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Sunderland sack Gus Poyet: Club statement

Sunderland AFC have parted company with head coach Gus Poyet this afternoon.

The club would like to place on record its’ thanks to Gus and wishes him well for the future.

Chairman Ellis Short said: “I would like to thank Gus for his endeavours during his time at the club, in particular last season’s ‘great escape’ and cup final appearance, which will live long in the memory of every Sunderland fan.

“Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season and we find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.”

An announcement will be made in due course regarding the head coach position.

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325 job losses at Wonga due to restructuring

325 job losses at Wonga due to restructuring Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wonga has announced restructuring which expected to lead to the loss of 325 jobs.

The payday lender currently employs around 950 people and said the losses come as it aims to, "refocus on its consumer businesses."

Wonga can no longer sustain its high cost base which must be significantly reduced to reflect our evolving business and market. Regrettably, this means we’ve had to take tough but necessary decisions about the size of our workforce. We appreciate how difficult this period will be for all of our colleagues and we’ll support them throughout the consultation process.

– Andy Haste, Chairman, Wonga

The move is hoped to save the company £25 million over the next two years. Wonga said costs at the company tripled between 2012-2014.

There will now be a 30 day consultation period for those who are at risk of losing their jobs.

Wearside club 'will not contact Ched Evans' after petition

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was convicted of rape Credit: PA

The secretary of a non-league football club on Wearside has told ITV his club will not contact the convicted rapist Ched Evans, after nearly 20,000 people signed a petition against it.

It was reported that Ashbrooke Belford House FC in Sunderland wanted to offer Ched Evans a position, saying he deserved a second chance.

The former Sheffield United striker was released from prison last year after serving half his five-year sentence for rape.

A petition set up by Jean Hatchet, from London, asked the non-league side: "Please show rape survivors you care about them more than club profit and league success." It was signed by more than 19,400 people in two days.

The club secretary of Ashbrooke Belford House FC, Adrian Forster, told ITV: "We have had no contact with Ched Evans and will not be contacting him."

The side plays in the Wearside Football League, in the twelfth tier of English football, seven leagues below the Football League.

Previous clubs that expressed an interest in signing Ched Evans included Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United.

Middlesbrough back on top of the Championship

Middlesbrough survived a sending off and came from behind against Birmingham tonight, February 18, to earn a draw and go top of the Championship table.

Boro's goalkeeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos was given a red card for bringing Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson down and Paul Caddis converted the resulting penalty for the Blues just before half-time.

Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford (facing) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Birmingham City with George Friend Credit: PA Wire

Patrick Bamford then went on to score a second-half equaliser with less than 17 minutes of full time left and the game finished 1-1.

Middlesbrough extend their unbeaten run to nine games and reclaim the place at the top of the table by a single point.

Show Racism the Red Card condemn Chelsea fans over racism

Show Racism the Red Card condemn racist Chelsea Fans

North Shields based anti-racism group Show Racism the Red Card have condemned the behaviour of a group of Chelsea fans who racially abused a fellow passenger on a Paris Metro.

Chelsea supporters pushed a black man off an underground train, before being heard to sing 'We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it'.

Show Racism the Red Card is saddened by the behaviour of a minority of Chelsea fans that has been reported in today’s news.

SRtRC work tirelessly to educate against racism and have worked with football clubs for many years to help promote an anti-racism message.

We know through our partnership work with Chelsea Football Club that they take a zero tolerance approach to racism and have made clear their position with a strongly worded statement.

We await the outcome of police investigations and are sure that the vast majority of football fans are disgusted by yesterday’s events in Paris.

SRtRC will continue to work to educate people and to promote tolerance, understanding and a more inclusive society.

– Spokesperson, Show Racism the Red Card
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