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Former Newcastle United boss in hospital

TV pundit Graeme Souness Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Former Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness has been taken into hospital, according to reports.

The 62-year-old, who managed the Magpies from 2004 to 2006, is receiving treatment in a hospital in Bournemouth, close to his home in Poole, Dorset, according to Press Association Sport.

No details of Souness' condition were immediately available, although reports suggest the Scot had to be carried into the hospital on a stretcher.

The former Liverpool and Middlesbrough midfielder won 54 caps for Scotland during a playing career which also saw him win five English league titles and three European Cups and a Coppa Italia title with Sampdoria.

Since leaving Newcastle in 2006 he has worked as a media pundit for Sky Sports and Irish broadcaster RTE.


Boro manage late win again against QPR

Grant Leadbitter celebrates his extra-time penalty Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Middlesbrough skipper Grant Leadbitter kept his cool to slot home a stoppage-time penalty and earn his side a dramatic late win over QPR at the Riverside.

The midfielder converted from the spot four minutes into time added on after QPR forward Leroy Fer was shown red for handling Daniel Ayala's overhead kick on the line.

It earned Aitor Karanka's men a 1-0 victory in a poor game which neither side deserved to win.

The game proved a fairly drab affair on a bitterly cold night on Teesside, although both sides created enough chances.

Captain Grant Leadbitter will miss next week's encounter with Huddersfield after a foul on Leroy Fer in the 38th minute.


Bruce 'one of the best', says Boro boss

Hull City boss Steve Bruce is 'one of the best managers in the Championship', according to Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka.

The Spaniard will go head-to-head with Bruce on Saturday as Boro travel to the KC Stadium to face the Championship leaders. Speaking ahead of the game, Karanka was full of praise for his opposite number.

Bruce has been shortlisted for October's Championship Manager of the Month award.

Boro trundle to a 1-0 win against Rotherham

Stewart Downing celebrates the only goal of the match Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Middlesbrough were well below their best but still had enough to register a 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Rotherham.

Having beaten Charlton 3-0 at the weekend, the expectation was to also make light work of the Millers, but they had to make do with Stewart Downing's breakaway goal in the first half.

Although failing to hit their straps, Boro still could have won by a bigger margin as Carlos De Pena and George Friend hit the woodwork.

Rotherham simply did not have enough quality to test Boro and new boss Neil Redfearn has not won any of his first five games in charge, with a relegation battle looming.

Boro failed to find the same rhythm after the break and allowed Rotherham plenty of possession, though the strugglers did not have the cutting edge to do anything with it.

It was the hosts that continued to carve out the better chances as De Pena headed another effort over while David Nugent dragged a shot wide.

Boro boss relishing Everton cup clash

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is relishing the prospect of facing Everton in the Capital One Cup.

Boro knocked-out Manchester United on penalties in the Fourth Round last night to earn a Quarter-Final tie with Everton at the Riverside on December 1.

Karanka said he was looking forward to playing the Premier League side at home, and in particular, his fellow Spaniard and Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

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