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Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea - but should you ever go back? From Kenny Dalglish to Kevin Keegan, how returning heroes fared

Will the return of the 'Special One' be a success or end in tears?

Brian McDermott confirmed as new Leeds United manager

Former Reading boss will take charge this weekend for match against Sheffield Wednesday

Neil Warnock: I've been there – just never in kicking distance

The way he writhed about was comical - it was if he'd been studying Didier Drogba

Harte just one step from return to top after decade in wilderness

When Reading arrive at Wembley for their Championship play-off final against Swansea this afternoon, it is possible that some of the detritus of Saturday's Champions League final will still be around. For one of the Reading players a fond memory will stir, and then be consigned to the back of his mind.

'Holloway is manager of year... if Blackpool stay up'

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Paul Newman: McDermott's long wait delivers rapid rise for Reading

The Reading manager had been at the club for nearly 10 years before he was made manager in December 2009

Brentford's novice coach and veteran captain ready for a taste of Wembley

Final is a day of firsts for Bees' Nicky Forster and Kevin O'Connor, writes Paul Newman

Government must step in to overhaul FA, says Watmore

Former chief executive of game's governing body left his post 'frustrated' by board's vested interests

Mick McCarthy expects to remain Wolves manager

Mick McCarthy believes he will be manager of Wolves next season whether or not they are relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Crystal Palace seek talks with Steve Coppell

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish will seek talks with Steve Coppell as he continues his search for a new manager.

Unhappy Cole says West Ham need to 'get ugly' to halt slump

Carlton Cole has called on West Ham United to get "ugly" to drag themselves off the bottom of the Premier League. The Hammers have collected only one win from 14 matches and are in a real battle to maintain their top-flight status.

Championship round-up: Blackwell wins sack race after Blades lose

Kevin Blackwell was the fall guy as Neil Warnock came back to haunt his old team on the second weekend of the Championship season and left them looking for a new manager.

Coppell stuns Bristol City by quitting after two games and admits he 'lacks passion'

"I won't be rushed into anything," said Steve Coppell back in June. Yesterday he walked out of his job at Bristol City after a tenure that lasted two games and 112 days – or rather six days of the season. It was nearly four times as long as he had remained in situ at Manchester City, but still represents a remarkably abrupt end to a management career that began 26 years ago.

Transfer Talk: Zenit offer Zhirkov a route back home from Chelsea

With first-choice left-back Ashley Cole set to remain at Stamford Bridge, for the time being at least, Chelsea defender Yuri Zhirkov could be on his way out of the club after just a single season in England. The Russia international played understudy to Cole for much of last season and Zenit St Petersburg are preparing a £21m move for the 26-year-old.

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