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    Exeter City star Jevani Brown, 28, charged with assaulting a woman as club suspends him from play

    EXETER City striker Jevani Brown has been suspended from play after he was charged with assaulting a woman.Brown, 28, is now set to face court after he was charged with assault by beating.
    Jevani Brown has been dropped after he was charged with assaulting a womanCredit: Rex
    The club’s top striker has now been dropped by Exeter.
    Police were called out to the Queens Street area of Exeter city centre during the early hours of February 2, following reports that a woman had been assaulted.
    Officers then made an arrest. Brown, who has played for Jamaica, has now been charged with assault by beating.
    The club shared a statement on social media which read: “Exeter City Football Club is aware of the charge made against Jevani Brown.
    “As this is a legal matter, we are unable to make any comment until legal proceedings have been concluded.
    “He will not be selected to play during this period.”
    A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called to Queens Street, Exeter in the early hours of Thursday 2 February following reports of a female having been assaulted in the area.
    “Officers attended and an arrest was made.
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    “Police have since charge a man in connection to this incident.Jevani Jason Brown, aged 28, originally from Luton but currently residing in Exeter, has been charged with assault by beating.
    “He has been released on bail and is due to appear before Exeter Magistrates Court on Thursday 16 February.”
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    Crewe pay tribute to fan Chris Hagyard who died after falling ill at stadium at League Two clash with Grimsby

    CREWE ALEXANDRA have paid tribute to a fan who passed away over the weekend.Chris Hagyard died after “falling ill” at the club’s Gresty Road Stadium.
    A fan passed away after “falling ill” at Crew Alexandra’s Gresty Road Stadium on SaturdayCredit: Getty
    Crewe were playing Grimbsy Town in a League Two clash on Saturday.
    The Railwaymen then announced Chris had passed away on Sunday.
    In a statement on social media, the club paid tribute to “loyal fan” Chris.
    It said: “The Club are deeply saddened to report that Chris Hagyard has died after falling ill at the stadium yesterday.
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    “Chris was a loyal fan and valued member of the #CreweAlex family. He will be greatly missed.
    “Our thoughts are with Chris’ family and friends at this difficult time.”
    Fans from a number of clubs also paid tribute to Chris on social media.
    The League Two meeting between Crewe and Grimsby Town finished 3-0 to the away side.
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    The result leaves Crewe 18th in League Two.
    Crewe were relegated from League One last season alongside Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers and AFC Wimbledon after finishing bottom of the table.
    The Railwaymen are next in action on Tuesday night as they host table-toppers Leyton Orient. More

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    Charlton boss Dean Holden retching for the bucket as he faces Bushtucker trial in brilliant prostate cancer fundraiser

    DEAN HOLDEN found himself puking as he played the part of I’m A Football Manager … Get Me Out Of Here.The Charlton boss had his League One team and backroom staff cheering him on as he downed a disgusting glass of blended mealworms.
    Dean Holden starts downing a glass of blended mealworms
    But Dean Holden cannot keep them down for long as he pukes into a bucket
    But then they all gasped with astonishment as their gaffer retched before regurgitating the foul-smelling concoction into a nearby bucket. 
    Game-for-a-laugh Holden joined the club’s head of first-team player-care Tracey Leaburn in a Bushtucker trial inside their training ground canteen.
    They were raising money for the club to provide free prostate cancer testing for Charlton and Fleetwood fans ahead of their league clash at The Valley on Saturday.
    It is done on behalf of the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal with close to 500 booked in for the hassle-free five-minute test.
    On the menu — dubbed the Meal Squeal — were fish eyes, roasted crickets, pig’s brains, fruit beetle bugs, morio worms and, most disgusting of all, a pig’s anus!
    And after finishing their revolting lunch, the pair had to handle and walk around the canteen with live snakes. More

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    Age just a number for Billy Sharp as Sheffield United captain looks to celebrate 37th birthday with 250th league goal

    BILLY SHARP is like a fine wine … the more he ages, the more he delights.The Sheffield United striker celebrates his 37th birthday on Monday and is still doing it for the Blades.
    Billy Sharp is still going strong as he hits the ripe age of 37
    Sharp needs to net one more to reach the landmark 250 career league goals and he can do it today in the Championship derby clash at Rotherham.
    And, despite his age, he wants to celebrate his 38th birthday as a Premier League player.
    And there is every chance that will happen with Paul Heckingbottom’s men 12 points clear and a game in hand of third-place Middlesbrough.
    But how does Sharp, with his status as a club legend already secured, continue to be motivated to train hard every morning and punish his body in the unforgiving second tier.
    He told SunSport: “I might be 37 on Monday but nothing has changed for me. Since I hit my 30s I looked at it as just a number and feel fit and strong as I did when I turned 30.
    “It’s true I changed a couple of things in my lifestyle, in the way I went about things, and that has helped me still keep going now. 
    “I still have a few years left in me and hope to keep achieving things for Sheffield United.
    Billy Sharp does not feel like he is getting any older
    “There are some personal accolades I’d like to achieve — my 250th league goal is coming up. There are a couple of people for me to catch in the all-time Sheffield United top scorers.
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    “But, collectively, I want to get promoted and if I do that it’ll be my third promotion as captain of Sheffield United, which would be unreal. 
    “I’m not too sure if any other club captain in their history has done that.”
    Sharp currently stands seventh in the all-time top Sheffield United scorers although two more would take him past Fred Tunstall’s 129.
    It seems impossible that Sharp will get anywhere near the staggering 201 goals Harry Johnson netted between 1919 and 1930 — although he will fancy his chances of catching Doc Pace’s 140 and Jimmy Dunne’s 143, which would take him to fourth top scorer ever.
    The Blades striker has found himself playing more of a supporting role this term, coming off the bench as much as he has started — after recovering from a calf injury that saw him miss the end of last season.
    He said: “When I came back from injury, I was on the bench to start with and then when I started my first game back at Boro I did my ankle. That set me back a little bit.
    “But I managed to win my place back in the team. Oli McBurnie got injured and I chipped in with a couple of goals.
    “Whatever role I play, I want to make sure I’m doing my bit for the team and feel I’ve done that. In the last eight games that I’ve started, we’ve won seven of those and drawn the other.
    “But the great thing about this team is despite all the injuries we’ve had whoever has come in has done a great job. Daniel Jebbison has stepped in up front and got a couple of goals.
    Billy Sharp just needs one more goal for 250 career league goals
    “This is a strong squad and that’s why we’ve done so well.”
    But despite the cracking opening half of the season, Sharp has played enough in the Championship to know nothing can be taken for granted.
    He points to how Nottingham Forest climbed from the bottom of the table last season to clinch promotion — beating the Blades in the play-offs en route to the final.
    But the Blades ace says the team are not focussed on their gap with Boro. They want to target catching Burnley to win the title.
    Sharp said: “We must maintain that gap with third of course but I’m not too scared to say it: we want to win the league.
    “We’re in a great position so it’s up to us to keep winning games until the end of the season.”
    And while everyone to a man has been impressive for the Blades this season, two players who have really kicked on are Iliman Ndiaye and on-loan Manchester City kid James McAtee.
    Sharp said: “James has played in a few different positions for us and had a tough start to his career. I think it was Luton away, a tough place to go and he learned a lot from that game. He has come on strong since the World Cup finished.
    “He has chipped in with goals, assists and plays week-in, week-out. I’m sure he is delighted with the way it’s going at the minute. Hopefully he can stay fit and help us get promoted as well.
    “And Iliman has been our star player — scoring 10 goals this season already and he’s been special. We saw glimpses of it last season but this season he has kicked on and added more to his game and I’m sure there were people interested in signing in last month and will be again this summer.
    “But hopefully he can help us get promoted and then he might as well spend another year with us in the Premier League.
    “Make no mistake, he will play at the highest level because he’s a special talent.”
    And what will the future hold for Sharp once he finally does decide to hang up his boots?
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    He said: “I’ll do my coaching badges. I want to step up into management, whenever that will be I’m not sure. I want to put myself in the best position to manage. 
    “I want to learn my trade and that is what I want to do after I quit. Maybe one day I’ll manage Sheffield United.” More

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    Ex-Chelsea star Jody Morris to carry on legacy of England hero Glenn Hoddle as he takes over at Swindon

    JODY MORRIS wants to get Swindon flying like his hero and mentor Glenn Hoddle.The new Robins boss takes charge of his first game at Newport County.
    Former Chelsea star Jody Morris has began his managerial journey by taking charge at League Two club Swindon
    Glenn Hoddle managed Swindon and won promotion to the Premier League
    In a far-ranging exclusive interview with SunSport, Morris reveals:

    How ex-England, Tottenham and Monaco midfielder Hoddle inspired him as a player and now manager.

    Hoddle cut his teeth as player-boss of Swindon in 1991 and won promotion to the Premier League with the Wiltshire club in 1993 before taking over at Chelsea in the same role.
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    And three years later he handed Morris his debut — making him the club’s youngest-ever Premier League player, aged 17 years, 43 days.
    Now former Chelsea star Morris is cutting his own managerial teeth at the County Ground.
    He told SunSport: “Back in the early 1990s, even 2000s, Premier League teams never mind EFL clubs, were still lumping the ball forward. 
    “Glenn Hoddle was miles ahead of his time. He put Swindon on the map, not just because he was such a huge name, but the way his team played.
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    “It was three at the back, passing out from the back, using the keeper and not just booting the ball upfield.
    “It was innovative. No-one was doing it and certainly not in the second tier of English football.
    “He got Swindon promoted, leaving a legacy, and then went to Chelsea and did exactly the same thing.”
    The Blues then were mid-table fodder but Hoddle changed the playing culture and laid the foundations for them to become a multiple trophy-winning machine.
    Glenn Hoddle (second right) celebrates promotion play-off glory in 1993
    Glenn Hoddle’s first managerial job was at Swindon
    After taking Swindon into the Premier League, Glenn Hoddle took over at Chelsea and changed the playing culture of the club
    Morris said: “The demands he was putting on defenders to try to pass out and not just get the ball as far away as possible was different.
    “He had an idea how he wanted to play, was good at getting those ideas across and improved almost everyone who worked under him.
    “For me, he was a first-class coach who always had a massive influence on me, both as a player and now a coach.
    “Because he was Glenn Hoddle, he immediately had you hooked. Whenever he joined in training he was still the best player. What he could do with a ball and his intelligence with it was outstanding.
    “I was just 14 when he came to Chelsea and he showed interest in me immediately. Managers back then rarely knew a youth team player’s name but he knew mine and would take time to talk to me.
    “I had opportunities to play anywhere in England as a young kid and the only reason I hung around Chelsea was (a) it was my club and (b) Glenn made me believe I could make it there.
    “Not many other managers would’ve given me my debut at the time I played because I was 9stone wringing wet and 5ft 5in so wasn’t physically ready.
    Jody Morris (left) is the youngest-ever Chelsea player in the Premier League after Glenn Hoddle gave him his debut in 2006 against Middlesbrough
    “He saw in me technical ability and knew tactically I was switched on despite being 17. I took on board the information and wouldn’t have that record as the youngest Chelsea played had it not been for him.
    “His attention to detail was huge. I watched him coach central defenders and Glenn was never known for sticking his head on the ball and making tackles. But he’d improve their game. 
    “Then he’d then walk up to the strikers and talk about movement.
    “His intention to detail and wanting to improve individuals, but at the same time hit the collective, is a talent and something I try to do myself.”
    Morris coached the Chelsea Under-18s for two seasons, winning the treble and quadruple, before hooking up with old friend and Blues team-mate at Frank Lampard.
    Frank and I could disagree about lots of things. But he told me, ‘I don’t want a yes man.’ Challenging each other, brings the best out in you.JODY MORRIS
    They led Derby to the play-offs before taking over at Chelsea and guiding them into the fourth Champions League spot while the club were under a transfer embargo.
    Morris did not follow Lampard to Everton — deciding he wanted a crack at management.
    And the Swindon boss revealed how he and his old pal had a lot of disagreements.
    He said: “Frank was new to coaching so a lot of the stuff translated from the grass was coming from me.
    “When you’re an assistant you must adjust to whatever the manager wants.
    “Frank and I could disagree about lots of things such as how long we’re training for or I wanted to do a certain bit of training that was opposed to his idea. 
    Frank Lampard and Jody Morris in charge at Chelsea
    “Maybe we’d do shape work on a day I thought was too early. Or perhaps we’d argue about which time we should travel to an away game or team selection and formations.
    “But Frank always said to me, ‘I don’t want a yes man’ and was open to other ideas. That’s why I’m bringing as my No2 Ed Brand, who I worked with at Chelsea with the under-18s. He’ll challenge and argue with me in the same way. That’s how you get the best out of yourself.”
    Morris actually got his first taste of management at the end of his playing career as a caretaker after Derek McInnes left St Johnstone.
    It was under McInnes where Morris really got real insight into what coaching and management was about as his club captain.
    He said: “I was close to Del and was his captain. There were a lot of decisions to be made about the team and players that I was privy to.
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    “I got my first insight into that and Del was really good with me. He saw potential in me as a coach and knew I wanted to be a coach and manager one day.
    “And funnily enough being caretaker manager for a couple of weeks aged 32 was testament to how they saw me.”
    Morris says he owes a huge debt of gratitude to former Chelsea academy director Neil Bath, who is now director of football development and operations, for developing him as a coach.
    And the Swindon boss also credits his dear friend — the late great Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli — as the other great manager he worked with.
    While doing his Pro Licence Morris used the Italian as an example of a manager who seamlessly transitioned from playing to taking charge of a changing room full of his ex-team-mates.
    He said: “Vialli was my favourite manager. He was a diamond fella. He was my team-mate first then manager.
    “I learned a lot from him about his preparations and he was excellent with off-the ball stuff. Italians love pressing, getting after the ball and being difficult to beat.
    “I spent hours with him over Zoom calls, interviewing him for my licence and tapping into his amazing football brain.”
    Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli helped Jody Morris with his pro license
    But how does he take all that fantastic knowledge he gained at the top of the game to be a success managing League Two players?
    He said: “You need to know what their capabilities are and sometimes it depends how true you are to yours and how quickly you want to sacrifice that. 
    “Teams are trying to play football at all levels. That’s a good thing for football. We don’t want to be a team who looks pretty, you want to be as much the full package as possible
    “When certain things are not going well, you can rely on other attributes or other things that your team can display to give you a better chance of winning.
    “I certainly have coached teams where we’ve beaten up the opposition because we couldn’t pass water that day.
    “There are other days where we’ve looked magic but you are not always going to get that with players but unfortunately the lower down you go, the more inconsistent certain traits are and talents.
    “You have to hone and harness the attributes you have got as a group. And try to mask up what you’re looking for.”
    I end the interview by asking: “What is the ambition of Jody Morris?”
    He did not even need to pause: “To get promoted with Swindon. 
    Jody Morris is unveiled as Swindon boss by technical director Sandro Di Michele at the County Ground
    “I know memories are short in football and things can change quickly so without looking far ahead my first focus is to get the players working and playing the way I want.
    “That, for me, is the best way I can get success and win.
    “The club is in a promotion-challenging position so naturally that is what I want. But what you want and get can be two different things as I found out on transfer deadline day.
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    “I’m not going to walk into a group and say, ‘I’m going to pull up trees and we’re going to be unbeaten for the rest of the season.’
    “Instead I’m saying, ‘We’re in an OK position and I’d like to be in a better one’ and if we can we have a chance to be in a better position that’s something we must aim for. More

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    Why isn’t Anthony Gordon playing for Newcastle against Southampton?

    ANTHONY GORDON has successfully completed his switch from Everton to Newcastle – but fans will have to be patient as his debut has been delayed.Newcastle was forced to pay £45million to secure the services of Gordon.
    Anthony Gordon made the £45m switch from Everton to NewcastleCredit: Getty
    And the English winger revealed that he was immediately convinced the Magpies was the next best step for him.
    But Gordon will be unavailable for Newcastle’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton and SunSport can explain why.
    Why isn’t Anthony Gordon playing for Newcastle against Southampton?
    Anthony Gordon is cup-tied for Newcastle’s huge semi-final against Southampton having already represented Everton earlier on in the competition.
    So as a result, Gordon’s expected debut will take place on Saturday, February 4 when the Magpies take on West Ham.
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    However, Newcastle received a bonus with the deal for Gordon as he will not take up a place in Eddie Howe’s 25-man squad due to being under the age of 21.
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    Gordon opened up on his feeling about signing for Newcastle.
    The young star said: “Since I heard of the interest, I was always convinced Newcastle were for me.
    “I think the fan base and the city really suits me as a person, the way the team are playing under the gaffer at the minute really suits me, and the club just look like they’re heading in the right direction.
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    “I feel like it’s a really big step. People haven’t seen what I’m capable of yet. I think under the gaffer, and the way the club’s going, I can really excel here.” More

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    Watch Crawley’s Dom Telford hilariously mock Salford fans by joining in with X-rated chant about HIMSELF after scoring

    CRAWLEY TOWN striker Dom Telford was quick to respond to Salford fans after they created an X-rated chant about him on Saturday.Midway through the first half of the League Two clash, Telford, 26, became the subject of an explicit chant while waiting for a corner to be taken.
    Telford was quick to mock Salford fans after scoring on SaturdayCredit: Rex
    The striker then took to social media to joke about the chantCredit: PA
    A group of away fans behind the goal began to sing: “You’re just a s*** Andy Carroll” as the striker took his position in the penalty area.
    But just a few seconds later, he opened the scoring with a fantastic header.
    Telford then wheeled off in celebration directly in front of the Salford fans, chanting back in their faces.
    Crawley went on to win the game 3-2 thanks to additional goals from Dion Conroy and Teddy Jenks.
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    After full-time, Telford continued to mock the Salford fans on social media.
    He simply tweeted: “SH*T ANDY CARROLL” with three laughing face emojis.
    Crawley fans were quick to respond, with one person writing: “This is a class response!”
    Another added: “Phenomenal.”
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    A third said: “Incredible haha.”
    While a fourth referenced the actual Andy Carroll and his horror show in the FA Cup against Manchester United, adding: “And you didn’t get sent off too unlike who they’re singing about…”
    Carroll was sent off for Reading following two horror tackles in the space of 10 minutes on Saturday evening.
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    Fans all say same thing as Forest Green Rovers concede two added-time goals to somehow lose Duncan Ferguson’s first game

    DUNCAN FERGUSON was handed a sickening start to life as Forest Green Rovers manager after his side conceded TWO stoppage-time goals in a dramatic 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury.The Everton legend, 51, left Goodison Park to take charge of the League One’s bottom club earlier this week.
    Duncan Ferguson began life as Forest Green boss with a dramatic lossCredit: Getty
    Ryan Bowman scored the winner for Shrewsbury in the 98th minuteCredit: Getty
    And his first game in charge came away at Shrewsbury on Saturday afternoon.
    It looked for most of the match as though Ferguson was steering Forest Green to a first win in eight games after Jordon D’Andre Garrick gave his men an 18th-minute lead.
    The visitors held onto that slender advantage for almost the entire match, before disaster struck in added time.
    Rekeil Pike levelled for the hosts in the 94th minute as Forest Green’s hopes of a victory were dashed.
    And then four minutes later, in the dying seconds of the game, Ryan Bowman lashed home the winner for Shrewsbury in a quite remarkable turnaround.
    Ferguson looked crestfallen on the touchline, with fans pouring in to blame his connection with Everton for the shocking late collapse.
    Speaking on social media, one person said: “Duncan Ferguson, you can take the man out of Everton, but you can’t take Everton out of the man”.
    Another added: “Duncan Ferguson, bringing the Everton to Forest Green”.
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    A third reacted: “Forest Green doing an Everton there for Duncan Ferguson’s first game in charge”.
    And a fourth said: “Duncan Ferguson’s Forest Green conceding late in injury time, you say? Once Everton touches you…”.
    Ferguson left Everton just days after Frank Lampard was sacked following a torrid run of results which left the team 19th in the Premier League table.
    The Toffees are expected to appoint former Burnley manager Sean Dyche as their new head coach.
    Meanwhile, Ferguson faces a huge challenge to keep Forest Green in League One.
    They sit four points adrift of safety after just five wins from 29 league games. More