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Perri Shakes-Drayton wins gold in 400 metres at the European Indoor Championships

Shakes-Drayton leads GB one-two as she wins 400m gold ahead of team-mate Child

By
Laura Williamson

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:04 GMT, 3 March 2013

Perri Shakes-Drayton won 400-metre European indoor gold in Gothenburg this morning with a scintillating personal best of 50.85 seconds – the fastest time in the world this year.

The 400m hurdles specialist, 24, led at the bell and took gold in emphatic fashion, with fellow Brit and hurdler Eilidh Child setting a new Scottish record of 51.45 secs to win silver. Shana Cox, 28, finished sixth in 53.15 seconds.

Shakes-Drayton said: 'I’m really
happy with that. Everyone had expectations of me getting gold and in my
heart of hearts I wanted gold. To be able to deliver and run a world
lead – I didn’t expect that. I’m going to take that, it gives me
confidence and hopefully I can transfer it over the hurdles.

In a league of her own: Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the 400m

In a league of her own: Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the 400m

'I still want to achieve over the
400m hurdles and I haven’t fulfilled my potential so to me I’m still a
400m hurdler and I think that gave me an advantage because I’m used to
running over ten hurdles in a 400m so I’m a lot stronger.'

Child said: 'I’m over the moon, I
knew it would be hard but I was lucky to get a good lane draw after
yesterday’s qualification.

Race to the line: Shakes-Drayton lead fellow Brit Edith Child in the 400m final

Race to the line: Shakes-Drayton lead fellow Brit Edith Child in the 400m final

Crossing the line: Shakes-Drayton wins the 400m final ahead of Eilidh Child in second

Crossing the line: Shakes-Drayton wins the 400m final ahead of Eilidh Child in second

'I knew everybody would be out for me
because I was out in lane six so I thought I would just go out like a
bullet and hopefully get that break.

'Once I saw Perri ahead of me, I just
thought “sit on her shoulder and try and work with her the whole way
round”. I’m delighted that I got a medal.'

David Moyes to discuss Everton future at end of season

Moyes puts Everton contract talks on hold to open the door to Chelsea job

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

11:57 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 15 February 2013

David Moyes has pushed his contract talks back to prevent anything distracting Everton’s bid to qualify for Europe.

The Everton manager has four months left on his current deal and had
indicated he would discuss his future with chairman Bill Kenwright once
the January transfer window had closed, but those talks have been
delayed until the end of the season.

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

Moyes, who earlier this season hinted of his desire to one day test
himself as a coach in Europe, has made it clear all along that decisions
on whether he extends his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park will not be
based on personal reward.

He wants to see whether Everton can keep progressing as a club by returning to Europe for the first time since 2009 and his latest comments are sure to alert Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

‘I’ve had a chat with Bill but my
main reason (for delaying) is I want to see how the team do,’ said
Moyes. ‘I want to see if we’ve got a realistic chance of getting in
Europe, or if we can get to a cup final. I want to see how well we
progress and what we do. I think that’s fair for the club as well.

‘I’m straight with Bill and I tell
him my thoughts. I want it to be purely football now until the end of
the season. I don’t want anything to get in the way and I would hate to
think anything to do with me would. So because of that I’m saying I’ll
be looking to see it in the summer.

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

‘I want to try and get Everton back into Europe. If I can get into a final, I’ll do that too.

‘But I don’t think I need anything
else at the moment to get in the way. The work (here) continues as I
have to make sure what I’m doing is for the future. We’re always looking
at next year and moving on.’

Everton are hot favourites to reach
the quarter-finals but Moyes is no stranger to being the victim of a
giantkilling – one of his most uncomfortable days at Goodison Park was
when Oldham won a third round tie in 2008 – and he is leaving no stone
unturned in his preparations for the trip to Boundary Park.

Moyes said: 'We know what they can do
got. They got a great result against Liverpool in the last round. We
have been knocked by Shrewsbury and Oldham in the past and we don't want
it to happen again.

'They have got Tony Philliskirk and Paul Gerrard
looking after things but I'm sure Oldham will have roughly the same
players that beat Liverpool.

'I think qualifying for the Champions
League would have the bigger impact because of the financial rewards.
If you can get into group stages, look at what has happened to Celtic in
the last six months.

'Obviously we want to win every
competition we enter but qualifying for the Champions League would
change things more for us than winning the FA Cup.'

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Everton will come up against Jose
Baxter, who left the club last summer. He made history at Goodison when
becoming the youngest player – at 16years and 191 days – to represent
the club in August 2008.

'I'm delighted for Jose,' said Moyes.

'We offered him a contract, gave him
his debut at 16. It's hard for them at that age, as they can get to 19
and 20 and people are wondering where they have gone.

'But he is doing well. I am glad. It was a brave decision to leave but hopefully he will see it as the right move.'

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Doni suffered heart-attack during time as Liverpool goalkeeper

I almost died! Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni reveals he suffered a heart attack last year

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

20:51 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:12 GMT, 1 February 2013

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Doni shockingly revealed he suffered a heart attack in the summer which led to his long absence from football.

The 33-year-old Brazilian, whose last match for the Reds came on the final day of the 2011/12 season in May, has not featured in any squad since.

Liverpool, who refused to comment on
Doni's revelation, said it was for personal reasons but, after securing a
deadline-day move back to his homeland to join Botafogo, the goalkeeper
has explained the circumstances, which began while he was undergoing
medical tests at the club.

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

Revelation: Doni said he suffered a heart attack for 25 seconds

'I almost… I almost ended up on the other side. I had a heart attack for about 25 seconds,' the former Roma player told calciomercato.com in Italy.

'I've been to one of the best doctors in Europe who looked at me carefully. He's asked me to stop for a few months.

'Now I have to stay put until April, then I can return to the field, I want to play in the 2014 Paulista championship.'

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Absence: Doni didn't feature for Liverpool this season behind regular 'keeper Pepe Reina and Brad Jones

Doni also told Brazilian broadcaster Globo: 'I always had an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and during some tests in Liverpool suffered a cardiac arrest.

'I carried out checks across Europe and I had to extend my period of absence from the field.'

Mario Balotelli on his way out of Manchester City after fee agreed with AC Milan

Goodbye and good riddance: City agree 17m deal with Milan to sell 'Super' Mario

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

15:32 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:49 GMT, 29 January 2013

Mario Balotelli will become an AC Milan player after Manchester City agreed terms with the Italian club this afternoon.

Juventus were also in contention to take the controversial striker back to Italy, but City have accepted an offer from Milan understood to be in the region of 17million plus 2.5m in add-ons. He is scheduled to have a medical tomorrow and sign a four-and-a-half year deal.

Balotelli has also helped the deal to go through by agreeing a pay-cut of nearly 1m so he could join his boyhood club on a 3m-a-year deal. He is now set to pull out of the City squad for tonight’s game at QPR and fly to Milan to complete the move.

New name: AC Milan's official website was quick to offer fans the chance to buy a Balotelli shirt

New name: AC Milan's official website was quick to offer fans the chance to buy a Balotelli shirt

Thanks for the memories: Mario Balotelli (pictured in training on Monday) is on his way to Milan

Thanks for the memories: Mario Balotelli (pictured in training on Monday) is on his way to Milan

On Monday, Balotelli was seen carrying some belongings from the club's HQ before he joined his team-mates in London for Tuesday's game against QPR at Loftus Road.

Earlier, coach Brian Kidd asked the striker for an autograph after training, which some interpreted as a sign the Italian's time in Manchester was coming to an end.

Samir Nasri also stopped and talked to Balotelli through the window of his camouflaged Bentley as he left the Carrington complex.

And he's off: Balotelli seemed to say his goodbyes at City's Carrington training base on Monday

And he's off: Balotelli seemed to say his goodbyes at City's Carrington training base on Monday

And he's off: Balotelli seemed to say his goodbyes at City's Carrington training base on Monday

Happy to be leaving This old image of Balotelli just about summed up his time in England

Happy to be leaving This old image of Balotelli just about summed up his time in England

Sportsmail revealled the City striker’s personal lawyer Vittorio Rigo, who works closely with his agent Mino Raiola, flew into Manchester over the weekend in readiness to try and negotiate a deal.

In a bid to help force the move through, Balotelli has taken a drop in wages from 4.3m per year, to 3.4m.

Only yesterday, first-team coach David Platt played down speculation about the striker's future.

'I saw that speculation yesterday but I've not heard anything,' he said. 'As far as we are concerned I think he is still a Manchester City player. I don't think there is anything is going to happen.

Balotelli moved to the Etihad in 2010, following boss Roberto Mancini from Inter Milan.

Danny Graham still wanted by Sunderland and Martin O"Neill

O'Neill boost as Graham asks to leave Swansea despite travelling with squad to Sunderland

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

11:56 GMT, 28 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 28 January 2013

Danny Graham has edged closer to a switch to Sunderland after telling Swansea he wants to quit the south Wales club for personal reasons.

Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill has been pursuing the striker for much of January, and is now likely to land his chief target before Thursday's deadline.

The former Chester Town FC striker has been included in Michael Laudrup’s squad travelling to Wearside for Tuesday's televised Barclays Premier League clash.

Heading east The out-of-favour Graham is wanted by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

Heading east The out-of-favour Graham is wanted by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

And although the Newcastle United
supporter and ex-Middlesbrough forward has not been a regular in the
Capital One Cup finalists’ starting line-up, he has featured on the
bench for most of the season.

O’Neill refused to be drawn on specific targets for the last four days of the winter transfer window, although he has denied any attempt to sign former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner who has been linked with a loan move from his current side Hamburg.

But the Sunderland manager, who has so far added midfielder Alfred N’Diaye and Senegal defender Kader Mangane, says he is hopeful of adding a striker before Thursday’s 11pm deadline after he reluctantly allowed England striker Fraizer Campbell to join Cardiff City in a 600,000 deal.

Sunderland launched a 5million bid for Graham two weeks ago, and still face competition from Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers for the Gateshead-born striker.

Fraizer Campbell

Paul Scharner

Gone but not incoming: Campbell has already left for Cardiff but Sunderland deny any interest in Paul Scharner

Paul Scharner

O’Neill said: `We have a couple of day to add someone if we can. After February 1 that is it so we will see what we can do.

`We are linked with quite a few players and we will try and get someone in if we can. We are going to try and do something about it.

`I would like to try and improve it if we can but that is not always that easy. If we are left with this [squad] then we have to try and manage it as best we can but I am still hoping we can do something.’

Efficient: Graham has continued to score despite his limited opportunities

Efficient: Graham has continued to score despite his limited opportunities

Former Manchester United striker Campbell, who came back from two serious knee injuries during his time at Sunderland, failed to establish himself under O’ Neill in the last year.

He did score a crucial equaliser against Middlesbrough in last season’s FA Cup but was restricted to bench duties after the addition of Scotland striker Steven Fletcher in the summer.

O’Neill has now let veterans Louis Saha and James McFadden leave the club while South Korea international Ji Dong-won has joined FC Augsburg and youngster Ryan Noble is poised to join SPL club Hearts.

Louis Saha

James McFadden

Departed: Injury-hit veterans Louis Saha and James McFadden have both been allowed to leave Sunderland

O’Neill added: There was always interest in Frazier. We said we would prefer him not to go until we got someone in and it was then Matthew Kilgallon tweets that he is going to Cardiff.

`So I allowed him to go. I felt this was a big opportunity for Frazier, he didn’ t want to disappear and so I allowed him to go but I am hoping something will develop for us.’

Defenders Carlos Cuellar and Danny Rose, who both have hamstring strains, will have fitness tests before the Swansea clash along with captain Lee Cattermole. All three are rated doubtful for the game.

San Lorenzo pull out of race for Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Fab news for Newcastle as San Lorenzo decide against bidding for captain Coloccini

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:29 GMT, 23 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 23 January 2013

Newcastle have been boosted by the news that San Lorenzo have pulled out of the fight for captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The defender has been pining for a move back to his homeland for much of this month, citing personal reasons.

But after weeks of discussion, the Argentinian club confirmed on Twitter: 'Finally, after long negotiations, we announced that Fabricio Coloccini not join the squad.

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

Going nowhere: Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini won't be going home

'It was not possible to release the Newcastle player for this tournament and therefore the club will look for another alternative to strengthen the defense.'

San Lorenzo's decision is a major boost to boss Alan Pardew, who was defiant for much of January over the future of his star man, who has been on Tyneside since 2008.

Gary Lineker deleted Twitter to spend more time with family

Twitter was taking over my life, admits Lineker after deciding to say goodbye to his 1.3m followers

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 20 January 2013

Gary Lineker left Twitter because the social networking site had begun to ‘take over’.

The Match of the Day presenter had stated that he had deleted his account for ‘personal reasons’ last week.

But the former England striker has elaborated on his reasons for leaving Twitter, and said that he would like to spend more time with his family.

Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family

Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family

The 51-year-old told The Sun: ‘I left twitter because it tends to take over and I thought I would try life without it. There is absolutely nothing sinister about the decision at all.'

Lineker had become one of the most followed users in Britain – with 1.3million fans – since he started tweeting last year.

However the ex-Tottenham hitman was targeted by one internet troll last year, who joked about his son George’s battle with leukaemia. Lineker later said the disgusting taunts made him feel ‘physically sick’.

Lineker has four sons with his ex-wife and is now married to former model Danielle Bux, who has a daughter from a previous relationship.

The TV pundit’s final tweet – posted on Friday – said: ‘I’m leaving Twitter for personal reasons . Thanks all.’

They think it's all over... it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message

They think it's all over… it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message

Gordon Strachan unveiled as Scotland manager

Strachan ends 40-year wait to be Scotland boss with promise to 'make the nation proud'

PUBLISHED:

12:41 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 15 January 2013

Gordon Strachan admitted being appointed the Scotland manager was the culmination of a personal project '40 years in the making'.

The former Celtic, Southampton, Coventry and Middlesbrough boss replaces Craig Levein, who was sacked in November, as the Scottish Football Association confirmed his appointment at Hampden.

He told Sky Sports News: 'I am very very proud in myself and my family are proud I've become Scotland manager.

New start: Gordon Strachan has been unveiled as the new Scotland manager

New start: Gordon Strachan has been unveiled as the new Scotland manager

Appointment: Strachan was introduced to the press by SFA President Campbell Ogilvie and Chief Executive Stewart Regan at Hampden Park today

Appointment: Strachan was introduced to the press by SFA President Campbell Ogilvie and Chief Executive Stewart Regan at Hampden Park today

All smiles: Strachan poses with a Scotland shirt in front of a bank of photographers on the Hampden pitch

All smiles: Strachan poses with a Scotland shirt in front of a bank of photographers on the Hampden pitch

'It's a great day for me to do this and it's been 40 years in the making.

'There'll be rough times but I know there'll be good times too.'

Strachan, whose contract runs up until Euro 2016, stated his desire to make Scotland a proud footballing country once more.

He said: 'Every club you go to there's always challenges but this is the first time the challenges are in front of a nation.

'If you can be successful you can make
a nation happy and make a nation proud and that is the priority for me
to be able to do that with help from other people.'

Dismal: Scotland have endured a shocking start to their World Cup qualification campaign

Dismal: Scotland have endured a shocking start to their World Cup qualification campaign

Strachan, who has been out of a
manager's job since leaving Middlesbrough in 2010, claimed it was the
perfect time to step into the role.

'You're always interested as long as
someone asks you But I think that time is right now because I've had
that European experience,' he added.

'I've had to deal with players and I've also had a couple of years where I can look at national football.

'The time is right for me to be able
to take a job like this. I have the experience, I like working with
people, I like dealing with people and I like trying to make people
better.'

Elation: Vincent Kompany (bottom) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Criag Levein's side

Elation: Vincent Kompany (bottom) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring against Criag Levein's side

Strachan also stated his desire to
make the fans proud as well as reach the finals of either the World Cup
or the European Championship.

Scotland have not qualified for the finals of a major tournament since reaching the 1998 World Cup in France.

'To progress with the squad. I really
want the squad and the staff to give something back to the country and
the fans who support us because the fans are probably more famous than
the squad now,' Strachan added.

'So what we want to try and do is to give back something and make them turn up for a major finals competition.

'Through my TV work I've been to these
competitions and the Irish have kind of stepped up for a while so
hopefully the Irish and the Scottish can get together for one major and
it'll be one hell of a party.'

Asked if he had a message for the fans, Strachan responded: 'Keep doing what you're doing because the support is fantastic.'

Seasoned: Strachan appeared a number of times for his country during his playing career

Seasoned: Strachan appeared a number of times for his country during his playing career

Out: The post has been vacant since the sacking of manager Craig Levein last year

Out: The post has been vacant since the sacking of manager Craig Levein last year

Scotland have picked up just two points in their bid to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil, but Strachan rejected the suggestion that a top-two spot is out of his players' reach.

'If we work together as a group and a set of fans I know for a fact we'll be successful,' he added.

'I can't ask for anything more than we're doing at the moment.

'We're going to use the games to try and win. My philosophy is to win games of football, like Manchester United.

'We still have to collect as many points as we can and it's disrespectful to say we'll use the games just to improve.

'We'll give it a go.

'What I know is that these guys, for all they might get criticised, are the best at what they do.

'They play for Scotland and we have to find a system that suits these players to win games of football.'

Strachan also denied the national coach's role is a poisoned chalice, adding: 'I think it's a great job.

'At this time in my life I can deal with this. All my experiences have prepared me for this moment.'

The ex-midfielder laughed off suggestions the Scotland job was the best opportunity made available to him since his departure from Middlesbrough.

'I'm not saying that no,' he added. 'I'm just saying it was a job I wanted to do.

'For a Scotsman, it's a fantastic thing. I played for Scotland then started coaching and thought 'I want to be Scotland manager some day'.

'You don't get easy jobs but the important thing is to make people happy by winning games of football.

'The more successful I am I look around and the more people there are around me.

'Together, we'll look to do something.'

Warrior: Gordon Strachan in action for Scotland in 1992

vWarrior: Gordon Strachan in action for Scotland in 1992

When asked if Levein's previous selection would require a significant overhaul to boost Scotland's performances in Group A, Strachan referred to his failed experiment at club level.

'I made that mistake when I went to Middlesbrough,' he added. 'I really should have used the players that were there and used a system for them.

'So I'm going to get a system that suits these players and over the years, through Mark (Wotte) and Billy (Stark), we'll find a style that works.'

Scotland next face Wales, and then Serbia, but Strachan would not be drawn on any tactical switch for the March double header.

He added: 'The standard of football around Europe has improved dramatically in that time so it's not a question that I can answer just now.

'In the immediate future we have to find a system that suits the squad here.

'The last couple of games could have gone either way. The Wales game could have fine well gone to Scotland so we're not far away.'

Meeting of minds: Strachan as a player under manager Jock Stein at the 1982 World Cup

Meeting of minds: Strachan as a player under manager Jock Stein at the 1982 World Cup

Strachan revealed making an approach to an as yet unnamed colleague with a view to hiring an assistant at Hampden.

'I've spoken to one person and there's no doubt that they would like to take it on but this is before everything was settled,' he added. 'You'll know him.'

Strachan's most successful spell as a club manager was arguably his four-year spell with Celtic, a period which saw the Hoops claim three consecutive Premier League titles, and the national boss hopes his new charges can replicate his old club's recent performances.

He added: 'It shows that we can go up against teams with bigger names – individually better players at huge clubs – and you can beat them with a group that all want to go in the right direction.

'Celtic got a result against Barcelona this year because they played to their strengths, and the same at Spartak Moscow.'

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GORDON STRACHAN

1957: Born February 9, Edinburgh.
1974: Signs for Dundee. Plays 60 league matches, scoring 13 goals.
1977: Joins Aberdeen for 50,000. Plays 187 matches, scoring 55 times.
1980: Wins Scottish league championship medal and first of 50 Scotland caps against Northern Ireland. Named Scottish Footballer of the Year.
1982: Collects Scottish Cup winners' medal.
1983: Achieves second Scottish Cup success, followed by European Cup Winners' Cup medal.

European champs: Strachan (third right) waits to get his hands on the Cup Winners' Cup after Aberdeen beat Real Madrid in the 1983 final

European champs: Strachan (third right) waits to get his hands on the Cup Winners' Cup after Aberdeen beat Real Madrid in the 1983 final

1984: Wins Scottish league and cup double. Manchester United sign him for 500,000 in August. Stays at Old Trafford for five years, playing 160 league matches and scoring 33 goals.
1985: Only trophy success with United, taking FA Cup.
1989: Joins Second Division Leeds in March for 300,000.
1990: Captains club to Second Division title.
1991: Named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year.
1992: Leads Howard Wilkinson's side to a first league championship in 18 years. Wins final international cap against Finland.
1993: Awarded OBE.
1994: Plays last match for Leeds, a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool on December 31.
1995: Announces his retirement from Premier League football in January but continues to play regularly for Leeds' reserve team. Two months later joins Ron Atkinson at Coventry as assistant.

Playing days: Strachan in action for Leeds United in 1993

Playing days: Strachan in action for Leeds United in 1993

1996: Takes over as Coventry manager as Atkinson stepped down.
1997: Coventry survive relegation on the final day of the Premier League season with victory at Tottenham.
2001: May – Coventry lose at Aston Villa and relinquish their Premier League status after 34 consecutive years in the top flight.
September 8 – City lose 1-0 at home to Grimsby, sparking chants of “Strachan out”. A handful of fans have to be restrained by police as they attempt to confront the manager.
September 10 – Strachan leaves Coventry by mutual consent.
October 22 – Appointed Southampton boss.
2003: May 17 – Southampton lose 1-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final but qualify for Europe for the first time in 19 years.
October 15 – A 1-0 defeat in Romania against Steaua Bucharest, following a 1-1 home draw, sees Saints crash out of Europe at the first hurdle.
2004: January 9 – Confirms he will not to extend his contract with Southampton beyond the end of the season for personal reasons.
February 13 – Steps down as Southampton manager.
September 9 – Rules himself out of contention to manage Scotland.
December 19 – Turns down the opportunity to become boss of Portsmouth.
2005: May 25 – Named Celtic manager on a 12-month rolling contract.
July 27 – Celtic thumped 5-0 by Artmedia Bratislava in Strachan's first match in charge to crash out of the Champions League at the qualifying stage.
December 15: Signs Roy Keane after release by Manchester United.
2006: March 19 – Lifts first trophy as Celtic manager with victory over Dunfermline in the Scottish League Cup final.
April 5 – Celtic clinch Scottish Premier League title with victory over Hearts.
November 11 – Leads Celtic into Champions League knockout stages for the first time after 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
2007: March 7 – Celtic knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage by AC Milan.
April 22 – Celtic clinch SPL title with a 2-1 win at Kilmarnock. Strachan is named Manager of the Year.
May 2 – Named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers' Association.
May 26 – Celtic win Scottish Cup, beating Dunfermline 1-0.

Glory Days: Strachan with the SPL and Scottish Cup trophies at Celtic in May 2007

Glory Days: Strachan with the SPL and Scottish Cup trophies at Celtic in May 2007

October 3 – Celtic snatch a last-gasp 2-1 win over European champions AC Milan at Parkhead.
November 28 – Celtic reach knockout stage of Champions League despite losing final group game in Milan.
2008: February 20 – Celtic go out of Champions League to Barcelona.
May 22 – Strachan becomes only the third Celtic manager to win a hat-trick of Scottish championships.
November 25 – Celtic suffer shock 2-1 defeat at Aalborg to crash out of the Champions League and Europe altogether.
December 13 – Strachan has dressing-room bust-up with midfielder Aiden McGeady after 1-1 SPL draw with Hearts. McGeady is fined two weeks' wages and suspended for two matches.
2009: March 7 – Celtic suffer surprise 1-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat at St Mirren.
March 15 – Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Hampden in the first Old Firm cup final for six years to lift the Scottish League Cup.
May 3 – Strachan named SPFA Manager of the Year.
May 24 – Celtic are held 0-0 by Hearts as Rangers win the SPL title by four points on the final day of the season. Celtic had been eight points clear earlier in the year. He resigned a day later.
October 26 – Signed a four-year deal to manage Middlesbrough.
2010: October 18 – Voluntarily tears up his contract and resigns after a run of poor form.
2013: January 15 – Appointed manager of the Scotland national team.

Blackburn Rovers crisis: players revolt, Shebby Singh under pressure

Revealed: From boardroom split to player revolt, the inside story of crisis engulfing Blackburn

Senior players revolt after poor start to season
Derek Shaw wants controversial Shebby Singh out
Club no closer to naming successor to Henning Berg

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UPDATED:

09:07 GMT, 31 December 2012

Crisis club Blackburn are in greater disarray than ever after being rocked by a bitter boardroom split and a growing revolt among senior players.

Managing director Derek Shaw flew to India at the weekend to try and convince the club’s owners Venky’s to end the farcical reign of their global advisor Shebby Singh.

Former Preston chairman Shaw, an experienced football administrator, has become increasingly frustrated at being marginalised by Singh and has brought matters to a head by confronting the owners over it.

Controversial: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh is under pressure

Controversial: Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh is under pressure

While Shaw fights his own personal battle, and tries to oust the controversial Singh, Venky’s are facing just as big a problem trying to quell mounting unrest in a disillusioned dressing room.

Several senior players were reluctant to drop into the Championship, after last season’s relegation, but relented after Singh urged them to give it until Christmas for the club to demonstrate their ambition about trying to bounce straight back.

Most feel that, far from seeing
evidence of Singh’s predicted revival, Blackburn have continued to
decline after the shambolic handling of appointing a successor to Steve
Kean.

The mood was not
helped by the presence of untried Asian coach Judan Ali at their
training ground at the end of last week, and several are now ready to
jump ship and seek a move in the January transfer window.

Though Singh denied Ali was about to
become part of the coaching team at Ewood Park, the continuing fiasco of
the management set-up at Blackburn, a contentious issue that has been
allowed to tear the club apart ever since Sam Allardyce was sacked, has
caused ructions at board level and in the dressing room.

Protest: Blackburn fans make a point

Protest: Blackburn fans make a point

When the vilified Kean finally decided he’d had enough earlier this season, Shaw is understood to have favoured a move for Blackpool boss Ian Holloway but was overruled by Singh, who bizarrely went for Henning Berg, despite the former Blackburn defender being sacked for almost relegating Lillestrom.

That was the last straw for Shaw and
prompted his trip to India for showdown talks with Venky’s, while
Blackburn’s players have been just as dismayed by the ensuing decline in
fortunes that prompted Singh to acknowledge his folly and axe Berg
after just 10 games in charge.

With little sign of the
desperately-needed managerial know-how being recruited, other than
suggestions that one-time Aston Villa caretaker-boss Kevin MacDonald
might be added to the coaching staff, several disaffected players are
now ready to push for a move in the next few weeks.

Singh appeared on BBC Radio
FiveLive’s 606 phone-in on Saturday night and flew into a rage after
being quizzed about his input on the training pitch.

Co-presenter Darren Fletcher asked if
he had taken training on Friday, and it clearly touched a nerve, as
Singh shouted down the line:
‘Oh come on, give me a break. How stupid is that Surely no-one believes
that. I did not take training yesterday. That is really stupid for
anyone to even think that.

‘That is downright stupidity to even
suggest that. I was at the training ground because of my
responsibilities, but on the pitch, I have no involvement whatsoever.
Listen to me, I did not take training.’

Singh appeared to confirm that he was at loggerheads with Shaw and also took the rap for the disastrous appointment of Berg.

Asked to define his role, he said: ‘It
is difficult to explain when it is not a conventional title, but I am
pretty much trying to put the club back on a proper footing. I am
fighting enemies from inside and outside the club. Inside every club,
you find that not everyone is fighting the same cause. Individuals have
their own agenda. This is common everywhere you go.

Over and out: Blackburn sacked Henning Berg after ten matches in charge

Over and out: Blackburn sacked Henning Berg after ten matches in charge

‘I make the decisions, with the owners’ blessing and endorsement. It upsets a lot of people, but unfortunately that’s the way it is. The final decision about appointing Henning Berg was mine, but results were very poor and performances were not the best. A decision had to be made on how long you can put up with that.

‘You always think you have made the right decision, but it doesn’t always work out. I do not agree that 57 days was not long enough. It was 10 games. To me, 10 games is a lifetime. I got it wrong on that one. I will hold my hands up and say that, but it is not the end of the world. We still have to soldier on, and the team can still progress.’

Singh attempted to clarify the situation over Ali, saying: ‘I had a chat with him nine weeks ago, and he was interested in visiting the club to see how things were done. He came here to observe training and how the club functioned. Every coach wants to know that as part of their education.

'The timing (of his visit) was not right, unfortunately, but he is a friend. We enjoy talking about football, but it was not the plan that he would be part of the coaching set-up, and I don’t know why people think there is something happening.’

Lewis Holtby wanted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham

Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs line up to sign wantaway Schalke midfielder Holtby

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Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Wanted man: Holtby has signalled his intention to leave Schalke

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby will talk with Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in January to discuss a possible move in the summer.

The Germany Under 21 captain has refused his club's offer of a new deal and his immediate ambition is to move to the Premier League.

All three English clubs are fighting for the midfielder and will be queuing up to open talks in the new year, according to the Mirror.

The 22-year old already has British
connections; his father is English and Holtby was eligible to play for
England before he declared for his country of birth, Germany.

Schalke has been a key scouting
territory for Arsenal this season and Holtby featured in their group
stage clashes in the Champions League.

The Bundeliga outfit were hoping he would follow another Arsenal target, Holland striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar, in committing his future to the club, but board member Horst Heldt was forced to concede defeat.

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

Gunner get ya: Arsenal are in the hunt for Holtby's signature

'We had hoped Lewis saw his future at Schalke beyond the end of this season,' said Heldt. 'But he has made a personal decision that we respect.

'We are sure he will give everything between now and the end of the season.'