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Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is the early favourite to take over from Owen Coyle after his departure was confirmed by Wigan.

LA Fitness and Dave Whelan Sports improve gym contracts after OFT investigation

Two of Britain's biggeset gym chains today agreed to make their contracts clearer and give customers more rights to cancel their membership, after an investigation by the consumer watchdog the Office of Fair Trading.

James McCarthy

Transfer news: Everton agree £13m deal for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy - and complete loan deal for Romelu Lukaku

The Toffees needed a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who has joined Manchester United

Arouna Kone looks set to join up with his former coach Roberto Martinez at Everton
Martinez has been linked with the Everton job

Roberto Martinez set to leave Wigan - and start talks with Everton

Merseyside club in pole position after requesting permission to speak to former Swansea coach

Paul Rogers parades the trophy in 1999

FA Cup semi-finals: Paul Rogers caught with his pants down after Wigan's winner in 1989

Paul Rogers will be at today’s FA Cup semi-final hoping that Wigan Athletic can repeat their victory over Millwall in the teams’ previous Wembley meeting, when he scored the only goal of the 1999 Auto Windscreens Shield final.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers only wants a minute’s silence for Hillsborough

Hillsborough families oppose minutes silence for Margaret Thatcher

Brendan Rodgers has said the only silent tribute this weekend should be held before Liverpool's game at Reading in order to honour the memory of the 96 supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

Callum McManaman

'Not fit for purpose': Newcastle slam FA disciplinary procedures after Callum McManaman escapes punishment

Wigan striker's studs-up challenge on Massadio Haidara will not lead to retrospective action

Offer of new training ground wooed Martinez into rejecting Anfield job

Most managers want more money to stay at a football club. Some want a greater transfer budget. Roberto Martinez wanted a new training ground. The choice this summer between Liverpool and Wigan Athletic, who play each other tomorrow at Anfield, seemed on the surface a nonsensical equation.

Chelsea set to sign Victor Moses

Chelsea appear to be getting closer to signing Wigan forward Victor Moses and Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers urges Liverpool to show fighting spirit

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects his players to work hard and contribute to a "cause worth fighting for" as he seeks to turn around the club's fortunes.

Second chance: Simon Jordan would buy another club despite his experiences at Crystal Palace

Simon Jordan: Buy a football club and lose a fortune – the Jordan way

He had made millions in mobile phones and thought Crystal Palace could be run just like any other business but, as he tells Steve Tongue, it couldn't

Captain Dave Wallsworth says: 'The view as you come down over Manhattan is amazing, especially if it is a clear night'

Inside travel: The greatest flights in the world

British Airways pilots select the best routes on the planet, as seen from the very front of the plane.

Roberto Martinez saw his team claim a draw against Chelsea

Wigan 'encouraged' by results despite increased losses

Wigan's net loss rose by £3.2million last season but chief executive Jonathan Jackson believes the club's overall results are "encouraging".

Sam Beasant, goalkeeper for Maidenhead United

Son of Beasant aims to keep cup in family

Maidenhead United's Sam Beasant tells Paul Newman about emulating his dad's heroics

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