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Rowett becomes Birmingham boss

Burton Albion have confirmed the departure of manager Gary Rowett, who has joined Birmingham in a similar role.

Rowett, 40, leaves the Staffordshire club in third place in League Two.

Gary Rowett has impressed at Burton. Credit: PA

Birmingham parted company with Lee Clark on Friday, with the club currently sitting second from bottom in the Championship.

During his playing career Rowett spent two years on the books at St Andrews.

Steven Pienaar: Meyiwa will be sadly missed

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has expressed his sadness over the death of South Africa captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was shot dead on Sunday by burglars.

Senzo Meyiwa was captain of both his club Orlando Pirates and his country. Credit: PA

Former South Africa international Pienaar said in a statement: "First of all, I want to express my sincere sympathy to Senzo’s family and friends at this very sad time. To lose your life at a young age when you have so much ahead of you is tragic and very difficult to understand. Senzo was a very talented goalkeeper who was well liked by team-mates and opponents alike. Our nation has lost a popular sportsman and he will be sadly missed."


Van Gaal behind striker shirt change

Manchester United youngster James Wilson has admitted boss Louis van Gaal influenced his decision to alter his shirt number.

The teenager made his debut for the club last season wearing No.47, but is now United's No.49.

James Wilson is one of United's brightest prospects. Credit: PA

Wilson, who came off the bench against Chelsea on Sunday, told MUTV: "As I’m a striker, the gaffer wanted me to have a nine in my number, and 49 was the closest."

Birmingham set to appoint Rowett

Former Birmingham City defender Gary Rowett is set to become the club's new manager.

Lee Clark was dismissed last week after a disappointing start to the season.

This was compounded on Saturday when the team lost 8-0 at home to Bournemouth.

Gary Rowett is set for a return to Birmingham. Credit: PA

Burton boss Rowett has seen off competition from Owen Coyle and Mike Phelan to land the St Andrews role.

Rowett's current backroom staff - assistant manager Kevin Summerfield, first-team coach Mark Sale and goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole - could well join him at St Andrew's, having all played for the Blues.

Meyiwa 'a legend in the making' - minister

South Africa's minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula has described Senzo Meyiwa as 'a legend in the making'.

The Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was shot dead by burglars at his girlfriend's house on Sunday.

Senzo Meyiwa was the South Africa international captain. Credit: Reuters

"We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Senzo Meyiwa's family, his club, Orlando Pirates, the nation and the entire football and sporting fraternity," Mbalula said.

"The death of Senzo Meyiwa has robbed this country of an icon and a legend in the making."

Sampdoria president sorry over slur

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has apologised for calling Inter Milan's Indonesian owner Erick Thohir "that Filipino".

Ferrero claimed he told former Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti, who stepped down as honorary president in the week, to "kick out that Filipino", in reference to Thohir.

Erick Thohir was described as 'that Filipino' by Massimo Ferrero. Credit: PA

When told by the Stadio Sprint presenter that Thohir was Indonesian, Ferrero added: "He has insulted an emblem of Italian football".

Ferrero issued an apology in a statement on Sampdoria's official website on Sunday.

"I did not mean to disrespect Mr Thohir, the Inter directors or the people of the Philippines, with whom I have always had wonderful relationships," Ferrero said. "I wanted to commend Massimo Moratti and what he has given to Inter and Italian football for 20 years."

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