Sporting Digest: Football

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Manchester United have bowed to religious pressure groups for a second time and switched the kick-off time for their Good Friday game with Liverpool again to 5pm.

Jimmy Hagan, the former Sheffield United and England forward, died yesterday, aged 80. Hagan, who started his career at Derby, also achieved fame as manager of Benfica, with whom he won the Portuguese Championship three times.

West Bromwich Albion have appointed the Oxford assistant manager Malcolm Crosby as first-team coach. Crosby thus renews his links with the Albion manager Denis Smith, with whom he has worked at York, Sunderland and Oxford.

Wycombe Wanderers have promoted their coach Neil Smillie, the former Crystal Palace, Brighton and Brentford winger, to take caretaker charge of the first team following John Gregory's move to Aston Villa.