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Sven-Goran Eriksson appointed by Shenzhen FC

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has replaced Clarence Seedorf as manager of Chinese second division side Shenzhen FC.

Eriksson has decided to stay in China with Shenzhen FC. Credit: PA

Eriksson was sacked by Shanghai SIPG last month despite finishing third in the Chinese Super League and qualifying for the Asian Champions League.

The 68-year-old, who has also managed Guangzhou R&F, has decided to stay in China with Shenzhen, a club which finished ninth in the second tier last season.

"Mr Eriksson is a world-known experienced manager," Shenzhen said in a statement, as reported by the Shanghai Daily.

"He has been coaching in China since June, 2013, and is familiar with Chinese football.

"We hope his arrival will help Shenzhen attract the world's attention and build the club into a city name card."

Hulk seals record £45m Asian deal for £320,000 a week

Brazilian forward Hulk has completed the most expensive transfer in Asian football - worth around £45 million - in a deal that will reportedly earn him £320,000 a week.

The striker joins Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG to be managed by former England boss Sven-Goran Ericsson.

The Brazilian international played in the Japanese league before heading to Europe. Credit: Reuters

Hulk scored 21 goals for Zenit St Petersburg last season having joined the Russian club in 2012 from Porto for £32 million.

The 29-year-old’s reported weekly wage - which totals £16.6 million a year - will make him the ninth best paid player in the world.


Trinity Mirror apologises to celebs for phone hacking

Trinity Mirror has admitted for the first time that some of its journalists were involved in phone hacking.

The publishing group which publishes the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People has agreed to pay compensation to four celebrities who had sued over hacking of their voicemails.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports

Eriksson and Richie among Trinity Mirror hacking payouts

Sven Goran Eriksson was among six hacking claims settled. Credit: Bertil Ericson / TT/

Actor Shane Richie and former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson are among ten people Trinity Mirror group has agreed to compensate for phone hacking claims, the newspaper publisher has said.

Richie himself was among four people the Daily Mirror owner promised to compensate after admitting intercepting voicemails "many years" ago, while his wife and agent have also settlements over hacking claims.

Also on the list were fellow soap actors Lucy Benjamin and Shobna Gulati and TV presenter Alan Yentob.

The group also said it had already agreed settlements with six other people named in full below, including former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston and Abbie Gibson, the former nanny of David and Victoria Beckham.

  • Sven Goran Eriksson (football manager)
  • Christopher Eccleston (actor)
  • Abbie Gibson (Beckham family's former nanny)
  • Christie Roche (wife of Shane Richie)
  • Phil Dale (Shane Richie's agent)
  • Garry Flitcroft (ex-footballer)

Trinity Mirror admits to phone hacking for first time

Newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has admitted for the first time that its journalists hacked phones after agreeing to compensate four people.

In a statement, the publisher of the Daily Mirror and other titles said it admitted liability for allegations that it intercepted the voicemails of four unnamed individuals "many years" ago, adding that it had apologised and had agreed to pay compensation.

The group also confirmed six other claims had already been settled for agreed sums.

Eriksson rejects Campbell's England race claims

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has emphatically denied Sol Campbell's claim in his autobiography that he was denied the national team captaincy because of his race.

Sven-Goran Eriksson selected Sol Campbell 32 times during his five-year reign with England. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive

The retired centre-back, who played 73 times for the Three Lions, said he would have been skipper for "more than 10 years" had he been white, while claiming the FA is "institutionally racist", in passages serialised by The Sunday Times.

Eriksson told The Daily Telegraph there was "not a chance" of Campbell gaining the armband, but only because David Beckham was his fixed choice.

The Swede said there were "never ever any discussions at all in the team or in the FA" about Campbell replacing Beckham as captain during his tenure.


Eriksson among early favourites for Cardiff City job

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is among the early favourites to replace Malky Mackay as Cardiff City manager.

The popular Scot was sacked by owner Vincent Tan today after an acrimonious final few weeks in charge.

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is believed to be in the running. Credit: PA Wire

Ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Yilmaz Vural, Dave Jones and Craig Bellamy are also rumoured to be in the running.

For more on the race to succeed Malky Mackay, visit ITV Football