Mark Schwarzer

Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer reveals he never gave up on move to elite club - even after transfer to Arsenal fell through

The 40-year-old ran down his contract at Fulham before move to Stamford Bridge

Cisse and Newcastle have been unable to find a compromise

Papiss Cisse future uncertain after pulling out of Newcastle tour over Wonga-branded training gear

The striker will train on his own will the dispute is settled

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer plans to 'push hard' for opportunities after agreeing one-year deal with Chelsea

The 40-year-old will have trouble dislodging Petr Cech as number one

McClaren resigns from Twente after his second spell in charge

Steve McClaren back in England at QPR: Factfile

Former Three Lions manager Steve McClaren has returned to English football, after joining QPR's coaching staff.

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate emerges as early favourite to replace Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager

The former Middlesbrough manager has a long-standing interest in youth football

England’s Nathan Redmond despairs as Norway celebrate their third goal

England Under-21's 'did not have enough desire' says Norwegian FA chief

Peter Taylor hopes to avoid humiliation Stuart Pearce suffered with Under-21's as he prepares his side for the Under-20 World Cup

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer set to quit Fulham following arrival of Maarten Stekelenburg

The Australian is on the look out for a new club

Hartlepool appoint Colin Cooper as new manager

Pools were relegated to npower League Two last season

David Moyes

How David Moyes and 'the god squad' infuriated a former team-mate with their Christian faith

The new Manchester United manager has deep-seated Christian beliefs

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Hartlepool sack manager John Hughes following relegation to League Two

Hughes was only installed as manager six month ago

Hull City 1 Middlesbrough 0 match report: Hull find some mettle thanks to Jason Steele

This weekend just happens to mark the 20th anniversary of the pivotal Old Trafford occasion when Steve Bruce rose to head home two late goals for a comeback win against Sheffield Wednesday which put Manchester United back on course for their first League title in 26 years.

England manager Roy Hodgson

Montenegro v England: Steve McClaren says tonight is a 'defining game for Roy Hodgson'

Defeat for England tonight would seriously dent aspirations of reaching the 2014 World Cup

Mother 'gave girl ecstasy tablets for 13th birthday'

The case of a mother who gave her daughter three ecstasy tablets for her 13th birthday present has been cited by the “Robocop” Mayor of Middlesbrough as an example of problem families.

Championship round-up: George Boyd adds teeth to Tigers' rise

On his first start after joining Hull City on loan from Peterborough, George Boyd scored twice and Mohamed Gedo added another double as the Tigers reclaimed second place in the Championship with a 5-2 thumping of Birmingham City. "If there has been a better home debut I haven't seen one for a long time," Hull manager Steve Bruce said. "He was terrific from first to last."

Rafael Benitez takes Chelsea training at Cobham yesterday

Fan's Eye View: Rafael Benitez should go now. If he's at the West Brom game, it'll be extraordinary

There will be little cheer when he is sacked, just a huge sense of relief among Chelsea fans

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