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Ex-Man United defender set for Valencia caretaker role

Phil Neville and Voro will reportedly take charge of first-team affairs at Valencia until further notice following the resignation of Nuno on Sunday night.

Nuno announced his departure following Los Che's 1-0 loss to Sevilla, but said he had already informed chairman Peter Lim of his decision prior to kick-off.

Phil Neville is on the coaching staff at Valencia. Credit: PA

A formal statement is expected from the club later on Monday after a meeting between Nuno and club directors, but Neville and Voro have been told to prepare to take charge of training on Tuesday according to reports in AS.

Nuno, 41, leaves the side ninth in Primera Liga and third in Group H of the Champions League, still with a shot of progressing to the knock-out stages.

Liverpool boss Klopp says Coutinho is ready to return

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his star man Philippe Coutinho is ready for a swift return to action this week after missing the 1-0 win over Swansea with an injury.

The Reds face Southampton in the Capital One Cup this Wednesday and playmaker Coutinho is in contention for the trip to the south coast.

Klopp will have Coutinho available. Credit: PA

"Philippe had a very intensive session on Saturday but we decided two or three days ago that we didn't want to risk [him] for this game," said Klopp in the post-match press conference after a James Milner penalty sealed the win over Swansea at Anfield.

"Now I think he's fit. I think he's ready for Southampton."

There does appear to be a growing momentum under Klopp but the German cannot see it himself yet.

"Maybe I should feel it but I don't. We play again on Wednesday, that is my problem," said the German, who apart from the international break has had a midweek game every week of his tenure since October 17.

"I would like to feel better and say 'Three days off celebrating a good week' but we don't have time for this.

"We are on the road next week (at Southampton and then Newcastle on Sunday) so it is difficult - but of course we feel good."


Birmingham dismiss Rowett rumours

Gary Rowett is going nowhere. Credit: PA

Birmingham have confirmed manager Gary Rowett will stay at the club amid speculation linking him with the vacant positions at Sky Bet Championship rivals QPR and Fulham.

The Blues are currently sixth in the table, while Rowett led them to a 10th-placed finish last season after taking over from Lee Clark in October 2014.

Birmingham City Football Club would like to put an end to recent speculation by confirming that Gary Rowett remains as manager.

Gary is fully committed to the Club and likewise the Club is fully committed to him.

We are all keen to put any uncertainty to bed and look forward to the continuation of the great work Gary has done since his appointment.

Fans can rest assured that everyone at the Club is together as one striving for further improvement and success, with Gary at the helm as manager.

The board will continue to fully support Gary in every way it can in trying to restore this great Club of ours to a position where we all want to be.

– Birmingham City
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