Football in Brief: Allen takes reins at Meadow Lane

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Martin Allen has been appointed Notts County manager, just 19 days after taking over at League Two Barnet.

The 45-year-old, who becomes County's eighth manager in 18 months, was working without a contract at Underhill and has agreed a one-year deal with County. He replaces Paul Ince at Meadow Lane after the former England international departed nine days ago. "Martin knows what it means to be successful at this level," chairman Ray Trew said. Allen's first game in charge will be at Yeovil tonight.

Sturridge wants Chelsea starts

Daniel Sturridge, having revelled in a starting role since joining Bolton on loan, is unlikely to be content with returning to life on the bench when he goes back to Chelsea next season.

The 20-year-old has scored six goals in eight appearances since moving north but, with Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba still appearing to be Chelsea's main strikers, Sturridge may find opportunities limited. He said: "I hope [my future is at Chelsea] but it's obviously up to the club. I want to play regular first-team football. If I can play first-team football at Chelsea then great, but I don't want to be on the bench."

Insult backfires on Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been banned for three of Milan's six remaining Serie A matches for insulting a linesman.

The incident occurred near the end of Milan's 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday. "I was only angry with myself," the Swedish international said. "If I offended anyone I'm sorry."

Part of the ban was due to accumulated cards, as Ibrahimovic was returning from a two-match ban for punching a defender in the stomach last month. That penalty was reduced on appeal and Milan will appeal against this one.

Robben ban a jolt for Jonker

The Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben has been banned for two matches and will miss the game against Bayer Leverkusen that could decide if Bayern qualify for the Champions League.

Robben's absence leaves interim coach Andries Jonker without a key player for his first match in charge. "I am not pleased but we will find a solution," he said.

Robben was sent off after the final whistle for insulting the referee following Bayern's 1-1 draw at Nuremberg.

Coach Louis van Gaal was sacked after the game, with his assistant Jonker handed the reins.

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