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Hagi given the Galatasary job as Koeman rules out 'small club' Boro

Galatasary yesterday appointed Gheorghe Hagi as their new coach for a second spell at the Super Lig club. The former Romania international, who played for the club for five years and coached them between 2004 and 2005, replaces Frank Rijkaard, who left the club on Wednesday.

Brian Viner: This throne is the greatest leveller

On Monday it will be 250 years since King George II died on the toilet. It is not what he would have wished to be remembered for a quarter of a millennium after his death, for he also spoke six languages, and was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle. That was during the War of the Austrian Succession, at Dettingen in Bavaria in 1743, an eventful year for the king. A few months earlier he had been present at the inaugural London performance of Handel's Messiah.

Boro seek new manager after Strachan survives less than a year

Gordon Strachan's reign as Middlesbrough manager came to an end last night a few days short of a year since he replaced Gareth Southgate. Strachan won just 13 of the 46 games for which he was in charge despite his side being installed as pre-season favourites to win promotion back to the Premier League. Speculation over the former Celtic manager's future had been circulating for several weeks, and that grew yesterday when he cancelled his press conference ahead of tonight's match at Nottingham Forest, although the official reason was that he was ill.