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Stewart leaves British athletics under a cloud after coaching Mo Farah to gold

Stewart leaves British athletics under a cloud after coaching Farah to gold

Stewart was described by UKA as ‘a
vital cog in the machinery of British athletics for more than 20 years,
most notably as meeting director for the successful televised series
where Britain has built a reputation for hosting the best meetings in
the world, both indoors and outdoors’.

De Vos said last night: ‘Ian leaves us in great shape to take these events from strength to strength.

‘I’d like to thank him for his work and wish him well in his future career.’

Stewart was one of the world’s leading
distance runners during the late 1960s and mid-1970s. He won a 5,000m
bronze medal at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, adding to the European gold
he had captured three years earlier in Athens.

Tyson Fury fight with Denis Boytsov on December 1 OFF

Fury for heavyweight star Fury as Boytsov pulls out of December's eliminator



19:08 GMT, 5 November 2012

Tyson Fury is on the lookout for a new opponent after Denis Boytsov withdrew from their WBC heavyweight title eliminator on December 1.

The Russian was expected to represent a step up in class for Fury having won all 31 of his fights with 25 finishing inside the distance.

On the lookout: Tyson Fury must now find a new opponent for December 1

On the lookout: Tyson Fury must now find a new opponent for December 1

But Fury’s uncle and trainer Peter Fury confirmed on Monday night that Boytsov has withdrawn from the Belfast fight, though there remains a possibility the pair could clash in February.

Peter Fury tweeted: 'I'm sorry to announce Boytsov is out. We looking to reschedule the fight for mid feb. Boytsov said he needs more time to prepare for Tyson.'

He added: 'We are now on with another opponent for Dec 1st. That's all I know for now.'

Carlisle boss Abbott flies under the radar as Hull look to replace sacked Barmby

Carlisle boss Abbott flies under the radar as Hull look to replace sacked Barmby



22:37 GMT, 9 May 2012

Former Tiger: Abbott

Former Tiger: Abbott

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott has emerged as a shock contender to become new Hull City manager.

The 48-year-old just missed out on securing a play-off spot with the League One club this season – but has impressed the Hull board with the way he has worked with a minimal budget.

Abbott spent four years at Hull as player in the mid-nineties, making 124 league appearances for the Tigers.

Former Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is also on the shortlist.

Nigel Clough wants Liverpool defender Jack Robinson at Derby

Clough plans Rams raid for Liverpool starlet Robinson



08:50 GMT, 25 April 2012

Derby boss Nigel Clough is set to raid his former club Liverpool for promising young defender Jack Robinson.

Clough has watched Robinson in action for the Reds' reserves and hopes to take the 18-year-old left-back on loan for the whole of next season.

Robinson, who became the youngest ever first-team player for Liverpool when he came on against Hull as a 16-year-old in 2010, has played twice in the Carling Cup this season.

Target: Jack Robinson (sliding) is wanted by Derby boss Nigel Clough

Target: Jack Robinson (sliding) is wanted by Derby boss Nigel Clough

After coming through the ranks at Anfield, Robinson signed a long-term contract towards the end of last year.

He said at the time: 'I've just got to keep working hard in training. I can't just sit back on this contract.

'I've got to keep improving and showing people what I'm about.'

Clough, who was a Liverpool player between 1993 and 1996, has steered the Rams to a mid-table finish in the Championship.

Ipswich Town kit launch at the farm

VIDEO: No horsing around for Ipswich as Tractor Boys show off new kit at the farm



10:09 GMT, 10 April 2012

Heading for a lower mid-table finish in the Championship, it has been a disappointing season for Ipswich.

And with an 11th straight season in England’s second tier rubber stamped, the Tractor Boys have already gone back to the ‘finishing farm’ to prepare for the next campaign.

Easton Farm that is, where the ‘Tractor Boys Training Camp’ is based and enables first-team stars like Carlos Edwards to hone their skills in shooting, heading and dribbling.

Ipswich Town kit launch

Oh, and of course it’s also where the club has launched its new home and away kits for next season.

With club legend John Wark happy to help out with the shooting aspect, finding the back of the net should be a regular occurrence for Paul Jewell’s outfit in the future.

But judging by the ‘distractions’ affecting the players’ heading drills, we fear the Tractor Boys could be suspect when it comes to set-pieces next season.

At least they will look the part in their neat blue number with red trim though. Fans can order replicas of the new kits by visiting the club’s official website.

Robbie Savage says Steve Kean can keep Blackburn up

Kean can keep Blackburn up! Former Rovers star Savage backs under pressure boss

Former Blackburn midfielder Robbie Savage has come to the defence of Rovers boss Steve Kean and believes the under-fire Scot can keep the club in the Premier League.

Blackburn are inside the bottom three and have been involved in a relegation scrap all season.

Still going strong: Steve Kean has endured a tough tenure as Blackburn boss

Still going strong: Steve Kean has endured a tough tenure as Blackburn boss

Fans have shown their dissatisfaction by staging protests against the 44-year-old and club owners the Venky’s.

But Savage believes that the Glaswegian has performed well in difficult circumstances, including having to deal with outgoing stars and tight transfer restrictions, and is not getting the full credit he deserves.

‘It’s been Steve Kean against the world,’ Savage said. ‘He is a fantastic coach, and the players like him. How many teams go to Anfield and Old Trafford and pick up four points That was amazing.

‘They’ve got Yakubu who has done more than what anyone thought, they’ve played without [Chris] Samba and lost Ryan Nelsen to Spurs – he was injured.

‘David Dunn doesn’t play every week who is probably one of their most influential players and they’ve got a lot of young kids who have come through and done exceptionally well.

Time to go: Blackburn fans have staged protests against Kean and the Venky's for the majority of the season

Time to go: Blackburn fans have staged protests against Kean and the Venky's for the majority of the season

Kean was an unpopular choice to replace Sam Allardyce at Ewood Park after the current West Ham boss was sacked with the club mid-table in December 2010.

The Scot kept Rovers up on the final day of last season, but he has failed to win over the fans. A low point came in a 2-1 home defeat to Bolton before Christmas where Kean was victim of hostile protests from the home crowd during the game.

Savage, who played for Rovers between 2005 and 2008, believes the experience had made him a stronger manager and that he has the full support of the players going into the final stages of the season.

Backing five-a-side: Savage hopes to help develop more local football pitches for young players

Backing five-a-side: Savage hopes to help develop more local football pitches for young players

‘I respect him hugely with what he has been through, I think no manager deserves to go through that. I think he has answered a few critics. I believe he could keep them up over Wolves, Wigan and Bolton. I still speak to a few of the boys and there is togetherness at the club.

‘Steve Kean has turned it around and I was a critic of his. I just felt Blackburn were that bad at the beginning of the season.

‘The fans' hatred towards the club, not so much the players, and towards him was getting out of hand.

If I was him I would have walked but it takes a brave man to do what he has done and sit through it and believe what he is good at that and to prove that. Fair play to the guy.

‘I think after surviving that game against Bolton he probably has the safest job in the Premier League – if there is one!’

Blackburn, who are only in the bottom three on goal difference, host Aston Villa this weekend.

Robbie Savage has teamed up with Pepsi Max to launch ‘Transform Your Patch’ – a campaign which aims to regenerate around 165 outdoor spaces across the UK with the help of the public. To vote for Robbie Savage and 5 a side football pitches visit www.transformyourpatch.com

Giles Clarke poised for third term as ECB chairman

Clarke poised for unprecedented third term as ECB chairman

Giles Clarke is set to continue as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board until 2015.

ECB has announced Clarke has been
nominated for the role by the 18 first class counties and Marylebone
Cricket Club for the next term of office up to the organisation's annual
general meeting in 2015.

Top man: ECB chairman Giles Clarke

Top man: ECB chairman Giles Clarke

No other nominations were received and Clarke's candidacy will now be put forward for election by the 41 full members of the ECB. The result will be known in mid-March.

Clarke said: 'I am most grateful and honoured by the First Class Counties and MCC in being re-nominated for the role of ECB Chairman.'

David Cotterill record signing released by Swansea

Swansea release former record signing Cotterill on free transfer

Released: David Cotterill will ply his trade elsewhere

Released: David Cotterill will ply his trade elsewhere

Swansea have released David Cotterill only two years after making the winger their record signing.

The 24-year-old, who cost 600,000 when former manager Paulo Sousa signed him from Sheffield United in January 2010, had 18 months to run on his contract but has failed to make an appearance this season and leaves the club by mutual consent.

Boss Brendan Rodgers said: ‘Dave is a talent, but he needs to find a club where he will play regularly. He is still young enough to make an impact and I’m sure he will.’

Cotterill made a good start to life in south Wales, making 21 appearances in his first season, but he played only 16 times last term and has since had no luck in ousting Scott Sinclair from the left wing.

Swansea have been flying high without him, enjoying a first half of the season which left them safely in mid-table.

Although his 600,000 fee was the highest the club had paid at the time, the record was comfortably eclipsed by the 3.5m they splashed out on Danny Graham in June.

Sir Alex Ferguson at 70: The changing face of Manchester United boss

Then and now… The changing face of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates his 70th birthday on Saturday and, as these pictures show, he still has as much enthusiasm for the game now as he did managing St Mirren back in the mid-1970s.

The pictures are separated by decades, and offer a true illustration of the extraordinary longevity of the Scot.

Sir Alex Ferguson pictured when manager of St Mirren

Still enjoying his work: United boss Ferguson during training at Carrington on Friday