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Mark McGhee sacked as Bristol Rovers manager

McGhee sacked as Bristol Rovers manager after defeat at York

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 15 December 2012

Mark McGhee has been sacked as Bristol Rovers manager after this afternoon's 4-1 defeat at York City.

The result leaves Rovers second bottom in League Two, having won just four of 22 matches so far. They have not won a match since November 10.

Chairman Nick Higgs said in a club statement: 'We had hoped that the appointment of Mark McGhee would give the club some stability and long term progress, but unfortunately that has not been the case.

Sacked: Mark McGhee and Bristol Rovers parted company after today's 4-1 defeat at York City

Sacked: Mark McGhee and Bristol Rovers parted company after today's 4-1 defeat at York City

'We have decided that we can no longer continue with the current situation and had to make the difficult decision to part company with Mark. We decided we had to act now before it was too late.'

The Scot, who had previously managed Leicester City, Wolves, Millwall, Brighton, Motherwell and Aberdeen, was appointed in January following the departure of Paul Buckle.

Just yesterday, McGhee spoke of his 'embarrassment' at the side's lowly position in League Two.

He told BBC Radio Bristol: 'I think all the other managers in this league would agree – you don't want to be in the bottom division of your league tier.

'On behalf of the fans, we should feel embarrassed to be in this league and to be in this position.'

Hannah Miley beats Ye Shiwen to gold in 400m medley at World Short-Course Championships and Lowe wins bronze

Miley beats Olympic champion Ye to win gold and Lowe bags bronze at World Short-Course Championships

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UPDATED:

21:11 GMT, 12 December 2012

Hannah Miley held off Olympic champion Ye Shiwen to claim Great Britain's first gold medal of the World Short-Course Championships when she won the 400 metres individual medley in Istanbul.

Ye was at the centre of the biggest controversy in the pool at the 2012 Olympics as her freestyle leg en route to victory in the eight-length event almost defied belief.

In London the Chinese teenager was just three hundredths of a second slower over the final 100m than Ryan Lochte, winner of the men's race.
Indeed her last 50m was faster than four in the men's final, including Lochte and Thiago Pereira, the gold and silver medallists.

Earlier Jemma Lowe won Britain's first medal at the event by finishing third in the 200
metres butterfly.

Take that: Miley (left) held off a late rally from Chinese sensation Ye Shiwen

Take that: Miley (left) held off a late rally from Chinese sensation Ye Shiwen

Miley, fifth in London, had qualified fastest into the final, but predicted it would be a different race come the final, claiming the Chinese teenager was 'playing' in the heats.

Fourth after the butterfly and backstroke legs, Miley then produced a superb breaststroke to turn first going into the freestyle, 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye.

However, as expected, Ye came back and on her final 25m of 28.14 secs, the only sub 29-second last length in the field, she reeled Miley in.

The Scot, though, was breathing to her right where she could see her rival, whom she held off by 0.19s to win in a new championship record of four minutes 23.14 seconds, the fastest ever in a textile suit, bettering her own mark from the European Championship last month.

Hanging on: Miley turned into the freestyle leg 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye and held on to win by 0.19 seconds

Hanging on: Miley turned into the freestyle leg 2.04 seconds ahead of Ye and held on to win by 0.19 seconds

The 23-year-old 'was hanging on for dear life' and admitted the achievement had significance for both her and her father and coach Patrick, vindicating their approach after the Olympics.

Miley said: 'A lot of top athletes aren't here so for me I see it as an opportunity and any opportunity I see I try and take it.

'So for me I was aiming for it to be a confidence booster for both myself and my dad and what we are doing this season.

'Not only were we trying to chase placings, but also to do a really good time which I was really happy with.

'But the main thing is long-course (50m) swimming so I am really happy with what I've done, but for me I am not going to be happy with it until I can prove I can do it long course as well.

'Hindsight is a great thing and lots of people have cliches and I was genuinely was happy with that swim, but for me I probably wouldn't be the athlete I am standing here today doing those times if the Olympics hadn't have happened.'

Golden girl: Miley (centre) poses with her gold medal in Istanbul

Golden girl: Miley (centre) poses with her gold medal in Istanbul

Lowe secured Britain's first medal in Istanbul as she won bronze in the 200m butterfly.

The 22-year-old swam from lane one after qualifying seventh, meaning she had no idea of how the expected leaders were faring.

However, that had little bearing on the Swansea ITC swimmer who touched in two minutes 3.19 seconds. It was also a national record for Lowe, who lowered her own 2010 mark, the Briton leading after 150m before being overtaken by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and 2012 Olympic champion Jiao Liuyang.

All smiles: Jemma Lowe (right) picked up the bronze in the 200m butterfly

All smiles: Jemma Lowe (right) picked up the bronze in the 200m butterfly

Lowe said: 'I'm really pleased with that. I didn't know what to expect after this morning when I was in that slow heat by myself and I just scraped into the final.

'Because I have won a medal previously at world short course I was really determined to get up there, so I just gave it my very best tonight and I can't believe how it worked out.'

There was no such satisfaction for Michael Jamieson, the Olympic 200m breaststroke silver medallist.

The Glaswegian was thoroughly frustrated, despite setting a new personal best of 58.56s in the 100m breaststroke.

He said: 'It's the same old story on the 100 – I just can't keep up with the bigger guys.

Powerhouse: Lowe put in a solid performance to pick up Britain's first medals

Powerhouse: Lowe put in a solid performance to pick up Britain's first medals

'It's frustrating – it's the fastest I have ever been but I am getting to the stage with the 200m that if I am ever going to improve then my 100 needs to come down.'

That was in contrast to Georgia Davies, another Swansea ITC swimmer, who set a personal best of 57.41s to qualify third for the 100m backstroke final.

Lizzie Simmonds was 10th in 58.34s, although her focus is on the 200m since her move to Bath ITC.

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Jose Mourinho could replace him at Manchester United

Marvellous Mourinho could replace me! Fergie backs Special One for special job at United

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UPDATED:

23:36 GMT, 2 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Jose Mourinho could be the man to replace him at Manchester United.

A fortnight ago the pair shared afternoon tea at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where Real Madrid were staying ahead of their Champions League match against Manchester City.

The Portuguese has made it clear his ambition is to manage in England again and, when asked if Mourinho could replace him at United when he retires, Ferguson, 70, said: ‘He can manage anywhere, absolutely.

Man for man: Sir Alex Ferguson admits he could be replaced by Jose Mourinho one day

Man for man: Sir Alex Ferguson admits he could be replaced by Jose Mourinho one day

Man for man: Sir Alex Ferguson admits Jose Mourinho could replace him one day

'I would never think a guy who hasn’t played a game could be a top coach but then you’ve got to look at his personality. He’s got a marvellous, strong personality and that bridges that gap.

‘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.’

In an interview for Monday night’s ITV4 documentary Mourinho, Ferguson reveals how he became friends with the Real boss following United’s defeat by Porto in the Champions League in 2004. He was struck by the difference in Mourinho’s personality when away from the cameras.

The Scot said: ‘When he comes into my office he can take a joke against himself, that is what I like about him. I give him a lot of stick and he laughs it off.

‘I don’t think it bothers Jose [having a controversial image]. He knows it is results that count.’

Friend and foe: The pair have got on famously since their first meeting in 2004

Friend and foe: The pair have got on famously since their first meeting in 2004

Friend and foe: The pair have got on famously since their first meeting in 2004

Mourinho has made it clear he has unfinished business in England. He is desperate to win the Champions League — the one trophy that eluded him at Chelsea — with an English club. His failure to win the competition cost him his job.

The 49-year-old said: ‘In my career everything was perfect. The only thing I didn’t, and I hope I can do it one day, is to win a Champions League with an English club. Nobody puts pressure on me because I put pressure on myself.’

In October, he said after Madrid ‘the next step will be England, but when I don’t know’.

During 10 years of management, Mourinho has won 20 trophies. Ferguson has 48 in 26 years but he does not rule out his haul being overtaken by Mourinho.

'He is a greedy b*****,’ said Ferguson.

Ricky Burns to face Jose Ocampo

Ocampo lined up for Burns night! Filipino in for injured Walsh to take on champion Ricky

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UPDATED:

12:26 GMT, 29 November 2012

Ricky Burns will face Jose Ocampo in his latest world title defence after the Filipino was drafted in as replacement for the injured Liam Walsh.

Burns had been due to defend his WBO lightweight belt against Walsh next month until the Norfolk-based fighter hurt his back in a road accident.

Ocampo, rated 14 in the world by the WBO, will now face Burns at London's ExCeL on December 15.

Great Scot: Ricky Burns (right) celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell

Great Scot: Ricky Burns (right) celebrates his victory over Kevin Mitchell

The 23-year-old challenger has suffered five defeats, but most of them came in his teenage years, and 12 of his 17 victories have come inside the distance.

Should he win, Burns has been lined up for a unification fight with unbeaten American Adrien Broner, who added to his growing reputation by securing the WBC lightweight title this month.

The Scot, who swept aside Kevin Mitchell in four rounds in September, said: 'I'd say that this is going to be the hardest fight of my career so far against a young hungry challenger who will be looking to take my title.

Too good: Scot Burns beat Mitchell in four rounds in Glasgow

Too good: Scot Burns beat Mitchell in four rounds in Glasgow

'Filipino fighters are as tough as they come, just look at (Manny) Pacquiao and Nonito Donnaire, like the Mexicans and Africans they come to have a fight and Ocampo will do just that.

'If he fights like those two, as people say he does, then I'll be in for a tough night.

'It's unfortunate that Walsh had an accident and had to pull out of our fight, but I'm a world champion and I have to deal with these changes and I'm confident I'll deal with Ocampo.'

Bad luck: Liam Walsh (left) was forced to pull out of his fight with Burns

Bad luck: Liam Walsh (left) was forced to pull out of his fight with Burns

Promoter Frank Warren added: 'It's going to be hard for Ricky, he's been training to face Walsh and in an ideal world he would have had more time to prepare for the different style that Ocampo will bring.

'He can't afford to slip up, though, we are virtually there with the fight against Broner for next year and that will only happen if he comes through against Ocampo.'

Manchester United Onesie – would you wear this to Old Trafford?

There's only ONESIE team in Manchester – but would you wear this to Old Trafford

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UPDATED:

10:55 GMT, 27 November 2012

Can you imagine sporting this down at Old Trafford

The stars of Manchester United are generally thought to have a keen fashion sense and expensive taste in clothes.

But if they want to stay warm this winter, they could invest in something a little less costly and a lot more cosy, like this Manchester United Onesie, on sale online from 24Studio.

Dressed for success: The Manchester United Onesie

Cosy The Manchester United Onesie

Fashion meets football: The Manchester United Onesie is on sale in time for Christmas

With sizes available for all ages, the entire Rooney clan could spend their Christmas holidays in these stylish numbers, which can be personalised with up to 11 letters on the back.

Some members of the United squad have been known for their more flamboyant fashion decisions. Who could forget Rio Ferdinand's denim hotpants

So it's not too hard to imagine them setting a trend with this particular garment, which costs 19.99 for adult sizes.

It is, however, unlikely that this will appeal to Sir Alex Ferguson's more conservative dress sense. A suit and tie and perhaps on occasion a questionable polo neck is more the Scot's look.

Mark Hughes rues wasteful Queens Park Rangers

Hughes frustrated by wasteful QPR after another defeat leaves sorry Rs rock bottom

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UPDATED:

19:46 GMT, 10 November 2012

QPR boss Mark Hughes was left rueing his side's profligacy after seeing their wait for a Barclays Premier League win this season extended to 11 games with this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

The Rs have sunk back to the bottom of the table following a contest in which they were the better side for long periods, only to be undone by Charlie Adam's 52nd-minute strike.

Adel Taarabt wastefully chipped over for the visitors when presented with a good chance just before the interval and was unable to convert further opportunities after Adam's goal, while Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic did well to keep out an Esteban Granero effort.

Rueful: Mark Hughes was frustrated that his side were unable to put in one of their many chances

Rueful: Mark Hughes was frustrated that his side were unable to put in one of their many chances

Hughes was in many ways satisfied with his team's display but was frustrated at their failure to make it count.

'We've had this conversation too many times after games unfortunately,' Hughes said.

'We played well as the away side – I thought it was a decent away performance.

'We restricted Stoke to very few chances. In general play I thought we were the dominant team in terms of how we wanted to get the ball down and play.

'But the key at the moment is that we have to take chances when they present themselves.

'We created good opportunities, but unfortunately didn't take them.'

Hughes was keen to defend Taarabt, rating the midfielder's overall performance as 'really effective'.

But the manager admitted a lack of a clinical touch had cost QPR, as well as hesitant defending for Adam's goal, with the ball being allowed to bounce through to the Scot when Jon Walters nodded a free-kick his way in the box.

'In fairness to Adel, I played him through the middle and I thought he was really effective,' Hughes said.

'He understood what was required, got in between the lines and was causing Stoke a real problem, certainly in the first half.

'If we had got a goal, I think it would have capped an excellent first-half performance for us, but it wasn't to be and you know that at those points in games, if you don't take your chances then there is always the danger you will concede at the other end.

Swing and a miss: Adel Taarabt chipped over the bar

Swing and a miss: Adel Taarabt chipped over the bar

Harsh lesson: Charlie Adam stroked home a loose ball in the 52nd minute

Harsh lesson: Charlie Adam stroked home a loose ball in the 52nd minute

'Stoke will always put the ball into the box and you have to deal with things dropping around you.

'Unfortunately we made a mistake, one of the few we made today at the back – I thought defensively we were very good today, better than we have been in recent weeks.

'At the moment, every mistake we make is getting punished.'

Although he has been publicly backed in recent weeks by QPR owner Tony Fernandes – who prior to kick-off had written 'Keep the faith. Panic is not what the doc ordered' on his Twitter account – the pressure is increasing on Hughes.

Asked if he had spoken after the game to Fernandes, Hughes said: 'I have not spoken to Tony – I spoke to him before.'

Stoke boss Tony Pulis expressed some measure of sympathy for his fellow Welshman Hughes, although he emphasised the importance of grinding out results.

'We have played games this year that we should never have lost,' said Pulis, whose team registered what was only their second win of the campaign and are up to 12th.

'He (Hughes) will be disappointed, with the chances they have created today, that they haven't scored some goals.

'But you need to eke out results.'

Wasteful: QPR dominated the game for long periods

Wasteful: QPR dominated the game for long periods

Wasteful: QPR dominated the game for long periods but could not eke out a result in the end

Crystal Palace want Steve Coppell as director of football

Palace to approach Crawley to prise Coppell away for director of football role

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 25 October 2012

Heading back The Eagles wants Coppel to return to Selhurst Park

Heading back The Eagles wants Coppel to return to Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace will make an official approach to League One Crawley this weekend as they look to appoint Steve Coppell as their director of football.

The news comes after Dougie Freedman completed his move to Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers

Freedman has targeted an instant return to the Barclays Premier League after taking charge at the Reebok.

The
Scot, who has signed a two-and-a-half year deal, replaces Owen Coyle after being lured away from Championship rivals
Crystal Palace.

Bolton sacked Coyle after a poor start to the season following their bid to gain promotion back to the top-flight.

Freedman said: 'I am delighted to join Bolton. The club is geared up to getting back into the Premier League.'

Shanghai Masters 2012: Andy Murray given bye into third round after Florian Mayer pulls out

Murray handed bye into third round as injury rules Mayer out of Shanghai Masters

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 10 October 2012

Andy Murray enjoyed a free pass into the third round of the Shanghai Masters as scheduled opponent Florian Mayer withdrew through injury prior to their match.

Murray, the two-time defending champion and number three seed in Shanghai, was awarded the walkover victory after Germany's Meyer, who enjoyed a straightforward 6-4 6-0 win over Bernard Tomic in the first round, succumbed to a rib injury.

Take it easy: Murray has been handed a pass through to the third round

Take it easy: Murray has been handed a pass through to the third round

Having also been handed a first-round bye, US Open champion Murray finds himself in the last 16 of the hardcourt tournament without having struck a ball in anger.

The Scot will meet either Gilles Simon or Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round.

Crocked: Mayer has pulled out due to injury

Crocked: Mayer has pulled out due to injury

Bolton boss Owen Coyle feels axe hovering

Coyle feels Bolton axe hovering after day of talks fail to resolve club issues

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UPDATED:

22:42 GMT, 8 October 2012

Owen Coyle has edged closer to the Bolton exit following a day of talks with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside.

Bolton have won only three of their 10 games in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League in May and sit seventh from bottom.

Under fire: Owen Coyle's reign as Bolton boss looks to be drawing to a close

Under fire: Owen Coyle's reign as Bolton boss looks to be drawing to a close

The international break has given Davies and Gartside the opportunity to make a change and the indications were that Coyle will be axed after nearly three years in charge.

The 46-year-old Scot said after Saturday’s defeat at Millwall that he would understand if he was not given more time to turn the club around, but insisted he will not quit.

‘I would never walk away from Bolton Wanderers,’ said Coyle. ‘But if, when we speak, the powers that be feel the club needs to go in a different direction, direction, then I’d understand that.’

Mick McCarthy in line for Bolton job

McCarthy in line for Bolton job should Gartside call time on Coyle's reign

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 7 October 2012

Mick McCarthy has emerged as a leading contender if Bolton decide to axe Owen Coyle.

Saturday’s defeat at Millwall left Coyle’s side seventh from bottom in the Championship. Afterwards the dejected Scot admitted to his players that it might be time for them to hear ‘a new voice’.

Chairman Phil Gartside will weigh up his options during the international break, but he knows that McCarthy would be a popular choice among supporters.

Borrowed time: Coyle (left) could be replaced by McCarthy (right)

Borrowed time: Coyle (left) could be replaced by McCarthy (right)

Borrowed time: Coyle (left) could be replaced by McCarthy (right)