Le Saux's resolve

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Graeme Le Saux has refused to commit himself to Blackburn Rovers despite pressure from the club's owner, Jack Walker, to keep the England left- back at Ewood Park next season.

Le Saux made a surprise return to the Rovers side after being dropped and went on to score in Tuesday night's win over Sheffield Wednesday.

He was not prepared to rule out a move in the summer, however, saying: "All I want to do is make the most of my career in the time I've got available. I've not made my decision public yet, but everybody is aware of the problems. I don't want other things to affect my game."

He added: "It would be unprofessional to say anything until this matter is resolved with the club. You had better ask the people in charge about that."

Le Saux said that his "troubles" had affected his performances for the past few months when his club form has dipped.

"This has been going on for a long time," he said. "It's a situation that had got the better of me; it's been serious enough to put me off my game. But I don't want a reputation as a problem player. I was trying to cope with all that was troubling me as best I could, but it wasn't working."

Walker is determined to keep Le Saux and certainly will not let him go cheaply. However, his decision to recall the Channel Islander has caused more friction with team-mate Jason Wilcox. The left-winger would not sit on the bench in midweek after being dropped and is poised to ask for a transfer.

Blackburn's troubles have been exacerbated by an injury to the striker Chris Sutton, who suffered a hamstring strain and was substituted at half- time during Tuesday's match.

The Nottingham Forest caretaker manager, Stuart Pearce, is to remain at the City Ground next season as a player even if the club are relegated. However, he is not prepared to say whether he will remain as manager, although he admits he has made a decision about his future.

"I will certainly be here as a player next season as I have a three-year contract to honour," Pearce said. "I have also made my mind up as regards whether I want to remain as a manager but I am not ready to reveal what my thoughts are."

Brighton's plans to play their home games at a greyhound stadium in Hove next season could be put in jeopardy as the venue does not at present meet the League's criteria to stage matches.

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