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Gayle scored his fourth goal in eight matches with fellow striker Marouane Chamakh rounding out the scoring

Macclesfield manager John Askey is hoping to topple Sheffield Wednesday at Moss Rose

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The players will be thinking of the glory, but for the men trying to keep Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Macclesfield Town afloat, it is the riches on offer in the FA Cup third round that makes it worth diverting the Conference trio’s attention from the quest to regain Football League status.

West Ham have announced the signing of Peterbrough striker Jaanai Gordon

Transfer news:West Ham confirm signing of Peterbrough teenage striker Jaanai Gordon

The deal will be completed when the transfer window opens on New Year's Day

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West Brom planning contract talks with head coach Steve Clarke

The former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant has enjoyed a strong spell since taking his first top job

Kevin Ball has been backed for the Sunderland job by Black Cats' defender John O'Shea

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Ball is currently caretaker manager at the Stadium of Light and O'Shea has admitted that he's already made an impact of the squad after Paolo Di Canio's sacking

Sunderland's Valentin Roberge celebrates his goal with teammates

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Caretaker manager Kevin Ball dropped four players from the weekend defeat to West Brom for Capital One Cup clash

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio gestures to the Sunderland fans

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Paolo Di Canio clashed with his players after the defeat at West Bromwich Albion

Paolo Di Canio was fired by Sunderland for 'systematic destruction' of his players

After team complained of damaged self-esteem, club felt compelled to terminate ‘irrational’ reign of fear

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Paolo Di Canio paid the price for his outdated style of management according to former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce

The Italian was sacked after just 13 games in charge of the Black Cats after a turbulent time in charge

The 19-year-old, was called upon from the 26th minute after David Button was sent off for a foul on Bradford’s Nahki Wells

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Brentford's teenage goalkeeper Jack Bonham endured another nightmare afternoon at the start of his Football League career after coming off the bench to concede four goals during his side's 4-0 defeat at Bradford City.

Blackburn fans vent their fury at the club’s inept owners

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– just ask Blackburn

Mismanaged Rovers paid £3.5m in fees last season and narrowly avoided second straight relegation

Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring against Sunderland last weekend

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Stephen Ireland

Transfer news: Stoke City complete loan deal for Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland

The midfielder has been a disappointment ever since he burst onto the scene at Manchester City

Aston Villa player Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Capital One Cup second round match between Aston Villa and Rotherham

Capital One Cup draw: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert happy with Tottenham tie

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