Lee Carsley is to leave the club in the summer. "I have had two fantastic years," the 36-year-old midfielder who joined the club from Everton in May 2008, said. "I thank the fans for their support [and] will now look for a new club."
Midfielder Mikel Arteta admits his hopes of a place in Spain's World Cup squad are fading. "I'm thinking positively that I can maybe get a call-up," the Toffees player said. "But it's not going to be easy as we've got some terrific players in the middle of the park."
Coach Didier Deschamps has dismissed speculation linking the French league leaders with a summer move for the Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez after the Argentine striker was spotted at a match last Sunday. "If we sell the Old Port maybe we can buy him!" he said. "It's not realistic."
Manager Ian Hendon has been sacked by the club, just days before Saturday's crucial match with Grimsby. The Bees sit four points ahead of their relegation rivals with two games left. Paul Fairclough has been placed in temporary charge.
The club's future has been secured for a further season after shareholders backed Lord Ashcroft's £7.5m rights issue. "This gives the club breathing space," read a statement. "And means no drastic decisions have to be made. It cleans up the balance sheet."
Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has promised to repay the faith displayed in him by the management at Bramall Lane following his return from a nine-month drugs ban. "I owe the club my career," the 31 year-old Irishman said. "Everybody has stood by me and I can't repay them enough."