City's grand plan convinces James to take plunge in Bristol

David James has never been one to follow the beaten track.

Transfer Talk: West Ham close in on Nice striker Rémy

The West Ham manager Avram Grant, who has already signed Thomas Hitzlsperger, Frédéric Piquionne and Pablo Barrera this summer, is looking to use the owners' renewed support to improve his squad with the signings of centre-back Tal Ben Haim and the Nice forward Loïc Rémy. "The squad is not yet complete, so we will buy or loan a few more players," Grant said. "Even if the club are limited with money, we know what we are doing and we know what we want to do."

Megson and Curbishley head Hull contenders

Gary Megson and Alan Curbishley have emerged as the early favourites to replace the sacked Phil Brown as Hull manager.

Brown was "relieved of his duties" and placed on gardening leave by the Tigers this morning.

QPR begin hunt for new manager

QPR have today begun the search for their seventh permanent boss in two and a half years after Paul Hart decided he had had enough less than a month into the job.

On a Wing and a Prayer, by Stuart Roach

If football fans were allowed to choose their club's manager, Steve Coppell would come high on most people's lists. Highly talented, and a decent man – not qualities that always go together in the game – he became the youngest Football League manager at 28 when taking over at Crystal Palace in 1984, a year after injury ended a glittering playing career.

McDermott makes his mark but Reds survive

Reading 1 Liverpool 1

Peter Lorimer: 'Leeds are going back to where they belong'

A hero during the glory days at Elland Road, Peter Lorimer believes the club are on the way up. Tomorrow's Old Trafford Cup tie is a key staging post, he tells James Lawton

Hart considering offer to stay at Portsmouth

Sacked Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is considering an offer to remain at the club as technical director.

Grand old men prove Yorke is off target

Talking Point

Carlisle hopeful Burnley can learn lesson

Stoke City 2 Burnley 0

Rodgers appointed at Reading

Watford have confirmed that Brendan Rodgers has left to become the new manager of Reading.

Coppell resigns after Reading failure

Steve Coppell has resigned as manager of Reading after their failure to secure an immediate return to the Premier League, the club confirmed.

Alexander picks his spot to give Burnley edge

Burnley 1 Reading 0

Birmingham back in top flight after £60m match

Reading 1 Birmingham City 2
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