Football: Tottenham offer Mabbutt `job for life'

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Gary Mabbutt has been assured by Tottenham Hotspur that, when his playing days are over, there will be a job for life at White Hart Lane.

Mabbutt has been told by Spurs that his contract will not be renewed at the end of the season, and yesterday he became a loan target for Bradford City. But, as ill-feeling grew among the fans, the club issued a statement yesterday which made the "role for life" offer.

Solihull Borough and the referee, Paul Robinson, are considering legal action after being cleared of bribery by a Football Association disciplinary commission yesterday.

Darlington accused Robinson of accepting money from Solihull following a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup first-round tie in November last year, but it took a three-man commission 30 minutes to deliver their verdict, and the Referees' Association president, Peter Willis, said the incident was nothing more than "total misrepresentation of an everyday innocent act", as Robinson simply bought a round of drinks.

Blackburn were closing in last night with a pounds 1.5m bid to sign the highly- rated St Johnstone left-back, Callum Davidson.

Middlesbrough's Bolivian international striker, Jaime Moreno, is to return to the Major League Soccer club Washington DC United after making only occasional appearances during his three-month loan spell.

Gary Peters, who resigned as Preston manager a month ago, has accepted an offer to stay on at the Deepdale club to run their new youth centre of excellence.

The former Hearts defender Pasquale Bruno has signed a one-month contract with Wigan. The Italian has also had spells with Fiorentina and Torino.

Another Italian club, Napoli, named their fourth coach of the season yesterday when they sacked Giovanni Galeone and promoted their reserve- team coach, Enzo Montefusco, in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 humiliation at Empoli, their 14th defeat in 19 Serie A games this season.

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