Neil Lennon returns to Celtic and other stories

Neil Lennon returns to Celtic following Brendan Rodgers exit

Celtic’s new interim manager Neil Lennon is unveiled with his assistant John Kennedy (Photo credits: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers has left Scottish champions Celtic, signing a contract with English premiership side Leicester City until June 2022, replacing Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday after 16 months in charge.

This appointment will mark a Premier League return for Rodgers, who previously managed Liverpool and Swansea City.

Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon will fill the role left by Rodgers, marking his return to the Scottish side after his departure in 2014.

Lennon, 47, is set to take charge until the end of the season; and will be assisted by current first-team coach John Kennedy and former Chelsea star Damien Duff.

FA opens investigations into Manchester City over Jadon Sancho agent fee claims

Jadon Sancho currently plays for Borussia Dortmund in Germany after his summer move from Manchester City (Photo Credit: Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)

The Football Association (FA) are undergoing investigations following allegations over illegal payments made to Jadon Sancho’s agent after the England star transferred from Watford to Manchester City as a minor.

It is alleged that Manchester City made a payment of £200,000 to Sancho’s agent Emeka Obasi when they signed the player, now at Borussia Dortmund, from Watford in March 2015.

As it stands young players in England cannot be represented by an agent until the year they turn 16 and FA rules also state that clubs are not permitted to offer financial enticements to a player under 16.

Der Spiegel (the German outlet who leaked the documents) claims the club wrote a letter to Sancho’s father back in 2015 which outlined how much they were willing to pay the player once he turned professional.

Women appear on Lord’s honours boards for the first time

As Lord’s cricket ground adds One Day International performances to its historical honours boards, women players have appeared in the lists for the first time.

Honours boards record the names of players who have scored centuries or taken five or more wickets in an innings.

(Photo credit: PaddyBriggs/Wikipedia)

The first women to appear are England’s Anya Shrubsole’s (who took 6-46 against India in 2017 to win the ICC Women’s World Cup), Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Caroline Atkins and Katherine Brunt, and Australia’s Lisa Keightley and Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Willie John McBride honoured at Buckingham Palace

Former Lions and Ireland skipper Willie John McBride receives a Commander of Most Excellent Order (CME) from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for his leading role in British and Irish rugby.

This happened 47 years after he was awarded a Member of Most Excellent Order (MBE).

During his career, he has won 63 caps for Ireland, 11 of these as skipper.

McBride retired in 1975 and became the manager of Lions on the New Zealand tour, only three years after he personally helped beat New Zealand.

Although having had an impressive career, McBride expressed surprise when receiving the CBE at Buckingham Palace, commenting to the Belfast Telegraph: ‘I thought they had forgotten me. This was out of the blue so I am absolutely thrilled.’

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