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Ben Osborn hails Aitor Karanka's impact at Nottingham Forest after victory at Wolves

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn believes that Aitor Karanka’s influence may prove to be the catalyst for a charge towards the Championship play-off positions. Karanka presided over a defeat to promotion hopefuls Aston Villa last weekend in his first fixture in charge at the City Ground but has already applied changes to the club’s training regime in an attempt to elevate intensity levels and expectations, with Osborn describing the club's plight as “sickening”. There are immediate signs though that the Spaniard’s exacting nature may help to remedy the situation. Forest’s 2-0 victory over Wolves, their first in seven league outings lifted them to 14th in the table. And despite the eleven point gap to the top six, Osborn, who thrashed an impressive second goal to add to Kieran Dowell’s deflected opener, insists that ambitions of constructing a run to propel Forest into contention during their remaining 18 fixtures have now been revived. “It’s been done before,” Osborn said. "Teams have gone on runs out of nowhere. There is always that fifth or sixth place where people sneak in. Let's just say I’m not booking my holidays yet for after May 7th. Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn celebrates with their travelling fans at full time Credit: PA “A few wins or a few losses in the Championship either way can move you dramatically in the table. We need a bit of consistency, to make sure everyone buys into the same thing and to put a run together. This should give us massive belief that we can do it” Regardless of this blip, Wolves retain a healthy nine-point advantage at the summit of the division. However, when asked, their head coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, admitted that he had issued a rebuke to his players for dropping their standards during their first defeat in 13 league matches. “Of course, nobody can relax here,” he said. “I’m responsible for maybe not telling the boys that we still have a long, long way to go.”

Ben Osborn hails Aitor Karanka's impact at Nottingham Forest after victory at Wolves

Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn believes that Aitor Karanka’s influence may prove to be the catalyst for a charge towards the Championship play-off positions. Karanka presided over a defeat to promotion hopefuls Aston Villa last weekend in his first fixture in charge at the City Ground but has already applied changes to the club’s training regime in an attempt to elevate intensity levels and expectations, with Osborn describing the club's plight as “sickening”. There are immediate signs though that the Spaniard’s exacting nature may help to remedy the situation. Forest’s 2-0 victory over Wolves, their first in seven league outings lifted them to 14th in the table. And despite the eleven point gap to the top six, Osborn, who thrashed an impressive second goal to add to Kieran Dowell’s deflected opener, insists that ambitions of constructing a run to propel Forest into contention during their remaining 18 fixtures have now been revived. “It’s been done before,” Osborn said. "Teams have gone on runs out of nowhere. There is always that fifth or sixth place where people sneak in. Let's just say I’m not booking my holidays yet for after May 7th. Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn celebrates with their travelling fans at full time Credit: PA “A few wins or a few losses in the Championship either way can move you dramatically in the table. We need a bit of consistency, to make sure everyone buys into the same thing and to put a run together. This should give us massive belief that we can do it” Regardless of this blip, Wolves retain a healthy nine-point advantage at the summit of the division. However, when asked, their head coach, Nuno Espirito Santo, admitted that he had issued a rebuke to his players for dropping their standards during their first defeat in 13 league matches. “Of course, nobody can relax here,” he said. “I’m responsible for maybe not telling the boys that we still have a long, long way to go.”

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

From Barcelona to West Ham: Top 20 club wage levels

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Aston Villa make the list of the top 20 most expensive wage bills

Paul Lambert insists he can keep Stoke City up - even if he was '50th choice' for the job

Paul Lambert has launched a fierce defence of his managerial achievements and insisted he can maintain his record of never being relegated from the Premier League. Lambert was in combative mood after being unveiled as Stoke City’s new manager, claiming he did not care if he was “50th choice” following his surprise appointment. Stoke conducted a lengthy process to find a replacement for Mark Hughes, experiencing frustration in their pursuits of Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill, with Lambert’s arrival receiving a lukewarm response. He has not managed in the top-flight since February 2015, while his last two jobs in English football were brief tenures at Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. But the 48-year-old believes his record deserves greater respect, particularly at Villa where he was never relegated, and Norwich where he achieved back-to-back promotions. “I think it’s people’s perceptions that maybe I didn’t do a good job at Aston Villa. But I think Villa were only ever once in the bottom three and that was towards the end,” he said. “The achievements at Villa were right up there with Norwich, because of the size of the club and the fact it was up for sale. They would probably ask for that now, to be in that Premier League. “I see this as a great opportunity and whether I was 50th or first choice, it never really mattered to me. I’m 100 per cent sure that we have enough to stay up. “I have never been spoon-fed through my whole career, I have always done it the hard way as a player and a manager. “I went to Borussia Dortmund with a bag and some clothes on trial. A year later I was winning the European Cup, so it’s not bad.” Lambert has admitted he feared his days of managing in the Premier League were over, however, after his last two spells in the Championship. He was interviewed by Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday last month and was considering managing abroad before taking an unexpected call from Stoke’s board over the weekend. He has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract and will earn a £1m bonus if he succeeds in his survival mission. Paul Lambert will earn a £1 million bonus if he keeps Stoke up Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I still didn’t think I’d get back at this level. I just thought that to get into the Premier League you’ve got to either get a team up or, the way the game’s going now, there’s a lot of different nationality coaches coming in,” he said. “I thought I might not get another chance so to be given it at a great club like this is fantastic. I can’t wait. I’m not new to this – it’s not something that fazes me.” Lambert has held detailed talks with Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes over squad reinforcements, with a left-back and an energetic midfielder understood to be priorities in the January window. The futures of players out on loan, including record signing Giannelli Imbula and Bojan, were also discussed and will be further reviewed this week. January 2018 transfer window But Lambert’s first priority is guiding Stoke out of the relegation zone and improving a defensive record that has resulted in the club conceding 50 goals in the league. “We’re seven points off ninth place and a couple of wins and it looks so much rosier,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it and that’s what we have to aim for, winning as many games as we can to get us out of this trouble. We can’t keep conceding the amount of goals we’re conceding, that puts too much pressure on everybody. We have to be more resolute in what we’re doing, stronger and more aggressive with it, and if we do that I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got 15 cup finals left and the squad is a lot better than it’s showing.” Lambert takes charge of his first game on Saturday, at home to Huddersfield Town.

Paul Lambert insists he can keep Stoke City up - even if he was '50th choice' for the job

Paul Lambert has launched a fierce defence of his managerial achievements and insisted he can maintain his record of never being relegated from the Premier League. Lambert was in combative mood after being unveiled as Stoke City’s new manager, claiming he did not care if he was “50th choice” following his surprise appointment. Stoke conducted a lengthy process to find a replacement for Mark Hughes, experiencing frustration in their pursuits of Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O’Neill, with Lambert’s arrival receiving a lukewarm response. He has not managed in the top-flight since February 2015, while his last two jobs in English football were brief tenures at Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers. But the 48-year-old believes his record deserves greater respect, particularly at Villa where he was never relegated, and Norwich where he achieved back-to-back promotions. “I think it’s people’s perceptions that maybe I didn’t do a good job at Aston Villa. But I think Villa were only ever once in the bottom three and that was towards the end,” he said. “The achievements at Villa were right up there with Norwich, because of the size of the club and the fact it was up for sale. They would probably ask for that now, to be in that Premier League. “I see this as a great opportunity and whether I was 50th or first choice, it never really mattered to me. I’m 100 per cent sure that we have enough to stay up. “I have never been spoon-fed through my whole career, I have always done it the hard way as a player and a manager. “I went to Borussia Dortmund with a bag and some clothes on trial. A year later I was winning the European Cup, so it’s not bad.” Lambert has admitted he feared his days of managing in the Premier League were over, however, after his last two spells in the Championship. He was interviewed by Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday last month and was considering managing abroad before taking an unexpected call from Stoke’s board over the weekend. He has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract and will earn a £1m bonus if he succeeds in his survival mission. Paul Lambert will earn a £1 million bonus if he keeps Stoke up Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I still didn’t think I’d get back at this level. I just thought that to get into the Premier League you’ve got to either get a team up or, the way the game’s going now, there’s a lot of different nationality coaches coming in,” he said. “I thought I might not get another chance so to be given it at a great club like this is fantastic. I can’t wait. I’m not new to this – it’s not something that fazes me.” Lambert has held detailed talks with Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes over squad reinforcements, with a left-back and an energetic midfielder understood to be priorities in the January window. The futures of players out on loan, including record signing Giannelli Imbula and Bojan, were also discussed and will be further reviewed this week. January 2018 transfer window But Lambert’s first priority is guiding Stoke out of the relegation zone and improving a defensive record that has resulted in the club conceding 50 goals in the league. “We’re seven points off ninth place and a couple of wins and it looks so much rosier,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it and that’s what we have to aim for, winning as many games as we can to get us out of this trouble. We can’t keep conceding the amount of goals we’re conceding, that puts too much pressure on everybody. We have to be more resolute in what we’re doing, stronger and more aggressive with it, and if we do that I think we’ll be fine. We’ve got 15 cup finals left and the squad is a lot better than it’s showing.” Lambert takes charge of his first game on Saturday, at home to Huddersfield Town.

Paul Lambert will earn £1 million bonus if Stoke avoid relegation

Paul Lambert is in line for a £1m survival bonus if he guides Stoke City to Premier League safety, after making his return to management in the Potteries.  Lambert is back in the technical area following a seven-month exile after accepting the job with the Staffordshire strugglers, in a move which has left many Stoke supporters underwhelmed by the appointment.   The 48-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract and will be assured of a significant bonus if he can maintain the club's place in the top-flight, with his first game against Huddersfield this weekend. Lambert's arrival ends a nine-day search for Mark Hughes's successor, with moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O'Neill all ending in frustration. Rowett was a leading contender but opted to sign a new deal at Derby while Flores, the Espanyol manager, performed a surprise u-turn despite the Stoke board flying out to meet him in Barcelona. O'Neill, the Republic of Ireland manager, was also interviewed twice by chairman Peter Coates and his son John, the vice-chairman, plus chief executive Tony Scholes, but neither party was ever truly convinced. It left Stoke's with no alternative but to consider other candidates but Lambert is understood to have impressed so much in his interview that he quickly emerged as the No. 1 choice.  During talks he outlined his ambitions for the season and Stoke's strengths and weaknesses, with his appointment confirmed on Monday morning. He will be assured of funds for the January transfer window. Peter Coates said: “Paul greatly impressed us with his knowledge of our squad and had a clear plan of how he would improve our results. He’s a man who backed himself as a player, none more so than when he turned down contract offers in Scotland to go on trial in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and it’s obvious he adopts the same approach as a manager.” There is an acceptance within the Stoke boardroom that the appointment will not be wholly popular, but Lambert has proven Premier League experience and, crucially, was never relegated during a turbulent spell at Aston Villa. His reputation was arguably at its highest nearly seven years ago, when he achieved back-to-back promotions at Norwich City. He departed for Villa in 2012 and endured a difficult two-and-a-half years under former chairman Randy Lerner, operating on a restricted budget. Yet he never suffered relegation in that time before his dismissal in February 2015. Since leaving Villa he has managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, while he was interviewed last month by Championship clubs Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. January 2018 transfer window John Coates said: “Paul has been successful in management at clubs with a strong and stable background and with local ownership – the kind of foundation we are able to give to our managers. We were determined to appoint someone with Premier League experience or an extensive knowledge of English football. We look forward to working with Paul and supporting him to help achieve our goals.” Lambert was in the stands at Old Trafford for Stoke's game against Manchester United on Monday night. He will be officially presented at the bet365 Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Stoke City appoint former Aston Villa and Wolves manager Paul Lambert as boss on two-and-a-half-year deal

Stoke City appoint former Aston Villa and Wolves manager Paul Lambert as boss on two-and-a-half-year deal

Paul Lambert appointed Stoke City's new manager after impressing during weekend talks

Paul Lambert has been appointed as Stoke's new manager. As Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed, Lambert has accepted the job at the Premier League strugglers after productive talks over the weekend, with the promise of a significant bonus if he guides Stoke to safety. The former Aston Villa manager has been out of football since leaving Wolves at the end of last season but has top-flight experience while, crucially, he was also never relegated at Villa Park. It ends a nine-day search for Mark Hughes's successor, with moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O'Neill all ending in frustration. Stoke's difficult search has now left them with no alternative but to consider a short-term appointment and both Lambert and Slaven Bilic emerged as the most realistic candidates. Lambert has top-flight experience and was not relegated while Aston Villa manager Credit: PA Lambert, 48, has impressed Stoke officials in negotiations and will be sat in the stand at Old Trafford for the game against Manchester United on Monday night.  There is an acceptance within the Stoke boardroom that the appointment will not be wholly popular, but a short-term appointment was their only option with only 16 league games remaining.  Lambert's reputation was at its highest nearly seven years ago, when he achieved back-to-back promotions at Norwich City. He departed for Villa in 2012 and endured a difficult two-and-a-half years during a turbulent period under former chairman Randy Lerner, operating on a restricted budget. Yet he never suffered relegation in that time before his dismissal in February 2015. Since leaving Villa he has managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, while he was interviewed last month by Championship clubs Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. Lambert's first game in charge will be the home game against struggling Huddersfield on Saturday. Ahead of the game at United tonight, Stoke are in the relegation zone and a point adrift of 17th-placed Southampton.

Paul Lambert appointed Stoke City's new manager after impressing during weekend talks

Paul Lambert has been appointed as Stoke's new manager. As Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed, Lambert has accepted the job at the Premier League strugglers after productive talks over the weekend, with the promise of a significant bonus if he guides Stoke to safety. The former Aston Villa manager has been out of football since leaving Wolves at the end of last season but has top-flight experience while, crucially, he was also never relegated at Villa Park. It ends a nine-day search for Mark Hughes's successor, with moves for Gary Rowett, Quique Sanchez Flores and Martin O'Neill all ending in frustration. Stoke's difficult search has now left them with no alternative but to consider a short-term appointment and both Lambert and Slaven Bilic emerged as the most realistic candidates. Lambert has top-flight experience and was not relegated while Aston Villa manager Credit: PA Lambert, 48, has impressed Stoke officials in negotiations and will be sat in the stand at Old Trafford for the game against Manchester United on Monday night.  There is an acceptance within the Stoke boardroom that the appointment will not be wholly popular, but a short-term appointment was their only option with only 16 league games remaining.  Lambert's reputation was at its highest nearly seven years ago, when he achieved back-to-back promotions at Norwich City. He departed for Villa in 2012 and endured a difficult two-and-a-half years during a turbulent period under former chairman Randy Lerner, operating on a restricted budget. Yet he never suffered relegation in that time before his dismissal in February 2015. Since leaving Villa he has managed Blackburn Rovers and Wolves, while he was interviewed last month by Championship clubs Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday. Lambert's first game in charge will be the home game against struggling Huddersfield on Saturday. Ahead of the game at United tonight, Stoke are in the relegation zone and a point adrift of 17th-placed Southampton.

FILE PHOTO: Cyrille Regis of Aston Villa is seen in a file picture from 1991

FILE PHOTO: Cyrille Regis of Aston Villa is seen in a file picture from 1991. REUTERS//File Photo

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  A statement from Regis' widow, Julia, released by West Bromwich Albion on her behalf, read: “Cyrille and I were soulmates, he was the perfect man for me and we had a wonderful life together. Cyrille Regis has passed away after a suspected heart attack  Credit: PA “He was a beautiful man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. “Losing him has turned my whole world upside down. It is a void that will never be filled. “I have been moved by the many messages of support and condolences I have received and the kind things people have said about Cyrille as a person and a professional. Cyrille Regis in action for West Brom  Credit: Getty Images  “He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.” He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Cyrille Regis in action for England  Credit: Getty Images  Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP"  

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  A statement from Regis' widow, Julia, released by West Bromwich Albion on her behalf, read: “Cyrille and I were soulmates, he was the perfect man for me and we had a wonderful life together. “He was a beautiful man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. “Losing him has turned my whole world upside down. It is a void that will never be filled. “I have been moved by the many messages of support and condolences I have received and the kind things people have said about Cyrille as a person and a professional. Cyrille Regis in action for West Brom  Credit: Getty Images  “He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.” He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Cyrille Regis in action for England  Credit: Getty Images  Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP"  

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  A statement from Regis' widow, Julia, released by West Bromwich Albion on her behalf, read: “Cyrille and I were soulmates, he was the perfect man for me and we had a wonderful life together. Cyrille Regis has passed away after a suspected heart attack  Credit: PA “He was a beautiful man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. “Losing him has turned my whole world upside down. It is a void that will never be filled. “I have been moved by the many messages of support and condolences I have received and the kind things people have said about Cyrille as a person and a professional. Cyrille Regis in action for West Brom  Credit: Getty Images  “He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.” He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Cyrille Regis in action for England  Credit: Getty Images  Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP"  

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  A statement from Regis' widow, Julia, released by West Bromwich Albion on her behalf, read: “Cyrille and I were soulmates, he was the perfect man for me and we had a wonderful life together. Cyrille Regis has passed away after a suspected heart attack  Credit: PA “He was a beautiful man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. “Losing him has turned my whole world upside down. It is a void that will never be filled. “I have been moved by the many messages of support and condolences I have received and the kind things people have said about Cyrille as a person and a professional. Cyrille Regis in action for West Brom  Credit: Getty Images  “He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.” He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Cyrille Regis in action for England  Credit: Getty Images  Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP"  

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  A statement from Regis' widow, Julia, released by West Bromwich Albion on her behalf, read: “Cyrille and I were soulmates, he was the perfect man for me and we had a wonderful life together. Cyrille Regis has passed away after a suspected heart attack  Credit: PA “He was a beautiful man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. “Losing him has turned my whole world upside down. It is a void that will never be filled. “I have been moved by the many messages of support and condolences I have received and the kind things people have said about Cyrille as a person and a professional. Cyrille Regis in action for West Brom  Credit: Getty Images  “He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.” He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Cyrille Regis in action for England  Credit: Getty Images  Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP"  

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59 

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP" More news to follow...

Former West Brom striker Cyrille Regis dies, aged 59 

Former West Brom and Coventry striker Cyrille Regis has died, aged 59, after suffering a suspected heart attack on Sunday evening.  A statement from Regis' widow, Julia, released by West Bromwich Albion on her behalf, read: “Cyrille and I were soulmates, he was the perfect man for me and we had a wonderful life together. “He was a beautiful man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. “Losing him has turned my whole world upside down. It is a void that will never be filled. “I have been moved by the many messages of support and condolences I have received and the kind things people have said about Cyrille as a person and a professional. Cyrille Regis in action for England  Credit: Getty Images  “He came into football the hard way and never lost his passion for the game. He was a role model for so many because he always treated everyone he met with kindness and respect.” He scored 158 league goals during  614 league appearances, earning  five England caps between 1982 and 1987. Later on in his career Regis represented Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe and Chester. In 2008 and he was awarded an MBE in for services to the voluntary sector. Tributes poured in from across the footballing community as news of his death broke on Monday morning. "What a man. What a centre-forward! One of my earliest football memories was walking into WBA for a trial as a 13 year old kid, seeing Cyrille Regis and being in awe of him. RIP big man," Alan Shearer wrote on Twitter.  "Devastated this morning my hero my pioneer the man behind the reason I wanted to play football has passed away my heart goes out to all his family RIP Cyrille Regis," wrote former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on Twitter. Terribly sad news this morning that footballing pioneer Cyrille Regis has died aged 59. A true gentleman and legend, he will be deeply missed. Our sympathies to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/93JQ5LZlCa— PFA (@PFA) January 15, 2018 RIP Cyril Regis. A great man. Helped set the foundations for others. Always remembered.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) January 15, 2018 Regis is regarded as  a pioneer for black footballers in the game, when playing alongside Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson in his time at West Brom. Former Crystal Palace and England striker Mark Bright wrote: "Heavy heart this morning, just heard that Cyrille Regis has passed away age 59. Cyrille Regis in action for West Brom  Credit: Getty Images  "He was more than just a footballer, he blazed a trail for every black player who followed him, an inspiration to myself and many players of my era. A humble man and a great man." Ex-Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor tweeted: "Another icon has left us. Can't believe it. Absolutely devastated as he was an unbelievable role model and became a good friend. "Deepest condolences to all family and friends of a proper legend Cyrille Regis. You'll be missed my friend. #RIP"  

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