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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

Colback embarrassed by Newcastle defeat at Palace

Jack Colback admitted Newcastle's performance in a 5-1 defeat at Crystal Palace had been "embarrassing".

Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur both struck twice as the Eagles hammered the hapless Tynesiders 5-1 at Selhurst Park, Newcastle's seventh defeat in 11 league clashes to heap the pressure on Newcastle manager Steve McClaren.

Jack Colback didn't hold back. Credit: PA

He readily accepted Newcastle's board could easily lose patience with him, while Colback did not hold back in his assessment of the game.

"We had a game plan and in the first 15-20 minutes it worked perfectly. We got the goal and you could see they were rattled," Colback told Newcastle's official club website.

"But we let them straight back in, then I made a mistake for the second goal and that put us on the back foot again. After that it was pretty embarrassing, really.

"Maybe we're not strong enough character-wise. It seems as if as soon as things go bad, it goes really bad.

"We had that last year and probably the year before as well. It's something that's hanging over the team that we need to get rid of.

"We had shown signs of improvement but the Leicester game and this one have really set us back quite a lot."


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Chelsea boss Mourinho plays down Costa bib incident

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling-out with Diego Costa after dropping the striker for Sunday's goalless draw at Tottenham.

Costa was not used at White Hart Lane as Mourinho lost patience with the striker, who tossed his substitutes' bib over his shoulder in the direction of his manager in the final moments of a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Barclays Premier League champions' season.

Costa was left on the bench as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Spurs. Credit: Reuters

Mourinho said: "If he wants to hurt me, it's not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems.

"I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be (put) on the bench.

"Everybody was on the bench. I kept him in the team for all these matches and today we thought the best strategy to play was this one. We are happy with the decision."

Costa did not warm up ahead of the game and appeared pitch-side with trainers, rather than boots on, broadcasters sitting near the Chelsea bench reported.

Mourinho says Costa warmed up when instructed to do so.

"A top player going on the bench, they are not happy," Mourinho added.

"For me his behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when they went to warm up."

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