Sport Djamel Abdoun of Nottingham Forest, centre, takes on Paul Gallagher, left, and David Buchanan of Preston North End

Nottingham Forest may have swept aside Sam Allardyce’s beleaguered West Ham to claim a Premier League scalp in the third round but Preston of League One proved an altogether tougher nut to crack in last night’s FA Cup fourth-round tie her.

Alan Pardew sacked by Southampton

Southampton have sacked manager Alan Pardew - just two days after the team's 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers.

Martinez hits out at transfer window

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez criticised the transfer window after watching his side finally get their season up and running with Carling Cup victory at Hartlepool.

Southampton owner Liebherr dies, aged 62

The Southampton owner Markus Liebherr died yesterday at the age of 62. The cause of the German-born businessman's death was not disclosed by the club.

Pilgrims progress shocks Saints

Southampton 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

Milton Keynes mall is listed

A shopping centre has joined stately homes as a listed building. The 1970s glass-and-steel Milton Keynes shopping centre, known as thecentre:mk, has been given Grade II status, meaning it is "nationally important and of special interest", according to English Heritage.

Short appointed as Notts County manager

Notts County have appointed Craig Short as their new manager on a three-year contract.

Cotterill in frame for Portsmouth job

Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou has revealed that Notts County manager Steve Cotterill is in the frame to take over the debt-ridden club.

Woman in court over great-grandmother stabbing death

A woman was remanded in custody when she appeared in court today in connection with the murder of an 88-year-old great-grandmother who was beaten and stabbed to death in her flat.

Bailey's blunder costs Addicks dear

Charlton Athletic 2 Swindon Town 1

Slade confirmed as Leyton Orient boss

Russell Slade has been named Leyton Orient manager on a permanent basis.

Strafford confident Sheffield Wednesday can stay up

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Lee Strafford has backed his side to "take control of their destiny" on Sunday in their one-off relegation decider against Crystal Palace.

Michael Foot: Remembering Argyle's greatest ever left-winger

He was a lifelong member of Plymouth Argyle's Green Army and a club director. In this interview with an online fanzine, the former Labour leader, who died yesterday aged 96, explained his devotion

Notts County appoint Cotterill

Notts County today announced the club will avoid going into administration this season and named Steve Cotterill as their new manager.

Boro's revival gives division a bad name

Dearth of quality means Teessiders still in play-off hunt despite wretched form, writes Jason Mellor

Told you so: The football appointments they said wouldn't last

Sven Goran-Eriksson has resigned at Notts County, bringing an end to one of the stranger appointments in football.

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