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Red Sox remove interim tag from manager Ron Roenicke’s title

Ron Roenicke is no longer the “interim” manager of the Boston Red Sox. He’s now Mr. Manager — or as they call it in MLB, just the manager.

The team lifted the interim tag from Roenicke’s title Wednesday after MLB released its report on the 2018 Red Sox sign-stealing scandal. Roenicke was elevated to interim manager when Alex Cora and the team parted ways after Cora was outed as the mastermind of the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal, and Boston chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom explained the temporary interim tag on a conference call on Wednesday night.

“At the time that we named Ron interim manager, we explained the interim tag was necessary in order for us to respect that there was an ongoing investigation,” said Bloom. “Obviously, with that investigation complete and given the results of the investigation, that interim tag is removed and Ron is now our manager.”

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That investigation did not find any Red Sox coaches of players responsible, outing Boston’s replay operator J.T. Watkins was the main culprit. He has been banned through the 2020 season, and cannot return to his role as Boston’s replay room operator until after the 2021 season.

Roenicke is now the 48th manager in Red Sox history.

He is working on a one-year contract that expires after the 2020 season, Bloom said Wednesday night.

While there are theories that Cora may return to the Boston bench after serving his one-year suspension — which was handed down Wednesday for his action with the Astros in 2017 — Bloom said Roenick will get a chance to earn an extension this season.

Roenicke is a well-respected baseball man and well-liked in the Boston clubhouse. He served as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011-15, posting a 342-331 record over that span.

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Newcastle owners want Pochettino, Cavani

The prospective new owners of Newcastle United will be targeting a big name manager and a marquee signing if/when they take over the club.

That’s according to ESPN, who report that Saudi-backed consortium PCP Capital Partners are interested in replacing current manager Steve Bruce with either previous Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino or ex-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

While Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is reportedly one of their big name transfer targets.

Reports earlier in the week proposed Bruce will be given time to prove his worth, but ESPN claim the potential new owners want a bigger name in charge and as well as Pochettino and Allegri, former Toon boss Rafael Benítez and Borussia Dortmund’s Lucien Favre are also on the list of potential candidates.

But Pochettino is understood to be their prime target, and there are hopes that the Argentine tactician could be lured to St James’ Park if they are able to enlist one or two top level players.

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Cavani is out of contract this summer, while contact has reportedly also been made with the agents of Napoli forward Dries Mertens and Chelsea winger Willian.

Paperwork is presently being completed after an agreement was found on Monday between Mike Ashley and PCP Capital Partners, and an official notice regarding the sale of the club is expected soon.

Both parties have exchanged contracts and a deposit has been paid, but the new owners will then need to pass the Premier League’s Owners and Directors test before the takeover can be completed.

Assuming that goes through, the £300m to buy the club will then be transferred.

Yasir Al Rumayyan, a close friend of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, will be the Magpies’ new chairman.

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