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  1. Chelsea criticised over Courtois head injury
  2. Mike Watkinson quits as Lancashire director; Ashley Giles linked
  3. Jules Bianchi condition remains critical but stable, says FIA
  4. GET INVOLVED: Does the next England coach need to be English?

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Ed in Bristol via text on 81111: "Until recently, I was completely against the idea of a foreign England manager. I am a little more open-minded now but agree with Greg Dyke in that any foreign England manager must have an encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of the English game and English football culture.

"For that reason, Roberto Martinez is the only foreigner that I'd like to see lead the England team. I could possibly be convinced that Brendan Rodgers would also make a good England manager."

Ipswich full-back Hewitt joins Colchester


Colchester have made their second signing of the day, with Ipswich full-back

Elliott Hewitt joining on a month's loan.

Ex-Norwich midfielder David Fox signed a three-month deal with the U's earlier today.

Coentrao to miss internationals


Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao will miss Portugal's upcoming games against France and Denmark because of a left knee injury.

In Coentrao's absence, Malaga defender Antunes will likely make his ninth appearance.

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Tom Heath: The problem for any England coach is the fans - they hated the old set up they wanted a young side they get one and still complain.

Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan: Good to be back training with the national team looking forward to a good week.

Mackay & Jones linked with Bolton


Bolton Wanderers say they have received a dozen serious applications to replace Dougie Freedman as manager, and hope to unveil a replacement by the time they host Birmingham City after the international break.

The Bolton News is reporting that ex-Cardiff managers Malky Mackay and Dave Jones, and former Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray, are all interested in the post.

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Jordan Holdstock: I agree with him [Greg Dyke]. We're stuck with mediocre English players so we may as well get a top class foreign manager.

Alexandra Quas-Cohen: I think the national teams should be the best that nation has 2 offer. All coaches and staff should be home talent.

Premier League fixture changes

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Ho! Ho! Ho! - or not.

A few changes have been made to Premier League fixtures in December and the festive period.

Check out our

Premier League fixtures page for amendments.

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Henry Ashman: Nationality of the national coach doesn't bother me would prefer they know international football due to reduced contact time.

FA chairman Greg Dyke says the association would consider someone non-English in the future.

Huddersfield release prop Kaufusi

Rugby League

Huddersfield Giants have released prop Antonio Kaufusi by mutual consent to allow him to return to Australia.

The 29-year-old, who was 12 months into a two-year deal, joined the Giants from London Broncos last October.

He told the club website: "I know I had next year at the Giants, but an opportunity appeared back home for us which we want to pursue at this stage."

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John via text on 81111: Downing best midfielder in the Premier League at the minute. What about Hazard or Di Maria?Haha good one big Sam.

Miller's KP response


It's been a busy day in the world of cricket, hasn't it? In case you haven't already heard, Kevin Pietersen has criticised Matt Prior and ex-coach Andy Flower in his first interview since being sacked by England,

claiming there was a bullying culture in the squad.

Former England national selector Geoff Miller has responded, saying: "My role was to chair a meeting which selected a squad to win matches for England. To my knowledge, there was no atmosphere of bullying within the England set-up. What we tried to do was pick the best squad to create the best atmosphere to win matches."

More on Giles to Lancs


Following on from Pat Murphy's tip (15:38), the Daily Telegraph's

Nick Hoult tweets:"Ashley Giles is to be announced new Lancashire coach. Story to follow..."

Wenger for England?


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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Arsene Wenger as the next England coach?

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke says he is open to the idea of a non-English coach succeeding Roy Hodgson - as long as the person in question has a deep understanding of the game in England.

"They wouldn't necessarily have to be English but they certainly would have to understand English football," Dyke told Press Association Sport.

"You wouldn't rule out someone who is a Scot or Welsh or French but they would have to understand English football."

Who would you have as the next England coach? Does it matter if they are English or not?


Big Sam praises Downing


West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says Stewart Downing is the best midfielder in the Premier League on current form.

Downing, 30, had a key role in West Ham's 2-0 win over QPR, and has been an influential performer in the club's rise to seventh after seven matches.

"I don't think there is anybody playing in midfield that is better than Stewart Downing," Allardyce said. "He was my man of the match against QPR. The confidence is growing again in Stewart and he's showing his quality."

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Jules Bianchi update

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"An FIA spokesman says: 'Jules Bianchi's condition remains critical but stable'."

The Frenchman had surgery on Sunday after suffering a severe head injury when his car hit a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi, 25, was unconscious when taken to hospital.

Giles in at Lancs?


Ashley Giles, Warwickshire
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BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy: "Ashley Giles could be in line for a return to county cricket as director of cricket at Lancashire following the resignation of Mike Watkinson.

"Although Lancashire have been relegated, I understand the post appeals to Giles who has been out of work since losing his job as England's one-day coach in April.

"Giles would be attracted by the opportunity to rebuild a major club on a Test match ground, a task he fulfilled with great success at Edgbaston with Warwickshire for five years."

Benkenstein announces retirement


Former Durham batsman Dale Benkenstein has confirmed his retirement from playing cricket to focus on coaching Hampshire.

The 40-year-old, who played 23 one-day internationals for South Africa, scored almost 16,000 first-class runs in his career and picked up 100 wickets.

Bebeto & Romario elected to parliament


Bebeto (left) and Romario
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We sense a new series: 'Footballers and Politics'

Former World Cup winners Romario and Bebeto were among the Brazilian footballers elected to parliament in elections this weekend.

Romario, who was a deputy in the lower house, was elected Senator for Rio de Janeiro with 63% of the votes cast, while Bebeto, his striking partner when Brazil won the World Cup in 1994, was re-elected as a state deputy.

Scottish Cup draw


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Rangers have been drawn against Dumbarton as Billy Connolly helped pull the names out of the bag for the third round of the Scottish Cup.

Ally McCoist's side will take on their Scottish Championship rivals away from home after the Scottish comedian picked out the home teams at Edinburgh's Usher Hall, where he is performing stand-up shows.

No Scottish Premiership clubs were in the draw, neither were Hibernian and Hearts.

The games will be played on 1 November.

Contador's loss, Valverde's gain


Vuelta winner Alberto Contador will sit out of the season-ending Tour of Beijing with a knee injury, his absence ensuring fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde finishes the season at the top of the UCI World Tour rankings.

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Zach in Exeter via text on 81111: Utd fan responding to Dominic's comment. Liverpool drew with Everton and lost to West Ham. Games Utd both won. We'll see when the dust has settled in May. It begins...

McNair primed for NI call-up


Manchester United teenager Paddy McNair is likely to be called into the Northern Ireland squad to replace injured club team-mate Jonny Evans for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Evans is set to miss the games at home to the Faroe Islands and away to Greece with an ongoing ankle problem. McNair, 19, has started Manchester United's last two Premier League games because of a defensive injury crisis.

'Calm down Arjen, the kids are sleeping'


Arjen Robben and wife Bernadien
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Arjen Robben's wife and children might be pleased to see the Bayern Munich winger back in the Netherlands squad - because their husband/father cut a rather frustrated figure when he missed the two previous internationals with injury.

As the Dutch began preparations for Friday's qualifier against Kazakhstan in Amsterdam, Robben said: "I'm glad to be back and want to set things right.

"I was very cranky watching us lose in the last minute to the Czechs, I was sitting on the sofa like a supporter at home and could not believe how we gave it away, losing to such a clumsy goal. I was swearing so loudly my wife had to chide me. 'The kids are sleeping',' she said."

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Steven Ross: LVG is right. United have looked good in small doses. Will be lethal when everything clicks and defensive shape is sorted!

Partizan punished for Spurs trouble


Partizan Belgrade have been ordered to close part of their stadium for their next European home game following trouble at the match against Tottenham Hotspur last month, including an anti-Semitic banner.

The Serbian club were also fined around £31,000 for the incidents, which Uefa said also included the setting off of fireworks, the use of a laser pointer and a pitch invasion by supporters.

Shakira and her fun-gi


Shakira (left) and Barcelona's Gerard Pique

The movies? Trip to the mall? Maybe a walk down the promenade?

Not for pop-sport super couple Shakira (left) and Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique (bottom). The pair went

mushroom picking, as pictured on Shakira's Instagram.

Watkinson gives up Lancashire role


Former Lancashire and England all-rounder Mike Watkinson has stepped down from his role as the county's director of cricket after five years in the role.

The 53-year-old's decision clears the way for a revamp of the club's coaching structure with club captain Glen Chapple having been in charge of the first team for most of this summer, following Peter Moores' departure to take charge of England.

Watkinson was also assistant England coach on three tours under Duncan Fletcher.

Lancashire were relegated from Division One of the County Championship last summer.

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Andrew Neil: Can any player beat Cisse's 4 goals in 151 minutes of Premier League football this season?

Norwich boss unconcerned by home form


Norwich City manager Neil Adams has

warned against an overreaction to his side's frustrating home form, after failing to win any of their last four games at Carrow Road.

Four days after

Charlton snatched a 1-0 win there, the Canaries dominated their
1-1 draw with Rotherham in the Championship on Saturday, having 27 shots on goal against the Millers.

"We have to be careful there's no knee-jerk reaction and think it isn't good enough," Adams told

BBC Radio Norfolk. "We can't keep throwing points away at home, but it's fine margins again. How the ball stayed out, I have no idea."

Norwich remain top of the table on goal difference.

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Richard via text on 81111: Of course Ryan Shawcross should get his chance. Over 200 appearances as captain of Stoke, still a young man.

Flying Fragapane wows on World debut


Claudia Fragapane

BBC Sport's Nick Hope: British four-time Commonwealth gold medal-winning gymnast Claudia Fragapane qualifies for four finals on her World Artistic Championship debut in Nanning, China.

Arc winner Treve retired

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BBC Radio 5 live's racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "It's been confirmed that French filly Treve, winner of yesterday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for the second year running, has been retired to stud.

"Trainer Criquette Head-Maarek indicated that Treve, only the sixth horse to complete back to back successes in European flat racing's most prestigious prize, may now be mated with champion stallion Galileo."

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Southern Stokie via text on 81111: I do not understand why Ryan Shawcross continues to be ignored by Roy Hodgson. Probably the most consistent centre-back in the Premier League.

England play San Marino and Estonia in the next set of Euro 2016 qualifiers - should Shawcross get his chance?

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Cech-ing out


Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech: Have a lovely day all EPL fans ... It is time to work for me ... National team duty

Blues stalwart Cech replaced the injured Courtois - he now joins up with Czech Republic for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Colchester return for midfielder Fox


Midfielder David Fox has returned to former club Colchester United on a three-month deal.

The 30-year-old has been a free agent since leaving Norwich City in June and had been training with the League One side.

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Neelam Khan: Why is Wenger getting so much stick for shoving Mourinho?! Just goes to show passion in the game. We should be applauding him!

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Tomsk: Interesting listening to LVG talking about 'when Utd play well'...this IS Utd playing well! They haven't a hope of top 4

Chelsea respond to Courtois criticism


This is a bit of a hot potato at the moment - how to handle head injuries in sport.

Chelsea have responded to criticism by a brain injury charity over their handling of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois's head injury in Sunday's win over Arsenal.

The Belgium international collided with Alexis Sanchez, but played on for 14 minutes before being taken to hospital for checks.

Chelsea said Courtois suffered

"a minor cut to the ear".

They added: "Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our game against Arsenal yesterday for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear. He is expected to report for international duty later this week.‎"