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Sam Allardyce appears to be out of the running for the Foxes post

Andy Carroll has yet to make an appearance for West Ham since signing for £15m last summer

Sam Allardyce banking on talismanic Andy Carroll to save West Ham’s season

Sam Allardyce believes Andy Carroll need only take a seat on the bench to provide his West Ham United team-mates and the club’s supporters with a significant and timely fillip as they end a tumultuous week by resuming their struggle to stay in the Premier League with a key fixture at Cardiff City.

Wayne Rooney may not recover from his groin injury in time to face Chelsea a week on Saturday

David Moyes: Most Manchester United players are giving their best

David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, has said “a lot” of his players are giving their best but admitted that might not be enough as the club today seek to avoid losing four consecutive games in a season for the first time in 53 years.

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

Nigel Pearson has been rewarded for a more positive approach with Leicester topping the Championship

Simon Hart: Leicester City have toughened up after last year's play-off agony

Life beyond the Premier League: Flying Foxes have recorded their best start to a season and sit top of the Championship

Thomas Hitzlsperger with the Germany team

Thomas Hitzlsperger gay: The reaction in Germany after former Aston Villa player comes out

The former midfielder, who was capped 52 times by Germany, has received widespread support

Mark Clattenburg, right, and Adam Lallana, left, the men at the centre of a farcical controversy

Bolton Wanderers 2 Blackpool 1 match report: Transfer-linked David Ngog helps Wanderers through to fourth round

striker has been linked with a move away from the Reebok but was on hand with a goal and assist to send Bolton through

Danny Drinkwater scores for Championship leaders Leicester in their 5-3 home win over Bolton

Round-Up: Leicester fight back to beat Bolton in eight-goal thriller

Giuseppe Sannino remains unbeaten as head coach at Watford

West Ham have won once in 11 games under Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce tells West Ham to deliver ‘critical’ victory against West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce, the West Ham United manager, knows that he must minimise the pressure on his players after they dropped into the bottom three of the Premier League  on Boxing Day. Their first chance comes at lunchtime today at home to West Bromwich Albion, who are only three points better off.

Manchester City's match-winner Alvaro Negredo (top) celebrates with his fellow goalscorer Vincent Kompany at the Etihad

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1: Brendan Rodgers fumes over ‘horror’ refereeing

Liverpool manager was indignant about Mason’s performance, with the wrong decision to rule out a Sterling first half goal one of number of calls he felt contributed to a 'horrendous' performance

Championship round-up: Burnley go top but Derby are emerging as genuine title contenders with seventh straight win

QPR's slip-up to Leicester allowed Burnley to leapfrog them with victory over Blackpool

The agent, 63, of Larkfield Close, Bury (left) stands accused of attacking a 46-year-old woman in Bury, Greater Manchester

Neville Neville has been found ‘not guilty’ of sexual assault

His son, Gary Neville, broke down in tears as the jury cleared the football agent of all charges

The Sport Matrix: Monday 16 December 2013

Pressure piles on Villas-Boas after humiliating defeat

Uwe Rosler had a bad feeling about the game in Slovenia even before the first whistle

Maribor 2 Wigan Athletic 1 match report: Uwe Rösler in a rage as penalty and red card cost Wigan so dear

Wigan boss Uwe Rösler accused Polish referee Szymon Marciniak of costing his side a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Rösler’s first game in charge of the Latics ended in disappointment as defeat in Slovenia brought their first European campaign to a disappointing close.

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