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Rice defies Gold prediction with West Ham debut

Rice defies Gold prediction with West Ham debut

DEFENDER Declan Rice became the first teenager to feature for West Ham this season on the final day of their campaign - just 24 hours after co-owner David Gold had declared it would be “extremely unlikely” that a teenager would be able to break into the side.

Monchi outlines his vision for Roma

Monchi outlines his vision for Roma

After months of speculation, Monchi has finally been unveiled as Roma's new Sporting Director. The Spaniard has become an almost mystical figure after transforming Sevilla from Segunda División side to perennial European contenders.

Bio-banding: myths and realities

Bio-banding: myths and realities

Academy use of bio-banding - where players are matched by maturity rather than age - has sparked a lot of debate. We asked expert Dr Sean Cumming to answer some of the most commonly-asked questions.

Can Heraf switch New Zealand on to football?

Can Heraf switch New Zealand on to football?

On the face of it, New Zealand Technical Director is a thankless job: the country is rugby obsessed, its top players play thousands of miles away, and only half a World Cup place is available every four years. Andreas Heraf describes it as a “great gift” though.

Sevilla's Monchi reveals Premier League interest

Sevilla's Monchi reveals Premier League interest

WE’VE long known about the star player. Then there was the star manager. Now we have a new phenomenon - the star sporting director - and none comes bigger than Sevilla’s Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo - or Monchi. Now the 48-year-old says he has offers to come to the Premier League this summer.

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