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Mid-table Portsmouth "a work in progress", says manager

Portsmouth Manager, Kenny Jackett, says the mid-table position of his side in League One is fair, admitting they are currently a "work in progress".

Pompey will be looking to return to winning ways at home to Bradford tomorrow following back to back defeats to Blackburn and Doncaster.

Bradford, 'The Bantams', reached the play-off final last season and Jackett says the game will be a good test for his side, who were promoted from League Two in April.

Jackett also confirmed goalkeeper, Luke McGee, will be fit for Saturday's match.

It was feared he would miss out due to injury, with only young back-up Alex Bass in reserve, but the former Millwall boss says McGee is available for selection.

No update on Gills' managerial vacancy, says caretaker

Gillingham caretaker manager, Steve Lovell, says there is "no update" on the managerial situation at the club.

Lovell took over the role on an interim basis last month after Ady Pennock's sacking, then Peter Taylor's departure from the club, and has presided over a win, draw and defeat in that time.

The Welshman has admitted he has had no discussions with the chairman over his future as yet.

But the former forward, who made more than 200 appearances for the Gills as a player, has made it clear he wants the manager's job on a full-time basis.

The League One side travel to fifth place Rotherham tomorrow off the back of a damaging defeat at home to fellow strugglers Northampton last time out.

But Lovell says his team can take confidence from their recent performances, particularly their home draw against high flying Wigan earlier this month.


No pressure on promotion push, says Oxford United Manager

Oxford United's Manager says there is "no pressure" on his side to mount a promotion challenge this season.

Pep Clotet, who replaced Michael Appleton as boss in July, has seen his side move up to seventh place in League One in recent weeks and they are only outside the play-off places on goal difference.

But the Spaniard insists, after a summer of change, some perspective is needed.

The U's travel to Fleetwood tomorrow, a team who made the play-offs last term, and Clotet says winning at Highbury Stadium would represent a "huge step forward".

"It's going to be very tough. Uwe Rosler's (Fleetwood Manager) teams are very well organised, really hard working. They do the right things, try to avoid making mistakes and wait for the moment in the game. They are good going forward as well.

"It's going to be a huge challenge when it comes to keeping the right focus, intensity and mentality to stay in the game. It's going to be 90 minutes of really hard work out there."

Stam "not satisfied" with recent Reading performances

Reading manager, Jaap Stam, has admitted to ITV News Meridian he is "not satisfied" with how his team have performed in recent weeks.

The Royals currently lie in 20th position in the Championship - two points outside the relegation zone - having just missed out on a place in the Premier League last term.

But Stam, whose side host Middlesbrough tomorrow, believes certain factors have conspired against them so far.

"Certain performances weren't good enough. Certain performances, we played well, but didn't get the result that we deserved but that's how it goes in football. We haven't been lucky with the squad to be honest, with the injuries that we're having at the moment.

All these things at the moment doesn't make it where we want to go."

Reading have lost six of their 12 league matches so far, a run of form which has seen Stam's position as manager come under scrutiny.

But the Dutchman would not be drawn on his future, other than telling our reporter Mark McQuillan he is "up for the fight" ahead.

Head coach leaves Sussex after 17 years

Head coach Mark Davis has left Sussex Cricket following a 17-year association with the club.

The South African appears to have paid the price for a disappointing season in which the Hove based side finished fourth in Division Two.

"The squad is very well set for the challenges ahead and I am confident these players will bring silverware to the club. I would like to thank all the players, support staff and coaches who supported me, as well as all the faithful Sussex supporters."

Davis' departure brings to an end a decorated tenure with Sussex in which he helped the team win three County Championship titles.

In a statement, the club added that they "would like to thank Mark for his contribution to Sussex Cricket as a player and coach over the past 17 years".

Volvo Ocean Race: Southampton sailor pursues dream

The Volvo Ocean Race began today, with men and women racing on the same boat for the first time.

Southampton sailor Jack Bouttell was so determined to pursue his dream, that he moved across the world and left his family.

But his determination paid off and now he's crew on one of the favourite teams to win the Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng racing.

As Sally Simmonds reports from Alicante, Spain.

Sally spoke to Jack Bouttell, Crew, Donfeng Racing.


Sir Ben Ainslie inspiring youngsters to take up sailing

Sir Ben Ainslie's plans to win the America's Cup have been thrown into disarray. The current holders New Zealand are re-writing the rulebook, and have delayed the next race to 2021. The plus side is Sir Ben has more time to try to inspire youngsters to take up his sport, as Sally Simmonds explains.

Great South Run: poignant event for grieving mother

The Great South Run takes place in 10 days' time, with 25,000 people pounding the pavements around Portsmouth.

For the mother of Corporal Matthew Hatfield it will be a very special and poignant journey. The 27-year-old soldier was killed after a tank exploded during a training exercise in June. So his mum and other family members are running in his memory.

More details about the event on this link.

'Superman' inspired gym for disabled children turns to crowdfunding

Christopher Reeve was known to a generation as 'Superman' - starring in four films before a tragic riding accident left him paralysed in 1995.

But he went on with his wife to pioneer new treatments for serious spinal injuries - treatments now being used by a Paralympic athlete, among others, in Sussex.

The Neurokinex gym in Crawley is the first of its kind outside America and is now turning to crowdfunding to expand its work to help toddlers.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to David Smith, Jenny Suggit and Jamie Fielding.

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