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Malky considered for Scot job

Scotland's performance director Malky Mackay
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Scotland's performance director Malky Mackay is being considered for the national side's managerial vacancy - despite previously being ruled out.

Former SFA chief executive Stewart Regan rejected the possibility of Mackay succeeding Gordon Strachan.

However, Mackay is now being considered for the role, as the governing body also seeks a new chief executive.

The SFA has spoken to a number of managerial candidates, including former Scotland boss Walter Smith.

Flynn agrees new Newport deal

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Some good news for Newport ahead of their FA Cup fourth round replay at Tottenham today...

Manager Mike Flynn has agreed a new one-year contract extension to tie him to the club until June 2020.

“I’m delighted that the Board have agreed to improve my current deal,” said Flynn, who took charge last March.

“I’ve always said I want to build a club and not a team and the increase in my tenure helps achieve that goal."

Ohh yes, we had Andy Goram earlier as a goalkeeper suggestion.


Ian: Van der Sar to Fulham was quite a shock. From Juventus to a newly promoted side.

38% increase in discrimination in PL and EFL

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Incidents of racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination are up by 38% in England's top four leagues compared to this time last term, anti-racism body Kick It Out has said.

There have been 111 incidents since August - 64 in the Premier League and 47 in the Championship, League One and League Two, compared to 40 and 29 respectively at the midway stage of last season.

Lord Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out, said the figures "should act as a wake-up call to everyone in the sport".

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Yep, plenty of you suggesting Edgar Davids as an 'unexpected signing' for Barnet.

He would skipper the Unexpected XI.

Not had any goalkeeper suggestions though?

Australia bid to host 2023 Women's World Cup

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Australia are putting together a bid to host the 2023 Women's World Cup.

The nation missed out on hosting the 2022 men's World Cup, but the government has allocated £2.8m to mount a bid.

“This is an exciting day for women’s sport in Australia, for all sport in Australia and for all Australians. An Australian bid has every chance of success," said Australian minister for sport Bridget McKenzie.

The decision will be announced next year.

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Christophe Dugarry, World Cup and Euros winner.. could only play 60 minutes a game due to knee problems but was by far the best player I've ever seen at Birmingham. Legend.


Slick strike

11 seconds, six touches, one goal.

Watch Rangers' slick team move against Partick Thistle.

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Got to be Paulinho to Barca surely?

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Hartlepool handed wind-up petition

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Hartlepool United have been issued with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs over an unpaid tax bill, their fourth in the past 18 months.

Pools have until Wednesday, 21 March to pay a sum in the region of £48,000 or risk being wound up at the High Court.

The petition comes with the Victoria Park club up for sale and facing serious financial problems.

Supporters raised money to meet wages and other costs in January, which theclub say total £200,000-per-month.

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Rich‏: Guillermo Amor, Barcelona legend, rocking up at...Livingston. That was a strange one.

Liam: Robert Prosinecki to Portsmouth in 2001. Smoked 40 a day and could barely run but still a class above.

Giz our money

Philippe Coutinho
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Brazilian club Vasco de Gama claim they are owed upto £3.5m after Philippe Coutinho's £142m move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

Vasco say they are owed roughly 2.5% due to Fifa's rule of rewarding clubs who have produced players, according to Football Espana.

Vice-president Orlando Marques said: “We are not worried about receiving this amount but it is not right he is already playing for Barcelona and we do not have it, and we fear it could take a long time, but we are calm.”

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Vicente, the Spanish international and Valencia legend to Brighton. Still the most technically gifted player I have ever seen wear the stripes. What a player he was for us, although unfortunately hampered by injuries


Will this work?

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Lowland League club Edusport Academy have targeted a place in the Scottish Premiership by 2025 as they launch a £25-per-year online membership scheme.

Owner Chris Ewing is following the example of Ebbsfleet United, who were taken over in 2007 by fans raising £700,000 through the same website.

Through, members will have a say in the new set-up.

"It is a viable model if we can get enough members to sign up," the ex-Motherwell and Stranraer striker said.

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Ardiles and Villa to Spurs 1982, didn't see that coming


Imps to make Wembley debut

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Lincoln City reached Wembley for the first time in their 133-year history after beating Chelsea's Under-21 side in the semi-finals of the EFL Trophy.

The Imps won 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, with Lee Frecklington's winning spot-kick sparking a pitch invasion at Sincil Bank.

Luke Waterfall's header gave the League Two side the lead on 72 minutes.

But Blues forward Daishawn Redan smashed in from 10 yards out with 12 minutes left to set up a shootout.

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Attilio Lombardo. From Juventus to Crystal Palace, before going to Lazio. Don't think that is a likely route for anyone ever again


Mitchell joins RB Leipzig

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Former Tottenham and Southampton head of recruitment Paul Mitchell has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Mitchell helped recruit players like England midfielder Dele Alli and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld at White Hart Lane.

Director Ralk Rangnick said: "We are delighted to have Paul here. The results of his work at Southampton and Tottenham are very impressive."

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Dave Curtis‏: Bit of goalkeeping crisis in 2001, Man Utd turned to once Scotland number 1 Andy Goram who was well pasted his prime, that was a strange one.

Steve Reichelt‏: Les Ferdinand to Reading was a surprise. I thought it was great until I realised he'd lost the ability to run.

Hussain Rubban‏: Surely Faustino Asprilla to Darlington was pretty unexpected. He was paraded on the pitch before a home game but never played a game for them.

Can 'agrees Juventus move'


Liverpool midfielder Emre Can

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has agreed a move to Juventus, according to a top football agent in Italy.

Federico Pastorello, whose clients include, Antonio Candreva, Nani, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Patrice Evra, says "Emre Can is a huge coup, even more so because he’ll arrive on a free transfer, the Liverpool Echo report.

Germany international Can's contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season.

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singe‏: Benteke to Oldham was an unexpected one. till we realised it was his brother.


Twist in the Evra move?

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Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra has arrived at West Ham’s training ground and is expected to sign for the club later today, report Sky Sports News.

Everton are also interested in the left-back but he is believed to favour a move to London.

Oxford United Women to bid for WSL 2 licence

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Oxford United Women FC will apply for a Women's Super League Two licence for the 2018-19 season.

The club had initially opted against bidding for a tier two licence as part of the WSL's proposed restructure.

But Oxford, currently in WSL 2, hope to raise additional funds to help realise the ambition of being a full-time WSL 1 club within three to five years.

Oxford United chairman Darryl Eales has also agreed to continue his current financial support for the women's side.

Has the bubble burst for China?

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The Chinese Super League has gained worldwide attention, with their clubs' collective display of financial might seemingly enabling them to attract young, overseas superstar players at will.

Oscar arrived from Chelsea for £60m, with the likes of Hulk, Alex Teixeira, Axel Witsel and Jackson Martinez also making the switch to China.

But the imposition of a 100% transfer tax for overseas players - which the Chinese FA proposes to use to help the nation develop football at youth level - has led to a slowing down of clubs' transfer activities.

So, with this new restriction in place, has the Chinese Super League's bubble burst?

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When VAR goes wrong

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VAR seems to have more problems than the ability to provide solutions.

We have seen it in action in the Premier League, but the Portuguese top-flight encountered problems of their own in the Alves v Boavista match.

The hosts scored, from what looked like an offside position, but the ref went to VAR who could not there was a giant flag obstructing the camera.

Oh dear.

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Colin Russell-Ames‏: Surely has to be Alexander Hleb turning up at St Andrews on Deadline Day in 2010. A Barcelona midfielder rocking up to Birmingham City? Madness.

Richard‏: Juninho, Emerson and Fabrizio Ravanelli going to Boro! Still managed to get relegated though!

Royston Dooley‏: Joe Cole to @Coventry_City in 2015. Dropping down the divisions from Premier League to League 1, definitely did not expect that!

Chelsea to ban fan 'shaming' club

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Chelsea will ban any supporters found to have used anti-Semitic language or behaviour which "shames" the club during the defeat at Watford on Monday.

Chelsea were beaten 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League.

A report on a Jewish website said one fan was left "disgusted" by chanting from fellow Blues supporters, reporting the incident to stewards at the ground.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in our club, football or wider society," said a Chelsea statement.

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Neil Bailey‏: El-Hadji Diouf to Doncaster Rovers

Noel: Giovani dos Santos to Ipswich in 2009. Fair to say Town fans didn't see that one coming.


Is that...?

Dani Alves
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Angel di Maria's hat-trick for PSG in the French Cup was not the story of the match.

Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was sent off in the last minute and having used up all their subs, right-back Dani Alves had to in goal for the final seconds.

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Andy Pelham‏: Unexpected signings for Liverpool,David Speedie and Gary McAllister.

Rob Grimwood: Dennis Bergkamp to Arsenal 1995, Bruce Rioch's first signing. 25k a week made him Britain's top paid player!! There wouldn't have been an invincibles without that signing.

kingmar‏: Ashley Cole. Arsenal --> Chelsea.

Di Maria hits hat-trick in French Cup

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Angel di Maria scored a hat-trick as Paris St-Germain beat Ligue 2 Sochaux to reach the French Cup quarter-finals.

He headed in a Kylian Mbappe cross in the first minute, before Florian Martin's half-volleyed equaliser.

Edinson Cavani slid in at the back post to restore the lead of Unai Emery's side, who have not lost a domestic cup match in four years.

Di Maria added a third from 12 yards and got his hat-trick by bundling in after Cavani's shot was parried.

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Benjamin Lee‏: Newly-elected President of Liberia George Weah signing for newly promoted Manchester City in 2000. Scored 1 goal in 7 games before leaving in October as he couldn't get in the team ahead of Paul Dickov

Ieuan‏: John Aldridge from Real Sociedad to newly promoted Tranmere in the old Div2 for £250k in 1991. Head and shoulders above anyone else in the league for 5 years!

Keith‏: Has to be the dramatic return of David Luiz from PSG. Then Alvaro Morata, was convinced he was moving to Man United.

Koeman appointed Netherlands boss

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Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been appointed as manager of the Netherlands.

Koeman, who has been out of work since being sacked by Everton in October, will take charge for the first time against England on 23 March.

He has signed a four-and-half-year contract up to and including the 2022 World Cup.

The 54-year-old replaces Dick Advocaat who resigned after failing to guide the Netherlands to the 2018 World Cup.

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Robinho to Man City to cap an amazing 24 hours as a blue


Sol Campbell from Spurs to Arsenal to finally win a title at White Hart Lane


The youngest captain of a Champions League team must be a huge Led Zep fan. Why else swap sunny Porto for, then mid - championship, Wolves?


Mensa on about Ruben Neves, of course. Mad deal.

Staying or going?

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Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is top of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's list to replace manager Antonio Conte if he sacks the Italian.

Enrique will make ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez his first signing at Stamford Bridge.

But the former Spain international will only take the job at the end of the season.

But Conte has 18 months left on his contract and will not quit the club.

Believe what you want.

Here is the gossip

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Chris Sansome‏: Cambiasso to Leicester. What a guy!

Kieran: Patrick Kluivert to Newcastle United from Barcelona in 2004. On a free transfer, no less.

gary fretwell‏: You can’t get any bigger than European footballer of the year Kevin Keegan moving from Hamburg to Southampton.

'Sort it out'


I think a lot of Chelsea fans are confused, because we really like him, we love what he did last season and he fitted in so well. But he has just gone crazy in the last few months and I just think there is an overwhelming sense of we just wish he would shut up and we wish he would stop moaning and complaining in public and get on with the job.

I worry now that the situation is just too far gone for him to come back from it. I would just like him to wake up tomorrow and be the Antonio Conte he was last season.

The most frustrating thing is he seems to have brought so much of this situation down on himself, with the public speaking and the complaining. I just think for eight million a year you want some professionalism, I don't want to see this in public, I want them to get their act together in the board room and sort it out with him.

Alex Churchill - Chelsea Supporters Club

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Darren Lehane‏: Unexpected signings nothing new at West Ham. Tevez & Mascherano? The disgraced Di Canio? The “European Maradona” in the form of a crocked Paulo Futre. Even Payet?

Max Jones‏: We’ve had a few at @AVFCOfficial - Patrik Berger, Robert Pires, most recently John Terry, but the standout has to be Frank McAvennie!

James Watt‏: When Rangers signed Gazza and Laudrup.

Conte fighting 'nature of the beast;


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Antonio Conte's precarious position at Chelsea "is the nature of the beast" under owner Roman Abramovich, says former midfielder Andy Townsend.

Chelsea suffered a second consecutive league loss at Watford on Monday and are fourth, 19 points off the pace.

Conte guided the Blues to the title in his debut season but his future has repeatedly been questioned this term.

BBC Sport understands being in the top four, Champions League and FA Cup means Conte will not be sacked imminently.

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