Football: MacLeod has ambitions as Celtic coach

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MURDO MacLEOD, the assistant coach at Celtic, has confirmed that he would like to take over at Parkhead following Wim Jansen's decision to leave.

The former Scottish international had forged a close working relationship with Jansen and was expected to leave after the Dutchman resigned on Monday. Now, however, MacLeod - who has previously managed Partick - would like to succeed the man he helped guide Celtic to the League title last Saturday. "I definitely want to stay with the club and I'd be delighted to get the job as head coach," he said yesterday.

Chris Waddle, who resigned as the Burnley manager on Tuesday despite leading the club to Second Division safety, said yesterday that he wants to stay in football - as a player, coach or manager. "I wasn't deterred by coming away from Burnley. If I can get a job in managing or coaching so be it," he said.

"I've kept myself fit and I know I can still play. I know I can do a job for somebody. Look at Peter Reid. When he lost his Manchester City job, he went and played for two or three clubs before he went back into management.

"I've played over 30 games this season and that was basically trying to combine the two jobs. If I was to concentrate on the one I'm sure I'd be even fitter than I was."

West Ham's David Unsworth, their manager Harry Redknapp and the director of football, Peter Storrie, are hoping to find a compromise to allow the defender to spend more time with his family without having to leave the club.

Speculation has been rife that Unsworth would be returning to the north of England because his wife was homesick following his move from Everton at the beginning of the season.

But the centre-back is so happy playing for West Ham that he wants to find a compromise - such as possibly taking an extra day off each week to be with his family in the north.

"We are going to sit down with Harry and Peter and sort out the situation," he said. "I've always said that football-wise the move down here has been absolutely fantastic for me. I'm playing what I would call the most consistent football of my career and I'm looking forward to next season playing with West Ham."

The Serbian midfielder Jovo Bosancic has been released by relegated Barnsley, after making 14 Premiership starts this season for the Tykes. The Dutch striker, Laurens Ten Heuvel, and young defender, Dean Jones, have also been released.

Ray Graydon has been named as the new Walsall manager following last week's sacking of Jan Sorensen.

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