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

Harry Redknapp will stay at QPR and try to rebuild his squad

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The Hoops are looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt

Swansea celebrate with the club's first ever major trophy

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Exeter City to face QPR

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

Hartlepool appoint Colin Cooper as new manager

Pools were relegated to npower League Two last season

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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

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Darren Ferguson had his own distinct – but still familiar – take on it: "twitchy bum time".

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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.

Gordon Strachan faces his first competitive game as manager

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Stevenage sack manager Gary Smith following dreadful run

Most recent loss meant Boro had lost 14 of their past 18 games

Rafael Benitez backs Fernando Torres to score more: 'Hopefully it will be the first of a lot'

Chelsea striker scored decisive goal against Steaua Bucharest

Stewart Downing of Liverpool celebrates after scoring against Spurs

Stewart Downing is 'a different player now' says Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard

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Championship round-up: Craig Noone pops up to rescue a point for Cardiff as Watford move back to second

Cardiff City's wobbles at the top of the Championship continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by injury-hit Derby County.

Chelsea 1 West Bromwich Albion 0 match report: Narrow win leaves Rafael Benitez tense... but not past tense

Historically, Chelsea teams have rarely made things easy and they did not do so for either their manager or a divided crowd here yesterday. Promising beginnings and a goal tapped in by Demba Ba suggested West Bromwich Albion might be swept aside, but failure to score a second one spawned impatience and put the spotlight and pressure back on Rafa Benitez later on.

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."

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