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Man Utd legend Gary Neville says ‘enough is enough’ as he demands reboot of English football

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GARY NEVILLE is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

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Gary Neville wants a government-appointed ‘regulator’ to mould football’s futureCredit: PA:Press Association

This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

Nev, 45, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated a void in the Premier League leadership.



“They did not lead and hadn’t even been able to come up with a short-term plan to restructure funding. Enough is enough. Football has to change.”

The United legend is part of the group – along with former FA chairman David Bernstein and Olympian Denise Lewis – who yesterday published their manifesto for change, ‘Saving Our Beautiful Game’.

Bernstein, FA boss from 2011-13, said: “We took a poll of fans that found nearly 80 per cent agreed change is needed.

“There has never been a  better moment for change.”

Neville told Sky Sports: “The principle is that we don’t trust that football can govern itself and create the fairest deal for all, whether that’s the Premier League, EFL clubs, non-League clubs or the fans.

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These were the chief proposals of Project Big Picture before it was aborted

“It has been proven over this past six months that football has struggled to bring everyone together and proven to be incapable over a 25-30 year period of transforming the money in the game into something that works for everybody.

“I want the best Premier League in the world, but I want sustainable football clubs.

“There is enough money in the game to be able to have an elite Premier League, a sustainable and competitive EFL, money passed down to non-League and grassroots and where fans can get a fair deal.

“That’s where an independent regulator, with that spirit at the heart of it, can come in and say ‘that’s not fair’.”

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UFC: Jon Jones hits out again at fans heralding Khabib Nurmagomedov as ‘the GOAT’

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Jon Jones has again hit out at those declaring Khabib Nurmagomedov the greatest of all time ahead of himself, posting a video on Instagram. 

‘Bones’ was clearly annoyed at the declarations of Khabib retiring as MMA’s GOAT in the immediate aftermath of the UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje. 

He tweeted a number of times, saying it would be ‘insulting’ be ranked below Khabib in the pound-for-pound list and has now made another dig at those putting the now-retired Dagestani ahead of him. 

Jon Jones made another dig at fans elevating Khabib Nurmagomedov above him as the GOAT

Jon Jones made another dig at fans elevating Khabib Nurmagomedov above him as the GOAT

Jon Jones made another dig at fans elevating Khabib Nurmagomedov above him as the GOAT

Khabib defended his belt in fine style against Justin Gaethje before retiring from MMA

Khabib defended his belt in fine style against Justin Gaethje before retiring from MMA

Khabib defended his belt in fine style against Justin Gaethje before retiring from MMA

In the clip, he says: ‘I’m talking to all you Khabib fans out there. Fifteen world titles to your guys’ four, and you guys are really talking about who’s the best fighter ever? You guys are joking, right?

‘Fifteen to four. Are you guys’ kidding me? The only person that could possibly come back and challenge my record and what I’ve done in the UFC is possibly Georges St-Pierre. 

‘He would have to come back and win two championship fights to tie me, and I’m not even retired yet. I’m 33 years old. I’ve got a whole other chapter to go through

The Russian had a short time at the top compared to Jones but never failed a drugs test

The Russian had a short time at the top compared to Jones but never failed a drugs test

The Russian had a short time at the top compared to Jones but never failed a drugs test 

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‘You guys are nuts – I love you guys so much,’ he said. ‘I hope you guys all have a great day. Fifteen world championships to four.

‘And all you guys who are going with this he’s more dominant argument, the just recently started fighting elite-level competition. Could you imagine me against the No 10 ranked guy?’ 

Jones previously wrote on Twitter: ‘I mean if I get out ranked by a man with only three title defences, I don’t really know what to think anymore.’

He added: ‘Not salty at all, I do really respect Khabib. I honor the type of man he is. But being the best is earned not given. Unfortunately four title fights ain’t it, no matter how much we all like em.’ 

Jones has won 15 title fights for either the main belt or interim crown although one of those wins was overturned for a failed drugs test.  

Jones points out that he has fought and won in 15 championship fights before the age of 33

Jones points out that he has fought and won in 15 championship fights before the age of 33

Jones points out that he has fought and won in 15 championship fights before the age of 33

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Many fans point to the fact that Jones has twice failed drugs tests in the UFC and been subsequently banned. 

For some, this puts an asterisk next to his achievements in the sport even though his body of work is greater over a longer period of time than many others, including Khabib, who may be considered the greatest. 

Khabib shocked the MMA world by retiring at the age of 32 after the Gaethje fight having promised his mother it would be his last match-up without his late father and trainer Abdulmanap by his side. 

He won the fight despite the broken foot he was nursing just 16 days prior to the contest and walks away with the biggest purse of his career (£4.6m).  

Jones, 33, is moving up to heavyweight and has champion Stipe Miocic in his sights.  

Khabib is one of the most dominant fighters in history but Jones considers himself the best

Khabib is one of the most dominant fighters in history but Jones considers himself the best

Khabib is one of the most dominant fighters in history but Jones considers himself the best

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Zinedine Zidane vows to fight for Real Madrid ‘until the last day’ as boss battles to keep job amid squad unrest

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ZINEDINE ZIDANE has vowed to ‘fight until the last day’ as he battles to keep his Real Madrid job.

The Frenchman was under temporary pressure after back-to-back defeats and is also dealing with unrest in his squad.

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Real lost 1-0 at home to Cadiz on October 17 before a 3-2 Champions League defeat away at Shakhtar Donetsk.

But having embarrassed Lionel Messi and Co in Saturday’s 3-1 El Clasico win, the pressure has lifted somewhat.

But asked whether he was concerned about his future ahead of tonight’s Champions League trip to Bosussia Monchengladbach, Zidane was bullish in his response.

He said: “I think about tomorrow’s game, not whether I thought about resigning or not.

“I will fight until the last day. The rest… we’ll see ”

After El Clasico, footage emerged of midfielder Isco criticising the time of Zidane’s substitutions.

The Spaniard was an unused sub in the Nou Camp and recently lashed out at Zidane not not playing him enough.

The report suggests Isco – seen wearing a face mask – said to Real Madrid team-mates Marcelo and Luka Modric: “If he has to bring me off, he substitutes me in minute 50 or 60 of the game, sometimes at half-time.

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“If he has to put me on, he puts me on in the 80th minute.”

Isco seems to find himself in a similar position to Gareth Bale under the 48-year-old but Zidane quickly brushed away suggestions of unrest.

He said: “He is ambitious and he wants to play.

“Everybody wants it but it’s my responsibility that they play or not.

“They must be ready when it is their turn to play.”

After El Clasico, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman criticised the decision that saw Clement Lenglet concede a controversial penalty which Sergio Ramos won and scored at a key time in the game.

But Zidane was unfazed by his rival gaffer’s comments.

He said: “It doesn’t bother me that they talk, that’s the way it is. We are left with what we did there: fight, stay focused, work.

“We are happy with what we did last weekend against Barcelona, as a team. We just look at our work.

“It is the game we needed to play. We have to play how we did in Barcelona and try to play a good game.”

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Antonio Rudiger ‘set to have Chelsea exile ended after heart-to-heart with Frank Lampard’ after being axed from squad

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FRANK LAMPARD is ready to give Antonio Rudiger another chance following an alleged ‘heart-to-heart’ between the pair.

The Chelsea boss left the German international out of six of the club’s opening seven matches of the campaign.

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Antonio Rudiger has held positive talks with Frank Lampard over his futureCredit: AFP

Defender Rudiger, 27, looked to be heading for the exit door in January as his days appeared to be numbered at Stamford Bridge.

Both Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain were keen on signing the ace on loan.

However, the Daily Mail claims he and Blues boss Lampard have held talks in recent weeks.



Now Rudiger ‘will be involved in first-team matters with more regularity’ from now on.

There was no hint of a personal issue between Lampard and the ex-Stuttgart man.

The centre-back joined Chelsea in 2017 from Roma and has made 80 appearances in the Premier League.

He has won both the FA Cup and Europa League during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Rudiger has still not played a single minute for the Blues despite their sloppy defending.

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But he was named on the bench for the goalless draw at Manchester United on Saturday.

And he is likely to be in the matchday squad again for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Russian outfit Krasnodar.

The West London outfit then travel to Burnley on Sunday as they return to domestic action.

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