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Hero of middle classes hero

Ian Ridley talks to Garry Parker, the centre point of Leicester's challenge

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Darling, tout London is talking about it. They say Tony Blair might have to create 80 new life peers if he wants control of the House of Lords. Why, the queue is already half way down Millbank!

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Ian Ridley assesses the qualities of a master motivator carrying Forest's hopes

Football: Found wanting for a touch of fortune

Phil Shaw looks at Frank Clark's forlorn attempt to live with the legacy of Brian Clough as Nottingham Forest's manager

Football: Pearce poised to take Forest job

Stuart Pearce, the former England captain, was last night offered the thankless task of trying to rescue Nottingham Forest from their perilous position at the foot of the Premiership table. Following the resignation of Frank Clark late the previous evening, the 34-year-old Forest skipper has been given 24 hours to decide whether he will accept the role of caretaker manager. No one expects him to refuse.

Forest consortium want Clark to stay: Football

Frank Clark, frustrated with Nottingham Forest's boardroom crisis, is being urged to stay at the City Ground as manager by the consortium who have emerged as favourites to take over the Premier League strugglers.

Clark's anxiety leads to City speculation: Football

Frank Clark yesterday admitted that his frustration with Nottingham Forest's boardroom crisis has reached breaking point. However, the 53-year-old manager would not verify reports that he is ready to resign.

Football: Good thing ends

Simon Turnbull finds the tag which once haunted Forest is now redundant

Forest caught Short as Everton revival goes on

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Football: Graham haunted by passing ghosts

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Wilkinson once took the Leeds players underground to observe life in the mines to bring an appreciation of obvious advantages

One opinion that has been held here too long to be lightly dismissed is that managers who put their trust in footballers are asking for trouble. "Play all the angles before they start playing you," is how Brian Clough once put it.

England bid farewell to Pearce

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Clough ready to 'kick a ball'

Brian Clough was last night looking forward to "kicking a ball again" as friends dismissed rumours of a serious illness. Speculation was rife after it emerged that the 61-year-old former Nottingham Forest and Derby County manager had been taken into hospital.
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