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Next Newcastle Manager Odds: Conte and Martinez Amongst Those to Replace Bruce



Bookmakers consider Conte and Martinez the favourites following Newcastle’s takeover. Bruce’s position has been under scrutiny for sometime and with the takeover going through Bruce’s departure looks set.

Newcastle have had a winless start to the season, the Magpies sit 19th during the time of the takeover. Bruce is set for a meeting with the new owners, and admitted in an interview with the Daily Telegraph that he could be denied the chance to oversee his 1,000th match in management against Tottenham on October 17. With new horizons awaiting the club, fans are excited for the pending investment from the new owners. Ideally, with Newcastle becoming the richest club in the world with a net worth of £340 billion, Amanda Staevley and co are going to want to recruit to take the club in their own direction.

SkyBet currently have former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as the favourite to start the new era at Newcastle.

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Sky have Conte as the favourite at 9/2. Known for playing an attacking style of play with the use of wing-backs, getting forward to join the attack is something that would work well with the current set of players as Newcastle look to survive in the Premier League.

Just behind Conte at 3/1 on Bet365  is Roberto Martinez, the current Belgium manager has been out of club management for 5 years and could be tempted back in with the royalties Newcastle can now offer. Martinez is no stranger to the Premier League after having spells with Wigan, where he won the 2013 FA cup against Manchester City and Everton. Known for playing a freeflow attacking football style, it is definitely something that will be a welcome change at St James Park.

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At 6/1 on SkyBet is current Rangers manager and Liverpool club legend, Steven Gerrard. Gerrard who took over Rangers in 2018 has led them to their first league title in 11 years. As well as this he has managed to help establish Rangers as one of Scotland’s biggest teams again after embarking on European adventures, and challenging for the League year in and year out.

It is thought Gerrards most likely destination would be Liverpool when Jurgen Klopp finally steps down from his post, however with the investment and potential of coming to manage in the Premier League maybe he will end up in the St James dugout. With assurances of the war chest Newcastle now have, Gerrard will be able to build a team in his image to match his style of competitive yet attacking football.

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Former Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe has been linked with Newcastle season after season. Howe is a highly rated young English manager who found success with Bournemouth until they were relegated in the 2019/2020 season.

Often thought as the type of manager you would want in charge when it comes to building a project, Howe is a manager who can work within the budget, identify a player for certain roles but also bring in youth players, something which he did during his tenure at Bournemouth. Howe often invested in young talent in the likes such as Jordan Ibe and Dominic Solanke, something that will be welcome at Newcastle. SkyBet have Howe as 8/1 to land the job on a permanent basis.

Finally, there is ex Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane. SkyBet have Zidane in at 10/1. Zidane’s only venture into first team management was with Real Madrid where he won the Champions League 3 years in a row, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 & 2017-2018.

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Tactically, Zidanes teams have let him play a free-flow style of attacking football, something that would not come straight away at Newcastle until a transfer window opens in which the manager can make their mark. Definitely a suggestion to get Newcastle fans excited, but perhaps early days.

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity



Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot



One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light



Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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