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Dyed-in-the-wool allegiances ahead of 'old farm' derby

Even the sheep are showing their true colours! Credit: Easton and Otley College

Easton and Otley College is getting into the derby spirit as it prepares to host its annual lambing weekend in Norfolk.

The event will be taking place on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1 March, with the second day coinciding with one of the biggest East Anglian derbies in memory, as Norwich City take on arch rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

The college, which has campuses based in both counties, also has a variety of sheep breeds. To get in the mood for the lambing weekend - and taking a leaf out of the Latitude music festival's book - the farm staff decided to get into the spirit of the football match by dyeing one of their Norfolk Horn breed rams Yellow and Green and one of its Suffolk breeds blue and white.


A birthday present for Ed Balls - from David Cameron

Ed Balls in the Commons today

Five days to go now until Norwich play Ipswich in the East Anglian derby, and among the celebrity fans bound to be at Carrow Road on Sunday is Shadow Chancellor and Norwich supporter, Ed Balls.

It's Mr Balls' birthday today, and he was given a football related gift from David Cameron at Prime Ministers' Question Time - albeit one he can't unwrap for a little while yet...

Listen to their exchange in the Commons:

Mark Warburton possible candidate for Posh manager

Brentford manager Mark Warburton. Credit: PA Images

Brentford manager Mark Warburton has emerged today as a possible candidate to take over as Peterborough manager, following Darren Ferguson's resignation.

Grant McCann remains the bookies' favourite, despite being ruled out of contention by Darragh MacAnthony - the Posh Chairman says he is looking for someone with more experience.

Northampton Saints star George North fit to play

Northampton Saints George North during the Champions Cup Pool Five match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Credit: PA Images

Northampton Saints star George North has been passed fit to play for Wales in the Six Nations Championship this weekend.

North has been given the all-clear after suffering a concussion in the tournament opener against England earlier this month.

He is expected to be in the starting 15 against France in Paris on Saturday.

Bristol star snapped up by Saints

New Northampton signing Tom Kessell Credit:

Northampton Saints have announced the signing of former Cornish Pirates scrum-half Tom Kessell.

The 25-year-old will join Saints in time for next season after completing a short-term stint with the Pirates' Championship rivals Bristol.

Kessell was part of the Championship XV that beat Canada earlier this season, while he has also represented England Counties.

Northampton rugby director Jim Mallinder said:

"Tom has shown great promise in the Championship, and has had his performances recognised with selection for the team that played Canada last year.

We believe that he has the potential to perform in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe, and we are looking forward to seeing him develop at Franklin's Gardens."

– Jim Mallinder, Northampton Saints


McCann early favourite for Posh job

Grant McCann the early favourite for the Peterborough Utd job Credit: ITV News Anglia

Former Peterborough United star Grant McCann has emerged as the early favourite to take over as manager from Darren Ferguson who left the club at the weekend.

The 34 year old Northern Ireland international only left London Road last month to join Irish side Linfield - the club he supported as a boy.

This morning bookies have cut his odds on a swift return to London Road to 6/4. Rotherham manager Steve Evans is next at 15-8.

Among other names being mentioned are former Reading boss Nigel Adkins at 12/1 and more unlikely the vastly experienced Neil Warnock at 20/1

Posh on the search for new manager

Darren Ferguson has parted company with Posh Credit: PA

Peterborough United are looking for a new manager after parting company with Darren Ferguson and his coaching staff.

It follows the club's 3-0 defeat at League One rivals Milton Keynes Dons.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony says he's disappointed with the club's league position and player performances

Five members of the coaching team have also left the club.

Academy manager Dave Robertson will take charge until a new manager is appointed.

Darren Ferguson leaves Peterborough United

Darren Ferguson has left the club Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has left the club after Saturday's defeat to MK Dons.

Posh have won just one of their last five matches in the league.

Darren Ferguson had been told to improve results quickly or face losing his job Credit: PA

In a statement on the club website chairman Darragh MacAnthony said he was "very disappointed" with recent results.

I’m personally very disappointed in our current league position, the performances from our playing squad and the fact that we have dropped way below our own standards that we set out at as a football club. There is plenty of young and experienced talent in this squad and with 14 games left in the season, I have personal expectations that our players will all lift their performance levels to match the incredible passionate performance and display by nearly 2000 Posh fans today when we were 3-0 down at Stadium MK.

– Darragh MacAnthony, Chairman

Dave Robertson will be in charge until a new manager is appointed.

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