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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Brian McDermott

Reading sack manager Brian McDermott

Manager leaves the club second from bottom in the Premier League

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson claims the Premier League is a two horse race

While league leaders Manchester United are one, who does Ferguson see as the other title contender?

Terry Connor pictured with Mick McCarthy

Joleon Lescott says Terry Connor has respect of Wolves players

England defender Joleon Lescott has given his backing to new Wolves boss Terry Connor who will take charge of the relegation strugglers for the rest of the season, beginning with Newcastle this weekend.

Former Rangers manager Walter Smith

Walter Smith rejects approach from Wolves

Wolves are resuming their frustrating search to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy after Walter Smith became the latest high-profile candidate to reject the job.

Reading manager Brian McDermott

Wolves manager hunt continues following set backs

Wolves continue to be frustrated in their bid to replace sacked manager Mick McCarthy with hopes of securing the services of Alan Curbishley and Brian McDermott having faded, Press Association Sport understands.

<b>STEVE BRUCE</b><br/>
Has a previous five-year spell in the midlands to his name with Birmingham, but his stock is not too high after he was sacked as Sunderland manager earlier this season and replaced by Martin O'Neill.

Steve Bruce emerging as favourite to take Wolves role

Wolves still hope to appoint Mick McCarthy's successor as manager by the weekend with Steve Bruce emerging as one of the favourites, Press Association Sport understands.

Bruce makes pitch for Wolves post

Chief executive Jez Moxey is confident that Wolves will appoint a new manager to replace sacked Mick McCarthy before they play Newcastle on 25 February.

<b>February 13 - Mick McCarthy (Wolves)</b><br/>
Mick McCarthy became the third Premier League manager to lose his job this season. The former Republic of Ireland boss lasted five-and-a-half years in charge at Molineux but a 5-1 home defeat to local rivals West Brom was the final straw in a run of poor results. Following that defeat, fans put pressure on the board, with some protesting outside the ground after the final whistle. A statement from Wolves said:

Wolves players to blame for Mick McCarthy exit says Jamie O'Hara

Wolves playmaker Jamie O'Hara insists the players have to shoulder the blame for Mick McCarthy's sacking as the search continues today for his replacement.

Wolves’ good housekeeping has made life difficult on the pitch for manager Mick McCarthy

Kevin Doyle 'always respected' Mick McCarthy

Striker Kevin Doyle insists he never lost respect for sacked Wolves boss Mick McCarthy even though he was ousted as the club's first-choice striker by Steven Fletcher.

<b>NEIL WARNOCK</b><br/>
A similar pedigree to Bruce. Led QPR to promotion last season and enjoys a reputation as a motivational manager but was deemed surplus to requirements at Loftus Road last month.

Warnock in three-way fight for Wolves job

Wolves' search for a new manager to replace Mick McCarthy is understood to be progressing quickly, with owner Steve Morgan already interviewing candidates after flying back from a skiing holiday.

Wolves’ good housekeeping has made life difficult on the pitch for manager Mick McCarthy

Wolves chief executive defends owner Steve Morgan's dressing room intervention

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey insists club owner Steve Morgan's dressing-room outburst after the home defeat by Liverpool earlier this month did not contribute to Mick McCarthy's downfall as manager.

<b>ALAN CURBISHLEY</b><br/>
Built his reputation with Charlton over more than a decade in the top flight and also had a spell in charge at West Ham but been out of management in recent seasons. Has said he will talk to Wolves boss Steve Morgan if he gets the call.

Curbishley front-runner to replace sacked McCarthy

Be careful what you wish for, Roy Hodgson warned as Wolves fans demanded Mick McCarthy's head on Sunday. Alan Curbishley received strong backing at the bookies to succeed McCarthy, who was sacked after reporting for work yesterday, but in the parochial world of West Midlands football the impressive job being done on a shoestring at Birmingham may put Chris Hughton on the Molineux wish list.

McCarthy: Dismissed yesterday

Curbishley early front-runner to replace McCarthy

Be careful what you wish for, Roy Hodgson warned as Wolves fans demanded Mick McCarthy's head on Sunday. Alan Curbishley received strong backing at the bookies to succeed McCarthy, who was sacked after reporting for work yesterday, but in the parochial world of West Midlands football the impressive job being done on a shoestring at Birmingham may put Chris Hughton on the Molineux wish list.

Fabio Capello (right) must select a new captain to replace John Terry

Captaincy chaos hits England's Euro plans

Problems on and off field force Capello to prepare for tournament in familiar disarray

Villa in talks with McLeish but fans cry foul

Aston Villa were accelerating their pursuit of Alex McLeish last night, despite a growing sense of anger among fans which culminated in a 600-strong protest outside Villa Park.

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