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Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

Phil Neville a candidate for England women head coach role

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Former Manchester United and England full-back Phil Neville is a contender to take over as England women's boss.Mo Marley has been in temporary charge since Mark Sampson was sacked following evidence of "inappropriate behaviour" in a previous role in September.But Neville, who has previously coached with Manchester United, Valencia and England Under-21s, would represent a surprise appointment.England are ranked third in the world, with the 2019 World Cup due in France.The Football Association (FA) had planned to appoint a new head coach by the end of 2017, however several potential appointments dropped out of the running.Emma Hayes said she wanted to remain as Chelsea boss while former Arsenal coach Laura Harvey and Canada manager John Herdman moved to new roles.Rumours of 40-year-old Nevi...
Coral reefs head for 'knock-out punch'

Coral reefs head for 'knock-out punch'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceRepeat bouts of warmer seawater are posing a significant challenge to the world's tropical corals. A study of 100 reefs, published in Science Magazine, shows the interval between bleaching events in recent decades has shortened dramatically. It has gone from once every 25-30 years in the early 1980s to an average of just once every six years today. Bleaching is caused by anomalously warm water, which prompts coral polyps to eject their symbiotic algae. This drains the corals of their colour and is fatal unless conditions are reversed in a reasonably short time. But even if temperatures fall back quickly, it can still take many years for damaged reefs to fully recover. "If you go into the ring with a heavyweight boxer, you could probably stand up ...
Marseille suspend Evra for kicking fan in the head

Marseille suspend Evra for kicking fan in the head

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Marseille have suspended Patrice Evra after he kicked a fan in the head before his side's Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday.Footage showed the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up.Evra will be interviewed before any disciplinary action is decided.A Marseille statement also condemned the "unacceptable behaviour" by a "handful of provocateurs".European football's governing body Uefa charged France international Evra with violent conduct earlier on Friday, with the full-back suspended for "at least one game".French newspaper L'Equipe reported that Marseille supporters had been jeerin...
Dixons CEO emerges as candidate to head ITV

Dixons CEO emerges as candidate to head ITV

Business
The chief executive of Dixons Carphone has held talks about taking the helm at ITV, turning the race to lead the commercial broadcaster into a three-way tussle with the bosses of easyJet and Direct Line Group.Sky News understands that Seb James, who has run Dixons Carphone since the merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse in 2014, was approached about the top job at ITV in recent weeks as it narrowed the search for a successor to Adam Crozier.It was unclear on Friday evening whether Mr James remained in contention to run ITV.The Guardian reported this week that Carolyn McCall, the EasyJet chief executive, was the leading candidate to replace Mr Crozier, and sources close to the process said that the company planned to make an announcement about the identity of its new boss next week...
Leeds United FC news: Head coach Thomas Christiansen says he wants to bring Johan Cruyff's philosophy to Elland Road

Leeds United FC news: Head coach Thomas Christiansen says he wants to bring Johan Cruyff's philosophy to Elland Road

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Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen wants to combine Johan Cruyff's philosophy with pragmatism in his bid to end the club's long wait for Premier League football.Danish-born Christiansen, 44, who has a Spanish mother and made two appearances for Spain as a player, was officially unveiled as Garry Monk's successor at Elland Road on Monday. He has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third.The former APOEL Nicosia boss was schooled under Cruyff as a teenager at Barcelona and will adopt the Dutch great's blueprint, with his own twist, as he targets English football's top flight."Everyone has their way to coach, to perform with the team, but of course he was very important," said Christiansen, signed by Cruyff for Barca aged 18 and who went on to play for Oviedo and Villarreal, plus Bu...