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<b>September 28 - Steve Kean (Blackburn)</b><br/>
For all the calls for Steve Kean to be sacked as Blackburn manager, in the end the Scotsman walked. Having replaced Sam Allardyce after the arrival of new owners at Ewood Park, Kean struggled from the outset. As Rovers tumbled down the Premier League and fierce opposition to his reign from supporters grew, somehow he held on to his job. Blackburn were relegated. Despite a strong start to the season the 44-year-old said he had been 'forced to resign'.

Blackburn issue apology to Sam Allardyce over false allegations made by Steve Kean

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Britain’s cricket-loving oldest man retires on 110

Born into a world that would not know of Nazism or the atomic bomb for several decades, Reg Dean maintained that the greatest sadness that had befallen Earth in the 110 years and 63 days he spent on it was the decline of cricket.

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It looks as though this weekend's election will return Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party to power in coalition with its long-time partner, the Komeito. Depending on the actual seat count, the LDP may well need to add smaller parties to its coalition in order to get a stable majority in the lower house, and it will certainly need to incorporate or co-operate with smaller parties in the upper house to pass legislation. Still, the LDP will be in a strong position for setting policy directions.

Oscar Niemeyer

Further to the obituary of Oscar Niemeyer by Jay Merrick (7 December), I saw a number of his earlier buildings in 1953, when I was in Brazil with an oil company. I was overwhelmed by his "shock of the new", in Merrick's words. His break from convention was breathtaking. The Department of Education building in Rio was built in the 1930s, before air conditoning. With Rio's high temperatures and high humidity, the conventional approach was a veranda on the ground floor, with mini roofs over the windows on the floors above. This cools the air, but darkens the inside, so that electric light sometimes had to be employed during the hours of daylight.

Mikel and Clattenburg: Chelsea weren't looking for a fight until players' anger became clear. Mikel would not back down

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Chelsea midfielder confronted referee Mark Clattenburg

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Profit and margins have been damaged by British handbag-maker Mulberry’s bid to go even more up-market. The leather goods brand reported a 36 per cent drop in half-year profit, in contrast to the Italian designer Prada’s forecast-beating 30 per cent profit jump for its third quarter.

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With fresh satellite images showing increasing activity at its launch site, North Korea could be ready to fire a long-range rocket within several weeks, South Korean officials said Tuesday.

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Li Keqiang urges deeper urbanization to support China's growth

Li Keqiang, set to become China's premier in March, said the nation must deepen its rural-urban population shift to support growth while avoiding the economic stagnation associated with middle-income countries.

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu rejects takeover rumours

Birmingham acting chairman Peter Pannu has poured cold water on claims from Gianni Paladini that a takeover deal could be agreed within the next 10 days.

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Luxury watch brand Bremont, backed by Links of London founder John Ayton, has secured a finance package from HSBC to help it expand internationally to crack the £11bn luxury watch market.

Hackett London reports 30% annual sales rise

Hackett London, the upmarket preppy menswear brand, has beaten the high street malaise and reported a near 30 per cent rise in sales for the year. 

Hackett London reports near 30 per cent rise in sales for the year

Hackett London, the upmarket preppy menswear brand, has beaten the high street malaise and reported a near 30 per cent rise in sales for the year. 

SVG Capital is dented by Boss

A sharp fall in Hugo Boss's share price saw SVG Capital, the quoted proxy for giant private-equity group Permira, go into reverse in the third quarter.

Bonds bolster Citigroup as writedown hits profits

A mammoth, $4.7bn (£2.9bn) writedown drove Citigroup's third-quarter profits down by nearly 90 per cent – but America's third-largest bank still managed to beat Wall Street expectations yesterday thanks to strength in its bond trading business.

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