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Martinez confident Moyes will have no problems getting new job

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said he is confident his predecessor David Moyes will have no problems in getting a new job after being sacked by Manchester United after just 10 months in charge.

Martinez thinks Moyes will be fine Credit: PA

The Scot was relieved of his duties after a disastrous season by United's standards, having been given the unenviable task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson after spending 11 years at Goodison Park.

Defeat to Everton last weekend was the final straw for the Old Trafford board, who are now looking for a new boss, but despite the fall-out seemingly tarnishing Moyes' reputation, Martinez is confident he will not be damaged in the long term.

He said: "We all know he is a very successful man and has a real strong winning mentality and he will get ready to bounce back straight away."

Hillsborough family's pen portrait of son and his special Christmas present

Paul Clark died at Hillsborough

The Hillsborough inquests heard about 18 year old Paul Clark of Swanwick, Derbyshire in the words of his father Ken.

He was born in 1971, "a beautiful, fair-haired, blue-eyed little boy" and had a younger sister, Tracey."He was a lovely young man, who was good natured, fun loving and caring."

"As a young boy he joined the cub scouts and was always bringing badges home to be sewn onto his jumper."Mr Clark explained how his son loved camping.

"I remember when he was about 13, I went for an overnight camping trip with Paul and we did some fishing. We still have photos of him and his prize catch."

When Paul was about 13, he wanted an expensive gold BMX bike for Christmas. His parents told him they couldn't afford it and would buy the silver one instead but couldn't resist when they saw the gold bike in the shop.

"What a surprise he got on Christmas day. The smile never left his face. We still have the bike at home. We have never felt able to let it go."

Paul played football for a local team (named the players' Player of the Year one season), had recently taken up golf and played in the school basketball team.

On a family holiday at Butlins one year, he once had a football training session with Peter Osgood of Chelsea.

Paul's father continued: "Football was a passion we had in common. I had supporter Liverpool Football Club since the 60s and I passed my love on to Paul."

"When I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, all Paul had on his list was Liverpool curtains, a Liverpool bed spread, a Liverpool rug, and a Liverpool lamp."Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush were his favourite players.

"He had two gold fish which he named Kenny and Ian.""Paul was an achiever. he was an apprentice electrician and was working hard to gain qualifications.

When he was 17, Paul passed his driving test after only nine lessons. He bought his first car, an old Ford Escort. He was eager to get a better car, a VW Golf.

"Paul was a popular young man who had many friends. To this day, they all meet in the village on 15 April to remember him and lay flowers on his grave.

"He celebrated his 18th birthday just a month before Hillsborough. Paul was dearly loved by his family and friends. He was happy and full of life and had a bright future ahead of him."


Manxman Peter Kennaugh in Team Sky line-up at Giro

Manxman Peter Kennaugh has been named in Team Sky's line-up for the 2014 Giro d'Italia, which begins in Belfast on May 9.

The 24-year-old, from Douglas, was a key member of the Team Sky squad which helped Chris Froome to Tour de France glory in 2013.

Manxman Peter Kennaugh Credit: PA

The nine-strong team for the first Grand Tour of the season will also feature Italian riders Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio, Ben Swift, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

On confirming the team line-up Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said: “We’ve brought together an exciting squad and we can’t wait, not only for the start in Northern Ireland, but to perform in front of our Italian fans.”

Hillsborough family's pen portrait of their only child who was born prematurely

Anthony Peter Kelly died a Hillsborough

Betty Almond, mother of Anthony Kelly, 29, from Rock Ferry has written her son’s ‘pen portrait’. It was read on her behalf by a legal representative.

"I gave birth to a baby boy prematurely. He was very small weighing less than 2lbs. "He was a very sickly baby but he pulled through everything that hit him."

"Tony and I were so happy. Anthony grew into a grand lad. He went to school and was so happy to be with other boys and girls. He had a lot of friends."

She described how Anthony’s dad was a big motorbike fan and Anthony would help him.He played football at school and also had a flair for cartoons.

"When he was 18 he went into the army. We were so proud of our son."After leaving the army, he had various jobs.

"I miss him so much. Anthony was our only child. Hillsborough should never have happened."


Bolton's Reebok Stadium to be re-branded as the Macron Stadium

Bolton's Reebok Stadium to be re-branded Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Bolton Wanderers have announced that their Reebok stadium will be renamed the 'Macron Stadium'.

They have agreed a four-year-deal with the sportswear manufacturers, Macron, who will also make the team kits from this summer.

Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside said: "This is an extremely exciting and beneficial deal for our club."


Labour party to cut ties with Co-operative bank

The Labour party is looking to end its long-standing relationship with the troubled Co-operative Bank, which stretches back to 1920.

The Labour party wants to cut its ties with the Co-operative bank
The Labour party wants to cut its ties with the Co-operative bank Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour's general secretary Iain McNicol is understood to want to move a £1.2 million loan from the Co-op to the trade union-controlled Unity Trust Bank and current accounts are also likely to be shifted, according to PA.

Read: Co-op faces radical overhaul after record losses

The move comes after a tumultuous period for the bank, which has seen record losses and the resignation of chairman Paul Flowers, who is now facing drug possession charges.

Labour said the change of loan provider was for "commercial reasons", but the controversy gripping the Co-op over the past year is thought to have strained relations.

Read: Ailing Co-Op 'committed to reform'


Conservatives deny Ken Dodd is to run as an MP

The Conservative Party has rubbished rumours that comedian Ken Dodd is in the running to stand as a Tory candidate in the General Election.

The Conservative party has denied Comedian Ken Dodd is to run as an MP. Credit: PA

Addressing reports that the 86-year-old was standing to replace Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley, who stepped down after organising a Nazi-themed stag party, the seat's Conservative Party chairman Paul Snape said the rumour was "a joke" started by the Labour party.

Mr Snape said the veteran comedian is eligible to apply, but added: “I think I would prefer someone who is a bit younger and who has more of an affiliation with Cannock,” the Wolverhampton Express and Star reported.

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