Sport Sheffield United player's celebrate Ryan Flynn's late winning goal in their FA Cup win over Aston Villa

Villa left to focus on Premiership survival as Lambert’s side lacks nous to cut down Blades

How Not To Be A Professional Footballer, by Paul Merson

Paul Merson may have been one of the sharpest forwards in the box, but on this evidence he's never been one of the sharpest knives in the box.

Dean Smith takes permanent charge at Walsall

Dean Smith has been appointed Walsall manager on a full-time basis, signing a two-year deal with the npower League One club.

Hart takes reins until end of season

Paul Hart the former Portsmouth manager, was put in charge at Swindon until the end of the season yesterday – a day after the resignation of Danny Wilson.

Making do: A day in the life of a lower league manager

At League One strugglers Walsall, winning matches is just one of new boss Dean Smith's worries. Glenn Moore watched him work

Dean Smith handed Walsall job for the season

Walsall have appointed caretaker boss Dean Smith as manager until the end of the season.

Walsall sack manager Chris Hutchings

Walsall have sacked manager Chris Hutchings and his assistant Martin O'Connor.

League round-up: Dickov's late cameo can't topple Owls

That 2010-11 is likely to be one of the more closely contested League One seasons became clear as Peterborough United, Carlisle and Oldham Athletic all spurned the chance to go top above Sheffield Wednesday.

O'Neill expects Milner to give his all

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner could end up staying at the club, manager Martin O'Neill suggested last night.

Milner holds 'amicable' talks with Aston Villa

James Milner has held amicable talks with Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill after reporting today for pre-season training.

Paston heroics ensure Kiwis exit with pride

Paraguay 0 New Zealand 0

Clubs accept new parachute payments deal

Clubs relegated from the Premier League will receive £48million in parachute payments over four years after Football League chairmen today voted in favour of the proposal.

Letters: Brown's honesty

As the election approaches, Brown tries sincerity

Burnley sign Fox from Celtic

Burnley have completed the signing of Celtic left-back Danny Fox for an undisclosed fee.

Doran dominates for Dons as Walsall throw it away

MK Dons 1 Walsall 0

Martinez wants team ethic after defeat

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes his players need to start knitting together sooner rather than later if they are to regain a winning mentality.

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eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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