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Cook ‘desperate’ to lead the rebuilding of England side

Troubled Plymouth go into administration

Crisis-torn Plymouth have gone into administration and will now step up their search for new owners.

Troubled Argyle docked 10 points

Plymouth Argyle were docked 10 points by the Football League yesterday after falling into financial crisis.

Plymouth face 10-point deduction

Plymouth face a 10-point deduction after issuing a 'notice of intention' to appoint an administrator.

Outside Edge: Bright spots and night spots

An uneasy calm reigns on the footballers' party front. The loudest thing about the Manchester City do the other Saturday was the clothing; apparently bored of light blue, the players turned out in garish polka-dot outfits. There was a no-show from Carlos Tevez, despite the fact that he had organised the event. Perhaps the (by now probably former) captain couldn't face being spotted out on the town. There were plenty of bleary eyes but no misbehaviour as some of the Spurs team left a West End nightclub in the early hours of Thursday. It may be easier for their manager, Harry Redknapp, to keep tabs on them next year, as Jermain Defoe's mother has submitted a planning application to build a nightclub in the basement of her Essex mansion. When West Ham signed the 16-year-old Defoe from Charlton 12 years ago, 'Arry was manager at Upton Park. Apparently the deal-clincher was a promise to buy Defoe's mum a fridge. Let's hope the relationship hasn't cooled.

Argyle face winding up over unpaid tax

Plymouth go to the High Court in London today to fight a winding-up order over an unpaid tax bill. The League One club, whose staff have yet to be paid any wages for last month, has been served the petition by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs after failing to pay £700,000 of tax.

Forget London, imagine a World Cup in Plymouth

Ahead of today's vote, anticipation was building in the cities selected as the host destinations for England's bid.

Crisis-hit Pilgrims fail to pay wages

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed that the club's playing and office staff have not been paid for the last month. The League One club face a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs and as such have had their banking facilities suspended.

Pilgrims given winding-up order

Plymouth Argyle have been given a winding-up petition by HM Revenue & Customs. The League One side were presented with the petition last month, and have been summoned to appear at the Royal Courts of Justice on 8 December. The Pilgrims were previously issued with a winding-up order over unpaid tax last season.

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Brian Clough called him "the Errol Flynn of football, who was too handsome for his own good".

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Outside the Box: Tribute to 'Judas' Barmby makes Everton fans cross

Goodison Park has a splendid new photographic timeline running round the outside of the ground, tracing the history of the club and its most famous names. The one player featured whose presence has not gone down well amid such luminaries as Dixie Dean, Alex "Golden Vision" Young and Wayne Rooney is a certain Nick Barmby. The little midfielder is remembered for uttering what the club chairman Bill Kenwright called the five worst words in the English language: "I want to join Liverpool," after which he duly defected. Worse, Barmby's picture is displayed right opposite the door of the Winslow Hotel, a rabid Everton fans' pub. It was defaced, we are told, with the word "Judas" even before it was formally nailed into position.

Smith delighted to watch Weiss take wing at Ibrox

Rangers manager Walter Smith believes Vladimir Weiss has shown just a glimpse of what he has to offer the Scottish champions after impressing on his debut in the 3-0 win against Hibernian at the weekend.

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Pilgrims progress shocks Saints

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