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By ESPN Staff
Sep 25, 2006

Newcastle poised to make decision on Bond's future

Newcastle are expected to make an announcement over the future of assistant manager Kevin Bond within days.

Glenn Roeder's number two was placed on gardening leave as the club flew out to Estonia for their UEFA Cup clash with Levadia Tallinn earlier this month amid allegations made as part of the Panorama investigation into corruption in football.

The club have made no comment other than to confirm that Bond has been given time off to deal with 'personal matters'.

However, it is understood a decision on his future is imminent, and that his time on Tyneside could be drawing to a close.

Bond, who met chairman Freddy Shepherd last week, has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

Indeed, he signalled his intention to sue the BBC after last week's programme was broadcast.

A statement issued by his solicitor Dabid Price read: 'My client will be taking proceedings for libel against the BBC over the programme and the media hype generated to publicise it.

'The short extract from my client's conversation with the reporter was taken out of context and presented in a completely misleading manner.

'It was all smoke and mirrors. It seems that my client was only included because after one year of working on the programme, the producers were struggling to fill the one-hour slot.'