Saturday 20 January 2018

In brief: Hatswell leaves Lilywhites role


Dundalk player/assistant manager Wayne Hatswell has left the club by mutual consent with a year of his contract remaining.

It's understood that the Englishman is moving on because of personal reasons, with his family reluctant to move to Co Louth. He will now pursue options back in the UK.

Former England captain Bryan Robson put on a brave face yesterday in explaining why he was clinging on to his job as Thailand coach after overseeing the country's worst performances in recent years.

Furious Thai fans have demanded the resignation of the country's soccer president and want answers as to why a side once tipped to become an Asian soccer heavyweight has stumbled embarrassingly in every competition since Robson took over.

The former Middlesbrough boss, who replaced Peter Reid in September 2009, called his own news conference to explain the team's dire form and admitted he would not give himself a passing grade in his first national team job.

"No, I don't count anything as a pass until we win," a stern-faced Robson said when asked to evaluate his performance as Thailand boss. "I'm quite disappointed. I want to win and it's results that matter."


South African bowler Dale Steyn took 4-36 as India's hopes of squaring their series suffered a blow on the first day of the second Test.

India were 183-6 when bad light stopped play just 16 minutes after tea at Kingsmead.

Steyn made the most of the overcast conditions and a bouncy pitch to dismiss openers Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay before lunch.

He then added the wickets of Rahul Dravid and the VVS Laxman during the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Tim Southee took a hat-trick as New Zealand beat Pakistan by five wickets in the sides' first Twenty20 international.

Southee's five wickets came in the space of only eight balls, finishing with 5-18 -- the first five-wicket haul by a New Zealander in the format.

The Kiwis held Pakistan to 143-9 after winning the toss in Auckland.

Martin Guptill then hit four sixes in striking 54 off 29 balls as the Black Caps galloped to victory, reaching their target with 17 balls to spare.

Irish Independent

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