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Discontent overshadows Blackpool's first three points of the campaign

Andrea Orlandi 'can't wait' for Blackpool debut as new boss Jose Riga steadies the ship at Bloomfield Road

Former Swansea City star is one of only seventeen players at Riga's disposal

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce relishes one of the biggest games of his career

New Forest manager preparing for opening game against Blackpool

Transfer news: Tom Ince on the verge of £1m loan switch to Crystal Palace, Stoke come in with cash deal

Blackpool ace set to try his hand at Premier League football with Palce

QPR’s Charlie Austin celebrates scoring the opener in the 2-0 win over Bolton

Championship round-up: QPR open up gap while Chris Martin caps Derby fightback

A good night for the top two in the Championship, Leicester and Queen’s Park Rangers, saw them both win and move away from Burnley in third who were held to a draw at home.

Blackpool winger Tom Ince is due to have talks with Swansea City about a possible loan move

Transfer news: Tom Ince set for Swansea talks after Ngog signs

Blackpool winger Tom Ince is due to have talks with Swansea City about a possible loan move

Tom Ince

Transfer news: Premier League target Thomas Ince given green light for loan move by Blackpool

Midfielder could be on his way to Swansea

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping for a good result in the FA Cup against Bolton

FA Cup: Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie at the Reebok Stadium

Paul Ince

Paul Ince sacked as manager of Blackpool, with Barry Ferguson ready to take over

The former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder departs following a dreadful run

Tom Ince is expected to join a Premier League club

Transfer news: Tom Ince reportedly set to gamble on Monaco move

Highly-rated youngster could be on the way to Ligue 1

Carlton Cole celebrates after scoring for West Ham in their Boxing Day Premier League match against Arsenal

Transfer news: West Ham tie Carlton Cole to new contract

The striker was released by the club at the end of last season but returned in October

League round-up: This is a terrible time for Leeds, says Brian McDermott

Sheffield Wednesday registered their biggest-ever Yorkshire derby win against Leeds United with a 6-0 thrashing yesterday to increase the pressure on Brian McDermott. First-half goals from Reda Johnson and Atdhe Nuhiu put Wednesday firmly in control and after Matt Smith, the Leeds striker, was sent off for a foul on Johnson two minutes into the second half, Connor Wickham added a third. Chris Maguire's deflected free-kick in the 67th minute and substitute Caolan Lavery's superb late double completed the rout. McDermott claimed last week's 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Rochdale was his lowest ebb as a manager, but this Championship defeat plunged him deeper into despair. Asked if he could take any positives from the display, McDermott said: "Are you serious? It's public humiliation as far as I'm concerned. That was just unbelievable. It doesn't matter about being lower than the Rochdale game, that's just humiliating for all of us. It's a terrible time for Leeds United, the supporters and us." Stuart Gray, Wednesday's caretaker manager, believes the win will increase his chances of being appointed as Dave Jones' successor. "I've got to sit down and have a glass of wine with the chairman," said Gray. "It was a good performance, hopefully a 6-0 win will help me to get the job."

Craig Bryson, right, celebrates scoring for Derby

The sleeping giants of the East Midlands, including Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Derby, beginning to stir

After years of decline, Leicester, Forest and Derby have eyes on the Premier League

Nikica Jelavic has scored one league goal since December

Transfer news: Crystal Palace revive interest in Everton striker Nikica Jelavic and Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince - reports

New Eagles manager Tony Pulis is aware that improvements will be vital to the club staving off relegation

Two of the four ambulance workers that helped Theo Walcott were Tottenham fans

Theo Walcott gesture: Making yourself a club legend has more severe consequences than it used to

The Arsenal winger reminded us that footballers aren't always trained PR stooges; Twitter reminded us of the dangers of footballers exhibiting personality

Michael Chopra

Blackpool fine Michael Chopra £10,000 after he labels training session a 'f****** joke' on Twitter

The striker was angered by the club's management

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