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

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Ian Holloway takes charge of Crystal Palace for the first time against Ipswich at Selhurst Park tonight hoping to recreate the magic that swept his former club Blackpool into the Barclays Premier League.

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is hopeful of appointing Ian Holloway's successor by the end of today.

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Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh pleads for patience from fans regarding manager search

Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh has pleaded for patience from fans over the club's protracted search for a new manager.

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Ipswich Town last night quashed  reports that manager Paul Jewell has quit the club. Whispers spread around Portman Road that Jewell had left following a last-minute defeat to Derby County. However, Ipswich denied that rumour and said he remains in charge for now.

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