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Shearer’s arrival could give Toon Army false hope

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Newcastle’s interim boss and Geordie hero Alan Shearer opened St. James’ Park on Tuesday and his Premier League side trained in front of 7,500 fans.

It could prove to be a masterstroke. As the sun shone down and school kids on half-term flocked to the stadium, it had the city buzzing again just two days after the disappointing loss to Chelsea.

But the Geordie faithful are precisely that, and rarely do they turn their backs in disgust when things aren’t going well, just ask Habib Beye.

If the Magpies don’t escape relegation, it will be horribly sad to see St. James’ Park half-full at best for Championship games.

Scolari sacked by Chelsea – your views

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Chelsea have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after just over half a season in charge.

“Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dismissed as manager of Chelsea Football Club with immediate effect,” a statement said on www.chelseafc.com.

Are clubs to blame for naming Adams and Ince in the first place?

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For the second time in less than two months a young Englishman who had a great playing career has been sacked as the manager of a struggling Premier League club.

Tony Adams was dismissed from Portsmouth on Monday after being in charge at Fratton Park for just 16 league matches, one league match less than his old England team mate Paul Ince lasted at Blackburn Rovers.

Are polemics part of the football pantomime?

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Spats like Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez’s recent run-in with his Manchester United counterpart Alex Ferguson are always guaranteed attention-grabbers.

But while I find stories of polemics between football’s top figures good fun, I sometimes get the impression they’re having us on.

Suggested New Year’s resolution: give the moaning a rest

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Dear Premier League players, managers and pundits, I’ve got a great suggestion for a New Year’s Resolution – stop moaning!

Win or lose, it seems hardly a match goes by without an immediate post-mortem and it’s almost always the fault of the match officials rather than poor skill or tactical ineptitude.

A good excuse, or just a tall story?

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Don’t you just hate daft excuses?

Soccer is riddled with them. The manager who can’t comment on his player being sent off because he didn’t see it – despite having the best seat in the stadium – is perhpas the most common, but a different example caught my attention this week.

Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes the club’s record signing Marouane Fellaini is being booked unfairly by referees in England because of his size.

If Keane could not command respect, who can?

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Roy Keane quitting as Sunderland boss

was not a huge shock but I’m surprised by reports many of the players were happy about his departure.

The former Manchester United midfielder seemed an inspired appointment by chairman Niall Quinn two years ago despite having no managerial experience — apart from playing under Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson.

English managers on the rise in Premier League

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The Premier League will always have its army of foreign players, some of whom are no better than English teenagers who make way for them, but the number of home-grown managers is at least growing.

Ex-Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams became the 10th English manager in the 20-team Premier League on Tuesday when he took over at Portsmouth, following Englishman Harry Redknapp’s move to Tottenham Hotspur days before. (more…)

Keegan resigns from Newcastle (Update)

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Keegan lookes onKevin Keegan resigned as manager of Newcastle United on Thursday, less than eight months after taking charge of the Premier League club for the second time.

Keegan said in a statement that he had been left with “no choice” because of the way the club was being run.

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