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Adam Johnson bail extended

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The Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has had his bail date extended by police, who are investigating allegations that he had sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The 27-year-old was arrested at his home in Castle Eden, near Peterlee, on March 2.

He is now due to report back to police in five weeks.

The winger has been suspended by Sunderland pending the outcome of the police investigation.


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Sunderland bring in new boss Advocaat

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Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the season, the club have announced.

The 67-year-old Dutchman replaces Gus Poyet, who was dismissed on Monday after 17 months in charge.

A Sunderland statement read: "Sunderland AFC has appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the current season.

"The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to the Stadium of Light, with over 30 years in management at both club and international level."


Poyet replacement: Advocaat 'in talks' with SAFC

ITV News Tyne Tees understands Sunderland football club could appoint Dick Advocaat as their short term Head Coach in the next 24 hours.

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The 67-year old Dutchman is believed to have flown into the region for talks this evening, March 16.

Earlier today, the Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet after a heavy home defeat against Aston Villa sealed his fate.

Richards to lead Falcons for three more years

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Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby Dean Richards has agreed a new three year contract that will extend his tenure at the club till June 2018.

Richards joined the club in 2012 and in his first season guided the club to promotion back in to the Aviva Premiership.

Season 2013-14 saw the Falcons achieve their aim of staying in the Premiership.

The current season has seen the club already amass more points and tries than the previous campaign as well as a place in the European Challenge Cup quarter finals.

“I’m delighted to have agreed this extension at the club. We are building a strong and sustainable club here at Newcastle and I’m particularly pleased at how the players, coaching staff and off-field staff have bought into our vision. We have come a fair way over the past three years but there is still a great deal of work to do before we start to realise our potential. However I am confident that the club is in good shape and we will really start to see the benefits of a lot of good work over the next few seasons."

– Director of Rugby Dean Richards

We are very pleased that Dean has agreed to continue as Director of Rugby for the next three years. As the most successful Director of Rugby in Premiership history he brings tremendous experience, knowledge as well as a winning mentality to the club. He is central to the continued growth of Newcastle Falcons over what will be a very exciting period for the club game in England. What he understands better than anyone is how to balance the longer term planning with the need to put in the right performance on the next weekend’s game. His work in bringing through quality, young English qualified players is already starting to have an impact performance wise for the first team. Similarly the culture that he has instilled throughout the team and coaching staff is first class and is something will continue to develop and benefit Newcastle Falcons moving forward.”

– Chairman Semore Kurdi
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