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Five minutes is all it took for realism to reign at the KC Stadium. Steve Bruce had been talking about one of the strangest days in Championship history with pride and gusto before his attitude changed – and a new focus on the task in hand came to the fore.

Speed set to be new Wales manager

Gary Speed is poised to be confirmed as the new manager of Wales tomorrow.

John Toshack: 'I'm not finished with football'

John Toshack claims he is not yet finished in football management despite an inglorious end to his tenure as Wales boss.

Phil Brown: I want to give myself a chance to manage England

Time and the sack have done nothing to still Phil Brown's ambition or dilute his self-belief. Three months after finishing gardening leave from Hull City, he is bursting to take on "the next challenge" and even voluntarily brings up the subject of the England manager's job as an illustration of how high that ambition flies.

MacDonald may yet match Villa's job requirements

Would-be managers and supporters were yesterday scrutinising the wording of Aston Villa's statement about the criteria required of Martin O'Neill's eventual successor. Issued after Sunday's win over Everton under Kevin MacDonald, it appeared to rule out the United States coach, Bob Bradley, as well as Slaven Bilic and Ronald Koeman – although not necessarily the caretaker manager.

Hull settle Brown departure

Phil Brown's tenure at Hull is officially over after a statement released by the League Managers Association confirmed both parties have agreed an "amicable departure".

Reality dawns in golden glow of £90m windfall

They will be nursing a few sore heads along Blackpool's Golden Mile this morning, and with good reason. Blackpool's promotion to the Premier League is a romantic tale to warm the most jaded of hearts, and they did it in some style. As the announcer at Wembley stadium yesterday said: "The tangerine dream has become a reality."

Benitez says Liverpool want to keep star duo

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez claims if either Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres leave the club it will be a departure of their own making and not because they have been sold to balance the books.

The Last Word: Golden gaffers bring sack race to finish line

Owners must stick with trusty old hands like Harry and Roy and stop searching for superstar saviours

I'm Sardinian and Sardinians never give up, says Zola

Irons manager ready to fight on but is he waiting for a pay-off?

Brown's 'big errors' to blame says Boateng as Hull fall into abyss

The recriminations following Hull City's relegation will begin in earnest now in what promises to be a defining week for the club's immediate future, yet there is no doubt in the mind of George Boateng who is to blame for the performances which have cost the team its top-flight status.

Bent sends Hull down to face financial meltdown

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Liverpool target Cairney happy at Hull

If reports were to be believed, Tom Cairney could have been turning out for Liverpool next season, but for the Hull youngster it is all about keeping the Tigers in the Premier League.

Dowie reaches point of no return for launching Hull towards safety

Two home games this week, starting with Villa tonight, offer the Tigers a chance to escape the relegation zone

Booth gives feeble Irish 'Phil Brown treatment'

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Kanu raises Portsmouth from the dead

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