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Kiwomya gets Notts County job

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Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:30:00

Alexis Sanchez insists that he is more than happy at Barcelona after being linked with a move away from the club.

Sanchez joined Barcelona in the summer of 2011, when he rejected overtures from a host of clubs including Manchester City.

The 24-year-old has started just 11 league games so far this season, which has led to the speculation linking him with Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan.

"I'm very happy at Barcelona," the former Udinese player stated. "I feel important for my club and for my country.

"I know what type of player I am, I know that I am a great player, I know that I can win games. I remain one of the best in the world even if I don't score.

"I am not a player who will score three or five goals per game.

"I give passes, and also score sometimes. I am not really a penalty box goalscorer, but I know I am still one of the best players in the world."

First-choice goalkeeper Reina has missed the Reds' last two games with a calf problem while veteran defender Carragher was ruled out of the defeat at Southampton earlier this month with a shin injury.

Reina has since been on the bench for Spain's internationals against Finland last week and France on Tuesday.

First-team coach Mike Marsh told the club's website: "They're both available for selection, so it's a possibility."

Liverpool have reported no fresh injury concerns following the latest round of international fixtures.

Marsh said: "We seem to have come through unscathed.

"We've got one or two players missing who are flying back from international duty.

"They will arrive back tomorrow, they will still be in recovery and hopefully they will train on Friday."

The Edinburgh outfit have endured a number of financial problems this season.

The club staved off a winding-up order in December after supporters raised more than ?1million to help pay off tax debts.

A ?450,000 bill was paid off while Hearts agreed to settle a separate demand by paying ?1.5million over three years.

Seven Hearts supporters groups - Federation of Hearts Supporters' Clubs, Foundation of Hearts, Heart of Midlothian Shareholders Association, Hearts Supporters Trust, Hearts Youth Development Committee, Save our Hearts, and 1874 Fighting Fund - have joined forces to push ahead with a proposal for a fans takeover.

A spokesman for the groups said: "Last night a productive meeting was held at Tynecastle.

"The group will continue to engage in a constructive manner with further meetings planned.

"The group is committed to a unilateral proposal which engages all supporters in the future ownership and governance of Heart of Midlothian Football Club."

Kiwomya, who had been in temporary charge of the Magpies since the departure of Keith Curle last month, first joined County as development squad manager in February 2012, having previously been the reserve-team coach at Ipswich.

Chairman Ray Trew told the club website: "Chris has showed in the short time that he has been in charge of the first team that he has a great passion for the game, is tireless in his endeavours, communicates extremely well with the board, sharing our vision, and anyone who has been fortunate enough to speak to him in person will have seen his enthusiasm for every detail of every performance.

"When making this appointment we were looking for someone who could realise our long-term vision for the club, someone that we could work with to bring progressive success alongside the development of young, homegrown talent from our successful youth set-up.

"Chris is well respected throughout the football community for his ability to develop players, as well as spotting raw talent in youngsters, something that we are confident will help foster stronger working relationships with clubs, particularly at a higher level.

"We are not putting any immediate demands or expectations on Chris, we have said to him that the team is his to mould as he sees fit and to prepare for the new season.

"That may mean a change of personnel over the summer, but everything will be done with a view towards building for the future. We are not demanding instant results, we see this as the start of a project, one that we are asking our supporters to get behind as we look to grow together as a club."

The Magpies, who are seven points adrift of the play-offs with nine games to play, have lost two of 11 matches under Kiwomya's stewardship.

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