Appleton promises 'surprises' as Albion delay decision day

The bookies have stopped taking bets on Chris Hughton, but West Bromwich Albion insisted yesterday "no decision" had been taken about who would succeed Roberto Di Matteo as manager – allowing Michael Appleton to audition for the role in tomorrow's relegation six-pointer at home to West Ham.

Albion legend Batson backs Appleton to shine at Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion legend Brendon Batson believes Michael Appleton might have landed in the Baggies hot seat at just the right time. The 35-year-old has worked his way up the coaching ranks at The Hawthorns after a knee injury forced him into premature retirement in 2003.

Allardyce tipped to take over as West Brom dismiss Di Matteo

Manchester City 3 West Bromwich Albion 0: 'Poor sequence of results' sees Italian manager out of a job following 3-0 defeat at Manchester City

Middlesbrough ask Newcastle about Xisco loan

Middlesbrough have contacted neighbours Newcastle over a loan move for Spanish misfit Xisco, Press Association Sport understands.

Redknapp injects realism after Spurs snatch draw

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Avram Grant remains in limbo at West Ham

West Ham were mulling over the future of Avram Grant today as David Gold and David Sullivan came under attack for their failure to end speculation about the manager's increasingly precarious position.

Jewell poised to take over at Ipswich after Keane pays the price

Paul Jewell is favourite to take over as Ipswich Town manager after Roy Keane was sacked by the Suffolk club, ending the Irishman's second unsuccessful spell in management.

Keane's troubled reign at Ipswich ends in sack

Roy Keane's difficult 20 months at Ipswich Town were ended last night when the club's owner, Marcus Evans, finally sacked the former Manchester United captain.

Hatem Ben Arfa signs permanent deal with Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa today became Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's first signing after his season-long loan move became permanent.

Peter Taylor turns down Newcastle role

Bradford manager Peter Taylor has turned down the chance to become Alan Pardew's assistant at Newcastle, according to Bantams joint-chairman Mark Lawn.

Andy Carroll an injury concern for Newcastle

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was today keeping his fingers crossed as he awaited news on an injury to star striker Andy Carroll.

Newcastle aiming to beat Liverpool to Hatem Ben Arfa transfer

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping to make his first signing next week by completing a permanent deal for French winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

Mick McCarthy talks up Wolves' chances against Liverpool

Mick McCarthy insists his Wolves players "still have the resolve" to battle clear of relegation trouble ahead of tonight's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield.

Ian Holloway: I met the Power, then Becks smiled at me – what a night!

After being sacked by Leicester and then out of work, SPOTY nomination topped off an incredible year

Lampard's return leaves Chelsea without an excuse for failure

The return to full fitness of Frank Lampard is a timely fillip for Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti but with it comes the realisation that there are no more excuses for his team's slump in performance.

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