Business Diary: Harsh words for litter-bug battlers

One imagines the British Retail Consortium is busy just nowhelping members battle through the snow or persuade cash-strapped punters to spend big this Christmas. Good of it then to take time out to offer some constructive criticism of the new Keep Britain Tidy logo. "Outdated and missing the point" is the BRC's feedback for the poor souls who spend their time trying to persuade us all not to chuck sweet wrappers on the floor. Apparently it doesn't encourage recycling.

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Alan Pardew wants the Newcastle board to bolster the squad with mentally strong players in the transfer window next month.

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While Roy Hodgson said that neither he "nor any manager I know" listens to a football phone-in, he would have been interested to hear the comments on the one staged by Liverpool's own television channel. When questioned by supporters, the club's owners, Tom Werner and John W Henry, argued that performances had to improve and added it was realistic to expect the Premier League trophy to come to Anfield "within three to five years".

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The king is dead, long live the king, says man-of-match Barton

Alan Pardew was celebrating a flying start to his life with the Magpies last night but the player who performed the pivotal part in Newcastle United's 3-1 home victory against Liverpool dedicated his man-of-the-match champagne not to the new man in the hot seat at St James' Park but to the manager who was deemed surplus to requirements by the Tyneside club last Monday. Joey Barton, the scorer of Newcastle's second goal and the chief driving force in their first victory in six matches, said his award was a tribute to Chris Hughton.

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James Lawton: Gazza has a better chance of redemption than a club whose fickle fans suffer in silence

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