Burnley have put director of youth development Martin Dobson and youth-team coach Terry Pashley in charge of the first team after the departure of previous caretaker manager Steve Davis. First-team coach Davis and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes have gone to Bolton to link up with Owen Coyle, who was confirmed as Wanderers manager on Friday evening. Dobson and Pashley's first match will be at Manchester United on Saturday.
Taylor warns Pompey could 'do a Leeds'
Portsmouth could follow Leeds in tumbling down the league ladder, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor said yesterday. "It's always a possibility when you see clubs over-reach themselves," he said. "But you like clubs to be in the ownership of people who are prepared to declare their interests and be up front about it and you want them to be football lovers. That may well be the case but there's a lack of evidence of that."
Zola seeks replacement as Franco breaks down
Gianfranco Zola will attempt to bring in a striker this week after West Ham's Guillermo Franco picked up an injury in training. Franco, 33, was the only senior striker left following Carlton Cole's knee problems but now faces the rest of the month on the sidelines after a suffering a muscular complaint. Cole has started training with the ball but is still out until later this month – he may return against Portsmouth on 26 January – but Zola still wants to strengthen his attack.