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Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

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The 66-year-old was in his second spell at the League One strugglers

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Green campaigners welcome 60mph motorway speed limit but motoring groups say it will confuse drivers

EU air pollution rules have forced the move to reduce speed on sections of certain roads

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Warriors let slip their chance to close gap on rest of the field with crucial defeat

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Goals from Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke helped Coventry comeback from a goal down to triumph late on

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Protesters have been very vocal about the so-called 'bedroom tax'; here pictured outside the LibDem conference

One third of disabled people asking for help with ‘bedroom tax’ have applications rejected

Critics say there is a ‘postcode lottery’ for grants meant to protect the vulnerable

Liverpool Santa Dash tries to break world record as Christmas charity fun runs take place across country

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Former Labour minister Denis MacShane

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane pleads guilty to fraud over £13,000 Parliamentary expenses

Court hears how money was used to fund trips to Europe under banner of 'research and translation' work

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Battle of Orgreave: Police forces asked to search files over 'altered statements'

Bitter clashes with picketers came at height of 1984 miners' strike

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary expressed serious concern that S. Yorkshire police was still failing to prioritise child grooming investigations (picture posed by model)

Senior officers 'still target other crimes above child grooming'

Approach 'varied significantly' across the force's four districts  - Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham

The Crawley Town manager Richie Barker is just 38 but has a catalogue of qualifications

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It is often said a manager learns more in the bad times than the good, in which case Crawley Town’s Richie Barker is currently receiving a fast-track education.

Toby Flood revived Leicester’s fortunes in the last quarter

Premiership: Tigers and Saints equally matched in slips and sins

The good and bad was served up in 19-19 draw at Welford Road

Wayne Rooney says there is no pecking order with his ‘great friend’ Robin van Persie

Wayne Rooney's return to form delights Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

The England striker scored twice in the Champions League this week

George North will make his Premiership debut for Saints

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Chiefs seek unlikely win at Northampton as England prospects grace Twickenham

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