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 By PA Sport

Rangers agree £10 million loan from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

There had been concerns that Ranger's iconic Ibrox stadium what be used to secure a loan or even be remortgaged.

Rangers have agreed a 10 million-pound emergency loan deal with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct firm, the club have announced to the Stock Exchange.

Without the injection of fresh funding, the cash-strapped Ibrox outfit would not have been able to cover pay checks due to be delivered on Thursday.

The loan will be secured against Murray Park, Edmiston House, Albion Car Park, and the Club's registered trademarks -- but not Ibrox.

The move spells the end of attempts by the "Three Bears" -- wealthy fans...

 By PA Sport

John Carver appointed Newcastle manager for remainder of season

John Carver is still in search of his first win as Newcastle manager.

Newcastle have confirmed John Carver has been appointed head coach for the rest of the season.

The 50-year-old is still searching for his first win since assuming the role in a caretaker capacity in the wake of Alan Pardew's departure.

Carver will now get a chance to stake a claim for the job on a longer term basis after the Magpies' hopes of a quick appointment were met with frustration.

Carver, who had made no secret of his desire to be appointed on a permanent basis, said: "This is a proud day...

Nice get English FA backing over Hatem Ben Arfa FIFA case

Hatem Ben Arfa has been forced to wait until he is cleared to play.

Nice have shared a new Football Association statement supporting their case to be allowed to register recent signing Hatem Ben Arfa.

Ben Arfa, 27, capped 13 times by France, is yet to feature for his new side due to article 5.3 of FIFA's transfer regulations, which prevents players representing three clubs in the same season.

The Frenchman spent time on loan at Hull this season and also appeared for Newcastle's under-21 team, a match FIFA indicated last week "must be considered as official" and...

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Frank de Boer open to Newcastle manager job, Tim Sherwood not keen

Eljero Elia scored twice to fire Southampton back into third place in the Barclays Premier League with a hard-fought victory at Newcastle.
Frank de Boer has enjoyed success with Ajax.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer has said he is interested in the Newcastle job, but Tim Sherwood has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant post.

Newcastle are seeking a new permanent manager after Alan Pardew's departure to Crystal Palace this month, with John Carver currently in caretaker charge.

De Boer has impressed while in charge of Ajax, leading them to four consecutive Eredivisie titles, although his side are currently second in the table, four points behind PSV Eindhoven.

The former...

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Alan Pardew denies dismissing FA Cup while at Newcastle

Alan Pardew has a reputation for taking cup ties lightly, but he says that has never been the case.

Alan Pardew insists he did not dismiss the FA Cup during his time in charge at Newcastle -- despite a dismal record in the competition throughout his tenure at St James' Park.

The 53-year-old takes his Crystal Palace side to another former employer as the Eagles face a tough fourth-round tie at Southampton on Saturday, having already matched his win record at Newcastle following victory over Dover in his first game in charge.

With cup humiliation coming with defeat at Stevenage in 2010 and Brighton...