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Manuel Pellegrini had to ride out some tough times to succeed at River Plate

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A Different League: After a derby defeat to Boca Juniors, armed police had to shuffle him out of a side exit to protect him from the mob

Four things we learnt from Saturday’s Premier League action: Aston Villa relegation battle; Fulham's thin broth; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff worry; Manchester United flourishing

Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Steven Gerrard applauds the England fans in Kiev

England slip to 17th in world rankings - below United States and Switzerland

More embarrassment for Roy Hodgson's side after poor showing against Ukraine

Coutinho in action against Stoke at Anfield

Peter Beardsley claims Liverpool midfielder Coutinho has already surpassed him and tips the Brazilian to become an Anfield great

Former Reds forward believes the 21-year-old could be the next Kenny Dalglish and feels Brendan Rodgers has got a 'special player' on his hands

‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that’ – the words of Bill Shankly, seen above at Anfield in 1969

Review: Red or Dead, By David Peace

A love letter to a great manager, an elegy to the beautiful game

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown puts Scotland's return to a major tournament over victory against England

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown wants return to major tournaments more than victory over 'Auld Rivals' England

Brown was in charge for the 1998 World Cup when the Scots last qualified for a major tournament

QPR striker Loic Remy

Transfer news: Loic Remy would be 'a very good signing' for Newcastle says Steve Harper

The former keeper wants to see new arrivals at St James' Park

Kinnear's appointment as Newcastle's director of football sent shock waves through the club

Joe Kinnear insists he is 'head and shoulders' above every other director of football in Premier League

Former manager also claims he was at Wimbledon for 10 years

Ashley has only guided Newcastle to one top ten finish

Martin Hardy: Three months is a long time at Newcastle United - a club where so much happens but nothing ever changes

Desire for change still stirs in the Tyneside air after six years under ownership of Mike Ashley

Martin Hardy on Newcastle up for sale

It is getting on for three months since an eagle majestically and breathtakingly seemed to ease from the gods and glide onto the pitch at the Stadium of Light.

Joe Kinnear set to return to Newcastle as director of football

Joe Kinnear makes shock return to Newcastle – and will be in charge of transfers

Alan Pardew’s position under threat as surprise move sees former manager made director of football

Phil Neville alongside David Moyes

Terry Venables was brilliant. Kevin Keegan believed in me... and Sven Goran Eriksson never shouted: Phil Neville lifts the lid on the managers he played for

Retiring Everton man on those that guided his career - and what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes

Yohan Cabaye

Comment: As speculation mounts over the future of Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United fans seem ready to let him leave

The France international, who has been linked with Roma, PSG and Manchester United, is no longer flavour of the month at St James' Park writes Martin Hardy

A loser's pain: Kenny Dalglish sees his Liverpool side enjoy little luck as a second-half revival proves insufficient

Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea - but should you ever go back? From Kenny Dalglish to Kevin Keegan, how returning heroes fared

Will the return of the 'Special One' be a success or end in tears?

Brian O’Driscoll knows the captain’s role as well as anyone

Robin Scott-Elliot: It's time to rouse the rabble and find some more 'followy' leaders

The captain’s role has diminished with the emphasis on the coach

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