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By Steve Canavan and Elizabeth Hudson

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  1. Until next time...

    So, another busy Sportsday draws to a close. Thanks as ever for your company and contributions.

    We're back from 08:00 BST on Tuesday. See you then...

  2. Mourinho charged by FA


    A little more on the news that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the FA for comments made after the Southampton match.

    A statement reads: "It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute."

    Mourinho has until 18:00 BST on Thursday to respond.

    Jose Mourinho
  3. Liverpool an 'exceptional' club - Rodgers


    Rodgers has departed with plenty of praise for both the club and its supporters, saying: "Liverpool has a magnificent football heritage and I have nothing but respect and admiration for history, tradition and values that make the city and the club so exceptional."

    League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan also describes Rodgers as "one of the most forward-thinking British managers in the game", adding that "it won't be too long before he finds a new challenge".

  4. Rodgers 'incredibly disappointed'


    Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgershas released a statement following his sacking from Liverpool on Sunday, saying he is "incredibly disappointed" to be leaving Anfield.

    He says: "It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game's great clubs for the past three years. 

    "I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club's magnificent fans can be proud of."

    He also describes the squad as still being in "transition" and extends his thanks to the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, the fans and backroom staff.

  5. Dolphins sack coach Philbin

    American Football

    Fresh from their defeat by the New York Jets in London on Sunday, Miami Dolphins have announced the departure of head coach Joe Philbin...

  6. Breaking news - Mourinho charged


    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been charged for misconduct in relation to media comments he made following Chelsea’s game against Southampton on Saturday.

  7. Klopp ideal for Liverpool - Owen


    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has said Jurgen Klopp would be the ideal man to succeed the sacked Brendan Rodgers. 

    Owen told Sports Lobster: "Klopp would certainly excite the Liverpool fans who have become so disillusioned with Rodgers and in this day and age their part in the whole process cannot be overestimated. 

    "He would also bring a burning desire to succeed and to take the club from their true position of 'top six' to right back in the mix for winning the title and where finishing top four is a given every season.”

    Jurgen Klopp
  8. Murray 'adapting' to Cherries style


    BournemouthstrikerGlenn Murraysays he isstill adaptingto his new side's style of play after scoring his first goal for the club against Watford. 

    Murray headed Bournemouth in front on Saturday, but also saw his 85th-minute penalty saved in the 1-1 draw. 

    The 32-year-old is hoping to for a run of starts upfront in the absence of injured striker Callum Wilson. 

    "We build attacks slower, we keep the ball for longer. I'm adapting slowly but surely," he told BBC Radio Solent.

    Glenn Murray
  9. Bouchard retires because of dizziness


    Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has retired from her opening match against Andrea Petkovic at the China Open because of dizziness. 

    Bouchard suffered concussion after slipping in the locker room after her third-round win in the US Open last month and was forced to withdraw from the tournament, as well as subsequent events in Tokyo and Wuhan. 

    The Canadian was trailing 6-2 1-1 against Petkovic on Monday when she decided to quit.

    Eugenie Bouchard
  10. Monday night rugby

    Rugby Union

    BBC Radio 5 live's Monday night rugby show should have one or two things on their agenda this evening... 

  11. News round-up

    There's been a lot of Liverpool so far, so here's a quick look at what's going on elsewhere in the world of sport...

  12. Japan break viewing records

    Rugby Union

    A record national audience of 25 million tuned in to watch Japan's victory over Samoa in the Rugby World Cup on Sunday. 

    It beats the previous record of 20.7 million held by France when national broadcaster TF1 televised the first semi-final of Rugby World Cup 2007 between France and England in Paris.  

    Japan fans
  13. Reina backs Liverpool to recover

    Pepe Reina had a tricky relationship with sacked Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and was first loaned out to Napoli before joining Bayern Munich.  

  14. Strange goings on in Welsh camp

    Rugby union

    Welsh preparations for their Rugby World Cup clash with Australia at Twickenham took a spooky twist on Monday with ghostly tales and talk of former King of England Henry VIII. 

     Wales are staying at the Oatlands Hotel in Weybridge, originally the site of a grand royal palace which Henry, the second monarch in the Welsh Tudor dynasty, built for his fourth queen, Anne of Cleves, in the 16th Century. 

    "A few boys think they've seen a ghost but I'm not sure they actually have. I think it's best to stay away from room 1313. Some of them reckon they have seen Henry VIII," prop Samson Lee said on Monday.

    Henry VIII
  15. Welshmen unite


    It's been a good week to be Welsh and rugby trio Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and James Hook celebrated reaching the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals by watching Arsenal's 3-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday. 

    How did they get tickets? They have a friend with good contacts in Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey. 

    "Picked a good game to come to lads," posted Welshman Ramsey on his Instagram account. 

    (Left to right) Jamie Roberts, Aaron Ramsey, Mike Phillips and James Hook
  16. Klopp to Liverpool, maybe?


    Jurgen Klopp

    Former German international midfielderStefan Effenberghas strongly hinted to the BBC's World Football programme that Jurgen Klopp will be the next coach of Liverpool.

    "Liverpool is one of the greatest atmospheres. It’s pretty much the same as Dortmund," said the World Cup winner, who is a good friend of Klopp.

    "The fans stay with everything behind the club and this is what Jurgen Klopp likes and what he needs.

    “So I maybe, very soon, we’ll hear something from Jurgen Klopp, to make a decision, maybe, for Liverpool.”

  17. Rooney - The man behind the goals


    Ah, yes, Gary Lineker's documentary with England captain Wayne Rooney will be broadcast this evening at 21:00 BST. Kevin Pietersen will be watching, will you? 

  18. Williams set to return

    Rugby Union

    Wales full-back Liam Williams is set to return from concussion to face Australia in their World Cup Pool A decider on Saturday.

    Williams missed Wales' win against Fiji after suffering a blow to the head during their victory against England.

    Flanker Dan Lydiate and lock Bradley Davies who were both taken off against Fiji on Thursday are both in line to play while Paul James will return to full training on Tuesday after a calf strain.

    The team is set to be announced on Thursday.

    Liam Williams receives treatment
  19. Cowan wants fast start for Scots

    Rugby Union

    Scotland flanker Blair Cowan says his side must make a fast start in next Saturday's World Cup match against Samoa.

    Vern Cotter's men have been sluggish in the early exchanges of Pool B games against Japan, the United States and South Africa, before rallying.

    "In the opening 20 minutes they will come out firing and we have got to be on a par with them," said Cowan."They are fierce warriors. We are very aware of their strengths."

    Blair Cowan
  20. Serena on holiday


    There's no point in any of us emailing Serena Williams this week because the world's top female tennis player probably has her out of office on. 

    Williams, who will not play for the rest of this year, posted a picture on her Instagram account relaxing with friends in Texas. 

    She's was pictured with model and television star Colton Haynes, known for his roles in drama series Teen Wolf and supernatural hero series Arrow.

    Serena Williams
  21. Ansari signs new Surrey deal


    Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has agreed a new three-year contract with the county.

    The 23-year-old was selected for England's current tour to the UAE, but later ruled out of the trip after dislocating a thumb while fielding in a County Championship match.

    "I feel that at the moment, Surrey is a good side that is getting better," he told the club website.

    Zafar Ansari
  22. Who should replace Rodgers?


    Paul Dalglish, the son of a certain Kenny Dalglish, has his say on Liverpool's current managerial vacancy... 

  23. I became negative - Advocaat


    Dick Advocaat has admitted his Sunderland squad were not good enough to avoid another relegation scrap.

    The 68-year-old head coach parted company with the club on Sunday just eight games into the new league season having failed to lead them to victory in any of them.

    Advocaat has told Studio Voetbal: "I already made my decision last week, but the club asked me to do the match against West Ham and I really wanted to finish this in style.

    "The struggle against relegation is not my cup of tea. I think it was time for someone else to take over at Sunderland. I became negative and that didn't feel like myself."

    Dick Advocaat
  24. England drop to eighth

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster has had better weeks. Not only are his England team already out of the Rugby World Cup, the side are now at their joint-lowest ever position in the world rankings.

  25. Begovic believes Chelsea can bounce back


    Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says he and his team-mates need to use the international break to clear their heads before getting back to basics.

    The Blues are struggling to find their form and find themselves in 16th place in the Premier League table.

    "When things are not going your way it's tough; we're playing against a lot of things at the moment, it's a mental thing as well, but it's just something we've got to keep fighting through," he said.

    "Hopefully one result will get the confidence going again and we can kick on. We have to show character and we can't feel sorry for ourselves."

    Asmir Begovic
  26. Rodgers sacked

    Where's the money gone?

    Compiled by our colleagues at BBC Radio 5 live...

  27. Cricket

    Pakistan A v England

  28. Contract extended



    Essex limited-overs captainRyan ten Doeschatehas extended his contract, keeping him with the county until the end of the 2017 season.

    The 35-year-old, who first joined Essex in 2003, became white-ball captain at the start of the 2014 season.

    "We've underachieved this year and we will be working harder to improve next year," he told the club's website. 

  29. Sensible Chelsea


    Football writer and BBC 5 live contributor Henry Winter on the situation at Stamford Bridge.

  30. Bail rejected


    A Swiss court has rejected an attempt by one of the imprisoned Fifa officials to be released on bail for medical reasons.

    The Federal Criminal Court didn't name the man.

    Six men remain in custody in Switzerland after being arrested in May on American charges while in Zurich for the Fifa Congress. 

  31. The price is right ... or is it?


    On Thursday, 15 October the Price of Football study will be out across the BBC.

    We'd love to hear your stories of how you follow your club and from where in the world.

    What is the modern day football fan? Let us know via the BBC SportFacebook page.

  32. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


    Hmm, see what you've done there Tea...

  33. Klopp: contact made

    Liverpool latest

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Klopp is understood to be open to the idea of a move to Anfield, having sounded out former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamman about the club, the city and the fans.

    But an agreement has not yet been reached. Rodgers, meanwhile, is coming to terms with his dismissal with sources close to the Northern Irishman admitted he has been left devastated by the decision to sack him.

    He plans to take some time away before assessing his options but is in no rush to take another job.

    Negotiations over his severance package, which could cost Liverpool in excess of £5m, will take place in due course. 

  34. Klopp: contact made

    Liverpool latest

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport


    Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Jurgen Klopp as the Anfield club push for a swift resolution to their search for a new manager. 

    The German is the clear frontrunner to succeed Brendan Rodgers but Carlo Ancelotti will also be sounded out about the role.

    Liverpool’s American owners have no plans to travel to the UK and, at this stage, plan to oversee the recruitment process from the United States.

  35. McBryde hopes for support from Prince Harry

    Rugby Union

    Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde hopes that avid England fan Prince Harry might be persuaded to wear a Wales shirt as the World Cup heads towards its quarter-final stage. 

    Prince Harry's brother, the Duke of Cambridge, is Vice Royal Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union and regularly attends Wales games while his younger brother has a similar role with the RFU.

    "The Duke of Cambridge is an avid [Wales] supporter and it was good to see him in the changing room after the Fiji game," McBryde said. 

     "He is going to support Wales and hopefully if he can influence his brother Harry to put on a Welsh shirt, that will be great to see as well."

    Prince Harry
  36. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


  37. Ireland reach World Cup last eight

    Rugby Union

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell

    Elsewhere at the World Cup, Ireland have booked their quarter-final place but only after having to withstand a strong challenge from a Sergio Parisse-inspired Italy.  

    They eventually triumphed 16-9 but will need to improve when they face fellow quarter-finalists France in Sunday's Pool D decider at the Millennium Stadium with the losers probably handed the daunting task of facing New Zealand in the last eight.

    The Hit on the BBC Sport website looks at the best of the action from that game and also Argentina's win over Tonga which had footballing great Diego Maradona among the spectators.

    Diego Maradona
  38. Three more in the frame


    Sam Allardyce and Nigel Pearson, both available, and Burnley manager Sean Dyche remain the bookies favourites to land the Sunderland job though.


    Allardyce, 60, had a season at Sunderland as a player in 1980-81. He has spent most of the past 14 years managing in the Premier League, with Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn and West Ham, who did not renew his contract this summer.

    Pearson, 52, was sacked by Leicester in the summer despite guiding the club to Premier League safety with seven wins from their last nine games.

    Dyche guided Burnley into the Premier League two years ago but was unable to keep them there last season.

  39. Moyes to Sunderland?



    Sunderland are considering Real Sociedad manager David Moyes as they look for Dick Advocaat's successor but he is not near the top of their list.

    The 19th-placed Black Cats want a wide range of options to replace the Dutchman, who quit on Sunday.

    They are hoping to name a new boss before their next Premier League game at West Brom on 17 October.

    Available pair Sam Allardyce and Nigel Pearson and Burnley manager Sean Dyche are leading the bookmakers' odds.

  40. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked

    BBC Match of the Day Facebook

    Some posts from the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page...

    Eel Postino: Sorry to see him go. He's been great for the Southampton FC bank account.

    Lee Pennington: Second highest win percentage of any Liverpool manager in the Premier League and yet people are saying go for a manager who last season got Dortmund to 7th in Bundesliga? It's the ' transfer committee' that should have been scrapped, not the manager.

    Codey Sharp: Wrong decision, we have made progress. But said progress was hampered massively by fans unrealistic expectations and the loss of key personnel. Liverpool is an impossible job. Every season, if we go for the title, fans want the cups, if we go for the cups, fans want the title. Liverpool are not a side who can win both, we haven't got the squad.

  41. Chelsea celebrate title joy


    Twelve months ago, Chelsea players had tears in their eyes as the WSL title slipped from their grasp and they missed out on goal difference to Liverpool.

    Again, the race went down to the last day, but this time they completed a league and cup double by overcoming Sunderland 4-0 to lift the trophy, 23 years to the day after Chelsea Ladies played their first ever game and there were tears of joy.

    BBC Sport looksat how Emma Hayes' side triumphed in arguably the most fiercely contested Women's Super League season yet.

    Chelsea's Eni Aluko and Fran Kirby
  42. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


  43. Konta on the up


    Have a gander at this...

    Pleasant reading not just for Johanna Konta but for all British tennis fans.

    The 24-year-old certainly deserves her place in the top 50. She has won 21 of her last 23 matches and last week reached the quarter-finals of the Wuhan Open, where she was narrowly beaten in three sets by eventual winner Venus Williams.

  44. Rodgers sacked

    'No change' on transfer committee

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Liverpool's much-criticised "transfer committee" has been the subject of much debate since the sacking of Brendan Rodgers.


    It is the group that plots and carries out transfer strategy and up until Sunday night consisted of Rodgers, scouts Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, the man in charge of analysis Michael Edwards, FSG's Anfield representative Mike Gordon and chief executive Ian Ayre.

    I understand that the new manager WILL work within the existing structure because one of the big reasons for making the change was that owners FSG firmly believe someone else can get better results with the existing players and within the existing structure. In other words they believe it is a squad that can and will perform better under someone other than Brendan Rodgers.

  45. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


    Not sure you're taking this entirely seriously Tom...

  46. Lennon lambasts referee

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon could be in trouble after branding referee Darren Drysdale an "absolute disgrace" in the wake of Saturday's 4-3 defeat by QPR.

    "I've never seen a more biased performance from a referee in a long time," said the 44-year-old former Celtic boss. 

    "He gave QPR everything he possibly could, I was so frustrated with that."

  47. Stones set to return to Everton


    The Liverpool Echo reports that England are expected to send defender John Stones back to Everton to continue his rehab on a knee injury.

    Stones missed last Monday's win over West Brom and Sunday's Merseyside derby draw with the problem.

    But he was included in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia on Friday and Lithuania three days later.

    John Stones
  48. End of play

    Pakistan A v England

    And England, we reckon, will be pretty satisfied with that. Plenty of batsmen in the runs during the course of the day.

  49. Eriksen learns from Pirlo


    Tottenham's Christian Eriksen says that studying Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo helped him to two free-kick strikes as Spurs twice fought back from behind to draw 2-2 at Swansea on Sunday. 

    "I've watched Pirlo taking free-kicks and he makes it look so easy," Eriksen said.

    "When he's there (over the ball) he knows what to do. "But everybody has a different position of doing it. I know I have my own and it's working." 

    Christian Eriksen
  50. Paltry tally


    Quite a stat given Burnley and Hull aren't even in the division any longer...

  51. Get involved - Rodgers sacked


    Chris Cowcher: Whoever takes up the reigns Liverpool has to sort defence pronto. Could Carra be involved in new set up? Would be good PR with fans.

    Steve Howes: Problem for LFC, their history is great but they cant play that team now. we live in the present & fans must accept that.

    Tim Somers: You know what would be a funny? Klopp to become the new manager of Sunderland.

  52. Nice piece of silver


    Thorbjorn Olesen claimed his third European Tour title with victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.


    The Dane carded a one-under-par 71 to finish on 18 under, two strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka, with fellow American Chris Stroud a shot further back.

    England's Chris Wood tied for fourth thanks to a superb seven-under 65.

    "To win it on St Andrews, it is something you dream of when you are a little kid," said Olesen, 25. "All the hours I have put in this year has paid off."

  53. Rashid on song


    And another England man reaches 50...

  54. Child's play


    As Eilidh Child prepares for her walk down the aisle, the Scottish hurdler is working on another stride pattern with a view to Olympic success.


    A frustrating year on the track ends on a joyful note as the 28-year-old from Perth looks forward to her wedding. And she has high hopes of further happiness in Rio next year.

    "There's always that extra-special feeling knowing you are going into Olympic year," Child told BBC Scotland. "It makes all the hard work worth it."

    Child's 400m hurdles career has been on the rise since reaching the semi-finals at the London Olympics in 2012 - to read a rather terrific feature on what she's up to at the moment, head here.

  55. Bairstow gets half-century

    Pakistan A v England

  56. Say cheese

    Formula 1/Tennis

    And while we're talking Formula 1, this is vaguely appropriate... Lewis Hamilton posing with tennis star Maria Sharapova and designer Stella McCartney.

  57. 'It's not over yet' - Rosberg

    Formula 1


    Nico Rosberg says he has not given up hope of beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the Formula 1 title going into Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.

    Rosberg, who finished second to Hamilton last time out in Japan, trails the defending champion by 48 points with five races left this season.

    Mercedes lead Ferrari by 169 points in the constructors' championship.

    "I'm not backing down and in my mind it's not over yet," Rosberg, who is 11 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel, said.

  58. Not long to go

    Pakistan A v England

    And it's moved on a bit more since. The score is 229-6, though strictly speaking England have only lost five wickets - Joe Root retired not out 59.

  59. Vote results are in

    Football - Who should be the next Liverpool manager?

    We asked you to vote on who the next Liverpool manager should be, and you have voted in your thousands.

    The clear winner, with 56% of the vote, is Jurgen Klopp, while Carlo Ancelotti was second with 22%.

    Elsewhere, Frank de Boer got 6%, Ronald Koeman 4%, Walter Mazzarri 3% with the other 9% opting to vote 'other'.

    Thanks to everyone who voted.

    Jurgen Klopp
  60. Rugby Union

    It looks like things could be getting even worse for the England rugby union team after their World Cup exit on Saturday...

  61. BreakingChelsea back Mourinho


    Chelsea have released a statement giving their backing to manager Jose Mourinho...

    "The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support," it says.

    "As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team's performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it."

    Jose Mourinho
  62. Rodgers 'devastated' by sacking


    According to the Liverpool Echo, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers intends to take a short break from football before returning to management.

    And it adds that the 42-year-old has been left 'devastated' by his sacking from the Anfield club.

  63. Bedene beaten in Beijing


    Britain's Aljaz Bedene is out of the China Open in Beijing.

    Bedene, the British number two lost 1-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.

  64. England struggle in Sharjah


    England are starting to struggle in their tour warm-up game against Pakistan A in Sharjah. 

  65. Ireland hopeful about Payne

    Rugby World Cup

    Ireland should know on Tuesday whether centre Jared Payne will be fit to play in their World Cup Pool D decider against France on Sunday.

    Payne missed Sunday's narrow 16-9 win over Italy with a foot problem which saw Ireland through to the quarter-finals and the Irish medical team has put his foot in a moon boot as part of the treatment. 

    "The next 24 hours will give us a clearer picture of Jared's situation," said team manager Mick Kearney. 

    "But we would be very hopeful he will be okay later in the week. "He's in and out of the moon boot all day, and he's already been jogging in training,"

    Jared Payne
  66. Track Cycling

    Track Cycling


    Sir Bradley Wiggins has been named in a 20-strong British squad for the UEC European Track Cycling Championships in Switzerland from 14-18 October.

    Seven-time European champion Laura Trott is also included, but Ed Clancy misses the championships through injury, while Becky James is rested as she continues her comeback following a long-term knee injury.

    “We’ve selected a strong squad," said Great Britain Cycling Team technical director, Shane Sutton. "With the Olympic Games in Rio now less than a year away it’s a great opportunity to secure some vital qualifying points."

  67. Vote update

    Just a reminder about the vote on the BBC Sport website about who you think should be Liverpool's next manager - you have less than half an hour left to make your mind up.

    To vote click on the option at the top of the page.

    Usual terms and conditions apply.

    To find out more about the potential contenders for the Liverpool job, read our feature on the issue.

  68. Health concerns for tennis pair


    Eugenie Bouchard retired in tears and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered dizzy spells before suffering his worst defeat of the year in an incident-packed China Open first round.

    Bouchard has not played since she was concussed in a locker-room fall at the US Open and she lasted just 10 games against Andrea Petkovic before having her blood pressure checked and exiting in Beijing.

    Earlier, Tsonga declined to blame Beijing's air pollution as he was hit by dizzy spells before falling at the first hurdle 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to little-known Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.

    Tsonga took a time-out during the match after staggering on court, and was given medication as well as having his heartbeat checked.

    Eugenie Bouchard
  69. Rodgers sacked

    Liverpool latest

    Colorado Rockies baseball player Brendan Rodgers had to post a message on Twitter on Sunday and tell everyone he is not the former Liverpool manager.

    The 19-year-old was bombarded with messages following the departure of his namesake from Anfield.

  70. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


    And one from a Gunner...

  71. In the money...


    Liverpool's decision to sack Brendan Rodgers could cost the club more than £10m, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    The paper claims Rodgers has almost three years remaining on his £5m-a-year contract.

    Brendan Rodgers
  72. Bowler turns himself in


    Shahadat Hossain

    Bangladesh cricketerShahadat Hossainhas turned himself in toface chargesof torturing an 11-year-old housemaid.

    The fast bowler, 29, had been missing since 6 September when allegations were first made about him and his wife.

    The court has rejected the bail petition submitted by Hossain and has sent him to jail, a day after his wife was arrested by police.

    The country's cricket board has suspended him from all forms of the game until the charges are cleared.

  73. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


  74. Rodgers sacked

    Liverpool latest

    Swansea City managerGarry MonksaysLiverpool were wrongto sack his mentor Brendan Rodgers.

    The pair worked together at Swansea before Rodgers left to join the Reds in June 2012.

    "I can't believe that. It's a very, very harsh decision," said Monk.

    "I don't think he deserved that at all. He's a top manager and that's a big surprise to me. I was a bit in shock when I got told."

    Garry Monk
  75. Vote starting soon...


    Who should be Liverpool's next manager?

    Yes, you, we're asking you.

    A vote on the BBC Sport website begins at noon, when you will have an hour to tell us who you think should take over the reigns at Anfield.

    The options are: Carlo Ancelotti, Frank de Boer, Jurgen Klopp, Ronald Koeman, Walter Mazzarri, or other.

    Should be interesting to see who people want. To vote click on the option at the top of the page.

    Usual terms and conditions apply.

  76. Tea-time

    Pakistan A v England

  77. Catch-up

    Best bits of video

    It's almost lunchtime so time to take a break with some of the best bits of video from around the BBC Sport website.

    • Liverpool dismissed manager Brendan Rodgers after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Everton. After the game, Rodgers gave what ended up as his last interview in charge.
    • You can watch more about the departure of Rodgers on MOTD3, presented by Mark Chapman with Ian Wright and Alan Shearer.
    • The NFL took over Wembley on Sunday and you can watch the key plays as the New York Jets beat their AFC East divisional rivals Miami Dolphins 27-14. 
  78. Dorrans delight


    Good news for the Norwich midfielder...

  79. Cook caught

    Pakistan A v England

  80. Get Involved - Rodgers sacked


    Jay Varia: FSG need 2 change their strategy otherwise Klopp or whoever faces the same fate.

    Taimur Z Ahmed: Ancelotti - will only go to a team competing for CL. Klopp looking for even bigger club - Rudi Garcia is realistic.

    Jonny Carr‏: Hope Klopp doesn't get the job, too good a manager for United's rivals.

  81. Redknapp for Sunderland?



    Harry Redknapp, a manager who has been linked with more jobs in his time than the entire BBC Sportsdesk has had hot dinners, has been talking to Talksport about the Sunderland job.

    When asked if he had a close relationship with Black Cats chairman Ellis Short, Redknapp - report the Sunderland Echo - replied: “No, not really.I have been and played in a golf day up at Skibo Castle, which he owns, but I have never spoken to anyone about the job and no one has ever asked me about anything."

    He added: “I would (come back) if it was something worth doing. But I wouldn’t jump into something just for the sake of it.”

  82. Local newspapers

    Sunderland Echo

    Let's not forget that is not just Liverpool that are looking for a manager.

    Sunderland are also on the hunt, and local newspaper Sunderland Echo says 75% of their readers want former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce to replace Dick Advocaat, who resigned on Sunday.

    Sunderland Echo
  83. Dettori gives up Windsor rides

    Horse Racing

    After his superb win on board Golden Horn in Saturday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, Frankie Dettori has given up his rides at Windsor on Monday due to illness.

    The 44-year-old was due to have two rides at the track but his agent Ray Cochrane said: "Frankie won't be riding today as he's got an upset tummy." 

    Frankie Dettori after his win on Golden Horn
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  85. Kittel deal

    Road Cycling


    Etixx-Quick-Step have wasted no time in replacing the departed Mark Cavendish, agreeing a two-year contract with German rider Marcel Kittel.

    "This team has one of the best, well organized structures around its riders," said Kittel.

    "I am also happy that I have a few friends on this team already, including Tony Martin - one of my best friends in cycling."

    How sweet.

  86. Burgess escapes

    Rugby Union


    England's Sam Burgess has received a Citing Commissioner Warning for a dangerous high tackle during Saturday's loss to Australia.

    The warning is effectively a retrospective yellow card, meaning Burgess is free to play against Uruguay this weekend.

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    BBC Match of the Day Facebook

    Graham Keller: Liverpool have flooded their squad with bang average players and rather than look for a world class striker to replace Suarez, they brought in Ricky Lambert. Hardly surprising things haven't worked out as planned.

    Paul Breslin: It was three steps forward and two steps back with him, LFC have made the right decision. Klopp is the right man who will replace him.


    Martin Gribble: Should have been sacked after losing to Stoke 6-1.

    Ben Dumbreck: Unrealistic ambitions by Liverpool fans and board living on league glories of 25 plus years ago.

  88. International newspapers


    Liverpool not only dominate today's newspapers in England, but they are also featured on the front page of the Sport newspaper in Spain.

    And it is a story that will cause concern for Reds' fans as Barcelona have been linked with a 30m euro (£22.1m) bid for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

  89. High five


    In the midst of these testing time for Liverpool fans, a happier memory...

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  91. The Wright man?


    st johnstone

    Sky Sports News are reporting that Dundee United have asked St Johnstone for permission to speak to manager Tommy Wright.

    The Scottish Premier League club has been searching for a new manager after relieving previous incumbent Jackie McNamara of his duties last month.

  92. Australia's Hooper cited

    Rugby Union

    World Rugby announced that Michael Hooper has been reported by independent citing commissioner Steve Hinds for allegedly "charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms or grasping the player". 

    The incident happened towards the end of the first half when he cleared Mike Brown out at a ruck.

    Hooper will now face a disciplinary hearing in London on Tuesday and could miss this weekend's game against Wales if found guilty.

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    Liverpool latest


    Given what happened an hour or so after Liverpool's draw with Everton - and the fact that, according to some, Rodgers was already aware he was to be sacked - his post-match interview with BBC Sport makes interesting viewing.

    The (soon to be ex) Liverpool boss said: "There has been constant rebuilding here and this team, whether it is me here as manager or someone else,will need time. Time will see them develop and become more cohesive and be more of a threat. 

    "For me, people talk about pressure, I don't feel any pressure whatsoever. I have never felt anything other than secure."

    Oh dear.

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    BBC Match of the Day Facebook

    Kalvin Ransi: Whatever has happened the main thing is that Rodgers tried his best at the club. He shouldn't have been sacked at this time in the season. The owners must have had a manager who they were interested in for a while. Hopefully Liverpool can bring in an experienced boss who is successful in Europe. Good luck to Rodgers for the future. Klopp for the Kop.

    Simon Readstone: The sooner Liverpool fans stop thinking they are a huge league club the better. They're not even a top four side any more and haven't been in years. If Liverpool fans go on about winning the title every year then clubs like Everton, Swansea, Spurs, Stoke should do as well. They have just as much chance as Liverpool these days regardless of the money spent.

    Josh King: Made great progress in one season and considering money spent they were right to sack him, I'd love to see Klopp take over with Stevie G his No.2! 

  95. Australia's Hooper cited

    Rugby Union

    Australia flanker Michael Hooper has been cited for an alleged act of foul play during the Wallabies' 33-13 World Cup victory over England on Saturday.

    Michael Hooper
  96. Man down


    Latest from England's opening tour game in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan A...

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  98. 'Failure'

    Rugby Union

    England coach Stuart Lancaster has been labelled a ‘miserable failure’ by the Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones after their early exit from the World Cup.

    “Why are we even talking about the future because Stuart cannot be in it? He’s been a miserable failure," Jones said 


    “Let’s not think this is a big shock, some of us were pushing the panic button four years ago.

    “He’s never coached anywhere bar Leeds and England. He’s never won anything and experienced different cultures. All the other guys he’s up against have been in all sorts of cultures. Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland have coached two international teams."

    Listen to the clip here.

  99. World Cup latest

    Rugby Union

    England after their World Cup defeat to Australia

    Let's switch sports for a while and have a look back at what has been going on at the Rugby Union World Cup.

    England are out after defeat to Australia on Saturday and BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce looks at some of the reasons why it all went wrong for Stuart Lancaster's side.

    Worcester coach and former England international Dean Ryan says Lancaster's reign should come to an end after his side's performance.

    And according to BBC Sport's Ben Dirs, reform at grassroots level is the way to a brighter future for England.

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    Sam Lee‏: He gave it his all, made us dream in 13/14 but ultimately not good enough, yet. He will come again.

    Adam: Klopp. Many describe him as the German Brendan Rodgers. This is a good thing because he can work with current players.

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    Liverpool latest

  102. Smooth progress


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    Who will get the job?


    The contenders... Walter Mazzarri.

    An outsider perhaps but althoughMazzarri has been without a club since his sacking by Inter Milan last November but the Italian remains high in the bookmakers' odds.

    The 54-year-old has also previously managed Sampdoria and Napoli, with whom he won the 2012 Coppa Italia.

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    Who will get the job?


    The contenders...Ronald Koeman.

    Dutchman Koeman signed a three-year deal when he took over at Southampton in 2014 and led the club to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.

    The 52-year-old - whose side beat champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday - has dismissed speculation linking him to taking over Netherlands, who are struggling to qualify for Euro 2016.

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    Who will get the job?


    The contenders...Frank de Boer.

    Former Netherlands defender De Boer won the Dutch league title four times in a row between 2010 and 2014 with Ajax, finishing second behind PSV last season.

    Speaking to the BBC World Service on Thursday, the 45-year-old said he would interested in working in the Premier League at some point in his career, describing Liverpool as a "fantastic club".

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith says: "De Boer will come under consideration. His ability to bring through young players is attractive and although he has won the Dutch league in all but one of his seasons since taking charge of Ajax, his lack of experience elsewhere may count against him."

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    Who will get the job?

    The contenders... Carlo Ancelotti

    Age: 56 Nationality: Italian Clubs managed: Reggiana (1995-1996), Parma (1996-1998), Juventus (1999-2001), Milan (2001-2009), Chelsea (2009-2011), Paris St-Germain (2011-2013) Real Madrid (2013-2015)  


    The Italian has Premier League experience at Chelsea and has won Europe's most prestigious club competition three times, twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, his last club.

    Despite leading the club to their 10th European Cup in 2014, he was fired at the end of last season, with Barcelona winning the Spanish league and cup before taking the Champions League too.

    He was given a standing ovation from the media in his final news conference at Madrid - an act that was repeated by Real's fans in his last match at the Bernabeu.

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    Who will get the job?

    So, presumably a bit like Liverpool's board are doing this morning (or at least you'd sincerely hope so), let's have a closer look at the leading candidates to replace Rodgers.

    First the favourite... Jurgen Klopp.

    Age: 48 Nationality: German Clubs managed: Mainz (2001-2008), Borussia Dortmund (2008-2015).


    Klopp won two league titles, one German Cup and made the Champions League final in 2013 in what he called "seven intense and emotional years" at Dortmund.

    His philosophy? "Fighting football is what I like. What we say in German is English football. A rainy day, a heavy pitch, everybody is dirty in the face and they go home and can't play football for the next four weeks."

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    Liverpool latest

    So who will be the next to wander through the Anfield entrance?

    Here are the main contenders...

  110. Who is next at Sunderland?


    Who is in line to take over at Sunderland?

    Club chairman Ellis Short is keen to speak to former West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, among others, as he seeks a replacement. 

    Allardyce has been out of the game since leaving the Hammers at the end of last season.

    Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson and Burnley's Sean Dyche are also in line as are Karl Robinson of MK Dons and Burton's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

    Sam Allardyce
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    Liverpool latest

    Turns out former Liverpool defender and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson was right, when, after Rodgers appointment three years ago, he described it as a major gamble.


    "It's a great appointment for him and the biggest gamble the club have taken in a long time," Lawrenson said in June 2012.

    "Liverpool supporters will give him a chance. They will give him time. But it's a different challenge for Brendan, the club will be expected to win every game.

    Rodgers who got into coaching after injury cut short his playing career at the age of 20, got the Liverpool job on the back of leading Swansea to 11th place in the Premier League in the 2011-12 campaign.

  112. Title joy for Chelsea


    Chelsea Ladies celebrate

    Chelsea Ladies are celebrating after becoming Women's Super League 1 champions for the first time after beating Sunderland 4-0.

    It gives Emma Hayes's side a domestic double after they won the FA Cup in August.

    England striker Fran Kirby netted twice after Ji So-Yun's opener, before Gemma Davison's late fourth.

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  114. Point apiece

    Swansea 2-2 Tottenham


    Meanwhile, over in South Wales, Tottenham extended their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games as two superb free-kicks from Christian Eriksen earned them a point at Swansea.

    Andre Ayew's header gave the Swans the lead before Eriksen levelled with a swerving effort from 25 yards.

    Tottenham's Harry Kane sliced Jonjo Shelvey's corner into his own net to restore Swansea's advantage.

    But Eriksen found the top corner from range to lift Spurs to within two points of the top four.

  115. Super Sanchez

    Arsenal 3-0 Man United


    Elsewhere in the world of footie, Arsenal produced a sensational opening 20 minutes of football against Manchester United on Sunday, scoring three goals and wrapping up victory by half-time.

    United had no answer to Arsenal's opening burst as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil scored twice in 74 seconds while Sanchez added a third from 18 yards as the Gunners beat United for just the second time in 14 league meetings - moving above the Reds into second place.

    You can find all of the goals in less than a minute in the In Short section of the 5 live website.

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  117. Rodgers sacked

    Liverpool latest

    It is fair to say it hasn't been the most inspiring of campaigns so far for the Reds.

    They have won only four of their 11 games in all competitions this season, including victory on penalties against League Two Carlisle at home in the Capital One Cup.


    Rodgers said this week that he was "not worried" about the possibility of the sack, despite Liverpool's poor start to the season.

    After the draw with Everton, he spoke of a "constant rebuilding" job and highlighted the impact of losing "four real catalysts" of his side.

    Little more than an hour later, the club announced the Northern Irishman had been sacked.

  118. Lunch break


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    Liverpool latest

    Brendan Rodgers

    It's the end of the Brendan Rodgers era at Liverpool - a time which promised much but delivered little. 

    So how did it go so wrong for a manager who seemed to have a glittering Anfield future in front of him?  

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty looks at why Liverpool have sacked their manager.

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    And one from someone who we're guessing isn't a Liverpool supporter...

  121. What the papers say


    As well as the news of the end of the Rodgers reign (well, it would have been a serious turn up for the books had they not mentioned it really...), The Guardian reports on England's Rugby Union World Cup exit and Frankie Dettori's win on Golden Horn in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Monday's Guardian
  122. Short looking for new coach


    Dick Advocaat

    Dick Advocaat's departure from Sunderland means chairman Ellis Short is looking for his seventh head coach in as many years.

    The American also revealed that the 68-year-old had gone without any financial settlement.

    "I am truly saddened by Dick's decision, but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels is right for the club," he said. 

    "He is a man of integrity and a true football person. He was hugely respectful of the club in taking this decision and he acted 100% in our best interests." 

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    Liverpool latest

    Mike Hughes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    "A last opportunity for him to stake a claim for his new way forward came in the shape of four successive home games. Liverpool only won one of them and the die was cast.

    "Yet the much-maligned Rodgers was the LMA manager of the year a little over a year ago and was awarded a new big money contract on the back of it.

    "There's no denying that the continuing departure of at least one world class talent each season, served to undermine his attempts to build a new Liverpool. However, the brutal truth is that this season there were few signs if any, of a realistic challenge for honours or a top-four finish."

    Brendan Rodgers
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    Liverpool latest

    Mike Hughes

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Brendan Rodgers

    "Brendan Rodgers was playing a high-stakes game after another summer of change at Liverpool. Despite an £80m summer spending spree there wasn't enough of a discernible improvement in performances or results.

    "The Northern Irishman was given a stay of execution by FSG at the end of last season, despite a campaign that faltered disastrously in the final few months.

    "Liverpool's American owners made it clear that an improvement was expected. Not only financial backing for a number of high profile summer signings, but also a radical overhaul of the coaching staff.

    "Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh paid for last season's failure with their jobs. Sean O'Driscoll, Gary McAllister and Pep Lijnders were brought in to replace them. But a lack of any noticeable improvement in either results or playing style almost painted Rodgers into a corner."

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  126. What the papers say

    Daily Star

    The Daily Star goes for a pun-tastic Rodgers and Out headline on its back page and - and you may have spotted this is becoming a common theme - says Jurgen Klopp is lying in wait to take over...

    Monday's Star back page
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    A photo of a thoughful-looking Brendan Rodgers features large in the Independent and it backs the common view that Jurgen Klopp is favourite to take over at the Anfield club.

    Monday's Independent