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Portsmouth go into administration for a second time

Portsmouth fans reject offer of stake in club from Keith Harris

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said fans had no interest in Harris' offer, in which 15% of shares will be allocated free to a group made up of supporters

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Revived Rovers delighted to be the ones laughing now

This time last year, Blackburn Rovers were something of a laughing stock. Beaten 7-1 by Arsenal, they were spiralling towards relegation from the Premier League, their manager and owners despised and ridiculed by the supporters, and nothing much seemed to have changed in autumn as they struggled in the Championship under the hapless Henning Berg. But no one in red and white at the Emirates Stadium saw the funny side on Saturday.

Jason Pearce: Manchester City's players live in different world

While Manchester City's mega-rich stars were winning the Premier League last season, the Leeds defender Jason Pearce was scratching around for money while playing at financially stricken Portsmouth.

David Bentley makes a Blackburn Rovers return

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Blackburn manager Michael Appleton

FA Cup tie against Arsenal is a welcome distraction for Blackburn, says manager Michael Appleton

The Championship side travel to the Emirates this weekend

Harry Redknapp expressed his wish for Samba a month ago

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R's boss oversaw a late escape with Portsmouth

Sam Wallace: Elite clubs seek to reinforce their closed shop at the top with new financial rules

Premier League clubs have agreed to financial constraints

Manchester City saw a huge upsurge in spending

Premier League clubs face points penalties if financial fair play rules are broken

The Premier League will be the first top-flight European league to bring in such a system

Portsmouth go into administration for a second time

Former Football League chairman Keith Harris offers to buy Portsmouth

The former Football League chairman is fronting a bid to rival that of the Pompey Supporters' Trust

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker

QPR offer Jamie Mackie to Stoke as part of Peter Crouch bid, while Harry Redknapp also targets Scott Parker

As per usual, Harry Redknapp is amongst the busiest managers as the January transfer deadline looms, with Mackie to be offered as part of the deal to sign Crouch

Luciano Becchio

Leeds striker Luciano Becchio hands in transfer request

Striker has been the subject of two bids

Sol Campbell has accused the current side of lacking characters and leaders

Sol Campbell calls for leaders on the pitch at Arsenal

Sol Campbell, a member of Arsenal's "Invincibles" team of 2004, has accused the current side of lacking characters and leaders, and is urging Arsène Wenger to sign one or two players in the remaining 12 days of the transfer window. But in the run-up to today's London derby at Chelsea, Wenger would admit only that the squad may need greater aggression on the pitch.

Football round-up: Real Sociedad inflict Barcelona's first La Liga loss of the season

Mid-table Real Sociedad did what no other La Liga side have managed this season – they beat champions and runaway leaders Barcelona. And, moreover, they came back from 2-0 down, Lionel Messi and Pedro having put Barça firmly in charge at half-time in the Anoeta Stadium.

Michael Appleton

Roy Hodgson advised Michael Appleton to take 'disaster shipwreck' job at Blackburn

England manager had a stint at Ewood Park

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