Sport Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Borrell in particular was held in huge esteem by the Academy players, who were left shocked by the dismissals

Steve Sidwell wants to take chance at Fulham

Steve Sidwell has revealed his relief at finally becoming a Fulham player as he prepares for what could be his full debut at Liverpool tomorrow night.

Bruce upset by Houllier's lack of respect

Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, yesterday spoke of his "disappointment" with Aston Villa counterpart Gérard Houllier over the transfer of Darren Bent. The striker left Sunderland this week for a fee that could rise to £24m, and Bruce said he wished he had been contacted by Houllier.

Villa will not pay over the odds for Adam

Aston Villa will not pay over the odds to sign Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam during the January transfer window.

Aston Villa consider Omar Cummings loan deal

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is close to deciding whether or not to sign Colorado Rapids striker Omar Cummings on a short-term loan deal.

Avoiding the drop would be like winning a trophy, says Houllier

Seven Football League titles. Seven FA Cups. Five League Cups. Oh, and one European Cup. Aston Villa are steeped in silverware, but they go into today's Second City derby at Birmingham City with Gérard Houllier claiming that Premier League survival will be like adding to their haul.

Michael Owen not surprised by Liverpool downfall

Michael Owen insists he is not surprised at how swiftly Liverpool have plummeted down the table.

West Brom confirm John Carew interest

West Brom assistant Eddie Newton is hopeful of tying up a deal for Aston Villa striker John Carew in the coming weeks and believes the Norwegian has the personality to lift the Albion squad.

Gerard Houllier plays down Robert Pires rift

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier admits he made a mistake in playing veteran midfielder Robert Pires immediately after his short-term move to the midlands club.

Walker has mixed feelings after his first senior goal

Sheffield United 1 Aston Villa 3

What a joke! Dalglish anger at penalty decision

Babel faces action over picture of referee in United shirt / Gerrard red compounds misery

Stan Hey: Loyalty can't turn back the clock

Dalglish can't roll back the clock to a time when Liverpool was owned by Liverpool people

Ian Holloway: I am not belittling the FA Cup but to tell the truth it has lost magic for me

I make no apologies for the team I fielded in the FA Cup at Southampton yesterday. I had to do it. First, let me say that no one loves the competition more than me. I remember when I was a player, I thought it was great – especially when you drew someone from a higher division. That was the moment to test yourself against better players. You had nothing to lose so you went for it and relied on bulldog spirit.

Hold The Back Page: 08/01/2011

It's a big weekend for...

One fifth of Premier League managers

There's no top-flight football this weekend, but four of the nation's 20 elite coaches could see themselves removed from duty should they be further undermined by poor results in the FA Cup.

Aston Villa admit interest in Wayne Bridge

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in signing Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge on loan.

LMA call for end to 'scapegoat' mentality

The chief executive of the League Managers Association has encouraged clubs to adopt standard workplace guidelines in a bid to reduce the number of managers losing their jobs.

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