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Spurs have appointed yet another new manager, but season-ticket holder James Mariner knows it won't necessarily lead to a change in results on the pitch

Mauricio Pochettino's decision to stay as manager was contingent on the club not selling their players

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Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is the only member of the England squad who plays ‘abroad’

English footballers all too rarely venture abroad but the national team as well as the players would benefit from wider horizons

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