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Giovanni Trapattoni leaves Republic of Ireland: Matt Holland, Steve Staunton and Jason McAteer reaction

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Rio Ferdinand chose not to wear the anti-racism shirt back in October 2012 before a Premier League fixture (l) and Clarke Carlisle in action for Northampton Town (r)

PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle criticises Ferdinand brothers over their refusal to back the anti-racism campaign 'Kick It Out' last season

Anton Ferdinand was involved in a racial incident with Chelsea captain John Terry and was joined by his brother Rio in refusing to wear the campaign's shirts last October

Nicklas Bendtner was on loan at Juventus last season

Transfer news: Crystal Palace sign Adrian Mariappa

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Unite union says national agreement was being changed, threatening job losses

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FA technical director Dan Ashworth says former defender will be in the frame

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View From The Sofa: There’s no getting away from the fact that a racist remark ended his career

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Charlton's match against Doncaster at The Valley was abandoned at half-time yesterday after heavy rain in south-east London left the pitch unplayable.

Ross McCormack equalises for Leeds against Sheffield Wednesday

Leeds United 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1 match report: Ross McCormack saves United's blushes in Yorkshire Derby

Kamil Zayette had put Wednesday ahead but Leeds maintain unbeaten start

Leicester's Jamie Vardy with a shot against Leeds United

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Nick Blackman slots home a penalty to give Reading a share of the points with Bolton

Bolton 1 Reading 1 match report: Promotion favourites end in draw after David Wheater handball gives Reading second-half penalty

Nick Blackman converted from the spot to cancel out Darren Pratley opener

Charlton 0 Middlesbrough 1 match report: Second defeat in as many games for Addicks as Lukas Jutkiewicz gives Boro victory

Hosts were booed at full-time after visitors secure deserved victory

Wigan’s Leon Barnett, left, celebrates after scoring

Championship Review: Owen Coyle’s Wigan make initial charge through second-tier minefield

The life expectancy of a manager in the Championship is now between eight and 10 months, which is only marginally better than an officer in the trenches on the Western Front.

Luke Murphy turns to celebrate his late winning goal for Leeds in the 2-1 victory over Brighton

Leeds United 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 match report: Injury time winner from debutant Luke Murphy hands home side opening day victory over Seagulls

Disputed winner ruins Brighton's day as Leeds begin life after Bates with three points

Danny Guthrie hits home Reading's winner

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Bouncebackability: a word coined by Iain Dowie when Crystal Palace manager in 2004 and six syllables that are drummed into every team after they have tumbled out of the Premier League. Do not sulk, do not feel sorry for yourselves, do not simply fade away in the Championship. Get back there... and straight away.

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