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Notts County have made an audacious attempt to sign former West Ham, Aston Villa and Blackpool striker Marlon Harewood.

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West Ham United's hunt for the man they will entrust to take them back to the Premier League could end today, with Sam Allardyce thought to be close to taking the Upton Park reins.

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Andrew Fitton has resigned as chairman of Swindon following the club's relegation to npower League Two.

John Walsh: Why the Queen will be among friends

The organisers of the Queen's visit to Ireland next month won't be getting any medals for tact. Were they right to prepare an itinerary that takes Her Maj into Dublin's Garden of Remembrance with its beautiful statue of falling soldiers and ascending wild geese commemorating those who died for Irish freedom; then takes her down O'Connell Street, past the GPO where the Easter Rising began in 1916, and on to Croke Park stadium where British soldiers fired on a football crowd in 1921?

Notts County name Martin Allen as manager

Notts County have named Martin Allen as their new manager less than a month after he joined Barnet.

County Championship round-up: Harmison hurt as injury crisis mounts for Durham

The injury jinx that was a factor in Durham's failure to win a third successive Championship in 2010 is still dogging Phil Mustard's team. Awaiting the return of Graham Onions after his 14-month absence with a back problem and with Paul Collingwood out until June, Durham began their match at the Rose Bowl against Hampshire without Mark Davies, the seamer having returned from a pre-season trip to Dubai with a suspected stress fracture.

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Blackburn Rovers underachieving claims Sam Allardyce

Former Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce believes Rovers have underachieved since he was sacked.

Ince leaves Notts County after fifth straight defeat

Paul Ince last night departed Notts County after just five months in charge. The former Manchester United and England midfielder took over at Meadow Lane last October but leaves the club 19th in League One, two points above the relegation zone. Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Oldham was the club's fifth successive defeat.

Hart takes reins until end of season

Paul Hart the former Portsmouth manager, was put in charge at Swindon until the end of the season yesterday – a day after the resignation of Danny Wilson.

Balotelli urged to be patient amid worries over form and fitness

Mario Balotelli was frustrated with himself, rather than his manager, when he left the field after an hour of Manchester City's FA Cup win over Notts County, having felt that that he should not have missed out on goals. Balotelli's characteristically vivid expression of frustration – he threw his snood to the ground – was interpreted as a reaction to Roberto Mancini's decision to substitute him, though the 20-year-old is understood to feel that he had a poor game and that he missed out in a way that his team-mates did not.

Roberto Mancini praises goal hero Patrick Vieira

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini would love to discover the 'new Patrick Vieira' but for the time being he is more than happy with the original version.

Mixed fortunes for Dzeko and Balotelli as City finally wake up

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James Lawton: Mancini is losing his battle for the heart and mind of £24m Italian

How does City manager Roberto Mancini get to grips with justifying his £24m gamble on Mario Balotelli? The odds against it looked formidable yesterday
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