Bruce faces long wait in the cold

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Steve Bruce, who was suspended by Crystal Palace last week when he attempted to resign as manager and join Birmingham, is facing a lengthy spell in the wilderness.

The former Manchester United defender is on nine months' notice and could be left in limbo as Palace's owner, Simon Jordan, and Birmingham are still far away from a settlement. Birmingham may wait until next season before moving for Bruce as both sides dig in for a long battle. Jordan has offered the Palace coach, Terry Bullivant, Bruce's prospective No 2, a new four-year deal. The stand-in manager, Steve Kember, has agreed a four-year contract.

Mick Wadsworth is the new head coach of Oldham Athletic, following last week's departure of Andy Ritchie. Iain Dowie is being lined up as his assistant.

Steve Parkin's move to become Barnsley's new manager is being held up by a dispute with Rochdale. Barnsley want Parkin in charge for their game at Preston tonight, but Rochdale are not satisfied with the compensation offered.

The former champion jockey Willie Carson wants Roy Evans to remain as Swindon's director of football if he succeeds in his takeover of the Second Division club. Town's chairman Danny Donegan, a close friend of the player-coach Neil Ruddock, was ousted at a High Court hearing on Monday, and Carson, who heads a consortium, hopes to take charge at an EGM in four weeks' time. "The consortium would love Roy Evans and Neil Ruddock to stay," Carson said.

Everton will offer Manchester United's Jesper Blomqvist the chance to stay in the Premiership after two years of knee problems. Everton hope to complete the £300,000 sale of keeper Thomas Myhre to the Turkish club Besiktas today.

Leicester City are in talks with Halmstad's Swedish international striker Stefan Selakovic about a £2m move.

Manchester City's move for Robert Jarni is set to collapse. The veteran Croatian left-back's Spanish club Las Palmas have refused to let him leave and pay up his contract and demanded extra money from City.

The Bradford goalkeeper Gary Walsh may miss Saturday's game against Norwich after sustaining back and neck injuries in an accident on the M62.

Stockport have rejected Blackburn's £500,000 bid for the Finnish striker Shefki Kuqi. Southampton's Gordon Strachan has ended his £1.5m pursuit of Leeds' David Wetherall.

A Football Association board meeting yesterday ended without a decision being taken on a possible new national stadium.

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