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Summary

  1. Newcastle confirm McClaren appointment
  2. West Ham sign Spanish midfielder Obiang
  3. Messi faces tax fraud trial
  4. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan, Emlyn Begley and Michael Emons

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Goodbye

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And we will leave it there for today, and it has been a big day for Newcastle United.

We will be back at 08:00 BST on Thursday morning so, as always, thanks for all your comments. We will see you again tomorrow. Bye for now.

'The squad is not good enough'

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has been talking on BBC Radio 5 live about the changes at Newcastle

On Steve McClaren's appointment as head coach, Howey says: "He did well at Middlesbrough, at FC Twente and in the first season at Derby. Last season they were five points clear and didn't even make the playoffs so that was disappointing. I think he's a good appointment. He's got vast experience. He would need a lot of help because the squad at the moment is not good enough."

On Mike Ashley (pictured) stepping down from the board, Howey adds: "We all know there's no love for the owner. It has been rumoured that he would be putting more money into the club so the new manager could make some quality signings. So whatever steps he's taken is obviously a step in the right direction."

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On the board

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

Steve McClaren has not only become Newcastle United's new head coach,

the 54-year-old has also been named on the club's board.

Mike Ashley has left his position on the board but remains the club's owner.

Can McClaren fare better?

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

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McClaren's career: Always the bridesmaids

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

He replaced Nigel Clough at Derby in 2013 and led the Rams to the play-offs in his first season - though they lost in the final at Wembley to QPR and Bobby Zamora's last-minute winner.

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Topped the table on three occasions last season, and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, but McClaren's Derby suffered a dramatic slump in form towards the end of the campaign and missed out on a play-off place on the final day when they were hammered at home by Reading.

McClaren was sacked a few days later.

McClaren's career - Forest flop

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

He succeeded Billy Davies as manager of Nottingham Forest in June 2011.

It didn't go well, is the polite way of putting it - McClaren resigning after Forest only won eight points from his first 10 league games in charge.

Then again, if you start taking phone calls halfway through a game it's no surprise when it all goes wrong.

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Very shrewd appointment - Barton

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

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Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton thinks Steve McClaren is the right man for Newcastle.

Barton writes on Twitter: "Very shrewd appointment by Newcastle. Great coach Steve. He has all the qualities needed to succeed there."

McClaren's career - European glory

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

McClaren headed to the Netherlands after his England failure, and successfully rebuilt his career at FC Twente, leading the club to the Dutch title for the first time in its history in 2010.

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In the process, McClaren became the first Englishman to manage a team to a top-level European domestic league title since Bobby Robson with FC Porto in 1996.

He left to take over at Bundesliga side Wolfsburg - but was sacked after just seven months in charge.

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Sam Tomkinson: Why would you want to manage Newcastle? Absolute poison chalice. Owner content with mediocrity and fans expecting the world.

Myles Warwood: As a Newcastle fan I don't understand others disappointment in McClaren, who were you expecting? Klopp?

Andrew: Steve McLaren did a great job at Middlesbrough and I have high hopes for Newcastle! A northern manager through and through.

McClaren's career - national service

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

Who can forget this iconic image, possibly the low-point of Steve McClaren's management career?

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McClaren's England suffered a miserable 3-2 defeat to Croatia that cost them qualification for Euro 2008 - and cost the manager his job.

As the rain poured down during the game, McClaren sheltered under an umbrella. The next morning's papers dubbed him the 'Wally with the brolly'. Because it would have been more more dignified to get a soaking...

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Swansea City sign Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille, subject to Premier League and international clearance.

The 25-year-old, who attracted interest from a number of Premier League and big European clubs, has signed a four-year deal at the Liberty after his contract expired at the French club.

Ayew, who will wear the number 10 shirt, will bolster Garry Monk's attacking options as he can play anywhere along the front line and behind the striker.

Woodrow stays with Fulham

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Fulham striker

Cauley Woodrow has signed a new three-year contract with the Championship club.

The 20-year-old, who has represented England at Under-21 level, will remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2018, while the Whites have the option to extend the deal for a further year.

McClaren's career - a trophy and a European final

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

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In 2001 Steve McClaren became manager of Middlesbrough. In 2003-04 they won the League Cup and then two seasons later he took them to the Uefa Cup final, where they were beaten 4-0 by Spanish side Sevilla.

Despite that defeat, it was still enough for him to get the interest of the Football Association and he became England boss in May 2006.

Caught in the middle

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Wish Steve McClaren well at Newcastle. Not his fault he's caught in the middle of club stance towards media but will overshadow his appointment."

It is being suggested that only selected media outlets were invited to speak to McClaren.

McClaren's career - Success as Man Utd number two

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

So let's look back at Steve McClaren's career in football. A very young McClaren is pictured during his time as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United.

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McClaren enjoyed great success during his two years as Fergie's right-hand man from 1999 to 2001, which including United winning the treble - Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup - in 1999.

McClaren becomes Newcastle head coach

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Alex Mays: Appointment of Steve McClaren doesn't really fill me with confidence, opting for Vieira would have shown a lot more ambition.

Rob Thornton: Doesn't matter who Newcastle appoint as manager, they wont be allowed to manage anyways, so Ronald McDonald would do just fine.

'Is it a toxic job at Newcastle?'

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shaka Hislop has offered his opinion on Steve McClaren's appointment.

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"He did well during his time in Holland, less spectacularly in Germany but I think he's proved himself to be a fantastic coach, a very good manager," Hislop told BBC World Service.

"My only concern with that job is that Newcastle's biggest problems are elsewhere. You have to look higher up the food chain for that.

"You just wonder how toxic a position it is. I continue to believe that maybe the problems are with the ownership of Mike Ashley."

Track record

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McClaren targets Newcastle trophies

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

This will be music to Newcastle fans' ears.

"This club has waited far too long to win a trophy. That's one of my primary objectives here," says new boss Steve McClaren.

"I've already won trophies as a manager, and a club the size of Newcastle United should be winning cups and finishing in the top eight in the Premier League.

"I'm determined to give the supporters of Newcastle United a team they can be proud of. "The hard work starts now."

'The supporters are some of the most passionate in the world'

McClaren confirmed as Newcastle boss

Some quotes from new Newcastle boss Steve McClaren. "This is a big club with a wonderful heritage," says McClaren.

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"St. James' Park is like a cathedral on a Saturday afternoon, a symbol for the city and I am excited to be given this opportunity. I know how important Newcastle United is to the city and the region.

"The supporters are some of the most loyal, passionate and devoted in the world. Despite everything they maintain their faith. We owe it to them to do everything we can to reward them with success.

"There's a lot of work to do, but the club has made it clear about wanting success, and I would not have come here if I didn't believe they were serious."

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Steve McClaren is confirmed as Newcastle United's new head coach. It is a three-year deal at St James' Park for the ex-England boss, with an option for a further five years.

Northants and Essex play out draw

Essex 276 & 506-9d, Northants 444 & 115-3

All-rounder Jesse Ryder completed a final-day century for Essex at Wantage Road before their County Championship Division Two game against Northants petered out to a draw.

The New Zealander hit two sixes and 10 fours in his 124 before being caught at cover point off Ollie Stone. Tom Westley added 15 to his overnight unbeaten 164 before Rory Kleinveldt (5-138) ended their 258-run stand.

Essex declared on 506-9, 339 ahead, and Northants were 115-3 when a halt was called, with Richard Levi 53 not out.

More success for Bouhanni

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Time to pose and show your muscles.

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French rider Nacer Bouhanni of the Cofidis team has won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in Sisteron, his second stage victory in the race.

Australia's Rohan Dennis of BMC retained the overall race leader's yellow jersey after the longest stage of the race, a 228-kilometre ride from Anneyron, although his team-mate Tejay van Garderen has the same time.

"I am very happy with my condition. I must have five or six second places since the start of the season but this was also my fifth victory," said Bouhanni, who won the points classification at last year's Giro d'Italia.

Agnew's view on record-breaking England

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Jonathan Agnew

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"There were some mitigating factors in England's record-breaking effort - a fantastic pitch, a lightning fast outfield and a mediocre New Zealand attack without the retired Daniel Vettori and rested Tim Southee.

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"But that takes nothing away from a very different England attitude, one that was tested when the home side found themselves 0-1 after only one ball of the match."

Read BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew's

latest column as he reflects on England's remarkable one-day victory over New Zealand.

We stay positive - Duggan

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England women's striker Toni Duggan writes on Twitter about her side's 1-0 defeat by France in their first Women's World Cup match.

She says: "It was a tough shift yesterday, its never a nice feeling when you lose but we stay positive & our goal doesn't change."

Coetzer added to T20 squad

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Kyle Coetzer has been

added to Scotland's squad for July's World T20 qualifiers following the withdrawal of Freddie Coleman.

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Northamptonshire batsman Coetzer, 31, was "hugely disappointed" at initially being left out. But Cricket Scotland insists it acted in Coetzer's "best interest" by "allowing him to concentrate on securing his future in county cricket".

Coleman has pulled out of the 15-man squad "due to personal circumstances".

McClaren for Newcastle?

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We are expecting to hear that Steve McClaren is to become the next Newcastle manager. Here are some more of your thoughts.

Shingy Wan: Steve McClaren. Worked with good managers in good sides, knows how to win. Not the glamour signing but could be good for both. No manager is going to enter NUFC without assurances they are going to go somewhere next season. McClaren has ambition.

Snafu: Still not sure where S.McLaren gets his reputation from. What's he done to suggest great things to come at Newcastle United?

Diaby's Arsenal career set to end

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Abou Diaby's injury-scarred nine-year stint at Arsenal is set to finish after he was included on a list of players to be released by the club on Wednesday.

Diaby, 29 and capped 16 times by France, broke an ankle shortly after joining Arsenal from Auxerre in January 2006 and has suffered injury problems ever since.

The midfielder's Arsenal tenure has been a succession of lengthy absences followed by aborted comebacks, with a cruciate knee ligament injury restricting him to just two appearances over the past two seasons.

O'Neill plays down car crash

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

said he is "fine" after returning to the training ground hours after being involved in a car crash.

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O'Neill, his assistant Roy Keane and three other management team members suffered minor injuries after Tuesday's smash on the M50 motorway in Dublin.

"We just got shunted from the back, said O'Neill. "I speak for myself, but I'm feeling not too bad."

Asked if the incident had been scary, O'Neill added after a pause: "Yeah, but listen, we're fine."

Ebanks-Blake eager to rediscover best form

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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake hopes his move to League One side Chesterfield will help him recapture the form that saw him twice finish as the Championship's top scorer during his time at Wolves.

The 29-year-old struggled for regular football during spells at Ipswich and Preston over the past two seasons.

"I'm as hungry as ever to get back to those heights," Ebanks-Blake told BBC Radio Sheffield. "This is the right move at the right time to get back to that level."

Dixon denies charge

Football

Former Chelsea and England centre forward Kerry Dixon

knocked a drinker off a bar stool and punched and kicked him on the ground, a court has heard.

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Luton Crown Court was shown footage of the attack at The Nags Head in Dunstable last May after the man allegedly called Mr Dixon a "fatso".

Mr Dixon, 53, who lives in the town, denies causing actual bodily harm.

The court was told Mr Dixon will be claiming he struck out in a "pre-emptive strike" in self defence.

McClaren to Newcastle?

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So there is speculation that Steve McClaren is set to become Newcastle United's manager in the next hour. Here are some of your thoughts on the former England boss.

Barry King: McClaren's not the right man for Newcastle United. He's a Yorkshire Pardew for me but great for the Ashley regime. He's another yes man.

Ross Arnett: I want McClaren to prove me wrong and bring excitement back to SJP. But I'm not holding out much hope. His appointment doesn't scare me in comparison to Pards in 2010. But it is not the exciting appointment the fans wanted.

Michael Laverton: Steve McClaren can do well for Newcastle but Mike Ashley needs to put his hands in his pockets to support him.

Mistaken identity

West Ham sign Obiang

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Perhaps not West Ham joint chairman David Gold's finest hour. The player pictured is, in fact, Juventus' Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna...

Gold has since deleted the tweet and added: "I've just spoke to Pedro and he sounded very excited to be here. He promised me that he'd learn to sing Bubbles in less than a month."

Messi faces tax fraud trial

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Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has moved a step closer to being tried for tax evasion after a Spanish high court rejected his latest appeal.

The Argentine and his father Jorge are both accused of defrauding the authorities of more than €4m (£3.1m).

The court ruled that Messi should not be granted impunity for not knowing what was happening with his finances.

The pair, who deny the charges, are alleged to have withheld the money between 2007 and 2009.

Pearson offered Leicester deal - reports

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The Premier League are reporting that Leicester City youngster James Pearson has been offered a new contract.

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Pearson, the son of manager Nigel Pearson, and fellow development squad members Tom Hopper and Adam Smith were accused in May of

appearing in a racist sex tape during the club's post-season tour to Thailand.

The trio apologised and Leicester have since refused to confirm if the contact offer to Pearson was made before the claims emerged.

Both Hopper and Smith are still under contract.

Adams to carry flag

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Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams has been selected as Team GB's flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Baku 2015 European Games on Friday.

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"To be representing Team GB at the first ever European Games is a great honour and being selected as the flag-bearer will be a truly unforgettable experience," said Adams.

"I know that carrying the flag will be a very proud moment not only for me and my family but also for everyone who has supported my career up to this point."

McClaren to Newcastle?

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So Steve McClaren may well be announced as the next Newcastle United manager in the next couple of hours.

Is the former England boss the right man to take over at St James' Park? What consists a good season for Newcastle in 2015-16?

Send us your thoughts on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Steel in the Irons' midfield

West Ham sign Obiang

Premier League referees may get to know West Ham's new signing very well if this statistic is anything to go by...

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Sport in winter weather

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Christopher Baigent: Blackburn v Brighton, Dec 2012, cancelled. Waterlogged pitch. Accrington, six miles away, played their game.

Simon Soothill: York City 1-0 Arsenal FA Cup. Fan power to clear snow-bound pitch. Keith Houchen penalty. Legend.

Amrit Elixir Gautam: US v Costa Rica, 2014 World Cup qualifying. Can't imagine how they can play in this pitch (pictured).

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Who is Pedro Obiang?

West Ham sign Obiang

  • The midfielder is 23 years old
  • He has signed a four-year deal with West Ham after helping Sampdoria finish seventh in Serie A in 2014-15
  • During that season he scored three times in 34 games
  • He has represented Spain at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level
  • He was brought up in Madrid and was on Atletico's books until he was 16 when he joined Sampdoria