Football: Mandaric's toll mounts at Portsmouth

MILAN MANDARIC, Portsmouth's multi-millionaire chairman, has sacked the club's assistant manager, Kevin Bond, and reserve-team coach, Ted MacDougall. Bond, 42, was assistant to Alan Ball, who lost his job last week after less than two years in charge at Fratton Park, following a sequence of one win in 11 matches.

David Deacon, Pompey's managing director, said: "We are clearing the way for a new manager. We have begun interviewing for a replacement for Alan Ball. We feel that for the club to succeed a new manager should be allowed to bring in his own men."

Gary Megson, who left Stoke City recently, remains the favourite to take over, but the former Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson has also joined the Portsmouth shortlist.

Aston Villa's Italian striker Benito Carbone has asked the club's manager, John Gregory, if he can take over as captain for Saturday's Premiership match against his former club, Sheffield Wednesday. However, Gregory has no plans to relieve Gareth Southgate of the captain's duties.

"He has already asked me for the captain's armband," Gregory said. "Apparently it is an Italian tradition that when a player plays against his old club he is normally made the captain. But he is in England now, not Italy."

Aston Villa's unsettled striker Stan Collymore is wanted on loan by Hearts. The pounds 7m signing has not played for Villa since returning from a loan spell at Fulham.

Adrian Heath, who resigned as Sheffield United manager last month, has rejoined Sunderland as a coach. He left in the summer to take over at Bramall Lane. Sunderland are poised to complete the pounds 2.5m purchase of the West Bromwich winger Kevin Kilbane.

Everton have agreed to sell the midfielder Gareth Farrelly to Bolton for pounds 500,000.

The Brazilian international defender Rafael Felipe Scheidt is expected in Glasgow this evening for talks about a projected pounds 5m move to Celtic. The 23-year-old Gremio Porto Alegre centre-back has still to agree personal terms.

Rangers are set to sign the Turkish international Tugay Kerimoglu. The 29-year-old Galatasaray midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, when he is expected to move from Istanbul to Glasgow for a nominal fee.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Office Administrator

£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Office Administrator is requ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Manager required for a busy company in...

Recruitment Genius: Controller / Mobile Inspector

£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This leading security company requires a prof...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Consultant

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A sales person is required to join a lea...

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy