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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 targets swift promotion with Crystal Palace

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 hopeful of appointing Ian Holloway's successor today

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

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Standing in: Chris Hutchings took caretaker charge of Ipswich yesterday

League round-up: Palace flourish after Freedman but Hutchings can't arrest decline at Ipswich, who are walloped by Wednesday

Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming continued their caretaker duties as Crystal Palace beat Leicester to move within a point of the automatic promotion places, despite speculation linking the pair with a move to Bolton. Palace co-chairman Steve Parish expects assistant manager Lawrence and first-team coach Fleming to join former manager Dougie Freedman at the Reebok following his appointment this week.

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Bolton begin a new era tomorrow, although new manager Dougie Freedman could have had easier baptisms than a trip to in-form Middlesbrough.

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Fulham manager Martin Jol claims first-team coach Billy McKinlay might have been able to discuss the managerial vacancy at Blackburn had it been made clear he was the npower Championship outfit's number-one choice.

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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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Paul Jewell defiant as Ipswich fans turn following latest defeat by Derby County

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.

Chris Kirkland was shoved in the face amid ugly scenes at the game between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough on Friday night.

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A football fan who admitted attacking goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during a televised football match was jailed today for 16 weeks.

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