the home side level.

Great strike: Tommy Smith hooks home Ipswich's goal

Great strike: Tommy Smith hooks home Ipswich's goal

Match facts

IPSWICH: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 71), Campbell (Chopra 57). Subs not used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Hyam, Reo-Coker.

Goals: Smith 32

BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Bates, Cunningham, Adomah, Skuse (Elliott 84), Danns, Anderson (Baldock 84), Stead. Subs not used: Gerken, Wilson, Kilkenny, Davies, Bryan.

Goals: Danns 11

Referee: M Haywood

Att: 17,290

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Neither team could find a crucial winner to shake things up at the foot of the npower Championship in a low-key second half.

A much-changed City side were by far
the brighter team in the opening exchanges as they looked to make it
back-to-back away wins.

Paul Anderson, making his first start
for the club, had an opportunity after just four minutes but his
right-footed shot was blocked by Smith.

And they took a deserved lead in the
11th minute, when the Tractor Boys failed to clear the lines and Danns
took advantage with a fine low left-footed finish into the bottom corner
from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Tom Heaton made a fantastic save to keep their lead intact.

The former Cardiff keeper denied DJ
Campbell his ninth goal of the season before Liam Fontaine's vital
tackle blocked the QPR loanee's second effort.

Albert Adomah was the late hero at
Sheffield Wednesday in City's last away win but he wasted a great chance
in the 25th minute, firing wide after being found by Jon Stead.

The visitors had not kept a clean
sheet all season coming into this match so it was no surprise to their
240 travelling supporters when Ipswich drew level, Smith hooking Lee
Martin's corner into the top of the net in the 32nd minute.

City started the second half as they
had the first with Adomah forcing Stephen Henderson into a smart stop 30
seconds after the restart.

Adomah then turned provider when he set up Danns but the Leicester loanee's curling effort took a deflection and flew wide.

Town boss Mick McCarthy then
introduced Michael Chopra, who has a fantastic goalscoring record
against the Robins, for Campbell just before the hour mark as they
looked for their fourth win in their last five games.

But the next chance fell to the
visitors, Greg Cunningham, back in the side after a long-term injury,
heading Danns' cross wide when well placed.

At the other end the Championship's
leakiest defence came close to conceding yet again, Chopra's drilled
effort being kept out by Heaton after the former Newcastle man showed
good feet inside the box.

Neither side could carve out a real chance in the final minutes of a forgettable second half.

Bristol City 0 Derby 2: match report

Bristol City 0 Derby 2: Rams raid in double-quick time to end road woes

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17:31 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:31 GMT, 15 December 2012

Two goals in two first-half minutes gave play-off chasing Derby their first away win since October.

Jeff Hendrick volleyed Nigel Clough's side into the lead in the 34th minute before Craig Bryson nodded home a second to delight the 846 travelling fans.

Rams on the rise: Jeff Hendrick (centre) scores Derby's first goal

Rams on the rise: Jeff Hendrick (centre) scores Derby's first goal

Match facts

BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Foster, Bates (Cunningham 44), McManus, Fontaine, Adomah, Dannis, Elliott, Bryan (Stead 71), Baldock, Taylor (Davies 46). Subs not used: Geken, Wilson, Pearson, Anderson.

Booked: Davies.

DERBY: Legzdins, Brayford, O'Brien (Freeman 87), Keogh, Roberts, Coutts, Hendrick, Hughes (O'Connor 90), Jacobs, Bryson (Davies 68), Sammon. Subs not used: Fielding, Tyson, Robinson, Doyle.

Goals: Hendrick 34, Bryson 36

Booked: Coutts, Hendrick

Referee: Andy D'Urso

Att: 12,526

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The Rams had goalkeeper Adam Legzdins
to thank for keeping their two-goal lead intact though, pulling off a
string of fine stops to help his side to a rare away victory.

Derby made the trip to Ashton Gate
looking to end a run of four straight npower Championship defeats and
they almost made the perfect start within six minutes when Paul Coutts'
corner was met by the right foot of Michael Jacobs but Tom Heaton
superbly tipped his clever flick around the post.

Sam Baldock's two goals helped City
to record a vital victory at Hillsborough last weekend and a fine save
from Legzdins stopped him from scoring yet again after Ryan Taylor
picked out the former MK Dons striker.

And Taylor was involved in the home
side's next chance but Albert Adomah fired over the bar after the ball
was rolled into his path.

The Robins had conceded more goals
than any other side in the division coming into this match and they let
in their 44th of the campaign in the 34th minute when Jacobs' cross
found Hendrick on the edge of the six-yard box.

And just two minutes later that lead
was doubled when Gareth Roberts swung a ball in from the left wing that
Bryson nodded past Heaton from five yards out.

City almost found an instant
response just seconds later when Adomah rampaged forward and set up
Baldock but his effort was kept out by the quick reactions of Legzdins.

Derek McInnes shuffled his pack at
half-time with Taylor being replaced by top scorer Steve Davies as they
searched for their first home win since August 25, a run stretching back
eight games.

But the visitors, who came into this
clash just three points off a play-off place, had the first real chance
of the second half when Jacobs' effort from the edge of the box was
deflected wide by Stephen McManus.

Just two minutes later Davies headed
Adomah's corner wide from 12 yards out and in the 74th minute the Scot's
came close to his ninth of the season with a 20-yard curling effort
which was saved well by Legzdins.

City were really upping the ante and had another two chances in quick succession.

First Baldock fired over the bar
before Adomah's looping cross found defender Liam Fontaine and his
close-range header forced Legzdins into a superb save.

Bristol City striker Jon Stead made a
welcome return from injury for the Robins but his only real chance, a
long range effort with five minutes to go, was comfortably saved by the
Derby keeper.

And Legzdins was called into action once again minutes later to push away Adomah's volley.

Middlesbrough 2 Derby 2: Match report

Middlesbrough 2 Derby 2: Coutts leaves it late to grab Rams a point after Jutkiewicz brace

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20:47 GMT, 3 October 2012

Paul Coutts rescued a point for Derby late on after Lukas Jutkiewicz's brace looked to have earned Boro all three points.

Coutts struck three minutes from time after Jutkiewicz had netted twice for Tony Mowbray's men.

Theo Robinson gave Derby an early lead in the first half from the penalty spot but their advantage lasted just three minutes as Jutkiewicz grabbed his first of the night.

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Double trouble: Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz scored both his sides goals

Double trouble: Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz scored both his sides goals

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte,Hines, Bikey, Friend, Leadbitter, McEachran (Ledesma 65), Thomson (Zemmama 65), Bailey, Luke Williams, Jutkiewicz, Zemmama (Haroun 83).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, McManus, Parnaby, Smallwood.

Booked: Leadbitter.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 19, 81.

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 88), Coutts, Hendrick (Jacobs 83), Bryson, Hughes, Tyson (Sammon 58), Robinson.

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Bennett, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Booked: Brayford.

Goals: Robinson 16 pen, Coutts 87.

Attendance: 13,377

Referee: Michael Naylor

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Frankel"s fit to race: Sir Henry Cecil targets Lonkinge return for unbeaten colt

Frankel's fit to race: Cecil targets Lonkinge return for unbeaten colt

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19:58 GMT, 18 April 2012

Sir Henry Cecil says Frankel still has a chance of running in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 after a crucial scan showed no tendon damage in the foreleg he injured last week.

Cecil said: ‘I would like to make the Lockinge if possible. It is a long time for a horse like Frankel to hang around until (Royal) Ascot in the middle of June.’

Eyeing a return: Sir Henry Cecil says Frankel could compete at Newbury

Eyeing a return: Sir Henry Cecil says Frankel could compete at Newbury

Frankel, rated the best horse in the world last year, was injured when striking into his leg while galloping last Wednesday.

As rumours of his condition swirled, the BBC even announced that he had been retired during their Grand National coverage on Saturday. But Cecil, successful with Stipulate in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket yesterday, said he had always been optimistic of a positive prognosis.

Concern: Scans proved positive for Frankel

Concern: Scans proved positive for Frankel

Meanwhile, Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, is hopeful that Grand National runner-up Sunnyhillboy will be able to race next season despite undergoing an operation for a tendon injury.

McManus and his trainer Jonjo O’Neill suffered the heartbreak of losing Gold Cup winner Synchronised in the Aintree race.

Drastic surgery needed to save the nation"s favourite

Drastic surgery needed to save the nation's favourite after deaths overshadow race

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21:30 GMT, 15 April 2012

The British Horseracing Authority have promised a balanced and comprehensive review of the two horse deaths that scarred the John Smith’s Grand National for the second year running.

But when they have collated the statistics and reviewed the videos, the decisions they must take are to level out the drop on the landing side of fences, notably Becher’s Brook, and reduce the number of runners by up to a quarter.

Traditionalists will blanch at the prospect. Some will accuse me of betrayal of the sport on which I report, but after the deaths of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised and According To Pete, drastic surgery is necessary.

Tragic: Gold Cup winner Sychronised fell during the Grand National and was later put down

Tragic: Gold Cup winner Sychronised fell during the Grand National and was later put down

The aftermath of Saturday’s race should have been celebration. After four-and-a-half miles and 30 jumps, the John Hales-owned Neptune Collonges, the first grey to win for 51 years, had beaten Sunnyhillboy by the thickness of a cigarette paper under an inspired ride from Daryl Jacob to secure the trainer’s championship for Paul Nicholls.

Back in third, Katie Walsh on Seabass had secured the best ever finish for a female jockey.

But memories of a race that fired my love of the sport are joyless. They are the grief of Synchronised’s trainer Jonjo O’Neill and the grim faces of his owner JP McManus and officials.

On the opening day of the meeting, I wrote about the significant changes undertaken since both Dooney’s Gate and Ornais lost their lives a year ago.

Fatality: According to Pete also died as questions were once again asked about the race's safety

Fatality: According to Pete also died as questions were once again asked about the race's safety

They included beefed-up entry criteria to weed out potential risks as almost 250,000 was spent on a range of welfare measures.

Three fences were altered, including a
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Neck and neck: Neptune Collonges (near) and Sunnyhillboy fought out a thrilling finish

Both deaths on Saturday were tragic
accidents. Synchronised fell at Becher’s Brook but galloped on riderless
and jumped five fences until the stumble that broke his hind leg.
According To Pete had jumped Becher’s Brook on the second circuit when
he cannoned into the prostrate On His Own and broke a foreleg.

The key objective for the BHA must be to
have fewer fallers. More runners on their feet is the safest option and
it would not detract from the spectacle.

It wouldn’t make the race risk-free but would establish firmer foundations for a defence against those hell bent on its destruction. And it would still be just as exciting if 18 or 20 runners out of a line-up reduced from 40 to 30 crossed the Melling Road with a chance. Most of us who remember the victory of Bobbyjo in 1999 do not reflect on it as a lesser contest — yet only 32 runners lined up.

Success story: Daryl Jacob on Neptune Collonges

Success story: Daryl Jacob on Neptune Collonges

More can be done at Aintree and not just because we are concerned with the cosmetic appearance of the sport that has wider implications for jump racing.

More than 70,000 spectators were at Aintree on Saturday and the same number will be there next year no matter what happens.

But we should want to make changes — want to build on the welfare successes that have been achieved.

I want to be proud of the sport’s biggest day, just as I was of one aspect on Saturday.

A jockey ban for excessive use of the whip for a second successive year would have added to the furore but Jacob and, particularly, Richie McLernon on the tiring runner-up Sunnyhillboy performed with admirable professionalism in pursuit of the prize.

Their actions showed how seriously the current crop of competitors take their responsibilities to their mounts and the historic prize, when it would have been easy for them to recklessly chase victory at all costs.

Aintree and the BHA have shown the same responsibility in the last year. Their decisions now must be brave and bold.

Gold Cup winner Synchronised suffers fatal fall in Grand National

Gold Cup winner Synchronised suffers fatal fall in Grand National

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16:53 GMT, 14 April 2012

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner
Synchronised and According To Pete suffered fatal falls in the 2012 John
Smith's Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

Both horses fell at Becher's Brook.

Synchronised came to grief on the first circuit and According To Pete fell when jumping the fence on the second lap.

Fatal fall: Synchronised with jockey A.P McCoy inspecting the first fence

Fatal fall: Synchronised with jockey A.P McCoy inspecting the first fence

The well-backed Synchronised, a 10-1 chance, had caused a scare after the parade when unseating champion jockey Tony McCoy.

The horse was spooked by the start line, unshipped his partner and ran loose.

The JP McManus-owned nine-year-old was walked down to the start once he'd been caught and was checked over by a vet before being allowed to race.

Killyglen and Weird Al were also receiving treatment in the racecourse stable.

Putting the fatalities into perspective, two horses – Fox Hunt and Bronze Cannon – died in the Dubai Gold Cup, a Flat race which was added to the World Cup card this year. Grand Vent was also pulled up with an injury too and was treated by vets at the track.

Bradford 12 Leeds 4: Bulls condemn champs to third successive defeat

Bradford 12 Leeds 4: Win bonus for stricken Bulls are champions are defeated again

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00:22 GMT, 7 April 2012

Bradford chairman Peter Hood will this morning sit at his desk, calculator in hand, and do a final set of sums; by lunchtime he will announce the fate of one of rugby league’s biggest clubs.

For 10 days the Bulls have wrestled with concerns far greater than the local bragging rights this spirited display gave them. Odsal has not rocked like this for years, but it could yet still be to no avail.

Bulls pride: Ben Jeffries is mobbed after scoring his Bradford's second try

Bulls pride: Ben Jeffries is mobbed after scoring his Bradford's second try

In desperation, Bradford have been
asking the public for pledges of support in a bid to meet the first of
two 500,000 payments they need to stay in business. The squad has been
washing cars; past heroes have auctioned off medals and shirts.

Bulls coach Mick Potter said: ‘The
crowd was good tonight and that helps. I’d like to think that everything
is going to be OK, but you never know.’

Over at Odsal: Jamie Langley scores a second-half try

Over at Odsal: Jamie Langley scores a second-half try

That it has come to such drastic
measures only underlines rugby league’s startling lack of financial
muscle. This week Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell has labelled the sport
‘bankrupt’ and Eamonn McManus, his opposite number at St Helens, has
openly challenged the game’s leaders with his belief that a 14-club
Super League is unsustainable.

But last night’s 20,821 crowd
certainly made it hard to envisage a future without the club who were
world champions as recently as 2006, and their spirited display against
current premiers Leeds will give Potter plenty of on-field hope —
provided they can stay afloat.

Emotional win: Bradford players celebrate after Langley's try

Emotional win: Bradford players celebrate after Langley's try

Zak Hardaker’s try gave Leeds a
slender half-time lead, but Bradford slowly strangled their opposition
before landing the killer blows through Jamie Langley and Ben Jeffries.

Even indiscipline could not stop
them, with Olivier Elima’s yellow card and Bryn Hargreaves’s dismissal
still not providing Leeds with enough space to flourish.

Royce Simmons axed by St Helens

Simmons axed in St Helens shake up as Cunningham and Rush take temporary charge

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09:27 GMT, 19 March 2012

St Helens have parted company with head coach Royce Simmons just seven matches into the Stobart Super League season following the club's disastrous start.

Simmons, who was in the second year of a two-year contract, guided Saints to a fifth successive Grand Final last October but has paid the price for the club's worst ever run in the summer era.

Saturday's 12-8 loss at Bradford was their fourth straight defeat and they have taken just a point from their last five matches, their worst run since 1985.

Axed: St Helens have parted company with Royce SimmonsAxed: St Helens have parted company with Royce Simmons

Axed: St Helens have parted company with Royce Simmons

Simmons' right-hand man Kieron
Purtill has also stepped down and Saints have appointed head of
performance Mike Rush as acting head coach, with former captain Keiron
Cunningham as his assistant

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus
said: 'Our season has got off to a difficult start and it is best to
make change sooner rather than later.

'We have every faith in Mike Rush and
Keiron Cunningham. They each know the club inside out and have all the
experience together to take us forward.'