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The 52-year-old was promoted from coach to caretaker manager following Harry Redknapp’s surprise resignation at the beginning of February.


Club chairman Tony Fernandes began the search for a high-profile appointment and said he had found his “dream manager” to take over at the club on a permanent basis.

A deal with the mystery candidate fell through, though, and Ramsey was given the job until the end of the season.

He oversaw QPR’s first league away win this season with a 2-0 victory at Sunderland last week and Fernandes has since admitted he would “be nuts” if he did not give the manager a long-term contract if his side avoid relegation.

QPR are one place above the relegation zone on goal difference, level on points with 18th-placed Aston Villa, with 13 games remaining.

“I really do have a long way to go to be a dream manager,” Ramsey told a news conference ahead of their league trip to Hull City, one place and one point above them in 16th, on Saturday.

“We (he and Fernandes) have had a few discussions over the last week. He hasn’t said that (Ramsey will keep the job if QPR stay in the top flight) directly, he has insinuated it.

“We all want to stay up and if I do that, he will have a difficult decision then to bring someone else in or to keep me. I want to try to give him that difficult decision.

“I’m in a situation where I could be in a very prestigious job for a long time if things work out,” Ramsey added.

“I’m just focused on the next games to get the wins to keep us up. We can talk about that after. If we can win games, you have a chance. I still think there is a project to do here. We have a new training ground coming and trying to make the academy stronger.”

(editing by Justin Palmer)

Cipriani signals intent with new Sale deal

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The 27-year-old, who scored a try 22 seconds after coming on as a replacement in England’s 47-17 victory over Italy on Saturday — his first Six Nations appearance since 2008 — was due to become a free agent at the end of the season.


He had been hotly-tipped to move to France, which would have secured a significant pay rise but thwart his international ambitions, with England’s policy of selecting players only playing in the country.

“There’s no way I want to be out of this England side ever again, for as long as I’m playing,” he said after receiving a rousing response from the Twickenham crowd after his introduction in the Italy victory.

Cipriani did make two appearances off the bench on the tour of New Zealand last June but had not featured in a Six Nations game since a man of the match performance against Ireland under Brian Ashton seven years ago.

The stand off, whose international career was derailed by injuries and off-field controversies, still faces a stiff battle to force his way past George Ford and Owen Farrell, when fit, to become a regular in Stuart Lancaster’s squad.

Cipriani said he was delighted to finally conclude the contract talks with Sale that began in December.

“It’s a quality set-up and the future looks great at the club with some exciting times ahead,” he said in a statement on the club’s website (南宁夜网.salesharks广西桑拿,).

“One of the main reasons I signed the new deal was that we’ve got a tight squad and it embraces new talent.

“It’s also an environment that makes you feel very welcome so, as I say, I’m really thrilled about signing the new deal and looking forward to the future.”

(Reporting By Sam Holden; Editing by John O’Brien and Justin Palmer)

Joseph on alert over wounded Crusaders

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Coach Jamie Joseph is on high alert for the Highlanders’ Super Rugby season opener against the Crusaders in Dunedin on Saturday night.


The Crusaders suffered a shock 20-10 home loss to the Rebels last Friday and he knows they will not play that badly again.

“Yes, I am wary,” he said.

“Where are they weak? They’re not. They just played well below their best last weekend.

“We know they will be better and we can’t do anything about that. It’s up to us to play well.”

Joseph said his players are up for a big performance in the battle between the two South Island franchises.

“Everyone in our squad wants to be part of this because it’s the Crusaders and it’s our first game,” he said.

“The rivalry with them will always be special.”

Joseph said it had seemed a long pre-season for his players.

“They just need to get out there and play now,” he said.

“It’s about putting in a performance on the track and hopefully getting a win.”

Joseph said there was some hot competition for positions, particularly in the forwards, when it came to deciding the line-up to face the Crusaders.

Props Josh Hohneck and Ross Geldenhuys will both be on debut for the Highlanders, while Kane Hames, one of the standout newcomers last year, is on the bench.

Joseph said Hames was short of match fitness after not playing much for Bay of Plenty in the ITM Cup and because of injury.

The third player in the starting line-up to wear Highlanders colours for the first time will be winger Waisake Naholo, who takes the place of the injured Richard Buckman.

The former Portugal international, 42, wants a greater percentage of FIFA’s income spent on grassroots development and also proposed sin-bins and reverting to the old offside rule interpretation.


“I believe we should consider proposals to expand the competition to a 40 or even 48 team World Cup,” Figo told a news conference.

“Both these options are feasible with an extra three to four days of tournament play. If this expansion were to take place I believe that additional teams should come from non-European nations.”

He suggested two 24-team tournaments could be played simultaneously on two different continents with a final knockout stage in one country.

Figo is one of three men challenging incumbent Sepp Blatter. Michael Van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA, and Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, a member of the FIFA executive committee, are also standing.

The election takes place at the FIFA congress in Zurich on May 29.


Figo, FIFA’s World Player of the Year in 2001, told Reuters the time had come for a root and branch change at FIFA — and he was the man to do it.

“I’m an independent person. I think I’ve presented a strong manifesto with important changes and that allows the organisation to have more transparency with greater care for the associations and the game’s development.

“I will try to convince the people that vote, that FIFA really needs to change.”

Figo, who played for Sporting Lisbon, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan and represented Portugal at two World Cups during a glittering career, said that half of FIFA’s $2.5 billion revenue should go to fund grassroots football over a four-year period and that $1.0 billion of its cash reserves should be distributed to the national federations.

He also advocated the increased use of technology, using sin bins and reverting back to the previous interpretation of the offside rule, “where a player is judged offside whether directly involved in the play or not”.

He wants to change the make-up of the FIFA executive, with among other things, a guaranteed seat for every country which has won the World Cup.

(Editing by Justin Palmer)

Poyet writes open letter to fans calling for unity

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Sunderland fans started fighting each other as their team were humbled 2-0 at League One (third tier) Bradford on Sunday, that setback coming after a poor run highlighted by ultra-cautious defensive football.


Poyet had earlier accused the fans of “living in the past” and wanting “kick-and-rush” football and some responded to the poor display at Bradford by sarcastically chanting “Gustavo Poyet — it’s always our fault.”

But Poyet, Sunderland manager since October 2013, called for unity writing on the website (南宁夜网.safc广西桑拿,): “During my career as a player, coach or manager, I have always had a fantastic relationship with the fans.

“Of course I went through good and bad times, successful and not so good ones, winning or losing finals, but I left every single club having a recognition from the fans for my honesty, passion and professional work.

“So let’s make sure that we don’t let anyone break our relationship, I promise you that I care and want to win as much as you do.

“I invite all of you to stay positive, to be strong, closer to each other and keep believing in what we started together last year, working harder to make it better this season.”

Sunderland have had a poor run in the league since winning 1-0 at arch-rivals Newcastle United in the Tyne-Tees derby two months ago.

They have won only one of their last eight league matches since then, although they beat Championship (second tier) sides Leeds United and Fulham in the FA Cup. However, their FA Cup hopes ended when they were beaten by Bradford.

The Uruguayan’s position at the Stadium of Light does not seem to be under any immediate threat with the board reportedly solidly behind him, but Sunderland have slipped to 15th in the table and are only two points above the relegation zone.

Sunderland are back in Premier League action on Saturday with a home match against West Bromwich Albion, with Poyet concluding: “Saturday’s going to be a big game. There needs to be a reaction.”

(Reporting by Mike Collett, ediitng by Pritha Sarkar)