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THE MANAGERIAL CASUALTIES THIS SEASON'S

THE MANAGERIAL CASUALTIES

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Shilton departs from Plymouth

The messy and acrimonious separation of Peter Shilton and Plymouth Argyle became official yesterday when the manager formally resigned. The issue of whether he was pushed or jumped will now become the point of contention.

SPORTING DIGEST: FOOTBALL:

FOOTBALL: Mike Pejic, the former Everton and England full-back, yesterday left Chester City, who are bottom of the Second Division, after only seven months in charge. His assistant, the former Everton and Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe, is likely to take over.

The need to remove racing uncertainty

It reads like the synopsis for a Dick Francis novel. A relatively modest racehorse, burdened with the name Bo Knows Nigel, is suddenly backed from a morning price of 16-1 down to 2-1 for an event at an even more modest track, Folkestone. But when the horse gets to the racecourse, it is withdrawn after a vet's certificate is produced to say it has been coughing. The gamble is thwarted. But then the local stewards insist that the horse is dope-tested, and it comes up positive for steroids.

What the papers said about ...Peter Shilton

"The former England goalkeeper has been cast into soccer limbo by a rare board decision - the Football League `could not recall' a precedent - after the saga descended through an afternoon of drama into muddle and a morass of legal complication."

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Shilton suspended by Argyle on full pay

Peter Shilton's job as the manager of Plymouth Argyle was hanging by the slimmest of threads last night when the club stopped short of delivering a dismissal notice, opting instead to suspend him on full pay.

Danger of gambling with a career

In addition to listening to expositions of theory and practice, the routine for young footballers once included an introduction to the thrill of betting. It was something that my father, himself an old pro, warned against. "Join the union," he sai d, "and stay away from the gamblers."

Shilton unhappy at club stance on bill

Peter Shilton's trip to his old club, Nottingham Forest, for an FA Cup third-round tie on Saturday could be his last outing as the manager of Plymouth Argyle.

Football: Twists in the tale of two goalkeepers: Problems are mounting for Shilton

Their paths have followed parallel courses for more than two decades. For years, Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence were rivals for the England goalkeeper's jersey until Shilton finally claimed it as his own.

Football: Kelly rebels over clause: Endsleigh round-up

A grim night, one suspects, in the Bassett household. Dave of that ilk, manager of Sheffield United, had a rude shock before the First Division match against Notts County at Bramall Lane when he discovered the new three-year deal he thought he had agreed with the goalkeeper Alan Kelly on Friday night was still unsigned. 'Early this afternoon Kelly informed me that his agent Kevin Mason could not accept a clause in the contract,' Bassett explained.

Football: Twelve off in referees' clamp-down

TWELVE players were sent off in 21 English Coca-Cola Cup ties last night - plus one in Scotland - as the refereeing clampdown continued to bite, writes Clive White. Fifa's new edict had contributed towards the dismissal of 10 players on the opening day of the Football League season last Saturday.

Football / World Cup USA '94: Ravelli closes on Shilton's record

SWEDEN's progress in the World Cup is putting Thomas Ravelli, their goalkeeper, on course to break the world record of 125 caps, set by Peter Shilton, the England goalkeeper, during the last finals.
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