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Showing Howe it is done

Eddie Howe insists Newcastle will spend wisely after sealing their return to the Champions League.

The Magpies will compete in Europe's elite competition next season after a 0-0 draw with Leicester sealed their top-four spot with one game to play.

Given the riches the Saudi-owned Toon have at their disposal, many have tipped a number of superstars to head to St James' Park over the summer.

But boss Howe has suggested they will take a more measured approach to their recruitment — much like they did to get themselves into this position.

The 45-year-old told Sky Sports: "There is a very small pool of players to look at. We have to recruit wisely, as we have done in every transfer window to date. This will be our toughest one.

"We'll think about next season during the summer. We don't want to go far away from what we've done. We are realistic to know there will be more games and that's a challenge.

"Whenever you achieve something you're not just happy to participate. You want to succeed and want success. 

"I want success massively for this football club. We'll enjoy tonight, but we want to bring silverware here if we can in the future."

Pundit Gary Neville had similar views, commenting: "There is a humility about what they have done. They need to stick to these principles. 

"There is a challenge about how they move forward. We have seen the likes of Neymar linked in recent months but that would scare the living daylights out of Eddie Howe."

Messi to Villa?

Lionel Messi is being encouraged to join Aston Villa by Emiliano Martinez
Lionel Messi is being encouraged to join Aston Villa by Emiliano Martinez

Emiliano Martinez has launched an ambitious attempt to lure Lionel Messi to Aston Villa.

Argentine superstar Messi, who won the World Cup alongside Martinez in Qatar last year, is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, prompting speculation over his future.

A return to Barcelona or a lucrative switch to Saudi Arabia appear most likely, but Martinez is ready to pull out all the stops to convince his compatriot to move to England's Second City.

Asked by ESPN what he would do to convince the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner to join, the Villa stopper said: "If need be, I would cut my salary.

"If Leo is being whistled [at PSG], I would bring him to Aston Villa.

"I would give him mate [tea], I would make roasts every weekend, I would ask people to make him [decorative] flags and he would have a good time."

Smith hails clean sheet

Dean Smith's Leicester have taken their relegation battle to the final day
Dean Smith's Leicester have taken their relegation battle to the final day

Dean Smith believes Leicester's first Premier League clean sheet since November will hand his players a psychological boost ahead of a nail-biting final day of the season.

Monday's 0-0 draw at St James' Park means survival is out of the Foxes' hands, as they remain two points adrift of 17th-placed Everton.

The East Midlands outfit were dominated for large parts of the clash but could have won the game at the death with their only shot of the game from Timothy Castagne in stoppage time.

Having held on for their first shut-out in 22 league games, interim boss Smith believes it could be an important point on the road.

He said: "We hadn't kept a clean sheet. That's a big thing mentally for the players.

"It is the first clean sheet at half-time that we have had in my first seven games, so it was important that we did that.

"You can't open up here at St James' Park and go at them with the momentum they have.

"So, yes, it was a tough watch at times, but you can see that the players were fighting for it, and we had a great chance at the death."

The Foxes will need to beat West Ham at home on the final day and hope Everton lose or draw against Bournemouth to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Morelos leads five-man Rangers exodus

Alfredo Morelos is leaving Rangers on a free this summer
Alfredo Morelos is leaving Rangers on a free this summer

Striker Alfredo Morelos is one of five out-of-contract players who will exit Rangers this summer.

The Colombian striker leaves the Scottish giants having scored 124 goals in 268 appearances in 2017.

He joins winger Ryan Kent, goalkeeper Allan McGregor, midfielder Scott Arfield and defender Filip Helander in departing Ibrox when their contracts expire in June.

The Gers confirmed they remain in discussions with veteran midfielder Steven Davis to continue working with the club's medical team following an ACL injury in December last year.

Deeney departs Blues

Troy Deeney will depart boyhood club Birmingham this summer
Troy Deeney will depart boyhood club Birmingham this summer

Troy Deeney has been released by Birmingham following the expiry of his contract.

The Blues captain was offered a new deal in March but will depart St Andrew's after two seasons, in which he scored 11 goals in 56 appearances, after joining his boyhood club in 2021.

Former captain Harlee Dean is also among those being released after playing his 200th game for the club on the final day against Sheffield United.

Maxime Colin, George Friend, Jordan Graham and Kevin Long are the other out-of-contract players departing.

Salford chairman to step down

Salford chairman Karen Baird will step down after 10 years in the role.

Baird has overseen Salford's rise from non-league to the EFL since the takeover in 2014 by Gary Neville and the rest of the Class of '92, all while running her own business.

A statement from the Class of '92 said: "Karen has been an inspiring figure at the club for many years and an outstanding leader both on the football and business side, and we really could not have done it without her.

"She worked committedly for the club and in the early years much of that was voluntary, highlighting just how much the club meant to her.

"We would all like to thank her for her dedication and wish her all the best in everything she chooses to do."


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