Protector or pariah? The testy relationship between Newcastle Jets’ owner Nathan Tinkler and the people of Newcastle

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  • Youth coach Michael Bridges quits Newcastle Jets
  • It’s believed to be in response to the club’s sacking of five senior players
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Plying his trade in the lower leagues, Lee Jeong-hyeop could prove key to Korea’s Asian Cup final hopes

It could be a football fairytale. If South Korea’s soldier-striker Lee Jeong-hyeop, nicknamed ‘Gunderella’ (a play on the Korean words for army and, well, Cinderella) can find the net against Australia - as he did in the group stage - in the Asian Cup final on Saturday, then one of the biggest turnarounds in the fortunes of any national team in recent years will be immortalised forever.

Hardly anyone in South Korea had heard of Lee when South Korea arrived back home after collecting just one point from the 2014 World Cup. The heckles and the shower of sweets that they were greeted with at Incheon International Airport did not just come as a genuine shock to the players, but also convinced coach Hong Myung-bo to re-submit his resignation and the Korea FA to do at home what they had not done in Brazil and accept it.

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Nominations for the next president have closed but there is no guarantee that the multi-ball campaign will get rid of the 78-year-old incumbent

Sepp Blatter has presided over 17 years of chaos, controversy and kickbacks and yet the Fifa president is still quoted at shorter odds than Arkle to win a fifth term that he previously vowed never to stand for.

There, in a nutshell, is the Blatter paradox that the European power brokers behind a “multi-ball” campaign calculated to inflict maximum damage on the 78-year-old need to consider.

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