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De Jong back in training for Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is on the comeback trail after resuming light training.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has been sidelined since September, when he was ruled out by the Magpies for "a number of months" because of a thigh injury.

However, he tweeted on Tuesday: "Finally my boots back on! First session outside."



Former Chelsea manager Neal dies aged 82

John Neal was appointed Chelsea boss in 1981. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea manager John Neal has died, with the London club paying tribute to him as the man who helped to keep the club afloat.

Neal passed away on Sunday at the age of 82, after a long career in football which took in Hull, Swindon, Aston Villa and Southampton as a player and Wrexham, Middlesbrough and Chelsea as a manager.

"Chelsea Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of John Neal, one of the most significant and loved managers in our history," the club confirmed.

Appointed by Chelsea in 1981 as successor to Geoff Hurst, Neal prevented the Blues from slipping into the Third Division and in 1984 guided them to the Second Division title.

He had to stand down in 1985 due to heart surgery and was appointed to the club's board of directors. He never managed again, but Chelsea still fondly remember his efforts.

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