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Owen Gibson

Sports News Correspondent — The Guardian

Guardian chief sports correspondent

FA unsteady and unprepared for role as guardian of the game’s standards

theguardian.com — Shortly after the bathetic sight of Sam Allardyce slinking out of Wembley without having ever sat in its dugout as England manager, the Football Association's recently appointed chairman emerged blinking into the flashbulbs for a traditional rite of passage.

FA chief felt sorry Sam Allardyce lost England job of a lifetime

theguardian.com — The Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has promised to "learn the lessons" of Sam Allardyce's 67 days in charge of England and is likely to introduce "a lot more scrutiny" of commercial arrangements for staff. Clarke also revealed the FA is conducting a review of its disciplinary processes that include looking at the rules around agents and transfers.

Fergie boycotts BBC after documentary row

theguardian.com — Sir Alex Ferguson is boycotting the BBC in protest at a documentary that turned the spotlight on links between the Manchester United manager and his football agent son Jason. The United manager, well known for his fiery temper, is refusing to speak to BBC journalists after the corporation broadcast a documentary earlier this year examining business dealings between the pair.

Sam Allardyce: a history of suspicion and a dream job that ended after 67 days

theguardian.com — Somewhere in the Football Association's Wembley archives, next to the battered bid books for the failed attempts to host 2006 and 2018 World Cup tournaments and Charles Hughes's coaching manual, sit the files from a series of investigations in the middle of the last decade into a unique period in football's recent history.

FA holding crisis talks as Sam Allardyce fights to keep England manager’s job

theguardian.com — The Football Association hierarchy are holding a series of emergency meetings at Wembley to determine the future of the England manager, Sam Allardyce, after allegations he offered advice on how to circumvent the governing body's rules on player transfers.

Sir Dave Brailsford puts up stout defence but questions hang in the air

theguardian.com — The Team Sky principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, painstakingly attempted to wrestle with the questions assailing him with increasing ferocity since the so-called Fancy Bears dumped the TUE information of Sir Bradley Wiggins online. No, he did not believe that Team Sky had done anything wrong.

Team Sky still have much to explain after Bradley Wiggins’ Andrew Marr interview

theguardian.com — The cocksure Bradley Wiggins, the one whose enigmatic personality and supreme sporting talent had made him one of Britain's best loved sportsmen, was gone. In his place, one nervously trying to remember "lines to take" in response to a series of soft questions from an interviewer who - perhaps understandably following another tumultuous week in Westminster - had his mind on other things.

Bradley Wiggins tells Andrew Marr ‘I did not seek an unfair advantage’

theguardian.com — Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken his silence surrounding the use of powerful banned substances taken with permission for medical reasons before some of his biggest races, insisting that he never sought to gain an unfair advantage.

West Ham beat Accrington Stanley after Dimitri Payet’s last-minute strike

theguardian.com — Outfought and often outplayed by an estimable Accrington Stanley side, down to 10 men and facing extra time, half-time substitute Dimitri Payet positioned the ball 25 yards out in the sixth minute of injury time. What came next wasn't a surprise but might just kickstart West Ham's season.

FA: Brexit will not derail plans to host final stages of Euro 2020 or 2028 bid

theguardian.com — The Football Association has insisted Brexit will not derail its plans to hold the final stages of Euro 2020 at Wembley, hoping it will act as precursor to an England bid to host the 2028 European Championship.
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Sep 30, 2016

@Marcotti @jakeym24 Exactly that. And are very aware that they have to maintain relations with key agents.

Sep 30, 2016

@Marcotti Except...did we not go down that road before with Quest, City of London police, Redknapp etc. No convictions.

Sep 30, 2016

RT @LouisMend: EXCLUSIVE: Part one of my interview with mystery #cafc scout Thomas Driesen, as printed in yesterday's SLP: https://t.co/06lylurkKt

Sep 29, 2016

RT @NickJMButler: #Tokyo2020 was meant to epitomise IOC's #Agenda2020 cost cutting reforms...but budget could balloon by 400%... https://t.co/Z1uOUiqkbf

Sep 29, 2016

Is this Ryder Cup opening ceremony going to be over in time for the golf to start?

Sep 29, 2016

Judging by the tone this week it's like the expenses scandal, cash for questions, the endless corporate cashing in by MPs never happened... https://t.co/fwa9rOEOW1

Sep 29, 2016

@Euanmc1 @NeilMcLeman They've already been polluting the airwaves on 5 Live with their new ditties. Can't we all agree to ignore them?

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