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Mourinho: Captain Terry will stay at Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry will be at the club next season, the Premier League leaders' manager Jose Mourinho said on Tuesday.

Mourinho and Terry enjoy the League Cup celebrations at Wembley. Credit: PA

"I know what my board tells me and the player tells me and no doubt he is going to get his contract," Mourinho told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's game at West Ham United.

The 34-year-old Terry, who joined Chelsea in 1998 and has made more than 600 appearances at the heart of their defence, signed a one-year contract extension at the end of last season.

"All of these big guys are difficult to replace but you have to think what next and I think that is the best way to do things," Mourinho said.

Coventry appoint Tony Mowbray as manager

League One side Coventry have appointed Tony Mowbray as their new manager after Steven Pressley's departure last month.

Former West Brom and Middlesbrough boss Mowbray will be in the stands for tomorrow's match against Barnsley at Oakwell before taking over in time for Saturday's league meeting with Port Vale.


Allardyce jokes about torturing West Ham defender

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists Winston Reid is no closer to agreeing a new contract with the club, and has even joked about torturing the defender in order to speed things up.

Big Sam was in a lighthearted mood on Tuesday. Credit: PA

Reid, whose current deal expires in the summer, has refused to sign a new deal at Upton Park but reports on Monday suggested the defender had decided to stay with the Hammers.

Allardyce, however, maintains the 26-year-old is still considering his options and is yet to make any indication where his future lies.

Speaking to the media ahead of West Ham's match with Chelsea, Big Sam said:

Winston has an exceptionally good offer on the table. But he won't make a decision to reject it and say, 'no I am not staying' or 'yes, I will take it and I will stay'. We cannot get a decision out of him.

Unless we torture him - we could do cocktail sticks under the nails or ring up (lead character of television series '24') Jack Bauer and I'm sure he could get the answer out of him.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

Dave Whelan steps down as Wigan chairman

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan Athletic and appointed his 23-year-old grandson, David Sharpe, as his successor.

Whelan has stepped down as Wigan chairman. Credit: PA

Whelan steps down after 20 years with the club nine points adrift from safety in the Championship and facing up to relegation into England's third tier.

In December 2014, he was banned for six weeks by the FA and fined £50,000 for racist comments he made about Jewish and Chinese people.

A club statement confirmed:

Mr Whelan’s grandson David Sharpe will be formally elected as new Chairman of Wigan Athletic by the Board of Directors at a date to be confirmed soon, and will be assisted in the running of the club by Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson.

– Wigan club statement


Fifa hand Michael Boateng lifetime match-fixing ban

Fifa have handed former Crystal Palace youth product Michael Boateng a worldwide liftetime ban from football after he admitted accepting a bribe to fix a match in the Conference South.

Boateng has been banned from football for life. Credit: PA

Boateng was jailed for 16 months in December 2014 and issued with a lifetime ban from the English FA, which has now been extended by world governing body Fifa, after he accepted charges relating to his time at Whitehawk FC.

A statement on Fifa's website read:

A lifetime ban imposed by The Football Association (The FA) against British player Michael Boateng (from England) in relation to match manipulation has been extended by FIFA to have worldwide effect.

Michael Boateng admitted to charges laid against him by The FA for several breaches of The FA Rules, including accepting a bribe, gift, reward or other consideration which was, or appeared to be, related to seeking to influence the outcome or conduct of a match or competition. The player also admitted to the charge of failing to report the offer made to him.

The charges relate to matches in the Conference South in the sixth tier of the English football league system in 2013.

– Official Fifa statement

Scottish FA plan minute of applause for Mackay

The Scottish Football Association have confirmed a minute's applause will be held in honour of Dave Mackay before Scotland's friendly against Northern Ireland at Hampden Park on March 25.

Mackay won the double with Tottenham during an illustrious career. Credit: PA

A statement released on the SFA website read:

The Scottish FA is deeply saddened by the news of Dave Mackay's death.

He was a legendary figure with Heart of Midlothian, Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County; an inspirational pillar for the clubs with whom he played with distinction and, of course, his country.

Dave played 22 times for Scotland and was instrumental in helping his country qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals in Sweden in 1958.

His last international appearance occurred against Northern Ireland in 1965 and the Scottish FA believe it is appropriate that a minute's applause should be observed in his honour prior to the forthcoming match against Michael O'Neill's side at Hampden Park on Wednesday, 25th March.

– Scottish FA statement
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