Megson angry at double sale

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GUY HODGSON

Robert Chase's ability to lose staff could become apparent again next week after Norwich City's manager, Gary Megson, strongly criticised the club for selling Ashley Ward and Jon Newsome. He did not say he was leaving but, after his comments, that might have been superfluous.

Newsome joined Sheffield Wednesday for pounds 1.5m yesterday while Ward, Norwich's top scorer, signed for First Division leaders Derby, after the two clubs agreed a pounds 1m fee. However, Megson, their fourth manager in two years, was left "flabbergasted and furious" by the transfers.

"I didn't sanction the moves and I am not party to either transfer," he said. "Every team below us is doing its utmost to ensure its survival. The team and I are getting no help from the boardroom and we don't expect them to be a hindrance. The last person out of the 32 professionals I would ever recommend us to sell is Ashley Ward."

Chase, who has been under pressure from fans to quit the club since before last season's relegation from the Premiership, said they had agreed to sell the two 25-year-old players to help cut a pounds 4.5m debt.

"We must be prepared to reduce our borrowing to a level we can afford and which the bank is comfortable with," he said. "It is probably most painful decision I have had to make since being chairman of the football club."

Notts County's manager, Colin Murphy, and defender Shaun Murphy were yesterday charged by the Association with bringing the game into disrepute after a fracas in the Blackpool tunnel last Saturday. They have 14 days to contest the charge for an incident which involved players, match officials and stewards.

Vinnie Jones has been included in the Wales get-together in Newport from 24 to 27 March. Ian Rush asked to be left out. The manager, Bobby Gould, who announced a match against Switzerland in Lugano on 24 April, said the session would be a "getting to know you" exercise.

n Premiership clubs will observe a minute's silence as a mark of respect for those who died at Dunblane.

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