McClaren takes sole charge at Riverside for new campaign

The Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren, has dispensed with the position of assistant manager at the Riverside Stadium for the coming season.

On his appointment at Boro two years ago, McClaren raised eyebrows by appointing a sports psychologist and former basketball coach, Bill Beswick, as his No 2 with the aim of easing pressure away from the training pitch as well as helping to motivate players. But Beswick will no longer act as assistant manager, instead taking up a more backroom role.

Wolves are in discussions with French side Le Havre to sign goalkeeper Carlos Kameni, 19, on a season-long loan.

Kameni's fellow Cameroon international Modeste M'Bami had also looked set to move to Molineux from Sedan, but Paris St-Germain now look likely to take the midfielder and a five-year deal could be struck with the player.

The former Wigan striker Paul Dalglish is set for talks with Irish League side Linfield this week. Dalglish, the son of the Liverpool and Celtic legend, Kenny, spent the latter part of last season on loan to Third Division Scunthorpe. Linfield face Airdrie in a friendly at Windsor Park on Thursday.

Bernt Haas has finally completed his £500,000 move from Sunderland to West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies announced last week that the transfer had been agreed, but Haas returned to the Stadium of Light on Friday following a last-minute problem. That contractual issue has now been settled and international clearance secured via the Swiss Football Association.

Haas is set to join Gary Megson's side for their pre-season tour of Denmark. The deal will help to ease Sunderland's financial crisis after relegation from the Premiership last season.

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