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Hughton approached by Norwich City

Chris Hughton approached by Norwich City
Chris Hughton approached by Norwich City Credit: PA Pictures

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton has been given permission to speak to Norwich.

Norwich City are in the market for a new boss after Paul Lambert completed a switch to Aston Villa on Saturday.

A statement released by Birmingham this morning read:"Birmingham City FC can confirm that Norwich City FC have made an approach for Chris Hughton with regards to their vacant managerial position.

"Hughton expressed a wish to speak to the Canaries and permission was reluctantly granted."

Acting chairman Peter Pannu said: "Chris is a great manager and deserves the opportunity to speak to Norwich, which is why we have granted him permission to speak to them."

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Midlands hockey players drafted into Olympic squad

Hockey player Kerry Williams from Leicester will now play for England in the Olympic squad
Kerry Williams from Leicester will now play for England Credit: ITV Central

Hockey players from the Midlands have been drafted in to play for England in the Investec London Cup this week.

Susie Gilbert of the University of Birmingham will join Rebecca Herbert and Kerry Williams from Leicester as replacements in the 18 person squad.

Great Britain will begin their campaign tomorrow afternoon when they play South Africa.

Olympic squad members Alex Danson, Sarah Tomas and Crista Cullen will miss the Cup because of injury.

Faulkner voted on to FA Council

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner
Villa's Faulkner elected on to FA Council Credit: PA Pictures

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has been elected on to the FA Council.

Faulkner played a leading role in Villa securing the services of Paul Lambert from Norwich as their new manager in succession to Alex McLeish.

As a member of the FA Council he will meet to discuss and determine the major policies of the FA.

"I'm pleased and proud as Villa chief executive that our efforts as a club over a number of seasons have been recognised and rewarded in this way."

PAUL FAULKNER, ASTON VILLA CHAIRMAN

New three-year contract for Tigers' Richard Cockerill

Tigers announce new three-year contract for Richard Cockerill
Tigers announce new three-year contract for Richard Cockerill Credit: ITV Central

Leicester Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill has agreed a new three-year contract with the club.

The former Tigers and England hooker became head coach during the 2008-09 season and was named rugby director almost two years ago.

He has led the club to four Premiership finals, winning titles in 2009 and 2010, in addition to reaching the 2009 Heineken Cup final and landing this season's LV= Cup.

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Saints' Long forced to retire

Andy Long has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect, following medical advice after a degenerative neck injury.

The Northampton Saints hooker had been due to join Gloucester Rugby later this summer. The 34-year-old, who was capped twice by England, made his 201st (and final) Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance in the semi-final loss to Harlequins earlier this month.

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