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Wycombe sub gets red card five seconds after coming on

Wycombe striker Matt McClure made one of the shortest professional appearances in the history of football after he was sent off just five seconds after coming on as a substitute.

McClure doesn't hold the record for the shortest appearance however, that rather unwanted accolade goes to Sheffield United's Keith Gillespie and Swansea’s Walter Boyd who were both sent off after 0 seconds in 2007 and 2000 respectively. Both were shown the red card after play had yet to be restarted for pushing or elbowing an opponent.

The fastest red card in a game is still held by Kevin Pressman - the Sheffield Wednesday 'keeper was sent off for handling outside the area after his side's new season was just 13 seconds old in 2000.


Man United target Alves 'close' to leaving Barcelona

The ex-wife and agent of Dani Alves has warned Barcelona he is close to signing for another club.

Alves looks likely to leave Barcelona. Credit: PA

Dinorah Santana told Spanish radio station RAC1 they are unwilling to wait any longer for a new contract offer from the Catalans, with Alves' current deal set to expire in the summer.

The right back booted a water bottle in anger after being substituted during last month's Champions League win over Man City, and is unhappy in broader terms with the way he has been treated by the club's hierarchy.

“We’re close to signing with another club, the talks are advanced," Santana explained. “They’re making Dani look like the baddie in this movie. We’re tired of this situation now.”

Somerset sign big hitter Anderson

Somerset have signed big-hitting New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson for the second half of this season's NatWestT20 Blast competition.

Anderson was holder of the record for the fastest one-day international century in history, until his feat in 36 balls against the West Indies at Queenstown last year was broken by South Africa's AB de Villiers.

Guardiola rules out move to Man City

Guardiola intends to stay at Bayern Munich. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is keen to continue his relationship with the club after insisting he is not waiting for any offers from elsewhere.

Guardiola took charge of the German powerhouses in June 2013 and has led them to success in the Bundesliga and in domestic and European cup competition.

His time has been dogged by speculation over swapping leagues, most notably to England and to names like Manchester City, with his current Bayern deal set to run out in 2016.

However, the former Barcelona boss told a press conference: "Of course I'll stay here. I haven't had a contract offer and I am not waiting for a contract offer from anyone else.

"I'm happy here at Bayern, my only idea right now is to stay and work for this club here.

"I can stay in this club five or six years even. This also depends on the players. I'm not the most important thing for the club."


Rodgers: I should have changed Liverpool system earlier

Rodgers celebrates his side's win over Manchester City. Credit: PA

Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool's defeat to Crystal Palace in November convinced him to change tactics to overcome the Reds' indifferent start of the season.

Liverpool made a stuttering to start to the 2014-15 campaign - losing three of their first five Barclays Premier League matches and seven of their 19 league fixtures before the turn of the year - but have recovered to remain in the hunt for a place in next year's Champions League competition.

The Reds have been in fine form since Christmas, having not lost in the league in 2015, and are just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and only three adrift of third-placed Arsenal.

I needed to make decisions that would allow us to get back to somewhere near what we had been and the transformation of the team, with everyone talking about the system and how dynamic it is, has been good to see. I should have done it earlier.

After that Palace game I felt that it doesn't matter how much support you have, the team is not functioning and it could not go on really," the former Watford, Reading and Swansea manager told the Guardian.

But I certainly wasn't going to roll over and die. I will always fight for my life. I love it here and I want to be successful here.

– Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Van Gaal agrees Man Utd must cut down back-passes

Van Gaal's tactics have come under the spotlight. Credit: PA

Manchester United may have only lost twice in 21 matches but some fans have been voicing their concerns over the style of their play.

During the 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, United fans booed when Jonny Evans played the ball back to goalkeeper David de Gea.

Van Gaal understands the supporters' frustrations but insists passing back to the goalkeeper is sometimes not the worst option for a defender.

"You have to give credit of your doubt to your player and you have to support him," Van Gaal said.

"When you make a mistake in defence it is more or less always a goal against. You have to see that also, the fans have to see that.

"But I agree with the fans that we don't have to use so much the goalkeeper, because I have seen also moments where we can play a higher tempo without interfering with the goalkeeper, but the goalkeeper is also the 11th player."

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