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Leeds manager Terry Venables has confirmed he will stay on as the club’s manager until the end of the season.

In a statement to the Yorkshire Post Venables said: ‘I called the players and backroom staff together on Sunday and told them that I wanted to stay. We have an important FA Cup tie on Tuesday (against Gillingham) and it is vital that we prepare for the game and for the rest of the season.’

The former England boss contemplated resigning following the £9million sale of defender Jonathan Woodgate to Newcastle on Friday, claiming he had been ‘kept in the dark’ over the deal.

However, before yesterday’s training session, Venables informed his playersand backroom staff that he would soldier on until the end of the season before reconsidering his position.

Since succeeding David O’Leary at Elland Road, Venables has been helpless to prevent the sale of several of the club’s leading players including Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Lee Bowyer, Olivier Dacourt and Robbie Fowler as well as Woodgate.

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