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Pardew under pressure ahead of Hull clash

Organisers from a campaign group called 'Sack Pardew' have staged a large-scale protest in and around St James's Park ahead of their match with Hull City.

Under pressure: Alan Pardew could be replaced by Hull Manager Steve Bruce if he is sacked by Newcastle. Credit: Press Association

The group say they will be distributing 30,000 leaflets and 100 banners from 10 pubs in Newcastle city centre. Tigers Manager Steve Bruce is one of the favourites to replace Pardew if he is sacked. It is the first time the two side's have met since Pardew head-butted Hull City's David Meyler last season.

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Meyler forgives Pardew for head-butt

Hull City midfielder David Meyler said he will forgive Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew for head-butting him.

David Meyler ready to forgive Alan Pardew Credit: Press Association

The two face each other for the first time since the incident and speaking in the Hull Daily Mail, Meyler said: “It was all forgotten about three minutes after it happened because we were 3-1 down against Newcastle.

“We weren’t playing well and I was more disappointed about the result of the game to be thinking about anything else. He’s apologised, it’s forgotten about and we move on.

“We’ve just got to make sure we win Saturday and beat him and his side.

“What’s the point of me dwelling on it? It’s done, it’s dusted.

“I come from a big GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) background, I played a lot of hurling and Gaelic football growing up as a kid and you used to get belted as a kid all the time.

“That’s just the way it was. I used to live and breathe that. You would go home and your hands would be cut, your legs would be cut.

“I was more annoyed because we lost 4-1. I flew home with my father and we never spoke about it once. We spoke about the game. The incident was nothing. You’ve got to move on. You can't keep thinking about it.”

Leeds United close to appointing new head coach

Leeds United are close to appointing a new head coach, according to reports.

Slovenian Darko Milanic

Slovenian Darko Milanic is the man understood to be on the verge of taking over after he agreed to buy-out his contract at Austrian Bundesliga outfit Sturm Graz.

The 46-year-old is rumoured to have a clause in his deal which allows him to leave the club early at a certain financial cost, which would free up a move to the Championship side.

Milanic has reportedly been lined up for the job for several days now, although any deal did look in doubt on Wednesday after Sturm Graz general manager Gerhard Goldbrich insisted there had been no approach made for their manager.

Despite this, Milanic is still expected to take charge of Leeds and the former Maribor head coach is to travel to West Yorkshire on Sunday to finalise the move.

He will succeed David Hockaday who was sacked on August 28 after a disappointing start to the season.

Academy manager Neil Redfearn will take charge of today's West Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town in what will be his fourth game in charge.

Redfearn doesn't know if he'll be in charge Huddersfield game

Leeds United's caretaker head coach Neil Redfearn says he doesn't know whether he'll be in charge of Leeds or not for the West Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Huddersfield on Saturday.

He has been in control of the team at Elland Road since the departure of Dave Hockaday last month. Earlier this week, Massimo Cellino revealed that Redfearn is now out of the running for the permanent head coach job.

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Bruce appeals to Hull City fans for calm

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has appealed to fans to put their energies into supporting their side against West Ham tonight (Monday September 15) not protesting against owner Assem Allam.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Some of the club's supporters have been at loggerheads with the Egyptian businessman since last year's controversial proposal to rebrand the team Hull Tigers and ditch their 10-year-old moniker Hull City AFC. That was dismissed by the Football Association Council in April.

Steve Bruce said: "My appeal to all of the fans is that they can have their thoughts but once it gets to matchday, we need to get behind the team.

We need them to do that because if it becomes fractious then it becomes difficult. When it becomes difficult then it can affect the team. That is why I appeal to the fans. We don't want any protests - even though I know nothing's changed on their behalf with the name-change issue.

We want the supporters to get behind the team, that's my concern and I'm sure they will. The protests hit their peak against Crystal Palace last season and it seemed to wane after that. We lost that game and we should have won if I remember. We need all the supporters, if they can, to support the team. "

Allam reveals Hull City is up for sale

The Hull City chairman Assem Allam today revealed the club is up for sale and has been since April.

During a press conference at the KC Stadium Dr Allam said he would be appealing an FA decision not to allow him to change the name of the club to Hull Tigers.

Dr Allam has always said changing would give the club a massive financial boost and warned he would sell if his plans were rejected. Fiona Dwyer reports

Council leader denies Allam offered to purchase KC Stadium

The Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said:

“I listened to Dr Allam’s statement with interest, particularly the suggestion that an offer was made to purchase the freehold tenancy of the KC Stadium.

"Without wanting to be drawn into public debate with Dr Allam, the City Council has never received such an offer from Dr Allam or his associates.

"Whilst it was touched upon in discussion, it has never been discussed in any great detail, and certainly not with the result of a formal offer being made by Dr Allam.”

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