Howey reveals Magpies' dissent

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Newcastle United players are "baffled and unhappy" at the club's decision to sell Les Ferdinand to Tottenham, according to the Magpies' England defender Steve Howey.

Howey claimed people involved in the club were harming Newcastle's quest for honours this season. "The lads are disappointed at the moment with Les going. It baffles them, to be quite honest," Howey said. "They are not happy as a team about that."

Ferdinand, 31, was sold for pounds 6m to Spurs, but Alan Shearer's injury, which will keep him out for the rest of the year, has left Newcastle short of firepower up front. "We have been decimated," Howey said. "It is very disappointing. We have got a good team here - a team that can win things. But for some reason people involved in the club are taking our chance away."

The decision to sell Ferdinand was made by the club's board of directors, who promised the Newcastle manager, Kenny Dalglish, that he would get at least some of the money "for selective team strengthening".

Leeds United hope to become the first club to set up a pay-per-view television channel, after agreeing a deal with an unnamed media company.

Chris Akers, the chairman of the Caspian Group, which owns the club, would not identify the company, but said they hope to launch the subscription channel at the end of the year.

The broadcasts are set to run for three hours each day but, because of Sky Sports' deal with the Premier League, Leeds would only be able to screen European matches live and repeats of past matches.

More than 20,000 fans turned out at Molineux yesterday to salute their favourite local lad, Steve Bull. The veteran striker failed to score in his testimonial match, a 1-1 draw with the Brazilian team Santos, but will make around pounds 175,000 from the match. Don Goodman put Wolves ahead, Macedo equalised late in the game.

Brian Deane, back at Sheffield United, scored with his first touch in a 2-1 friendly win over Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane yesterday. Kevin Gallacher volleyed a 33rd-minute equaliser, but Carl Tiler headed the winner a minute later.

Stan Collymore struck a superb last-minute winner, drilling home a brilliant pass from his striking partner, Dwight Yorke, to give Aston Villa a 2-1 win in Ronnie Allen's testimonial at West Bromwich Albion. Yorke had put Villa ahead before Lee Hughes equalised.