Sport Steve McNamara has been retained by England despite their defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final last month

The England coach, Steve McNamara, is to join the coaching staff of the Sydney Roosters, but is to continue to take charge of the national team on a part-time basis.

Diary: England star to burger man

Peter Crouch's Pringles commercial is surely the least dignified of the current England team's advertising appearances. But we can safely laugh at the foibles of today's Premiership players – they have multimillion-pound sponsorship deals to mitigate the hurt of our mockery, after all. There's tragedy, however, in the tales of those former England stars reduced to selling unbecoming brands to supplement their dwindling memorabilia sales. Terry Venables sings for his supper to sell The Sun. John Barnes raps (again) for Mars. And, worst of all, we've learnt that Gordon Banks is promoting Gourmet Burger Kitchen's World Cup Menu by agreeing to let the burger chain rebrand itself as "Gordon Banks's Kitchen" for the duration of the tournament. Banks was the man between the sticks in 1966 when England lifted the World Cup, and perpetrated perhaps the finest save in football history (from the boot of Brazil legend Pelé in 1970, non-fans). Now he's flogging chunky fries. What are you doing, Gordon?

Matt Gatward: Rooney's worst nightmare becomes an adman's dream

View from the Sofa: World Cup advertising, ITV 1

Hull expect to name new manager before weekend

The Hull City chairman, Adam Pearson, claims to have read some "pretty reasonable" speculation over the identity of the club's next manager but insists there are more candidates.

Venables thinks Bridge will regret decision

Former England manager Terry Venables believes Wayne Bridge could live to regret his decision to retire from international football and insists continuing to make himself available for his country would be "the bravest option".

Eurozone: Guardiola 'may quit at end of season'

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola could leave his job at the end of the season and take a break from football, according to his father. The 38-year-old, who won six trophies in his first season in charge, has not signed an extension to his contract which runs out at the end of the season and Valenti Guardiola has hinted his son is considering a sabbatical.

Strachan set to become Middlesbrough boss

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was today finalising his move to appoint Gordon Strachan as the club's new manager.

Thirst for revenge fuels England for crucial Croatia tie

Motivation will not be a problem for England against Croatia on Wednesday. In fact, Fabio Capello might have to administer the psychological equivalent of cold showers to dampen the English desire for revenge.

'Clubs still think black managers lack intelligence,' says Barnes

Barnes attacks culture of racism that has slammed door on a 'lost generation'

Capello in total control as England seek higher level

For about 15 seconds yesterday evening, David Bentley was back in the frame to play for England as Fabio Capello suffered one of those memory lapses that used to affect Sven Goran Eriksson – who often struggled when it came to those annoying little details like the names of his players.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Terry Venables v Joe Royle is match of the day

View From The Sofa: FA Cup Final, ITV & SETANTA

Adams named as Portsmouth boss

Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams has been named as the new manager of Barclays Premier League Portsmouth.

Alex Ferguson was targeted for England job

Sir Alex Ferguson was targeted on no fewer than three occasions for the England manager's job, according to former Football Association executive director David Davies.

Kinnear is Newcastle's shock choice

Appointment of former Wimbledon manager brings more confusion to Tyneside

Venables rejects offer to take over at St James'

Newcastle's inability to offer fixed contract puts off former England coach

Venables ponders Newcastle offer

Former England boss Terry Venables will decide today whether to become interim manager of troubled Newcastle.

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