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The club raised 140,000 in one day the match day against Chelsea last Sunday for TreeHouse, the national autism charity and the club's charity of the season. Players, directors and staff donated a day's pay and the club expect to reach a total of 250,000 to fund new sports facilities.

Aston Villa
Midfielder Gareth Barry said he is looking forward to working with the new England manager Fabio Capello. "It would be good to work with Capello," the captain said. "I'm working with a top club manager in Martin O'Neill and it would be great to work with another top manager at international level."

Birmingham City
The St Andrew's club has ended talks with Carson Yeung's investment company, Grandtop International Holdings, over a proposed takeover. "The company has terminated discussions with GIH," a club statement read. "We are not in discussions with any other potential offers."

Blackburn Rovers
The manager Mark Hughes has warned his players that he will not tolerate any sulking over their recent poor form. "It could be very easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves," the Welshman said. "But we're not doing that. We feel that we're a much better team than we're showing at the moment."

Bolton Wanderers
Gary Megson has dismissed the possibility of Nicolas Anelka leaving the Reebok Stadium. "There's been no contact with myself or the chairman in terms of people asking if Nicolas is available or not," Megson said. "He seems settled, he seems fine in himself. The only things we're having to deal with are outside influences in the press."

John Terry has spoken of the moment he knew he had suffered a serious injury following the tackle he received from the Arsenal defender Emmanuel Ebou last week. "I thought straightaway I had broken something," the England captain said. "That's how it felt. I felt he left his studs in there and it should have been a sending-off."

Derby County
Jay McEveley admits Sunday's opponents Newcastle will provide the Rams with a tough match. The Magpies remain the only team Derby have beaten this season. "It's going to be a battle. The braver players will come out on top," he said. "It's time for us to step up and show what we're made of."

The defender Phil Jagielka believes his prolonged run in the Toffees side has allowed him to regain his best form. "All I can be is confident and I think it has shown in my last two performances," the former Sheffield United player said. "The more you play, the more you feel part of the team.".

The club have denied reports suggesting the manager Lawrie Sanchez is about to be replaced by the former Cottager John Collins. The Scotland international resigned as Hibernian manager yesterday. "There are rumours but that's all," a club spokesperson said.

Fernando Torres believes the pace and tempo of football in the English Premier League is superior to that of La Liga. "I would say football in England is better. It is more attractive than Spain," the striker said. "The football here is more dynamic and it is more fun for the team and the individuals."

Manchester City
Sven Goran Eriksson said he expects to bring in more new signings during next month's transfer window, following the loan acquisition of the striker Nery Costillo this week. "He's the first new signing for January," the manager said. "I expect another player or two to arrive."

Manchester United
The Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar Soljskaer will be honoured by the club with a testimonial next summer, in recognition of his 11-year playing career at Old Trafford. It is believed the game could be against the German side Bayern Munich, a rematch of the 1999 Champions League final.

Steve Gibson has issued an apology to the former manager Steve McClaren, following comments he made criticising the former England coach's Teesside reign. "I've spoken to Steve, apologising to him and emphasising our gratitude at the success he brought our club," Gibson said

Newcastle United
Sam Allardyce admits he faces a tough decision on appointing a new captain, with midfielder Geremi travelling to the African Nations Cup next month. "I have had difficult decisions to make," he said. "But deciding on the captain was one of the most difficult. Now I will have to decide again."

Striker David Nugent said opening his Premier League account against Liverpool tomorrow would be "unbelievable". The former Preston forward has only started two games for Pompey since joining in July. "I'm a lifelong Everton fan, so I'd love the chance to score at Anfield. It would be great."

The midfielder Kalifa Ciss could replace Brynjar Gunnarsson against Sunderland tomorrow after the Iceland international picked up an injury during the 1-1 draw at Birmingham last week. "If the manager picks me, I will play," Ciss said. "It's no problem for me."

Danny Collins believes the Black Cats' future in the Premier League hinges on games such as tomorrow's match at Reading. "Games against the likes of Bolton and Reading are effectively six-pointers," the defender said. "They will be as desperate to beat us as we are to beat them."

Tottenham Hotspur
Manager Juande Ramos has quashed hopes of an imminent return for Ledley King. "He's gone two weeks without training," Ramos said. "He started feeling the knocks in the Fulham reserve game. Footballers get injured but, for us at the moment, they all seem to be defenders."

West Ham United
The former Sunderland defender George McCartney said he is looking forward to his return to the North east tomorrow when the Hammers visit Middlesbrough. "I am sure I will not get too much from them [the fans]," he said. "I will stay focused on the game and hopefully the team can bounce back and get a good result."

Wigan Athletic
Manager Steve Bruce has questioned the value of a National Football Centre, insisting there are other problems with the English set-up. "I do think it's a social scenario," Bruce said. "When do you ever see kids kicking a football? You don't. Unfortunately we are lagging behind. Whether a facility will help improve that I'm not so sure."