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Martin Allen has returned for a third spell in charge of Barnet after the npower League Two strugglers announced his appointment to replace Lawrie Sanchez with immediate effect.

Southgate has impressed since becoming FA head of elite development in January 2011

Southgate the favourite for new FA post years

Gareth Southgate is the leading candidate to become the Football Association's first technical director in 10 years. The former Middlesbrough manager, who is currently the FA's head of elite development, was part of a delegation the governing body sent to Brazil last week to scout out training base camps for the 2014 World Cup finals.

Southgate has impressed since becoming FA head of elite development in January 2011

Gareth Southgate favourite to be first FA technical director in years

Gareth Southgate is the leading candidate to be appointed as the Football Association's first technical director in 10 years.

Virgo bursts Wimbledon bubble

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Brighton secured the League One title with a 3-1 win at struggling Walsall on Saturday. The Seagulls had already clinched promotion to the Championship last week and got off to a fine start at the Banks's Stadium when Inigo Calderon put them ahead in the sixth minute with a header.

Hodgson runs out of time and sympathy

Liverpool dispense with under-fire manager before Old Trafford encounter

Fayed unmoved as Fulham fans round on under-fire Hughes

The Fulham manager Mark Hughes has been given no assurances from owner Mohamed al-Fayed about the security of his job.

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Ten months on, Fulham prepare for final hurdle

Roy Hodgson's side enter the last lap of an energy-sapping season with Sir Alex Ferguson saluting their Europa League achievements

Murphy pays tribute to Hodgson

Danny Murphy feels Fulham have come full circle under Roy Hodgson as the Cottagers stand on the verge of the Europa League final.

Fulham have nothing to fear says Murphy

Captain Danny Murphy firmly believes Fulham's "special" European adventure - which has taken them from a qualifying tie in Lithuania last July, through trips to Donetsk and Turin - can finish with one final stop in Hamburg next month.

Gera relishing Fulham's FA Cup replay

Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera has warned Tottenham he is relishing another chance to shine on the big stage after last week's heroics against Juventus.

Worthington to extend Northern Ireland stay

Nigel Worthington is to continue as Northern Ireland manager after the Irish Football Association confirmed he had verbally agreed a new contract.

Hodgson signs new Fulham contract

Roy Hodgson today celebrated a new 12-month rolling contract by vowing Fulham will never "sell our soul" in the pursuit of success.

Sanchez keen on Northern Ireland return

Former Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez says he would jump at the chance of taking up the role again, if Nigel Worthington doesn’t sign a new deal.

Outside the Box: Time to do the Wright thing and make England great 'Sir Billy'

Fifty years to the week since Billy Wright won the last of his 105 England caps, a campaign is under way to secure a posthumous knighthood for him. The former Wolves and England captain was awarded the CBE a few days after leading his country for the 90th and final time on 28 May 1959 in the 8-1 trouncing of the United States in Los Angeles. There have been more than 1,000 visitors to the website, www.sirbillywright.com, who have given their support to the proposal to have him further honoured, 15 years after his death. Organisers are hoping shortly to add the name of another England captain, David Beckham, who in marrying a pop star was only following a trend: Wright's wife was Joy Beverley, one of the Beverley Sisters, who had a number of hits in the fifties.

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