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League One preview: Home comforts for Howe

We're a quarter of the way through the season, and only 37 per cent of League One matches have been home wins. History tells us the figure should settle at somewhere in the 40s by the end of this next quarter, so let's not shy away from a couple of speculative bets contributing to the expected increase on Saturday.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha is 'not for sale' insist Crystal Palace despite speculation linking winger with Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal

Crystal Palace have moved to assure supporters that 19-year-old winger Wilfried Zaha will not be sold, despite continued speculation to the contrary.

<b>October 9 - Owen Coyle (Bolton) </b><br/>
Having taken over at the Reebok in January 2010, Owen Coyle would see Bolton relegated the following season in a campaign which will be remembered for the heart-attack suffered by midfielder Fabrice Muamba. Bolton targeted an immediate return to the Premier League but with the club in 18th position after 10 games, the former Burnley boss was shown the door.

Could Brown and Curbishley join forces for Reebok job?

Alan Curbishley and Phil Brown have emerged as a surprise partnership ready to apply for the managerial vacancy as Bolton Wanderers.

Harry Redknapp

Bournemouth coy over possible return to management for Harry Redknapp

Chairman Eddie Mitchell is refusing to be drawn about suggestions Harry Redknapp could take charge of Bournemouth - even if just on a caretaker basis.

Bond pictured during his West Ham playing days in 1957

Tributes paid to late former Manchester City manager John Bond

The former Manchester City and Norwich manager John Bond has died at the age of 79. Bond was the last man to lead City to the FA Cup final before they won the competition last season, losing 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur in a famous replay in 1981.

Wolves hitman Steven Fletcher handed in a transfer request and did not feature in the defeat at Leeds, amid rumours he will soon be joining Sunderland in a £15million deal

Wolves soften stance on Sunderland target Steven Fletcher

Steven Fletcher is edging closer to completing his protracted £12m transfer to Sunderland after Wolverhampton Wanderers relented in their desire to land the full £15m price tag they had previously placed on the Scotland forward.

Kevin Davies celebrates the 77th minute goal which set up Bolton’s win last night
Steven Fletcher of Wolves

Wolves will not let Sunderland 'target' Steven Fletcher leave cheaply

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will take his search for reinforcements to the wire if he has to.

Steve Cotterill: Forest's new Kuwaiti owners said the manager did not fit with 'their vision'

Ferguson Jnr in frame as Nottingham Forest sack Steve Cotterill

Darren Ferguson is the early favourite to be the next Nottingham Forest manager after Steve Cotterill was sacked yesterday.

Robin van Persie has one-year remaining on his contract

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie wins PFA fans' player of the year

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been voted the Professional Football Association's fans' player of the year for 2011-12.

Jay Rodriguez

Southampton have £7m bid for Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez 'accepted'

Burnley have accepted a bid in the region of £7million from Southampton for striker Jay Rodriguez, according to various reports.

Foul play: Teddy Sheringham clatters Gordon Ramsay

Trending: The 'oof' word – when charity gets nasty

Forget the antics of Joey Barton, the toughest footballers these days are to be found playing in charity games. It's something that Gordon Ramsay discovered at the weekend, after he was floored by Teddy Sheringham during the Soccer Aid event at Old Trafford.

Stephen Dobbie (right), has scored four goals in two games for Blackpool

Round-up: Dobbie at the double to prick Watford's bubble

Stephen Dobbie scored both goals in a 2-0 victory that cemented Blackpool's place in the Championship play-off spots and halted Watford's recent surge up the table. The Scottish striker has scored four goals in two starts since rejoining Blackpool on loan from Swansea City.

Jacob Mellis set off a smoke grenade

QPR hand trial to Chelsea 'smoke-grenade' midfielder Jacob Mellis

QPR have handed a trial to Jacob Mellis, who recently parted company with Chelsea after setting off a smoke grenade at their training ground.

Marlon King gave Birmingham an early lead at Turf Moor last night

Birmingham ride their luck to push for the Championship play-offs

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