Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri closer to West Brom job

West Bromwich Albion have held a second round of talks with the former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri about becoming Roy Hodgson's successor at the club.

Claudio Ranieri

West Brom hold further talks with former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri

West Brom have held further talks with former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri about becoming Roy Hodgson's successor at the Hawthorns, Press Association Sport understands.

Zoltan Gera has endured a frustrating return to West Brom

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera hopeful of pre-season return

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera aims to be fully fit for the start of pre-season training in early July after being out of action since November.

Rio Ferdinand and John Terry have been England's first choice centre-back pairing for almost a decade

John Terry remains optimistic of Euro 2012 role for England

Chelsea skipper John Terry remains hopeful of playing at Euro 2012 despite not yet hearing from new England manager Roy Hodgson about his possible involvement.

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Goalkeeping coach Dave Watson joins Roy Hodgson's England staff as Wembley friendly sells out

Roy Hodgson made his second England staff appointment yesterday, with Dave Watson installed as his new goalkeepers' coach largely on advice from the Football Association which wanted the former Under-21s coach to be promoted to the senior team set-up.

Baby boy dies after 'fall from moving car'

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Chris Hughton took Birmingham to the play-off semi finals

Chris Hughton plays down exit talk following Birmingham play-off elimination

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton was adamant the aftermath of his team's npower Championship play-off semi-final heartache at the hands of Blackpool was no time to discuss his future.

Curtis Davies, of Birmingham, is pressured by Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Ian Holloway survives scare at Birmingham as Blackpool reach Wembley final

Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (Blackpool win 3-2 on aggregate)

Blackpool's Thomas Ince (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the opening goal

Seasiders set up play-off final date with West Ham

Birmingham City 2 Blackpool 2 (Blackpool win 3-2 on aggregate)

The Birmingham manager, Chris Hughton dismissed talk of him filling the vacancy at West Bromwich as 'non-facts'

Peter Ramage out to be Birmingham hero again

It was the 59th minute of a game that had not yet lived up to its billing. Blackpool had taken a fortuitous lead on the stroke of half-time and came out all guns blazing; Matt Phillips beating left-back David Murphy before pulling the ball back to Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Six yards out, the striker had the goal at his mercy and half of Bloomfield Road was already celebrating. But Peter Ramage threw himself in front of the shot and saved a second goal. In moments like that, in play-off games, resolute defending can book a ticket to Wembley.

Ian Holloway is trying to take Blackpool back to the Premier League

Ian Holloway says Blackpool will need monumental effort against Birmingham

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists it will take a monumental effort from his players to preserve their slender npower Championship play-off semi-final advantage over Birmingham.

Tom Ince (right) celebrates after his shot was deflected in by Curtis Davies for Blackpool's winner last night

Holloway worried missed chances will haunt Blackpool

Blackpool 1 Birmingham City 0

Stephen Dobbie scored in the 2011 play-off final

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton wary of threat posed by Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton knows all about the threat of Stephen Dobbie ahead of tonight's play-off semi-final first leg away to Blackpool.

Ben Foster

Roy Hodgson open to international return of Ben Foster

New England boss Roy Hodgson is open to an international return for goalkeeper Ben Foster after praising his performances under his command at West Brom this season.

Roy Hodgson

West Brom begin making plans for Roy Hodgson departure

Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed that West Brom have contingency plans in place should they need to find a replacement for head coach Roy Hodgson.

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