Ian Wright and Alan Shearer snub Match of the Day after Gary Lineker dropped – live

Pundits to miss Saturday show as Wright expresses ‘solidarity’Full story: Lineker stood down from Match of the Day duty

Mid-morning matters: While you’re reading this, I’ll be spending the next hour or so enduring agony in a dentist’s chair, so I’ll hand you over to Dave Tindall in the meantime.

Newcastle: Eddie Howe was asked about his side’s poor recent form and their chances of turning it around in the hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. “There’s a belief that we can win again and we need to very quickly to fulfil that aim,” he said. “I’ve never sat here and talked us up in terms of targets and top four but I have talked us up in terms of what we can achieve and the quality in our group and I’m not going to change now.

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