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NEIL WARNOCK was yesterday confirmed as the new manager of Sheffield United at a Bramall Lane press conference.

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THE HAYES manager, Terry Brown, will have no qualms about giving up home advantage if the non-League club beat Hull City and book an FA Cup third-round tie against Chelsea.

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MARTIN FOYLE came off the bench to secure stylish Port Vale's second home win yesterday after Grimsby Town had threatened a second-half comeback in the First Division meeting. The veteran Foyle tucked home a close-range shot after fine work on the right by the impressive Marcus Bent to complete the 3-1 victory.

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PORT VALE's beleaguered directors are beginning to realise that their decision to sack long-serving manager John Rudge is likely to haunt them for a considerable time.

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BRIAN HORTON'S first victory as Port Vale manager failed to make the headlines in the Stoke Sentinel's Green 'Un on Saturday evening for a simple reason - the Sentinel's reporter was barred by the club from attending the game.

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Football: Bell threatens to sell Port Vale

A DAY after sacking the long-serving John Rudge as manager, Port Vale's chairman threatened to sell the struggling First Division club if angry fans continued to vilify him and his family.

Football: Rudge's era ends after 15 years at Vale

One of English football's longest managerial reigns has come to a close in the Potteries. By Phil Shaw

Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership - Wimbledon v Derby County Last season: 0-0

WIMBLEDON'S CHRIS PERRY is available after missing last week's 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester City through suspension. Dean Blackwell is still struggling with a calf injury. Robbie Earle is another doubt with a hamstring problem, which is threatening to force the Jamaican international, substituted last week, to miss his first league game of the season. Record signing Gareth Ainsworth will be out for a further six weeks after his groin injury was discovered to be more serious than first thought. The former Port Vale winger will undergo an operation on Monday. Reserve goalkeeper Paul Heald has not returned to full fitness so Morten Bakke, who plays for Norwegian side FK Molde - the team owned by the Dons' Scandinavian backers - will carry on as understudy to Neil Sullivan.

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THE LURID public persona of John McGrath - something between Desperate Dan and Attila the Hun, as perceived by the average English football fan during the 1960s and early 1970s - was viewed wryly by those who had monitored the progress of the burly Mancunian at his first professional club.
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