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A full run-down of the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League during the January window.

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Rovers hope new faces can turn season around

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John Sheridan described the recent FA Cup defeat at home to Torquay as the lowest point of his managerial career and his Chesterfield team hit rock bottom in League One last weekend when they followed up with a 5-2 defeat at Oldham.

Paul Newman: Charlton reap rich reward for bringing back old boy Powell

The Football League Column: Powell had established a reputation as one of the game's most articulate figures

Watford appoint Sean Dyche as manager

Watford have confirmed the appointment of Sean Dyche as their new manager.

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For 29 MPs, opposition to scrapping the first-past-the-post voting system is a matter of raw political survival, an analysis by The Independent has found.

Owen Coyle urges Bolton to learn from Wembley defeat

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is bracing himself for a horror video after seeing his side's dreams of lifting the FA Cup destroyed in spectacular fashion.

Paul Newman: 'Mad Dog' Allen puts much-needed bite into Barnet's fight

The Football League Column: With a ground capacity of just over 5,000 and a catchment area dominated by support for Arsenal and Tottenham, Barnet have become accustomed to defying the odds

Bedlam in Burslem rips Vale apart

League Two club branded EmmerVale after events descend into soap opera farce

Ronnie Moore parts company with Rotherham

League Two promotion hopefuls Rotherham have confirmed that manager Ronnie Moore has left the club by mutual consent.

Davies dreams of rolling back the Wembley years

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Bolton dream as Lee leaps to lofty heights

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