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Football In Brief: Cotterill quits for Forest job


Steve Cotterill has confirmed he has agreed to leave Portsmouth to take over as manager at Nottingham Forest.

Neither Championship club has made an official announcement but the details of the agreement, which will include a compensation package for Pompey, are believed to have been ironed out.

"It's been finalised this morning," Cotterill, who had a spell in charge of Notts County last year, said yesterday. "I've had a great relationship with everybody at Portsmouth. It hasn't been an easy decision and the players and staff have been nothing short of fantastic [but] Forest are a fantastic club. From the time I knew about their interest it was obviously flattering."

We'll be happy with 0-0, says Jol


Martin Jol would be pleased to come away from today's trip to Stoke with a goalless stalemate – despite having already drawn four games this season.

The Fulham manager says that despite the boost to his side's confidence from their first Premier League win of the season, a 6-0 rout of neighbours QPR before the two-week international break, they will have a battle to get a result at the Britannia Stadium.

"We have to play our own game like we did against Newcastle," he said. "Then, a couple of weeks ago, I think we had the initiative for most of the game against West Bromwich – it was the same, but we couldn't score although I thought we were the better team. It was a 0-0 there and I think a 0-0 at Stoke would be a good result."

McCoist and Davis honoured


Ally McCoist, the Rangers manager, has picked up his first Scottish Premier League manager of the month award after replacing Walter Smith in the summer.

Steven Davis was named player of the month as the Scottish champions enjoyed double success in the September awards. McCoist guided his side to an impressive 4-2 Old Firm win against Celtic, plus victories over Dundee United, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock.

Meanwhile, left-back Sasa Papac has a sinus problem and is a doubt for today's home game against St Mirren. Jamie Ness is out with a groin injury, while Kyle Bartley is still recovering from a hernia operation.

Administrators threaten to resign

Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth's joint administrators P&A Partnership have warned they could resign from office after receiving "foul, abusive and threatening emails" from fans.

A section of supporters are said to be hampering negotiations aimed at saving the financially stricken League Two club.

Chief administrator Brendan Guilfoyle claims that if P&A Partnership were to pull out, a winding-up order would be issued.

Guilfoyle said: "Our main priority is to get a deal over the line to save the club's future, but the current campaign being directed at the P&A Partnership by some fans is hampering negotiations. Unless protesters desist, it is highly likely that the joint administrators will take steps to resign from office on Monday."