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Southampton FC appoints new manager

Claude Puel (middle) has signed a 3-year contract Credit: Matt Watson/Southampton FC

Claude Puel has been unveiled as the new Southampton manager.

The 54 year-old has agreed a three-year contract with Saints.

Puel joins Southampton from french club Nice, who he took to fourth place last season.

He previously managed Monaco, where he won the Ligue 1 title in 2000. The Frenchman also spent six seasons with Lille before joining Olympique Lyonnais in 2008, who he guided to their first ever Champions League semi-final in 2010.

Puel will be joined by former Aston Villa manger Eric Black, who has been appointed assistant manager, a well as Pascal Plancque, who will become the club’s first team coach.

Coach Sammy Lee has now left the club.


VIDEO REPORT: Euro 2016 - the view from Iceland

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England take on Iceland tonight in the European Championships, with a Quarter Final place against home nation France waiting.

But not everyone here in the South will be cheering on Wayne Rooney and his team-mates.

Iceland may be the smallest nation to have ever qualified - but their fans don't want the Euro party to stop.

As Andrew Pate found out.

Andrew spoke to Iceland fans Maria Nolan and Edda Halldorsdottir at the Nordic Coffee Collective cafe in Brighton

Bournemouth captain signs for Aston Villa

Tommy Elphick lifting the Championship trophy in 2015 Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick has joined Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old joined the Cherries from Brighton and Hove Albion in 2012 and made 145 appearances across 3 divisions.

He led the club to League One promotion in 2013, before playing almost every minute of league action in the historic 2014/15 Championship title-winning season.

Elphick made 12 appearances for the Cherries in the Premier League last season.

423 Kitesurfers break world record on Hayling Island

Parade of kitesurfers as they break the world record

Four hundred and twenty-three kitesurfers out on the water in Hampshire today have broken the world record for the Largest Parade of Kitesurfers.

They beat the previous record of 416 kitesurfers set in Cape Town, South Africa.

Today's successful record breaking attempt took place at Hayling Island, and was organised by the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada. The new title was verified by Guinness World Records.

"Huge congratulations to everyone for 3.5 hours of determined kitesurfing. With 423 kitesurfers completing the course Virgin Kitesurfing Armada you are officially amazing and are all GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ holders."

– Sophia Greenacre, Official Adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™
Kitesurfers in action off Hayling Island

"A huge thank you to everyone who has come down and supported the festival this weekend. It's been an amazing experience. 423 kitesurfers is a fantastic total and everyone should be really proud.

We couldn't have done it without all the brilliant volunteers, industry support and the sponsors which include Virgin, WOO Sports, North Kiteboarding and Volvo Car UK. It's been an awesome weekend."

– Dan Charlish, Event Organiser


Invite for more kitesurfers to help break world record

Hayling Island will play home to the world record breaking attempt

The team behind an attempt to break the world record for the largest parade of kitesurfers over a one-mile course are appealing for more people to take part at the event on Hayling Island on Sunday 19th June. The record to beat is the South African Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, with a total of 415 kiters, which was set in Cape Town earlier this year.

Kitesurfer in action

The attempt is one of several activities taking part at the kitesurfing festival in Hampshire this weekend. The organisers are hoping to attract as many as 500 kitesurfers to the beach on Hayling Island at noon on Sunday. Here's their video invitation:

The people featuring in the video invite are Dan Charlish, Event Director, Virgin Kitesurfing Armada; Sam Light - British Champion and Triple S Champion; Steph Bridge - five-time Kite World Champion and current European Race titleholder; and Lewis Crathern - the 4 times British Champion.

Kent motor racing team gears up for Le Mans

The Kent team is detemined to make an impression at Le Mans Credit: PHA Media

British Motor Racing team JOTA Sport, based at Frant on the Kent/Sussex border, is preparing for the iconic Le Mans 24-hour race this weekend.

The team, which won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 2014, is hoping to repeat that success this time around.

This year, for the first time, the team will enter two cars in the world famous race.

The first car – the Gibson 015S-Nissan – will be raced by JOTA Sport co-founder Simon Dolan, former Caterham Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde and talented young British driver Jake Dennis.

Van der Garde said: “This will be my first time racing at Le Mans so I am incredibly excited. This is a very special race, but one which is also very challenging for the whole team."

Car number two will be driven by Russian-born Roman Rusinov, Germany’s Rene Rast and former Manor Formula One driver Will Stevens, who joined the line up just last week, replacing Nathanaël Berthon.

England fan, attacked by Russian thugs, opens his eyes

Credit: Bache

An England fan left seriously injured after being attacked by Russian supporters, has opened his eyes.

Andrew Bache, 51, suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection after being attacked by a group of Russians armed with iron bars ahead of England's match with Russia in Marseille.

His brother, Dean Bache, revealed Andrew has begun to move his arms and opened both eyes when his son Harry visited him in hospital.

A JustGiving fundraising page had been setup for Mr Bache's treatment, and has raised more than £19,000 towards a £30,000 target.

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