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Salford's million pound rugby match

Tonight Rugby league's Million Pound game takes place. So called because that's the value placed on a spot in Super League. Salford will defend their seat at the sport's top table in a winner take all - loser goes down clash with Hull KR. One Rovers player has branded the concept 'a disgrace' that's potentially damaging to the mental health of the losing players. Chris Hall reports on one of the most stressful fixtures in sport.

Grand Final place awaits Wolves or Saints

It's a huge evening in rugby league as Warrington and St Helens face each other for a place in next month's Grand Final.

The Wolves have never won the Super League crown before.

That's a stat they're desperate to change this season.

In contrast Saints have won it six times, the last one coming two years ago.

For both clubs it's a must win match as neither want their season to end.


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Man United boss Mourinho feels sorry for Allardyce

Jose Mourinho has sympathy for Allardyce. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he feels sorry for Sam Allardyce following his brief spell as England manager.

Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League tie with Zorya on Thursday, the Portuguese explained that he doesn't any differently of Allardyce after he was caught up in the scandal that caused his demise.

The only thing I can say is that I like Sam, I feel sorry for that because I know it was the dream job [for him] and I feel very sorry.

The second thing is that what happened is not going to interfere in any way in my relationship with him, I liked him and respected him before and that is not going to change.

The third thing is that this is between him and the FA and I have nothing to say about it really.

– Jose Mourinho

FA statement: Allardyce leaves by 'mutual agreement'

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

FA Statement in full:

The FA can confirm that Sam Allardyce has left his position as England manager.

Allardyce's conduct, as reported today, was inappropriate of the England manager. He accepts he made a significant error of judgement and has apologised. However, due to the serious nature of his actions, the FA and Allardyce have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

This is not a decision that was taken lightly but the FA's priority is to protect the wider interests of the game and maintain the highest standards of conduct in football. The manager of the England men's senior team is a position which must demonstrate strong leadership and show respect for the integrity of the game at all times.

Gareth Southgate will take charge of the men's senior team for the next four matches against Malta, Slovenia, Scotland and Spain whilst the FA begins its search for the new England manager.

The FA wishes Sam well in the future.


Allardyce statement: 'Regret and embarrassment'

Sam Allardyce Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sam Allardyce statement:

"Further to recent events, The FA and I have mutually agreed to part company.

"It was a great honour for me to be appointed back in July and I am deeply disappointed at this outcome.

"This afternoon, I met with Greg Clarke and Martin Glenn and offered a sincere and wholehearted apology for my actions.

"Although it was made clear during the recorded conversations that any proposed arrangements would need The FA’s full approval, I recognise I made some comments which have caused embarrassment.

"As part of today’s meeting, I was asked to clarify what I said and the context in which the conversations took place. I have co-operated fully in this regard.

"I also regret my comments with regard to other individuals."

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