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.

Alan Curbishley: Impossible to Curb my enthusiasm

Charlton's plight is a Valley of tears but their former supremo still fancies return to Premier League madhouse

Priskin pushes Charlton to brink

Charlton Athletic 2 Watford 3

Adams 'suprised' by sacking

Tony Adams has revealed he was "surprised" to be sacked as manager of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth confirm that Adams has been axed

Portsmouth have confirmed the departure of manager Tony Adams "with immediate effect".

Ince pays price for winless run

Paul Ince's failure to arrest an 11-match winless slump ultimately cost him his job after Blackburn chairman John Williams admitted the rookie manager had run out of time.

Pressure mounts at Blackburn for Ince

Blackburn manager Paul Ince faces a difficult week as he tries to focus on football while speculation about his future continues to spiral out of control.

Defiant Keane walks out on Sunderland

Allardyce is early favourite to succeed Irishman who ignored Quinn's plea to stay

Curbishley could return to replace Pardew

Alan Pardew left his role as Charlton manager by mutual consent on Saturday night after the board at The Valley finally lost patience with the 47-year-old following their 5-2 defeat at home to Sheffield United.

West Ham appoint Zola

Gianfranco Zola has promised to give the West Ham squad the full benefit of his 20 years in football after being named as the club's new manager.

Donadoni out of West Ham running

Gianfranco Zola looks certain to become the next West Ham manager after his closest rival withdrew from the contest to replace Alan Curbishley.

Reality bites the dust among the beasts of the beautiful game

In the west of Wales this week, two bulls, said to be “aggressive and irate”, escaped from a trailer and ran amok in a nearby town. Chaos ensued as the beasts lurched at anything and everything in sight. They were eventually shot by marksmen.

Curbishley reveals reasons for quitting

Alan Curbishley has blamed a "breach of trust and confidence" for his sudden departure from Upton Park.

Alan Curbishley resigns as West Ham manager

Alan Curbishley has resigned as manager of West Ham, the club have confirmed.

Bellamy pulls out of Wales squad

West Ham striker Craig Bellamy has been withdrawn from the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Russia.

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