Jermain Defoe in action against Liverpool

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England international committed to Spurs

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp dismisses Adel Taarabt exit speculation

Harry Redknapp has told Adel Taarabt he has a role to play in his QPR rescue mission.

Sam Wallace: Harry will have to be patient with his new bosses

Were it not for Bastian Schweinsteiger's penalty miss, or Bayern Munich's failure to stop Didier Drogba with two minutes left of the Champions League final, or any number of critical moments in Chelsea's improbable, exhilarating run to the European Cup last season, then Harry Redknapp would probably not be where he is today.

Leeds announce takeover deal with Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital

Leeds owner Ken Bates has announced Bahrain-based investment bank GFH Capital will complete a 100% takeover of the club on December 21.

Ranieri was the first manager to spend Abramovich's billions

£37 million in compensation to seven managers: Chelsea managers under owner Roman Abramovich

Roman Abramovich has paid out an astonishing £37 million in compensation to sacked managers - even before he gets round to negotating Roberto Di Matteo.

Mark Hughes was also a slow starter at Blackburn

Mark Hughes goes into 'El Sackico' praying for Queen's Park Rangers to click

QPR manager knows defeat to Southampton today would leave them marooned at the bottom

Portsmouth fans set to buy club

Portsmouth's administrators have signed a conditional agreement to sell the npower League One club to the Pompey Supporters' Trust.

New broom: Blackpool’s new manager Michael Appleton calls for a clear-out

Round-up: Supporters protest against Sordell following his claim of discrimination

Millwall fans displayed a banner with the words “Sordell is a c***” during yesterday's 2-1 victory over Derby in the Championship after a 13-year-old was excluded by the club for verbally abusing Marvin Sordell.

Michael Appleton takes his makeshift team to a friendly at Aldershot tonight

Michael Appleton admits surprise at Blackpool appointment

Former Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton conceded even he was surprised to be appointed the new manager of npower Championship side Blackpool.

Blackpool turn to Appleton as new manager

Blackpool have named Michael Appleton as their new manager after reaching an agreement for his release from Portsmouth.

Paolo Di Canio

League One preview: Gary Smith to compound Paolo Di Canio's woes at Swindon

Paolo Di Canio hasn't reacted well to the news that Swindon have been placed under a transfer embargo and his Swindon side aren't reacting well to the negative vibes coming from their manager, so it's hard to resist quotes of 13/8 about them coming unstuck again at high-flying Stevenage on Saturday.

Fighting back: Fans protest outside Fratton Park against the club’s owners. Now the Portsmouth Supporters Trust is the preferred bidder

The Last Word: The spirits of Pompey past can heal us all

We can learn from the struggle for the soul of Fratton Park against a succession of charlatans

Legal highs... Jimmy Greaves - a meal of roast and veg

Need a boost? Try glands and brandy on the menu

England clearly needed a pick-me-up in Poland. Steve Tongue looks at what history has to offer

Portsmouth's Fratton Park

Portsmouth fans group names as preferred bidder for beleaguered club

Portsmouth's administrators have nominated Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) as their preferred bidder to take over the npower League One club.

<b>October 9 - Owen Coyle (Bolton) </b><br/>
Having taken over at the Reebok in January 2010, Owen Coyle would see Bolton relegated the following season in a campaign which will be remembered for the heart-attack suffered by midfielder Fabrice Muamba. Bolton targeted an immediate return to the Premier League but with the club in 18th position after 10 games, the former Burnley boss was shown the door.

Fabrice Muamba urges Bolton to make right managerial appointment

Fabrice Muamba believes a strong managerial appointment will help his former Bolton team-mates return to the Barclays Premier League at the first time of asking.

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