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England manager Sam Allardyce pictured leaving home

England manager Sam Allardyce has been pictured leaving his home on Tuesday morning.

It comes after an undercover investigation by a national newspaper claimed he offered advice on how to "get around" FA rules on player transfers as he negotiated a £400,000 business deal.

England's new coach was filmed by The Telegraph allegedly negotiating a consultancy deal with undercover reporters purporting to represent a Far East firm.

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Home defeats for Premier League teams

In the Premier League, there were two home defeats for our North East teams.

Middlesbrough played host to Spurs, who claimed victory at the Riverside winning 2-1.

At the Stadium of Light, Crystal Palace came back from two goals down to win 3-2, leaving manager David Moyes still without a Premier League win.

Runners take to Redcar's roads in half marathon

Credit: Redcar Half Marathon

Redcar's 34th Half Marathon gets underway this weekend, and people are being invited to line the route and show their support for friends and family.

Taking place on Sunday 25 September at 10am on Majuba Road, the race will welcome over 1,000 runners.

The Half Marathon events for this year will again include the INEOS sponsored one mile Go Run for Fun aimed at primary school children, the Beacon 5 Kilometre and the wheelchair half marathon.

“Many of the runners will be raising money for charity, so it would be a fantastic show of support if there were a lot of people cheering them on.

“It’s going to be a great day for all the family and I look forward to welcoming some of the best athletes in the region to Redcar.”

– Councillor Carl Quartermain, cabinet member for jobs, skills and leisure

To ensure the safety of competitors a number of the borough's roads will be closed throughout the duration of the event and some local bus services maybe suspended or diverted.

A temporary road closure will be in operation the following roads on Sunday the 25th September 2016 from 7am 2pm:

  • Coast Road (From High Street roundabout Marske to Zetland roundabout, Redcar)
  • Granville Terrace, Redcar (For its full length)
  • The Esplanade, Redcar (For its full length)
  • Newcomen Terrace, Redcar (To its junction with Majuba Road)
  • Majuba Road, Redcar (For its full length)
  • Bridge Road, Redcar (For its full length)
  • Trunk Road, Redcar (From Kirkleatham Lane to Westgate roundabout)
  • Green Lane, Redcar

Benitez: 'Villa still a threat'

Rafa Benitez still regards Roberto Di Matteo's Aston Villa side as promotion contenders despite their poor start to the Championship campaign.

The two former champions league winning managers face off against each other in Saturday's late kick off at 5:30pm with both clubs looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

With Villa languishing in 18th place, Benitez still believes they are force to be reckoned with.

I think if you analyse what they have, it's a big club with a great manager and great players.

Everybody was expecting that they would be at the top of the table but it's a long race for everyone so hopefully after this game they can win some games."

– Rafa Benitez

Debuts were handed to Achraf Lazaar and Daryl Murphy during Newcastle United's 2-0 win against Wolves where Benitez made eight changes to his cup winning line up.

With Vurnon Anita serving the second game of his three match suspension it's expected that DeAndre Yedlin will step in to fill the void in his Championship debut for the Magpies.

Friends become enemies at the Riverside

Middlesbrough Boss Aitor Karanka admits his close relationship with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be put to one side as both clubs face each other in the premier league this weekend.

The pair struck up a tight bond while completing their coaching badges.

Tottenham go into the game unbeaten in the league this season. Boro hope to bounce back from last weekend's chasening defeat at Everton and the Head Coach says friendship doesn't matter once the whistle blows.

We did the license course together and we have a really good relationship. We have had a few players from Tottenham a two years ago so i'm looking forward to the start of the game

But after the referee blows his whistle we won't be friends for 90 minutes.

Tottenham have a clear plan. It's an organised team.

They put pressure on really well and as a team. They are really organised when they don't have the ball and when they do have the ball. It's gonna be a difficult game but it's nice to prepare for that type of game because you can do something to try and surprise them"

– Aitor Karanka
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