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Brian Kerr, the manager of the League of Ireland club St Patrick's, has been appointed full-time manager of the Republic of Ireland Under-18 and Under-16 squads on a four-year contract. He takes up his post on 1 February.

Birmingham have invested in a balloon to cover the St Andrew's pitch in a bid to avoid falling victim to a freeze again.

The last 10,000 tickets for England's World Cup qualifier with Italy on 12 February will go on sale on Thursday from 9am for telephone callers only via the Wembley box office. No tickets are available to people who travel in person to Wembley.

The Italian Serie A club Perugia have appointed Nevio Scala, the former Parma coach, as their new coach until June 2000, replacing Giovanni Galeone, who was told to leave after the club's recent 0-0 draw against Bologna.

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