Stubbs kept in reserves

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Alan Stubbs' Bolton blues deepened yesterday when the pounds 4m-rated defender was relegated to the reserves. The unsettled centre-back, who had hoped to be turning out for Blackburn Rovers this week until transfer talks collapsed, will instead find himself at Sheffield United tomorrow night.

Stubbs did not play at the weekend and has little prospect of a recall to the first XI. Which leaves Bolton with a problem: how to maintain the player's valuation - and Arsenal's interest - without fielding him.

The referee's decision is no longer final, it seems. Keith Burge is reconsidering his decision to send off Vinnie Jones on Saturday after viewing the match video. And Julian Dicks' clash with John Spencer's head could be reviewed by Robbie Hart.

Burge dismissed Jones after consulting a linesman, who believed the Wimbledon midfielder had butted Liverpool's Stan Collymore. Spencer was left with eight stitches after Dicks appeared to stamp on the Chelsea striker at Upton Park on Monday. Dicks was booked and the Football Association's decision to take no action could change on reading Hart's report.

Derek Fazackerley, the Newcastle coach coveted by Blackburn, yesterday quit his job at St James' Park. The 44-year-old former Rovers centre-half is tipped to take over as reserve team manager at Ewood Park.

Wycombe have signed the Aston Villa winger David Farrell for pounds 100,000 and the Raith right-back Jason Rowbotham, whose fee will be decided by tribunal.

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