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I will not leave Blackpool in the lurch, says Holloway

Ian Holloway insists he has no intention of walking out on Blackpool to manage another club. The Seasiders have been on a remarkable journey under Holloway, winning promotion to the Premier League for the first time last May and then doing enough this season to be above the relegation zone with three games left to play, albeit on goal difference alone.

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League round-up: Moore the merrier as Albion respond to Di Matteo rant

On a day when most of the top six sides in the Championship faced teams in the relegation dogfight, West Bromwich Albion seemed least affected by any Boxing Day lassitude, beating Peterborough United 2-0 at the Hawthorns to cut Newcastle United's lead to eight points. Posh started well but Albion took control in the second half, and just after the hour Luke Moore's left-footed shot and Ryan Bennett's header into his own net set up West Brom's win. Posh slip to the bottom of the pile.

League round-up: Church attendance ensures the Royals make their point

Three Championship clubs removed their managers during the course of last week taking the season's cull to seven. None of them reaped the immediate benefit of a win, two had encouraging results, but at Hillsborough it was bad business as usual when Sheffield Wednesday, under caretaker Sean McAuley, lost 2-0 to Swansea City, midfielder Darren Pratley scoring after five and 36 minutes to move the Swans up to fifth. The Owls stay in the bottom three. "There is a fear and a lack of belief," McAuley said of his squad. "The ability is quite good but they are definitely not playing to their potential levels."

Transfer Talk: Monday 20 July

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee hopes to complete the signings of Plymouth defender Jim Paterson and striker Steve MacLean. Twenty-nine-year-old full-back Paterson played under McGhee at Motherwell, while MacLean has struggled for form at Home Park. "I think we have the opportunity to get Jim on loan and maybe even Steve MacLean," McGhee said. Trialist Reda Johnson could also be close to moving to Pittodrie after impressing on a pre-season trip to Austria.