Rangers sign new Puma kit deal

Brighton boss Gus Poyet admits he is happy to be linked to the
job of Chelsea manager.

The 45-year-old Uruguayan, who played for Chelsea from June 1997
to June 2001 and made more than 100 appearances for the club, is
around a 7/1 chance to succeed Rafael Benitez when the interim boss
departs Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Poyet, who has guided Brighton into the play-off places in the
Championship this term, said: “I want to go to the highest level
and if it’s the Premier League and it’s Chelsea, fantastic.

“That’s my aim. Everybody knows. I don’t hide it.

“I like the speculation because it means we are doing something
right. But it doesn’t change my life at the moment.”

Benitez has hogged Thursday’s headlines following his rant
criticising Blues supporters and the club’s decision to give him
the title of interim manager.

The Blues boss launched an impassioned monologue following the
holders’ 2-0 FA Cup win at Middlesbrough, which set up a
quarter-final tie with Manchester United, and the criticism sparked
suggestions his tenure in caretaker charge could come to an end as
soon as Thursday.

The comments are unlikely to have gone down well with Abramovich
and the Blues board, but Chelsea insisted it was “business as
usual” at their Surrey training base, where Benitez took
training.

The Spaniard, who has confirmed he will leave Chelsea at the end
of season, is expected to be given at least one more match in
charge when West Brom visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday and will
hold the pre-match media conference as scheduled on Friday
afternoon.

“My relationship with the owner is really good,” Benitez told
BBC’s Football Focus. “Every time I talk to Abramovich about
football, I enjoy (it).

“I know that he wants to win. I’m here because he wants to win
and I will try to do my best until the last day.

“The relationship is fine. I don’t have any problem with
anyone.

“I have conversations with Michael Emenalo, the technical
director, every single day. He watches the training sessions, we
talk about football and when I meet Roman Abramovich, we talk about
football.

“We talk like normal people. We share a passion for
football.”

Reports of dressing room unrest, including a dispute with
captain John Terry, have been played down and Benitez is adamant
there are no major concerns.

“My relationship with the staff, the people at Cobham, is really
good, fantastic,” Benitez added. “The players are fully behind our
ideas, 100%.”

The club announced that director of football Collins had quit
after the board sacked Evans, who replaced John Hughes as manager
in November when the former Hibernian boss left for Hartlepool.

The pair leave Livingston fourth in the Irn-Bru First
Division.

A club statement read: “Livingston Football Club announces the
departure of first team manager Gareth Evans following a managers’
meeting today, where we voiced our concern over the stewardship of
the club under Gareth. This despite the results being generally
acceptable.

“John Collins, having appointed Gareth to the post despite
certain reservations, has regrettably decided to tender his
resignation following our decision to relieve Gareth of his
duties.

“First team affairs ahead of this Saturday’s home fixture
against Airdrie United will be handled by current Head of Youth
Development, Richie Burke whilst the board consider matters going
forward.

“No further comment in relation to this development will be made
at this time.”

The brand will become the official supplier and licensee of
replica merchandise for the club, with the agreement set to start
next season.

Rangers chief executive Green said: “Rangers and Puma are
massive global brands and this relationship will undoubtedly
improve the distribution of club merchandise in the UK and
overseas.

“Puma are renowned for their technical innovation and expertise
in product design and support systems and we look forward to
enjoying a productive and successful partnership over the next five
years.”