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Former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele joins Swans' coaching staff

French international Claude Makelele has joined Swansea City's coaching staff.

Claude Makelele has been named as an assistant coach for Swansea City. Credit: PA

The 43-year-old, who has signed a deal until the end of the season, reunites with head coach Paul Clement, who he worked with during his playing stint at Chelsea and as a coach with Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG midfielder has been named as an assistant coach, and will work alongside Clement’s fellow new recruits Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi, as well as goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts.

Makelele will get his first taste of the Liberty on Saturday when he’s in the dug-out for the Swans’ Premier League fixture with Arsenal.


Wales boss Coleman to be presented with honorary degree

Wales football manager Chris Coleman is to be presented with an honorary degree from Swansea University later.

Chris Coleman took Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where they were knocked out by eventual champions Portugal. Credit: PA

The 46-year-old, who was born in Swansea, will be recognised after guiding Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The honorary degree awards are made annually by the University to recognise those who have made outstanding contributions to the University, the region, and Wales.

Coleman will be presented with an MSc (Master of Science) degree at the University's Great Hall on the Bay Campus.

Blues lock Earle's eye gouging ban appeal fails

George Earle was given an eight-week ban for making contact with the eye area of flanker Tom Ellis during the Blue game against Bath in December. Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Cardiff Blues lock George Earle has failed to get an eight-week suspension for eye gouging overturned.

The 30 year old was sent off during the Blues' 38-3 European Challenge Cup loss against Bath last month for making contact with the eye area of flanker Tom Ellis. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was given a two-month ban. Earle appealed the ruling, but an independent committee rejected the bid.

He will not be eligible to play until February 13th.


Cardiff City 1 - 2 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's second Credit: PA photo

Ryan Sessegnon became one of the youngest goalscorers in FA Cup history with the winner in Fulham's 2-1 victory at Cardiff.

The 16-year-old tapped home from close range as Fulham came from behind to win, with Stefan Johansen having cancelled out Anthony Pilkington's deflected free-kick.

The early 11.30am kick-off had persuaded many supporters to stay at home, and there was a low-key atmosphere which did not help either side.

Cardiff got an early break with an eighth-minute free-kick 25 yards out and Pilkington's strike hit Lucas Piazon on the shoulder to wrong-foot Marcus Bettinelli.

Parity was restored within six minutes when Ryan Fredericks beat Joe Bennett to reach the by-line, and his cross was sent into the roof as Johansen marked his 26th birthday in style.

Full-back Fredericks was a constant attacking outlet down the right and he left Bennett trailing to deliver a 33rd-minute cross which this time Tom Cairney met.

Cairney placed his shot onto the crossbar, but Sessegnon was unmarked to touch home the rebound for his third senior goal.

Fulham continued to dominate possession in the second half, even if scoring opportunities were seldom.

Murphy made a full-length stop to deny Sone Aluko in the closing stages, but Fulham comfortably saw through a job well done.

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