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Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by mutual consent

Ranger in shock St James' exit after leaving Newcastle by 'mutual consent'

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19:13 GMT, 1 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 1 March 2013

Nile Ranger

Troubled striker Nile Ranger has left Newcastle after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

The 21-year-old was in late January released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of rape.

A statement from the club tonight said: 'Newcastle United can confirm that Nile Ranger has today left the club by mutual consent.'

Ranger posted on his Twitter page that he is 'happy' at the decision.

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Gone: Troubled striker Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by 'mutual consent'

Gone: Troubled striker Nile Ranger has left Newcastle United by 'mutual consent'

Alerx McLeish quits as Nottingham Forest boss after just 41 days

McLeish does a Clough and walks out on Nottingham Forest after just 41 days

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11:16 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

11:34 GMT, 5 February 2013

Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest by mutual consent, the League Managers Association says.

The Scot was in charge of the Championship side for just 41 days and seven games, winning only one and losing four.

Gone: Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest manager

Gone: Alex McLeish has left Nottingham Forest manager

It is thought the reason behind McLeish's decision to leave Forest is interference from the club's Kuwaiti owners, the Al-Hasawi family, in team affairs.

McLeish, who replaced Sean O'Driscoll as manager on December 27, said via a statement on the club's official website, nottinghamforest.co.uk: 'I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period.

'But even so, it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.

'Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith. However, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company.'

Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi had denied claims that there was a bust-up with manager Alex McLeish following the club's lack of transfer activity on deadline day.

Reports circulated that McLeish, who did manage to secure the services of Kuwaiti goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi, was unhappy after George Boyd's proposed move collapsed at the 11th hour over what Peterborough described as an 'inconclusive eye test'.

Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi said: 'I'm bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out as we had hoped when he became our manager and I would like to put on record my thanks for his services to the Club and wish him every success in the future.'

McLeish's turbulent reign at the City Ground rekindled memories of Brian Clough's disastrous 44-day spell at Leeds United.

Clough was famously sacked by the Yorkshire club after falling out with the players and board but went on to lead Nottingham Forest to league and European Cup glory.

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Joey Barton is hoping to stay in Marseille for longer and terminate his contract at QPR

Barton and QPR ready to terminate contract and make French holiday permanent

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UPDATED:

11:19 GMT, 27 December 2012

Joey Barton could stay at Marseille for longer than his 12-month loan as it is understood QPR chiefs have encouraged him to terminate his contract by mutual consent.

He has won over the Olympique Marseille club and fans since going on loan at the end of August and, as he is still in receipt of almost 300,000 a month from his parent club.

QPR are keen to do both themselves and the Ligue 1 title challengers a favour and make him a free agent.

Barton has quickly become popular amongst Marseille supporters in his seven matches

Fans' favourite: Barton has quickly become popular amongst Marseille supporters in his seven matches

He has made seven appearances for Elie Baup’s side, and despite being banned from making his debut until late November, has certainly settled in.

According to Le Phoceen, QPR bosses have already spoken with Barton to raise the issue, and the player has gone on record to say he will not be returning to Loftus Road.

The controversial midfielder has lost nothing of his aggressive side since his move to France

No holding back: The controversial midfielder has lost nothing of his aggressive side since his move to France

The 30-year old may, however, choose to return to England or move elsewhere in Europe.

Valencia have previous reported interest and he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Marouane Fellaini at Everton.

Sir Alex Ferguson jokes he"ll need to good red wine for Jose Mourinho"s visit with Real Madrid

I'll get some good red wine for Jose! Fergie's thrilled with Ronaldo's return with Real in the Champions League

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17:10 GMT, 20 December 2012

FRIEND OR FOE

From that celebration at Old Trafford to sharing cups of tea… how Mourinho and Ferguson swapped fury for friendship

Sir Alex Ferguson has joked he will need to order a new supply of good red wine for Jose Mourinho’s visit to Old Trafford.

Manchester United drew Real Madrid in the pick of the ties in the Last 16 of the Champions League and the United manager is famous for inviting rival managers to his office for a glass of red wine after the game.

The two managers had a tradition of sharing a glass of red after their teams' encounters in the Premier League – though Ferguson described the first wine Mourinho ever provided him as being 'like paintstripper'.

Mourinho made amends with a 300 bottle of Portuguese red the next time around, and the last-16 match in the Champions League should be as mouthwatering as the wine.

Up for the cup: Sir Alex Ferguson is up against his old friend Jose Mourinho

Up for the cup: Sir Alex Ferguson is up against his old friend Jose Mourinho

The game will also bring former United winger Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford for the very first time since his 80million move to the Bernabeu in 2009.

Reacting to the draw Ferguson told United’s official website: ‘Well, it’s the tie of the round. It’s a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose again – I’ll need to order some good wine!’

Ferguson and Mourinho enjoy a warm relationship of mutual respect and rivalry.

Jose Mourinho famously first made his mark on Europe’s top competition at Old Trafford a decade ago when Porto knocked the Red Devils out en-route to winning the title.

Recently Ferguson said: ‘He is very intelligent, he has charisma, his players play for him, and he is a good looking guy.

Golden boy is back: Mourinho brings with him Cristiano Ronaldo, visiting Old Trafford for the first time since his record-breaking 80m move to Spain in 2009

Golden boy is back: Mourinho brings with him Cristiano Ronaldo, visiting Old Trafford for the first time since his record-breaking 80m move to Spain in 2009

'I think I have most of those things, too, apart from his good looks. He’s got a confidence about himself, saying “We’ll win this,” and “I’m the Special One”.

‘I could never come out and say we’re going to win this game. It’s maybe a wee bit of my Scottishness’

United will play the first leg at the Bernabeu on February 13 with the return at Old Trafford on March 5.

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Manchester United v Real Madrid: Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho relationship

From that celebration at Old Trafford to sharing cups of tea… how Mourinho and Ferguson swapped fury for friendship

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13:35 GMT, 20 December 2012

It started with flamboyance for one and pure fury for the other when Jose Mourinho danced down the Old Trafford touchline as his Porto side knocked Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United out of the Champions League in 2004.

Mourinho's exuberant reaction to Costinha's last-second winner opened England's eyes to a self-styled Special One – a debonair, sophisticated and astute manager who was surely destined to challenged United's Premier League hegemony.

But from Ferguson's ire that night blossomed an unlikely friendship and mutual admiration between two of the finest tacticians and motivators the game has ever seen.

Taking off: Jose Mourinho celebrates Porto's win over Manchester United at Old Trafford

Taking off: Jose Mourinho celebrates Porto's win over Manchester United at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho v Sir Alex Ferguson

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Just a fortnight ago, the pair shared tea at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester as Mourinho's Real Madrid passed through town to play City in the Champions League.

And only yesterday, Ferguson admitted for the first time that the Portuguese could be his heir at Old Trafford when he finally steps down.

But that friendship is likely to be tested in the new year as the last 16 of the Champions League again pits them against one another.

The two matches will be wonderful occasions, reigniting a classic rivalry between two famous clubs, with the meeting of Mourinho and Ferguson one of many sub-plots.

It started in 2004, when Mourinho's all-conquering Porto side stole a 2-1 first leg advantage over United in a round of 16, first leg tie.

How times change: Mourinho and Ferguson went on to establish a firm friendship

How times change: Mourinho and Ferguson went on to establish a firm friendship

Ferguson confronted his opposite number after Roy Keane was dismissed for apparently stamping on goalkeeper Vitor Baia late in the game and, according to Mourinho, refused to shake his hand.

Afterwards, Mourinho poured scorn on Ferguson's complaints, saying patronisingly: 'I understand why he is a bit emotional.

'You would be sad if your team gets as clearly dominated by opponents who have been built on 10 per cent of the budget.

In the second leg at Old Trafford, with United leading on away goals through Paul Scholes, Costinha struck late to send United crashing out.

Mourinho, the tension of the occasion bubbling away inside him, sprinted down the Old Trafford touchline to celebrate with his players and the travelling supporters. Ferguson didn't look amused by the young upstart.

Less so when the Portuguese went on to prove that win wasn't a fluke by taking Porto all the way, becoming the most courted manager in Europe.

Embrace: Ferguson and Mourinho were re-united when Inter Milan travelled to Old Trafford

Embrace: Ferguson and Mourinho were re-united when Inter Milan travelled to Old Trafford

And even less so when Mourinho turned up at nouveau riche Chelsea in 2004, proclaiming: 'Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.'

Ferguson later reflected: ‘I remember his first press conference [at Chelsea] and I thought, “Christ, he’s a cocky b*****, him”. He was telling the players, “Look, I’m the special one, we don’t lose games”.
'Bloody hell, coming to England, he is only a young man and saying he is the special one! But it told all the players to have the belief they were going to win the league.’

As Chelsea changed the landscape of English football, winning successive Premier League titles and recording a number of victories over United to hammer home their superiority, the two managers, oddly, grew closer.

They found a range of shared interests, such as fine wine, but predominantly a mutual passion for winning football matches.

Mourinho wasn't a quiet or placid character during his time in England, picking fights and arguments with the likes of Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez and even United's Cristiano Ronaldo (who had 'no education' apparently) – but never with Ferguson.

Still got it: Mourinho was back to his old tricks as Real Madrid beat Manchester City in the Champions League

Still got it: Mourinho was back to his old tricks as Real Madrid beat Manchester City in the Champions League

In fact, his air was almost deferential, regarding Ferguson as 'The Boss' and absorbing Ferguson's managerial nuances while in his company.

When United and Chelsea were neck-and-neck in the title race, Mourinho simply wouldn't engage in Ferguson's mind games.

On the touchline, even on the occasions when Chelsea would outplay United 3-0, there was a warmth in the handshakes and embraces, plus a very cordial relationship behind the scenes.

Things fizzled out in the on-field battle when Mourinho was ushered out of Stamford Bridge in the autumn of 2007, but they remained in touch.

He'd had the final say by beating United in the FA Cup final, but the Premier League trophy was securely back under lock and key in Manchester.

Ferguson was sad to see him go: 'Jose leaving is a disappointment for the game. I think he was terrific for football and, of course, for Chelsea.

Partners: Mourinho will be aided by former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo against United

Partners: Mourinho will be aided by former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo against United

'I enjoyed the competition with him and I think he brought something fresh and new to our game. I just don't know what I'm going to do with my wine now!'

There has been one skirmish since, in 2009, when United comfortably knocked Jose's Inter Milan out of the Champions League en route to the final.

It was like friends reunited, fuelling speculation, that refuses to die down even now, that Mourinho cultivated his friendship with Ferguson with an eye on being his successor.

He makes no secret of wanting to return to the Premier League at some point and Ferguson seems to approve.

'He can manage anywhere, absolutely,' the Scot said recently. 'I'm not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club. I won't last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that.'

With 21 trophies in his decade in the dugout, Mourinho certainly looks the right fit to carry on Ferguson's dynasty.

But that can wait. For now, there are more pressing matters to attend to – two great European nights early next year.

Mourinho's complete record against Ferguson

Competition
Round
Date
Team
Opponent
For
Against
Result
Venue
Champions League
Round of 16
25/02/2004
Porto
Man Utd
2
1
W
H
Champions LeagueRound of 16
09/03/2004Porto
Man Utd1
1
D
A
Premier League
1
15/08/2004Chelsea
Man Utd1
0
W
H
League Cup
Semi-final
12/01/2005ChelseaMan Utd0
0
D
H
League Cup
Semi-final
26/01/2005ChelseaMan Utd2
1
W
A
Premier League33
10/05/2005ChelseaMan Utd3
1
W
A
Premier League12
06/11/2005ChelseaMan Utd0
1
L
A
Premier League37
29/04/2006ChelseaMan Utd3
0
W
H
Premier League14
26/11/2006ChelseaMan Utd1
1
D
A
Premier League34
09/05/2007ChelseaMan Utd0
0
D
H
FA Cup
Final
19/05/2007ChelseaMan Utd1
0
W
N
Community Shield
Final
05/08/2007ChelseaMan Utd1
1
D
N
Champions LeagueRound of 16
24/02/2009Inter Milan
Man Utd0
0
D
H
Champions League
Round of 16
11/03/2009Inter MilanMan Utd0
2
L
A

Lewis Hamilton set for Mercedes life without Norbert Haug as Mercedes chief quits

Hamilton set for life without ally Haug as Mercedes chief leaves Silver Arrows

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15:53 GMT, 13 December 2012

Lewis Hamilton will be without the friendly face of close ally Norbert Haug to welcome him to Mercedes after it was announced the 60-year-old is to leave his role as head of motorsport for the German car giant.

Haug has held the role for 22 years but will leave 'by mutual consent' at the end of the month.

His departure comes two months after the appointment of three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda as non-executive director, his principle role being to liaise between the Mercedes' board and their Brackley-based Formula One operation.

Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month

Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month

Lauda was instrumental in persuading Hamilton to turn his back on McLaren to accept the challenge of turning Mercedes into Formula One frontrunners.

But Hamilton has a long-standing relationship with Haug and his departure is likely to make his transition from McLaren to Mercedes that little bit more taxing.

Haug was part of the McLaren set-up when Hamilton entered Formula One in 2007 and when he went on to take the drivers' title the following year.

But despite Mercedes managing only one win since return to grand prix racing three years' ago, Haug is adamant Hamilton can look forward to a bright future with his new team.

He said: 'Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula 1 works team in 2010, we couldn't fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.'

Twickenham crowd must match Welsh noise makers – Chris Foy

Crowd at HQ must roar to silence wails of the Welsh

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23:22 GMT, 6 December 2012

It must be some kind of record. Almost three years before England v Wales at the next World Cup and the mutual antagonism is already evident.

When the draw was made on Monday for the
2015 tournament, Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Roger Lewis caught
the host nation on the hop by offering to stage the Pool A clash between
the old foes in Cardiff. England’s stunned response was of the ‘thanks,
but no thanks’ variety.

Let’s cut through the sabre-rattling here. The game will not take place in Cardiff. That scenario is unthinkable. It is England’s event and although much is made of the organisers being independent of the RFU, conceding home advantage to their near neighbours is a non-starter.

Turn it up: Twickenham Stadium needs to bring the noise against Wales

Turn it up: Twickenham Stadium needs to bring the noise against Wales

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The Millennium Stadium will be used as a World Cup venue on the simple basis that it suits English requirements. It satisfies the need for a geographical spread of matches. The West Country has a passion for rugby but lacks big stadiums, so taking games to Cardiff ticks a strategic box.

While there is no realistic prospect of England v Wales taking place there, Lewis will lobby strongly for the Millennium Stadium to host Wales v Australia. He will press his point on the basis that the home of Welsh rugby is ‘the best rugby stadium in the world’. He’s right. It is.

Located in the heart of Cardiff, on matchdays it is the heart of Cardiff, with a loud pulse all of its own. Twickenham is bigger, but the Millennium’s stands are steeper and closer, creating an intensity of atmosphere which is enhanced when the roof is shut.

So much is about the people. In Cardiff, there is fervent support, in London it is more passive.

Many Twickenham patrons turn up to be entertained, as if at the opera, while their Welsh counterparts embrace an interactive experience. There are contrasting demographics and they create a contrasting backdrop.

England’s players talk dutifully of wonderful support, but in truth they largely have to perform for their crowd, rather than feed off vocal backing.

Even when the hordes responded to the Haka last Saturday by singing Swing Low, there was one full-throttle rendition, then an almost apologetic second take which petered out into murmuring near-silence.

Ultimately, the England v Wales pool game at the World Cup won’t be staged at the Millennium, but perhaps the away players from the ‘host’ nation would be more inspired by the commotion if it was.

Commotion: There is normally a great atmosphere in the Millenium Stadium

Commotion: There is normally a great atmosphere in the Millenium Stadium

How are the Lions looking

Now that the dust has settled on the autumn Tests, it’s another opportune moment to predict how the Lions might line up for their first Test against Australia in June.

Based partly on form and partly on long-standing personal preference, a possible matchday 23 is listed below. One striking factor is the physical power of what would surely be the most imposing threequarter line the Lions have ever mustered, plus a bench role for that great wasted Welsh talent, James Hook.

Chris Foy’s latest Lions matchday Test squad: Halfpenny; Visser, Tuilagi, Roberts, North; Sexton, B Youngs; Healy, Hartley, Cole; Parling, Gray; Wood, Heaslip, Warburton (capt). Replacements: Best, Corbisiero, A Jones, Lawes, Robshaw, Phillips, Hook, Foden.

Wasted talent: Chris Foy would include James Hook on the bench

Wasted talent: Chris Foy would include James Hook on the bench

Captain Chris tackles his critics

Among modern sporting cliches, ‘he does his talking on the pitch’ is particularly well-worn, but it was a fitting summary of Chris Robshaw’s defiant work last weekend.

He had been lambasted for a close call at the end of England’s defeat against South Africa, but the national captain presented a stoic face and responded with stirring deeds in the epic win over New Zealand.

Once again, his leadership was confirmed by the raft of post-match data, which showed he was England’s leading carrier and second in the tackle count, with 19, missing none. What was most illuminating was that Robshaw hit 27 rucks, while blindside flanker Tom Wood led that list with 39.

This indicates that the back-row balance was right. Put these two together and they cover all bases required of a 6-7 combination, with a blurring of the demarcation lines, which works well.

This may present problems for Tom Croft when he is fit to press for a recall, as the rangy Tiger is a different beast entirely and his lesser impact at the breakdown means he may struggle to break up the Wood-Robshaw axis.

Stepping up: Chris Robshaw showed his worth against the All Blacks

Stepping up: Chris Robshaw showed his worth against the All Blacks

The Last Word

One of the most daunting challenges for World Cup organisers will be to sell out large stadiums in the north, but it appears the RFU aren’t rushing to assist. There have been suggestions that, prior to the tournament, a major Test could be relocated to a northern venue such as Old Trafford, but that concept now appears to be on ice. The reason is — shock, horror — money.

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said: ‘There are financial imperatives. If Xmillion doesn’t come in because we don’t play at Twickenham, how many regional development officers is that worth I don’t think we would be dashing to do it (play in the north).

Also, is a single match really going to transform things’

First of all, it is outrageously simplistic to say moving a Test up north = less revenue = reduction in grass-roots funding. The RFU spend a lot of money on a lot of things, not just development officers. Old Trafford’s capacity is only 6,000 below Twickenham’s and it has ample corporate facilities, so why not take a modest monetary ‘hit’ for the good of the game The answer is tied up in considerations such as the debenture scheme at HQ, which discourages an ‘away-day’ Test.

Ritchie cannot dismiss that concept, then argue — as he did — that taking the Saxons up north is a viable solution. Only the senior team against ‘A’-list rivals will have the desired effect.

Diego Arismendi contract terminated at Stoke

2.6m Uruguayan misfit Arismendi leaves Stoke after playing FIVE games

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21:21 GMT, 30 November 2012

Stoke City have terminated the contract of Uruguyan midfielder Diego Arismendi by mutual consent.

The 24-year-old only made five appearances for the first team after joining in 2009 from Club Nacional for 2.6million.

The Potters' chief executive Tony Scholes said: 'It has been an incredibly frustrating time for everyone because he came over here with such high hopes of making a name for himself in English football, but it clearly hasn't worked out that way for him.

Going home: Diego Arismendi will head back to Uruguay

Going home: Diego Arismendi will head back to Uruguay

'His contract with the club would have come to an end next summer, but with him not in our 25 man Premier League squad and little prospect of another loan move, it was in the interests of both parties for us to terminate his agreement now.

'Diego will be returning to Uruguay immediately, so we would like to wish him all the best in finding a new club to get his career up and running again.'

The South American had three loan spells during his time here, at Brighton, Barnsley and Huddersfield.

But perhaps he was best known in England off the field, for being branded a noise pest by his neighbour Dr Muhammad Khan in 2010.

The doctor complained that Arismendi regularly played loud music until the early morning and it even sounded like he was playing football in his flat.

Khan said he had no option but to move out, although after being made aware of the complaints Arismendi said: 'I don't think I am being noisy.'

Jen Chang sacked by Liverpool

SACKED: The PR man brought in to boost Liverpool's image pays price for string of threats over spoof Twitter account

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UPDATED:

15:34 GMT, 16 November 2012

Why Chang had to go…

Scroll down to read Charles Sale's verdict on the mess at Liverpool

Liverpool's controversial communications director Jen Chang has left the club following the Twitter storm with spoof blogger 'Duncan Jenkins'.

The club were forced to apologise to Jenkins, real name Sean Cummins, for the 'inappropriate actions' of Chang, after they met in a Manchester restaurant.

Chang was tipped to leave his post earlier this week in Charles Sale's Sports Agenda column.

Axed: Liverpool's communications director Jen Chang has left the club

Axed: Liverpool's communications director Jen Chang has left the club

Meeting: Chang and Cummins pictured on CCTV at the Manchester restaurant

Meeting: Chang and Cummins pictured on CCTV at the Manchester restaurant

A club statement read: 'Jen Chang has left Liverpool Football Club by mutual consent and has returned to the US for family reasons,” said a Liverpool spokesman.

'Jen brought a fresh perspective to the overall communications function through the use of a variety of media channels, including social media and blogs.

'He reviewed and refocused the Liverpool Ladies and created a new impetus in relation to their structure, organisation and future playing strategy.

'We would like to thank Jen for his contribution to Liverpool Football Club during his time here and wish him well in his future career back in the US.

'Jen would like to thank everyone he has worked with during his time at Liverpool for their support and respect and wishes the club every success.'

Chang wrongly believed inside information used by Cummins on Twitter had been fed to him by an Anfield mole.

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Exclusive: Sportsmail's Charles Sale revealed Chang's return was in doubt earlier this week

Exclusive: Sportsmail revealed Chang's return was in doubt earlier this week

Cummins pointed out that all his information was lifted from fans' forums.

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The fan then alleged in a blog that Chang made a series of threats to him, which included revoking his shared season ticket.

After accusing Cummins of costing the
club 300,000 extra in the Fabio Borini transfer from Roma this summer
because of 'information' posted on the Jenkins Twitter feed, Cummins pointed out that all his information was lifted from fans' forums.

It is then alleged that Chang demanded he tweet under the fake account to 'confess' there was no mole and the whole account was made up.

After Cummins complained, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre spoke to both men before apologising for Chang’s error.

In his letter to Cummins he wrote: ‘I acknowledge some of the elements you highlight were not appropriate. I would therefore like to apologise to you on behalf of Liverpool FC, for any upset and distress this caused you.’

'Clearly it is not appropriate for me to comment on how the club is managing this internally, and I trust you understand this.'

Chang has been in New York sorting out
the family home after Hurricane Sandy.

Why Chang had to go, by Charles Sale

Charles Sale

Jen Chang’s departure from Liverpool was inevitable ever since the communications director’s highly ill-advised harassment of fan Sean Cummins was made public.

The only surprise is that it has taken so long for his exit to be announced, especially after an investigation into the incident by managing director Ian Ayre led to the club writing a letter of apology to Cummins for the inappropriate actions of the club official.

The club statement today mentions Chang leaving by mutual consent and returning to the United States for family reasons.

But earlier in the week Chang was said to have gone to New York only to sort out the family home after the power loss caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Liverpool, whose PR has been a mess ever since the Luis Suarez racism saga was handled so badly inside Anfield, now cannot afford to appoint another communications chief as patently unsuited for the post as Chang.

And the fact that Chang was yet to relocate his wife and children from America to Merseyside suggests he had his doubts about his long-term future at Anfield as well.

The signs that Chang would never be the right fit for Liverpool were evident before he joined the club.

The ex-journalist’s last article for Sports Illustrated before starting his spin doctor responsibilities at Anfield was a glowing tribute to the way Everton manager David Moyes utilises performance data.

Drink drive killer goalkeeper Luke McCormick plays first game for Truro City

Drink-drive killer keeper McCormick plays first game in four years after joining Truro

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UPDATED:

10:31 GMT, 11 November 2012

Goalkeeper Luke McCormick played his first match on Saturday since being released from prison for killing two children in a car crash over four years ago.

The 29-year-old featured for non-league Truro City as they lost 3-2 in their FA Trophy clash at Blue Square Bet South league rivals Farnborough FC in Hampshire on Saturday.

He was jailed in October 2008 after he admitted causing the deaths of Arron Peak, 10, and Ben Peak, 8, on the M6 in Staffordshire having been drunk behind the wheel.

Back in business: Luke McCormick played his first game in over four years after being released from prison in June

Back in business: Luke McCormick played his first game in over four years after being released from prison in June

McCormick was twice the drink-driving limit when the crash happened as he was returning from former team-mate David Norris’s wedding in Bolton.

Arron and Ben were travelling to Silverstone racetrack for a day out with their father and three friends when their Toyota Previa people-carrier was hit by McCormick’s Range Rover at 5.44am on June 7.

Truro were desperately in need of a goalkeeper after regular stopper Tim Sandercombe was injured last week.

McCormick was playing for Plymouth Argyle at the time of the car crash and his contract was terminated by mutual consent after he had been charged and bailed.

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His last match was for the club in May 2008 against Wolves.

Paulo Di Canio brought him in to train with Swindon during the summer but released him in August.

'We were happy to help a person who had paid his price,' said the Italian manager.

'But I don't think it was right to sign him as we are not a recovery clinic.'

McCormick was been released from jail just one day before the fourth anniversary of the boys’ deaths.

Amanda and Phil Peak, parents of the two children who lost their lives, revealed their hurt at the timing of McCormick’s release.

Angry: Phillip Peak and Amanda Peak were upset with the timing of McCormick's release

Angry: Phillip Peak and Amanda Peak were upset with the timing of McCormick's release

Mrs Peak said: ‘On a day when we should have been remembering our precious little boys, all we’ll be doing is thinking, “that b******’s got his freedom back”.'

‘To hear he was being let out on that date, it was honestly almost as bad as the day I found out I had lost them both — it’s a catastrophic insult.

‘What would a few extra days mean He has already only served half his sentence.’

Mrs Peak also said she wanted to confront McCormick. She said: ‘I want to look him in the eye to see if he’s remorseful, because that’s the only way I’ll be able to tell.’

Mr Peak, from Partington in Manchester, was at the wheel of the Toyota and suffered serious injuries that left him in a wheelchair.

Not taken on: McCormick was on trial at Swindon but Paulo Di Canio let him go

Not taken on: McCormick was on trial at Swindon but Paulo Di Canio let him go