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Jimmy Armfield: Football world mourns former England Captain and Blackpool great

World Cup winner, ex-England captain and Blackpool great Jimmy Armfield has died at the age of 82.

Armfield, who played 627 matches in 17 years for his only club and was part of Sir Alf Ramsey's victorious squad in 1966, was diagnosed with cancer for a second time last year.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jimmy's wife Anne, his two sons, Duncan and John, and the rest of the Armfield family at this time.

– Blackpool Football Club

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Ryan Giggs set to be announced as Wales Manager

It would be the former Manchester United star's first permanent job in management. Credit: PA

Ryan Giggs is set to be named as Chris Coleman's successor as Wales manager later this afternoon.

The Football Association of Wales said it would announce the identity of the new manager on Twitter ahead of a 2pm press conference at Hensol Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Giggs, 44, has been the clear favourite for the role since he declared his interest in the job last month, saying: "I've played for Wales and I've said that I want to go back into coaching.Obviously that is one of the top jobs."

The former Wales and Manchester United winger will begin what he has described as "one of the top jobs" in coaching.

This will be Giggs' first permanent job in management.

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Man City prepared to walk away from Alexis Sanchez deal

Alexis Sanchez has been linked with Manchester City as his contract situation rumbles on. Credit: PA

Manchester City are prepared to walk away from a deal to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.

The Premier League leaders feel the overall price for signing the Chile forward this month - transfer fee, agent costs and wage demands - is currently too high and must come down.

City are not concerned if this stance opens up a route for another club, even arch-rivals Manchester United, to step in.

Jose Mourinho said: "At the general level, what I can say is that myself and the Manchester United board, we don't believe a lot in the January market. We don't believe in signing players just to sign a player, just to do something. We don't believe in that.

"What we believe really is that there are some players in the football world, if you have a chance to sign them, it doesn't matter if it is in January, March or July, you have to try.

"But in relation to Alexis Sanchez, I don't say a word. The only word I can say is the same word that everybody says, he's a phenomenal player.

"Apart from that, (he's an) Arsenal player, I feel I shouldn't say much more than this."

Sanchez has long been a target for City and they offered £60million for the 29-year-old, without success, last summer. They would now hope to do a deal for a fee of around £20million but are understood to have been quoted £35million.

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Allardyce talks tough on players using social media

Mason Holgate has recently deleted his Twitter account. Credit: PA

Everton's players should not need reminding of their responsibilities on social media, according to manager Sam Allardyce.

The understanding is that Toffees defender Mason Holgate could face a Football Association charge for alleged homophobic tweets sent from a now-deleted Twitter account more than five years ago.

The governing body is aware of three tweets the 21-year-old apparently sent in 2012 and 2013 when he was a member of Barnsley's youth set-up, that contain pejorative terms for gay men. Holgate joined Everton in 2015.

Asked if he was aware the FA was looking into the posts, Allardyce said: "In terms of awareness, yes.

"In terms of when it happened years ago, he's fully aware and doesn't need to be reminded of the situation because they already know.

"Because we go through meeting after meeting, all areas, through the FA, through the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) on what to do and what not to do.

"This is a historical tweet from years ago so he doesn't need any reminding because all the players have already been made aware for more than this year.

"I think it's been going on for years that we've been pointing out to players what they do and what they don't do.

"It's not in my hands whatever the situation is now, but we will find out if and when what the course of action is."

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