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Former soldier about to run 45 DAYS of consecutive marathons

A former soldier is about to embark on 45 DAYS of consecutive marathons. Stuart Repon- Ness from Warrington plans to run almost 15 hundred miles from the top to bottom of the USA's west coast.

Not only that, he'll attempt the fundraising effort alone in scorching temepratures without the support of safety team.

He's been speaking to our correspondent Ashley Derricott.

Gary Pallister backs world record bid for Paul Pogba

A former United hero has backed the club's reported world record bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba.

Gary Pallister cost United 2.3 million pounds back in 1989.

27 years on and the Reds are prepared to spend 100 million on the French international.

Could he sign in time for the Community Shield on 7th August?

Pallister has been helping to find mascots for that game at a McDonald's event in Manchester today.

After leaving United on a free in 2012, he thinks Pogba would return as a world class player.

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Big Sam confirmed as England boss with two-year contract

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has been appointed as England's new manager, the Football Association has announced.

The FA said Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year contract. Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal to become England's new manager, the Football Assocation has announced.

The 61-year-old boss knew the job was his on Wednesday but a compensation package with his club Sunderland needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.

Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said:

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

– Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce to be named England manager

Video report by ITV News sports reporter Ian Payne

Sam Allardyce will be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours, ITV News understands.

The Sunderland manager is understood to be among a "handful" of people to have interviewed for the job.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is also known to be on the shortlist.

The former England manager Roy Hodgson resigned after a disappointing England performance at Euro 2016.

Sunderland FC said they shared the "anger and frustration" of fans over the uncertainty in a statement made on Wednesday night.

Naturally we are aware of the intense media speculation this evening, however, at the present time Sam Allardyce remains Sunderland manager.

We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC.

– Sunderland FC statement
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