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Newcastle name Kinnear interim boss
London, Sept 26 (Agencies):
Published on 26 Sep. 2008 11:48 PM IST
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Newcastle have named former Wimbledon and Luton manager Joe Kinnear as their interim boss until the end of October in a shock new twist at St James’ Park. The Magpies have been without a manager since Kevin Keegan quit on 4 September, slumping to three straight defeats. But Kinnear, 61, believes Keegan, and possibly Alan Shearer, could take over once the club is sold to new owners. The Irishman, who has been out of football management since 2004, said: “I am very excited by this challenge.” And he told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I am aware that the new owners have Kevin Keegan and possibly Alan Shearer parked around the corner. “I understand investors are about to buy the club, (current owner) Mike Ashley told me openly. I will be here for six to eight games.” Ashley has put the club up for sale after becoming tired of the abuse he has received from fans following Keegan’s resignation at the beginning of the month and the team’s poor start to the season. A Nigerian consortium claims it is preparing a £350m takeover fund, with London-based businessman Chris Nathaniel saying: “We’re at the stage where we are doing the security checks on the individuals who have the money.” And Kinnear is fully aware - and comfortable with - the fact the role is temporary. “I’ve never run from a fight in football and this is just about getting the team through,” he told 5 Live. “I believe the club will be sold soon and at the moment (coach) Chris Hughton needs all the help he can get. I hope now that I can help to get a few results together. “Those are the cards that I have and I’ll do the best that I can.” He admits his appointment may not sit well with the club’s supporters. “The fans will be disappointed, I understand that, but I can’t do anything about. I will just be doing my very best because I am desperate to get back into the game. West Ham suffer Tevez appeal blow London, Sept 26 (Agencies): West Ham’s hopes of avoiding a huge payout in the Carlos Tevez affair have suffered a serious setback. The Hammers are drafting a “statement of appeal” to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, yet the Lausanne court will not be able to hear the case. Its secretary general, Matthieu Reeb, told BBC Sport: “As things stand, CAS would not be able to hear this case. “We would need agreement from Sheffield United and for Football Association rules to allow an appeal to CAS.” Sheffield United are unlikely, to say the least, to give agreement to an appeal that could overturn the decision of the independent tribunal. And the FA actually has a rule that stipulates there cannot be an appeal from the verdict of an independent tribunal. We do not accept that one player’s contribution can be placed over that of the team as a whole Rule K5c states that by signing up to arbitration, “the parties shall be deemed to have waived irrevocably any right to appeal, review or any recourse to a court of law”. A West Ham spokesman said the club was currently “drafting a statement of appeal” to CAS. The independent tribunal, whose verdict has not yet been officially published, ruled that Tevez was not eligible to play at the end of the 2006/07 season and played a key role in West Ham’s Premiership survival. Sheffield United, who were relegated, are claiming more than £30m in compensation from the Hammers. The tribunal will decide on the amount of compensation to be paid at a further hearing, due to be held early next year. EPL WEEKEND FIXTURE Playing on Saturday Everton Vs Liverpool, 5:15 pm Aston Villa Vs Sunderland, 7:30 pm Fulham Vs West Ham, 7:30 pm Man Utd Vs Bolton, 7:30 pm Middlesbrough Vs West Brom, 7:30 pm Newcastle Vs Blackburn, 7:30 pm Stoke Vs Chelsea, 7:30 pm Arsenal Vs Hull, 10 pm Playing on Sunday Portsmouth Vs Tottenham, 6 pm Wigan Vs Man City, 8:30 pm

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