Sport Aitor Karanka was made Boro head coach in November

Boro manager looking for promotion to the Premier League in North East

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opens talks with Aston Villa about succeeding Alex McLeish

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received the support of a trio of fellow former Norway internationals as he today starts talks on becoming Aston Villa's new manager.

David Cameron says parenting classes are not 'nanny state'

Free parenting classes are not a "nanny state" policy, David Cameron insisted as he unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at helping families.

Sam Allardyce has had to undertake a rebuilding programme at West Ham following their relegation last season

Sam Allardyce inspired by Chelsea as West Ham push for promotion from Championship

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is drawing inspiration from Chelsea's Champions League heroics as he targets a final-day push for promotion.

Southampton winger Adam Lallana, who will bring himself to watch West Ham tonight, reacts to the defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday night

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins chooses backgammon over West Ham

Saints manager knows Hammers must win to stop his side going up – but won't watch tonight

Fall guy: Southampton's Adam Lallana (left) proves too fast for Middlesbrough's Faris Haroun at the Riverside Stadium

Zemmama puts end to Saints' title dreams

Middlesbrough 2 Southampton 1: Southampton slip up and give Mowbray's Boro a fighting chance of a place in the play-offs

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins calls on Southampton to keep calm in promotion push

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has told his team not to get ahead of themselves as they bid to join Reading in earning promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Championship round-up: Sharp double puts Saints on verge of promised land

Southampton took a large stride back towards the Premier League last night when they won 3-1 at Peterborough to open up a five-point gap on third-placed West Ham with two games to play in the Championship. At the bottom Coventry are on the verge of relegation after a 1-0 home defeat to Millwall.

Reading’s Adam Le Fondre scored both goals in the hard-fought win over Leeds

Adam Le Fondre remains focused on gaining promotion from the Championship with Reading

Reading goal hero Adam Le Fondre is taking nothing for granted in the race to secure promotion to the Premier League, even if his side could be up by the end of today.

Liverpool appeal over Alexander Doni red card fails

Liverpool have failed with their appeal against the red card issued to goalkeeper Alexander Doni in Tuesday's victory at Blackburn.

Kulacsi joined Liverpool five years ago but has never made a first team appearance

Liverpool recall Peter Gulacsi from loan spell

Liverpool will recall youngster Peter Gulacsi from a loan spell at Hull City to help them cope with a goalkeeping shortage ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

Brad Jones gave away a penalty for this push on Blackburn's Yakubu

Yakubu fails to receive just rewards for latest Ewood masterclass

It has now become just about impossible to make sense of anything and everything that happens to Blackburn Rovers under the stewardship of Venky's, but that there is still life in their season lies solely at the feet of one inspired, deadline day signing.

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Stephen Dobbie (right), has scored four goals in two games for Blackpool

Round-up: Dobbie at the double to prick Watford's bubble

Stephen Dobbie scored both goals in a 2-0 victory that cemented Blackpool's place in the Championship play-off spots and halted Watford's recent surge up the table. The Scottish striker has scored four goals in two starts since rejoining Blackpool on loan from Swansea City.

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.

Martin Hardy: Why Manchester United are in pole position

Manchester United moved five points clear of Manchester City with victory over Blackburn on Monday.

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Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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