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Alex McLeish set to beat Roy Keane to Nottingham Forest job

McLeish emerges as the favourite to take Forest job ahead of old boy Keane

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12:32 GMT, 27 December 2012

Alex McLeish has emerged as a serious contender for the vacant Nottingham Forest post after bookmakers slashed his odds this morning.

The former Aston Villa boss was a rank outsider with Roy Keane leading the running for the post which was surprisingly left open following Sean O'Driscoll's shock departure.

McLeish has been out of work for eight months after losing his job at Villa Park. However, with Blackburn Rovers also looking for a manger, the Scot is also likely to be interested in a position at Ewood Park.

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

The ex-Villa and Birmingham City chief retains a base in the Midlands and would have little trouble stepping into the role after Forest's owners, the Al-Hasawis, took the decision to axe O'Driscoll and his odds have tumbled this morning.

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

The Kuwaitis have confirmed that they have a meeting with a manager of Premier League experience today and that points towards McLeish being the man most likely at present to succeed O'Driscoll.

However Keane, who was in the crowd to watch Forest defeat Leeds 4-2 yesterday, is aso out-of-work following his sacking by Ipswich Town and remains among the favourites with the bookmakers for the role.

UK Snooker Championships 2012: Luca Brecel beats Mark King

Teenager Brecel reaches quarter-finals after coming from behind to see off King

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23:23 GMT, 5 December 2012

Luca Brecel believes he can strip the absent Ronnie O'Sullivan of one of his proudest records by winning the williamhill.com UK Championship.

The 17-year-old Belgian is a surprise quarter-finalist in York, having come from 3-0 behind to beat Mark King 6-4.

And now fearless Brecel has the title in his sights, warning that his tough streak makes him a threat to anyone left in the tournament, including next opponent Shaun Murphy.

Sensation: Luca Brecel wants to break Ronnie O'Sullivan's record in York

Sensation: Luca Brecel wants to break Ronnie O'Sullivan's record in York

Before the tournament, Brecel was a 100-1 outsider. He would be the youngest winner of a ranking event, beating O'Sullivan's record of 17 years and 358 days, set when he landed the 1993 UK title.

O'Sullivan is taking a break from snooker, with speculation circling that he could return for the World Championship in April.

Brecel, who turned 17 in March, said of his chances this week: 'I can win, but we'll see what happens.'

The teenager felt he played to only 20 per cent of his ability against King and accepts more will be required to be competitive against an in-form Murphy.

But his confidence around the table at the Barbican Centre shone through today, as it did in the first round against Ricky Walden.

And providing that remains unshaken, he could trouble the 2005 world champion.

At 3-0 down to King lesser players would have crumbled, but Brecel won five frames in a row, making two breaks of 65, a 78 and an 80.

'I'm a fighter, so I wasn't surprised. I was surprised how badly I've played in the first two matches,' he said.

Brecel bears few physical characteristics of a pugilist, but struck a fists-up pose when his claim was questioned.

'I am,' he said. 'I'm very tough.'

Eyes on the competition: Brecel watches Mark King line up his shot

Eyes on the competition: Brecel watches Mark King line up his shot

Romford potter King, 38, was hopelessly off his game in the closing stages and admitted as much.

'It was awful,' King said. 'I just didn't get going at all today and that is one of the main reasons I've never won a ranking event.

'One day I'll play really well and the next I'm like a bag of spuds. He half got going. It's my own fault – end of story.'

King had a parting shot for Brecel, saying: 'If he plays like that against Shaun Murphy he won't win a frame.'

A brilliant long red from Brecel made victory certain, and for King it was a second painful and costly defeat to the youngster this year, having been beaten 10-8 in April in the final round of World Championship qualifying.

The second win for Brecel was as sweet as the first, which took him to the Crucible.

Brecel said of the success: 'It's amazing, unbelievable. After three frames I was feeling very bad and I wanted to go home. But in the fourth frame everything changed.

Wonderkid: Brecel came from 3-0 down to win the match

Wonderkid: Brecel came from 3-0 down to win the match

'It was an amazing moment at the end. I'm still not playing well so hopefully in the next game I can play a bit better.'

Mark Selby came through his second-round test in similar circumstances, sliding 3-0 adrift against Wales' Ryan Day but recovering to win 6-4, and the Leicester man will replace Judd Trump as world number one if he reaches the final.

Like Brecel, Selby struggled to pot a ball early on, but he found form and come the closing stages it was Day missing regularly.

'The way the match started I don't think it could have got any worse,' Selby, 29, said. 'I was expecting the light to go off halfway through, I thought I was at a social club.

'I feel as if my game is there and it's all about having the confidence and belief to take it out on the table.'

Neil Robertson and Barry Hawkins were in action tonight, vying for the right to play Selby, with John Higgins taking on Mark Davis on the other table as the second round came to its conclusion.

Paula Radcliffe won"t retire yet

Just to run with my kids would be enough, admits Radcliffe after triple operation

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22:30 GMT, 26 November 2012

On August 5, 2012 Paula Radcliffe sat in a London hotel room and watched Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia win gold in the women’s marathon in a time of two hours, 23.07 minutes, an Olympic record.

Tears start to form in Radcliffe’s wide, pale blue eyes at the memory. That was meant to be her race, in her country; her final opportunity to add Olympic glory to world championship success and world records of a glittering long-distance running career; her time to bury the memories of Athens and Beijing. And then the tears start to fall.

‘There’s a lot more suffering in the world and people put up with a lot more than me just missing a race,’ she says. ‘But, yes, it was hard. I think I could have handled that for one Olympics and maybe for two. But for three It just felt really unfair.

Tears: Paula Radcliffe finished the 2008 Olympic marathon in 23rd place

Tears: Paula Radcliffe finished the 2008 Olympic marathon in 23rd place

‘One of the most frustrating things was that I felt I was in good enough shape to run 2.19 or 2.20. That made me feel even sadder because it wasn’t as if they were miles ahead and I would only have been running for top five or top six. I could have been in there fighting for it.

‘You just think, why couldn’t the Games have just been six weeks earlier Sometimes it all felt like a bad dream and I would wake up to discover I could actually do it.’

While Great Britain basked in an incredible year of sport, the woman who has been a figurehead for so long was an outsider, looking in. Some 10 days before the Games, the cartilage between the navicular and talus on the top of Radcliffe’s left foot cracked; the repercussions of an undiagnosed stress fracture sustained in 1994 were taking their toll.

Recovering: Radcliffe's injured foot

Recovering: Radcliffe's injured foot

The bones in the foot were rubbing against each other, causing pain that was so bad Radcliffe was told she may never run again.

‘It was hard because it was the end of the Olympics for me,’ she says, her voice faltering again. ‘It was hard because it was the Olympics in London. Then to see what a brilliant atmosphere it was …it would have been amazing to be able to run in that.’

Instead, on August 22 in California, Radcliffe had three operations on her left foot: a bone graft to correct the stress fracture, a procedure to separate two bones that had fused together and a micro-fracture to stimulate the cracked cartilage.

She was ‘immobilised’ for 10 weeks and then forced to use a knee scooter to get down to the beach to go aqua-jogging to help her rehabilitation.

When we met last weekend in Barcelona, where the IAAF were holding the World Athlete of the Year awards, Radcliffe still could not run. She is hopeful she will be back jogging before Christmas, but there are no guarantees.

The 2013 London Marathon — 10 years after she smashed the world record in the race — is almost certain to come too soon. But she will battle on, as always.

Nobody could have criticised Radcliffe for calling time on her career at the age of 38.

She admits this was her immediate instinct, but two things changed her mind and forced her to have the operations. The thought of not being able to run — recreationally and with her children Isla, five, and Raphael, two — was unbearable.

All smiles: Radcliffe has had to go through extensive rehabilitation

All smiles: Radcliffe has had to go through extensive rehabilitation

‘I’ve always run,’ she says, simply. But Radcliffe is even more determined to ‘finish by finishing a race’. It does not necessarily have to be a major championship, although the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow or the 2014 London Marathon would be preferable, but she knows she has to sign off properly and on her terms.

She recalls: ‘I said to Gary, my husband, “That’s it. I’m not going to do this any more. It’s too many times I’ve been kicked down”. Then I got this feeling that I have to at least finish a race.

‘Even if I never manage to get back to elite level, I still want to be able to run with my kids. I’ve realised my potential and won world championships. It’s just the Olympics that’s going to be sad for me.’

Camelot fails to win St Leger and Triple Crown

Camelot denied historic Triple Crown as 25/1 outsider Encke wins St Leger

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14:59 GMT, 15 September 2012

Camelot failed in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Nijinsky in 1970 as Encke claimed the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster.

Camelot, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Joseph O'Brien, raced towards the rear through the early stages but made smooth progress at the half-mile pole.

All seemed to be going well as he was eased out to make his challenge two furlongs from home but Mickael Barzalona appeared to steal a slight march on Mahmood Al Zarooni's 25-1 chance Encke, who went clear.

Denied: Camelot, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, failed to win the St Leger

Denied: Camelot, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, failed to win the St Leger

Camelot (2-5 favourite) gave chase but never looked like he would quite get there, finishing three-quarters of a length in arrears.

Wimbledon 2012: Martin Samuel – Give respect to Andy Murray

Pay attention and give respect to the man from nowhere

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23:02 GMT, 6 July 2012

Do you know the most wonderful thing
about Andy Murray He’s Scottish. Now a lot of people don’t agree with
that. They think Murray’s monotone brogue, his roots, his loyalties, are
absolutely the worst of him.

They think it makes him dour and
chippy and they are convinced by this myth that he hates the English.
They drink it all in and then they hate him back, because they genuinely believe he is as small-minded and petty as they are.

Relief: Andy Murray points to the sky after winning the match

Relief: Andy Murray points to the sky after winning the match

Battle: The fourth set was an epic tussle

Battle: The fourth set was an epic tussle

And they do not understand, and never will understand, that it is precisely Murray’s otherness, his uniqueness, his outsider status, that has taken him to where he will be on Sunday: the men’s singles final at Wimbledon.

If he was typical, if he was the standard issue British tennis player, he would not be where a fellow national has not stood since 1938.

Bunny Austin was the name. He was a bit of a rebel, too — he played in shorts rather than in clothes better suited to the set of Brideshead Revisited.

Even so, that cognomen is a bit of a giveaway. Bunny. There are not too many get called Bunny in Murray’s part of the world.

Applause: Murray laps up the adulation of the fans

Applause: Murray laps up the adulation of the fans

Tough luck: Murray and Jo-Wilfried Songa in conversation after the match

Tough luck: Murray and Jo-Wilfried Songa in conversation after the match

Austin was a Cambridge man and a public
schoolboy. He would have had a lot in common with many of the
ineffectual characters that followed him, to little purpose, at
Wimbledon; less with the strangely driven Murray brothers from Dunblane.

In picturing how Murray got to Centre Court on Sunday, one first has to
imagine the two of them, Jamie and Andy, as proteges on the junior
circuit.

‘Every competition seemed to take place about six hours from where we
lived,’ Andy once told me. ‘We were outsiders all the time, so we became
our own little team.

‘There was nothing in Scotland. No tournaments and no players. That is
very unusual in tennis, to have someone come through from a country
without pedigree. I had Tim Henman to look up to and that definitely
helped, but nobody with my background.

Crucial: Andy Murray celebrates winning a vital game

Crucial: Andy Murray celebrates winning a vital game

Good start: Murray got off to a fine opening

Good start: Murray got off to a fine opening

ROGER FEDERER v ANDY MURRAY

7 Head-to-head 8

30 Age 25

Birthplace

Basel, Switzerland Dunblane, Scotland

6'1″ Height 6'3″

187lbs (85 kg) Weight 185lbs (84 kg)

1998 Turned Pro 2005

39/6 This year Won/Lost 26/9

846/192 Career Won/Lost 349/116

74 Career Titles 22

46m Career Prize Money 13.3m

Now do you understand Now do you get why Murray’s Scottish roots are so
important They made him the man he is. They made him this weird little
exception.

‘Somebody from nowhere’ was how the playwright Joe Orton described
himself, becoming the toast of West End theatre from his origins in a
Leicester council house.

That is Murray, too. Can you conceive how hard it is to become one of
the world’s great tennis players, starting in Dunblane Can you imagine
what the summer season must have been like, the travelling, the sense
of isolation

It is a miracle, a bloody miracle, that of all the British tennis
players to try and fail to reach the final at Wimbledon, the one that
should then do it originates from the heart of Scotland.

To put Murray’s achievement into further perspective, do you know what
happened to the last player to lose to a British opponent in a men’s
singles semi-final at Wimbledon He died in the Battle of Stalingrad on
December 3, 1942.
Henner Henkel was his name and, four years after losing to Austin, he was killed while fighting for the German Sixth Army.

This is ancient history Murray is rewriting here, in sporting terms at
least. We are so used to the now, to the immediacy of modern sport, the
advances in technology and training, that we can barely comprehend an
achievement that has stood since a time when the average house price in
Britain was 545.

Chamberlain met Hitler in 1938. Errol Flynn played Robin Hood. Len
Hutton made 364 against Australia. And Bunny Austin lost in straight
sets in the final to Don Budge. Who knew that would be as good as it got
for 74 years; and what calibre of man it would require to break the
curse

In other times, a player of Murray’s ability would already have trod
this path. He is good enough, he has the game, he has the shots, he has
the determination, he has the stamina. He also has three of the greatest
players in history in a blocking formation before him: Roger Federer,
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The mighty Federer now stands in his way tomorrow.

New balls please: Tsonga was hit in a delicate area by a Murray shot

New balls please: Tsonga was hit in a delicate area by a Murray shot

Rally: Murray and Tsonga in action

Rally: Murray and Tsonga in action

Federer did for Djokovic and Nadal exited at an earlier stage, but do
not be fooled. The cynics who claim Murray has had it easy at Wimbledon
so far greatly underestimate the strength in depth of the men’s tour.

Not one opponent has been a pushover and if Murray has made his progress
appear comparatively straightforward that is not to his detriment.

If Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was tamed yesterday, kudos to Murray. He dropped
two points on his service game in the entire second set. Tsonga did not
hold one service game to love.

Against a player whose serve on grass was claimed to be his strength,
Murray’s defence was quite brilliant. If he suffered a third set wobble,
it merely confirmed the danger he faced.

History: Tsonga beat this year's finalist Roger Federer in a thriller last time around

History: Tsonga beat this year's finalist Roger Federer in a thriller last time around

Tumble: Murray reacts to a fall during the match

Tumble: Murray reacts to a fall during the match

Of course, Murray would rather have played Tsonga than Nadal, but having
had the misfortune to share his time with men of such exceptional
ability, is it not about time that he caught a break

‘I’m so happy to be there,’ Murray told the BBC after the match,
without so much as breaking into a smile at the thought of a fourth
Grand Slam final. And no doubt some at home will have curled their lips,
too, at this sight. It is they who are the miserable ones, though, they
who need to find the joy in the moment. Murray has already done his
bit.

There are people who did not think they would see this in their lifetime; take Murray away and they probably wouldn’t.

He has become the greatest British tennis player since the year Judy Garland was cast in The Wizard of Oz.

Onlooker: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears

Onlooker: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears

Oops: Tsonga was making several unforced errors

Oops: Tsonga was making several unforced errors

Murray, the Lawn Tennis Association must hope, will inspire a
generation the way winning the Ashes in 2005 turned their older brothers
back onto cricket.

Capering around like a buffoon, cracking wise, bouncing up and down like
an excited schoolgirl is not part of the deal. The journey has been too
long and has taken too much out of him to worry about striking poses.

Just watch the man play and remember where this started. It is not part
of nature’s deal, Dunblane to SW19. This is against all conception of
how it should be done. Credit where it is due. This is the Wimbledon
men’s final: and somebody from nowhere’s here.

Bunny Austin

Wimbledon 2012: Rafael Nadal says Lukas Rosol defeat not a tragedy

It's not a tragedy: Stunned Nadal disappointed after second round defeat to 2,500-1 outsider RosolTwo-time Wimbledon champion dumped out by world No 1002,500-1 outsider Rosol has only played on grass TWICE

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11:00 GMT, 29 June 2012

Rafael Nadal insists his shock Wimbledon exit to Lukas Rosol is not 'a tragedy'.

The Spanish second seed succumbed to his equal earliest exit at the All England Club as the world No 100 Czech Republic player dumped the two-time SW19 champion out in a stunning five-set second round victory.

The 2,500-1 pre-tournament outsider won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, with the final set played under the roof on Centre Court.

Miracle man: Lukas Rosol shocked the world of tennis after he dumped second seed Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon

Miracle man: Lukas Rosol shocked the world of tennis after he dumped second seed Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon

Nadal's Wimbledon record

2003: Third round

2004: Did not play

2005: Second round

2006: Finalist

2007: Finalist

2008: Champion

2009: Did not play

2010: Champion

2011: Finalist

2012: Second round

Big-serving Rosol was playing on grass for only the second time in his career and can now looks forward to facing German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round on Saturday.

The 26-year-old hailed his win as a 'miracle', while Nadal's legion of fans took to Twitter to lament his shock defeat.

The world No 2 admitted he was looking forward to returning to his native Spain for a break before returning to Wimbledon next month for the London 2012 Olympics.

'I'm very, very disappointed,' said Nadal.

'In
the fifth set he played more than unbelievable. In the first three sets
I didn't play well but I never want to make an excuse after a match.

Calling the shots: World No 100 Rosol was hugely impressive with his big serves

Calling the shots: World No 100 Rosol was hugely impressive with his big serves

No reply: Nadal failed to find his best form as limped out in the second round

No reply: Nadal failed to find his best form as limped out in the second round

'The only thing I can do is go back home and rest, and I need and deserve it.

'It's not a tragedy, it's only a tennis match.'

Rosol
will hit the practice courts today and is on course to meet British No 1
Andy Murray in the semi-final if the pair continue to progress.

Raising the roof: Rosol impressed with his booming big serves

Raising the roof: Rosol impressed with his booming big serves

Game, set and match: Rosol celebrates his dramatic five-set victory over the Spaniard

Game, set and match: Rosol celebrates his dramatic five-set victory over the Spaniard

He said: 'It is a miracle for me – I never expected this.

'There are so many emotions. He is a superstar but I played unbelievable. I hope I can play one more match like this.

Heading home: Nadal salutes the Centre Court crowd following his surprise elimination

Heading home: Nadal salutes the Centre Court crowd following his surprise elimination

Out of answers: Nadal admitted he was looking forward to taking a break

Out of answers: Nadal admitted he was looking forward to taking a break

Alex Kay Talks Tennis

'He played a good match but I was better. I am very sorry for him but I hope I can play one more match like this.

'I played my best match ever. It means so much for me.'

Wimbledon 2012: Rafa Nadal shocked at defeat to Lukas Rosol

Bounced out! Nadal is stunned by unknown Czech to open way for Andy

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00:49 GMT, 29 June 2012

Wimbledon witnessed one of the greatest upsets in its 126-year history as two-time champion Rafael Nadal was dumped out by little-known Czech Lukas Rosol.

In a result that opens the way for Andy Murray to reach his first Wimbledon final, world No 100 Rosol became the lowest-ranked player to beat Nadal at a Grand Slam.

The 2,500-1 pre-tournament outsider won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, with the final set played under the roof on Centre Court.

Feeling down: Nadal looks distraught after being beaten by Rosol

Feeling down: Nadal looks distraught after being beaten by Rosol

Nadal was so disturbed that at the change of ends with the score 2-3 in the third set, he bumped shoulders with the Czech. ‘He was trying to affect my concentration. I’m surprised he did it on the Centre Court, but he apologised three times afterwards,’ said Rosol, who will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.

‘I’m so surprised,’ added Rosol, who was playing only his 10th Grand Slam match and even failed to qualify for Eastbourne. ‘I was just hoping to play three good sets. Not to lose 6-0, 6-1, 6-2. It’s a miracle. I never expected anything like this.’

Major upset: Lukas Rosol celebrates his win

Major upset: Lukas Rosol celebrates his win

French Open champion Nadal, who would have expected to meet Murray in the semi-final, has not lost at this stage of a Grand Slam for seven years.

He put his defeat down, in part, to the 40-minute delay while the roof closed, saying: ‘For the first three sets I didn’t play well. I was playing well in the fourth and the stop didn’t help me. He came back out and played unbelievably in the fifth set. That’s sport.’

Taking the applause: Rosol

Taking the applause: Rosol

Harry Redknapp sacked by Tottenham

Redknapp sacked! Spurs reign over as Moyes and Martinez are lined up

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06:36 GMT, 14 June 2012

Harry Redknapp's reign at Tottenham is over after the club announced his three-and-a-half-year tenure at White Hart Lane has come to an end.

Everton's David Moyes and Roberto Martinez of Wigan are strong contenders to take over after Spurs decided not to offer Redknapp a new contract.

The tactic was designed to force out the
65-year-old, but Redknapp stood his ground during talks with chairman
Daniel Levy on Wednesday, refusing to resign despite the club’s tough
stance.

Is that the way to the exit: Harry Redknapp has denied he's quit Tottenham, but his future looks uncertain with the club set to ignore his wish of a new deal

Is that the way to the exit: Harry Redknapp has denied he's quit Tottenham, but his future looks uncertain with the club set to ignore his wish of a new deal

Levy told the Spurs website: 'This is not a decision the board and I have taken lightly.

'Harry arrived at the club at a time when his experience and approach was exactly what was needed.

'This decision in no way detracts from the excellent work Harry has done during his time with the club and I should like to thank him for his achievements and contribution.

'Harry will always be welcome at the Lane.'

Redknapp added: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Spurs and am proud of my achievements.

'I have had a fantastic four years with the club, at times the football has been breathtaking.

'I am sad to be leaving but wish to thank the players, staff and fans for their terrific support during my time there.'

In contention: Moyes (left) and Martinez (right) are favourites for the job

In contention: Moyes (left) and Martinez (right) are favourites for the job

In contention: Moyes (left) and Martinez (right) are favourites for the job

The focus has switched to a
severance package for the final 12 months of Redknapp’s 3million-a-year
contract.

Levy has now set his sights on a successor.
Moyes and Martinez top the list, while Frank de Boer of Ajax has also
been linked with the job. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is in
the running, although as an outsider.

Moyes has established an enviable reputation during his 10 years at
Goodison Park. The Scot, who is due to return from holiday on Thursday and
plans to take in some games at Euro 2012, would be tempted by the
opportunity to manage a club with genuine Champions League credentials.

Martinez's stock has soared after securing Swansea City’s promotion to
the Championship in 2008 before leaving in 2009 for Wigan, where he
orchestrated an incredible escape from relegation last season.

Strained: Redknapp's relationship with chairman Daniel Levy is at breaking point

Strained: Redknapp's relationship with chairman Daniel Levy was at breaking point

Strained: Redknapp's relationship with chairman Daniel Levy was at breaking point

He was a frontrunner to take over at Liverpool last month but eventually lost out to Brendan Rodgers.

Redknapp has overseen a revival at Tottenham but there appears to have been a serious breakdown in his dealings with Levy.

Theirs was never an easy relationship but the chairman did at least
recognise the job Redknapp had done in rejuvenating a club that was in
danger of relegation when he took charge. He not only guided them into
the Champions League for the first time but also built one of the most
entertaining teams in England.

A poor run of results cost Tottenham third place and with it Champions
League football. There was further friction when Redknapp publicly
asked for a new contract and it appears Levy’s refusal was the breaking
point.

Crushed: Tottenham lost vital games at crucial stages of last season - including to rivals Arsenal and Chelsea

Crushed: Tottenham lost vital games at crucial stages of last season – including to rivals Arsenal and Chelsea

Crushed: Tottenham lost vital games at crucial stages of last season - including to rivals Arsenal and Chelsea
Redknapp factfile

1947: Born Poplar, March 2.
1964: March – Signs professional forms for West Ham following apprenticeship at Upton Park.
1965-71: Makes 149 League appearances for the Hammers, including three as sub, scoring five goals from his wing position during six-season career.
1972-75: Signs for Bournemouth in August 1972. Makes 101 league appearances, including five as sub, scoring five goals.
1976: September – Signs for Brentford, but makes just one appearance.
1982: September – Returns to Bournemouth as coach.
1983: Takes over from Don Megson as manager of the Cherries.
1984: Club languish second from bottom in the old Division Three but beat holders Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup.
1987: Guides Bournemouth to Division Three title.
1992: Leaves Bournemouth to return to West Ham as assistant manager to Billy Bonds.
1994: Named as the Hammers' eighth manager in the club's history after Bonds resigns. Signs five-year contract.
2001: Hammers stave off threat of relegation with three weeks of the season remaining but, with the club 14th in the table, Redknapp decides to quit.
June 21 – Appointed director of football at Portsmouth.
2002: Becomes manager at Fratton Park when Graham Rix is sacked.
2003: April – Leads Portsmouth to promotion to the Premier League after a 1-0 home win over Burnley. The result ends a 15-year absence from the top flight.
May 15 – Pompey finish 13th in Premier League.
November 24 – Resigns as Portsmouth manager.
December 8 – Confirmed as Southampton manager.
2005: May 15 – Southampton lose 2-1 at home to Manchester United and are relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season.
December 1 – Portsmouth confirm they want to talk to Redknapp about possible return to Fratton Park.
December 3 – Redknapp walks out on Saints and claims he made 'a monumental mistake' in leaving Portsmouth to join Southampton.
December 7 – Portsmouth confirm Redknapp as their new manager.
2006: April 29 – A 2-1 win at Wigan secures their Premier League future.
May 25 – Redknapp signs a new three-year deal with the club.
September 19 – Accused by BBC Panorama programme of attempting to tap up Blackburn player Andy Todd. Redknapp completely refutes the allegation.
2007: May 13 – Portsmouth draw 0-0 with Arsenal to finish seventh in the Premier League, missing out on European football by one point.
June: Lord Stevens publishes final report in transfer irregularities. Its only criticism of Redknapp was his ownership of a racehorse thought to have been given to him by agent Willie McKay. Redknapp told the inquiry it was possible he did own the horse but insisted he had not made any money out of it because the horse never won a race.
October 29 – Signs a new contract with Portsmouth until 2011.
November 28 – One of five men arrested by City of London Police investigating corruption in football. The men were held on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting – and were released without charge later the same day.
2008: January 11 – Meets with Newcastle chairman Chris Mort and is offered the job of Magpies manager, but he rejected the offer a day later.
May 17 – Portsmouth beat Cardiff 1-0 at Wembley to lift the FA Cup for the first time in 69 years.
May 23 – Redknapp wins his High Court claim that police who raided his home as part of a corruption inquiry were acting unlawfully.
October 26 – Redknapp reveals he has agreed to become Tottenham manager, two days after the club approached Portsmouth.
2009: May – Having taken over with Spurs bottom of Premier League and with just two points from eight games, guides club to eighth-place finish.
2010: April 11 – Redknapp's Spurs beaten 2-0 in FA Cup semi-final by Portsmouth at Wembley.
May 5 – Secures top-four Premier League finish and place in Champions League qualifying round with 1-0 win at Manchester City.
July 13 – Signs contract extension to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2013.
November 2 – Spurs stun Inter Milan 3-1 at White Hart Lane in the outstanding performance of a Champions League campaign that takes them all the way to the quarter-finals.
2011: May – Spurs finish fifth in the Premier League, missing out on another season of Champions League football.
November 3 – Redknapp misses Tottenham's Europa League trip to Rubin Kazan after a having a heart procedure, and goes on to miss further matches while he recovers.
2012: January 22 – As Spurs are being talked of as genuine title challenges, Redknapp sees his side lose 3-2 at Manchester City, who get a last-minute penalty from Mario Balotelli.
February 8 – Redknapp is acquitted, along with former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric, on charges of cheating the public revenue.
On the same day, Fabio Capello's abrupt departure from England sees Redknapp installed as the favourite to replace him, but the FA say no immediate decision will be made. During weeks of speculation, Tottenham's form dips.
May 1 – England name Roy Hodgson as Capello's successor.
May 13 – Having conceded a 10-point advantage over Arsenal, Tottenham finish the season fourth.
May 19 – Chelsea's victory in the Champions League final costs Tottenham a place in the tournament next season.
June 12 – Redknapp angrily rejects speculation he is set to leave Tottenham.
June 14 – Spurs confirm he is to leave the club.

Southampton sign Jay Rodriguez for 6m

Saints finally seal deal for 6m Burnley striker Rodriguez

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Southampton have begun preparations for life back in the Premier League by breaking their transfer record to sign Burnley's Jay Rodriguez.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to the south coast and Saints reportedly failed with bids last summer and in January.

However, Nigel Adkins now has his man as Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal at St Mary's after leaving the Clarets for an undisclosed fee.

Transfer record: Jay Rodriguez in action against his new employers

Transfer record: Jay Rodriguez in action against his new employers

The deal is worth around 6million, which breaks Southampton's long-standing transfer record, set when they signed Derby's Rory Delap for 4million in 2001.

'I'm really relieved that we've got it sorted now, and it's done,' Rodriguez told the club's official website.

'I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season.

'This is a great club, a massive club, and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of, and it's really exciting.

'As an outsider, you look at the club from where it started, and the drive they have to move up the leagues in quick succession is amazing.

'The sky is the limit. You see how good the players are at the club.

'They want to push on even higher, and carry on the way they're going.'

Rodriguez, who was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year last season, formally agreed the move during a holiday in Mexico and put pen to paper on a four-year deal today, much to the delight of Adkins.

'Jay is an exciting young English prospect, so I am really happy he is our first signing of the summer,' the Southampton manager said.

Excited: Rodriguez can't wait for the season to get underway

Excited: Rodriguez can't wait for the season to get underway

'There has been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes on several fronts and we are delighted Jay has signed for us as we get ready for our pre-season schedule.

'He is an exciting forward thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years.

'His characteristics are what we have been looking for.

'He has demonstrated a superb attitude and when we have met him it has only confirmed what our research has told us.

'He has a hungry and enthusiastic attitude with a desire to work hard in the positive environment that we have at Southampton where will be able to develop his talent.'

Wladimir Klitschko wants Jean-Marc Mormeck to be his 50th career knock out

Klitschko aiming to make Mormeck his 50th career KO in title showdown

Heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko is targetting his 50th career knock out when he takes on outsider Jean-Marc Mormeck in Duesseldorf on Saturday.

Ukrainian Klitschko, whose older brother Vitali beat Dereck Chisora on points earlier this month to retain his WBC crown, holds the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA versions of the title.

'I am ready for this challenge,’ Klitschko said. ‘I still have the hunger and I do not take this fight lightly.

Belts on the line: Ukraine's boxer Wladimir Klitschko is up against Jean-Marc Mormeck

Belts on the line: Ukraine's boxer Wladimir Klitschko is up against Jean-Marc Mormeck

'When you see how he talks, looks and moves then that shows he has the will and determination to become the first world heavyweight champion from France.’

The 35-year-old warned the Frenchman, nicknamed ‘Mini Tyson’ because of his build, would be no pushover even though he was 17 centimetres shorter at 1.81 metres than the Ukrainian.

'It is extremely difficult to box against a man who is a lot shorter,’ said Vladimir. ‘It does not make my job easier.’

Respect: Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck shake hands

Respect: Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck shake hands

Klitschko has notched 49 knockouts in his 59 professional fights, and has lost three.

The fight had to be rescheduled from its original December date after Klitschko pulled out to undergo surgery to remove a kidney stone.

Mormeck, the 38-year-old former cruiserweight world champion, said he did not fear the Ukrainian, who will have a much bigger reach.

'I have an iron will and am tough. I fear no one and that is my mental strength,’ he said.

Big difference: Klitschko towers over Mormeck at the stare down

Big difference: Klitschko towers over Mormeck at the stare down

‘Does he have that as well'

Compared to brother Vitali's controversial bout against Chisora, which featured Chisora slapping the WBC champion during the weigh-in and exchanging punches with fellow boxer David Haye in a post-fight press conference, preparations for this bout have so far been peaceful.

'But it is still Monday and a Vitali's press conference also was peaceful. Let's see what happens at the weigh-in,' Klitschko said.