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Berti Vogts had a cold relationship with the fans when he was Scotland manager

Vogts: Scotland is full of poor players

The former Scotland manager Alex McLeish believes there are numerous strong candidates to succeed Craig Levein, including caretaker Billy Stark. But Berti Vogts, who was in charge of the Scotland team for two years ending in 2004, believes whoever gets the job will be stymied by "poor players".

Alex McLeish: Walter Smith appointment great for Rangers

Alex McLeish has described Walter Smith's appointment to the board of Rangers as a “perfect fit”.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie

There's more to Manchester United than Robin van Persie insists Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson today predicted that both Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez will score 20 goals this season, as he reflected on the comeback from last season's title disappointment which has put his side top of the Premier League and into the last 16 of the Champions League.

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein

Craig Levein: The worst Scotland manager ever?

It was announced yesterday evening that Craig Levein had been axed as coach of the Scotland national team. An explanatory statement from the SFA claimed that they had made the decision "…primarily due to the disappointing results".

<b>Alex McLeish (Aston Villa, June 17 2011 - May 14 2012)</b><br/>
The appointment of McLeish just five days after leaving Villa's arch-rivals Birmingham was greeted with mass protests and anti-McLeish graffiti outside the ground. A poor start to the season didn't help his chances of winning them over. An insistence on using negative tactics and squad disharmony saw the Villains narrowly miss out on relegation and no sooner had the curtain fallen on the Premier League season, the Scot was sacked.GE

Alex McLeish out of the running for Scotland job

Alex McLeish has ruled himself out of the running to return to the Scotland manager's job but has thrown his weight behind the appointment of Gordon Strachan.

‘There’s some good people there [at Norwich], really good people,’ said Villa manager Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert admits Aston Villa's season is on a knife edge

Rather a lot has happened in the life of Paul Lambert since 13 May. That was the day of last season's Premier League finale, when the disgruntled Aston Villa supporters in the away end at Carrow Road began singing the Scot's name as they saw their team go down 2-0 to his Norwich City side.

Mick McCarthy was also axed

The contenders to replace Owen Coyle as Bolton manager

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside will today start his search for Owen Coyle's successor after he paid the price for the club's poor start to the npower Championship season.

Lee Clark

Danish international Peter Lovenkrands joins Birmingham

Peter Lovenkrands has become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss, subject to a medical.

Stilyan Petrov was diagnosed with acute leukaemia last Friday

Stiliyan Petrov remains Aston Villa captain

Stiliyan Petrov will remain as Aston Villa captain as he continues his battle with acute leukaemia, the club have confirmed.

Matthew Lowton

Aston Villa target Sheffield United's right-back Matthew Lowton

Sheffield United's promising right-back Matthew Lowton has emerged as a potential target for new Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, Press Association Sport understands.

Paul Lambert says taking charge of Villa is 'an incredible opportunity'

Paul Lambert wants Aston Villa to 'play to their strengths'

Paul Lambert begins work in earnest with Aston Villa's players today with the aim of making them "play to their strengths" after last season's disappointments.

Brad Guzan is behind Shay Given in the pecking order

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan close to re-signing for Aston Villa

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan is close to re-signing for the midlands club, Press Association Sport understands.

Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa in talks with Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is hopeful of reaching a "positive conclusion" to his bid to sign Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.

On his way: Paul Lambert leaves Norwich after three seasons of success

Villa finally get their man as Lambert takes charge

Norwich accept defeat in battle to keep manager but face fight to stop Holt taking same route out

Lambert took the Canaries up from npower League One

Paul Lambert's resignation rejected by Norwich

Paul Lambert has offered his resignation as Norwich manager but the club this afternoon revealed in a statement that they have not accepted it.

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