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Pellegrini believes that a fully-fit Jovetic could be a weapon as important perhaps, in the months ahead, as Aguero

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 19 December 2013

Spurs knocked out by Hammers as United progress

Giuseppe Sannino

Watford appoint Giuseppe Sannino as replacement for Gianfranco Zola

Italian Sannino had been out of work since being sacked by Chievo

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Giuseppe Sannino claims he is in line to replace Gianfranco Zola at Watford manager

The Italian, who was sacked by Chievo in November, has seen his odds of becoming manager at Vicarage Road cut dramatically

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 17 December 2013

Villas-Boas sent packing by Spurs after dismal display

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola resigns as manager of Watford

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as manager of Sky Bet Championship club Watford.

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola quits Watford: Italian resigns in 'best interests' of the club

The former Chelsea player took the Championship club to the play-off final last season

Teemu Pukki scored the winner in the 28th minute from close range to extend his side’s unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and keep them on course to retain their title

Round-up: Teemu Pukki strikes it lucky for Celtic against Hibernian

Celtic bounced back from their Champions’ League hammering by Barcelona with a 1-0 home win against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.

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FA pledge support to Watford after youth team abandoned a match in Italy due to alleged racial abuse

The Watford youth team were taking part in the Wojtyka Cup in Rome on Wednesday when they were taken off by coach Dave Hughes

Ricardo Fuller (#19) of Blackpool is shown a red card by referee Christopher Sarginson after head butting Luke Ayling of Yeovil Town

Blackpool shown THREE red cards in closing moments of defeat to Yeovil

The defeat to the West Country side was just Blackpool's third of the season

Pat Rice (left) on the bench alongside Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger

Pat Rice: Arsenal confirm former assistant admitted to hospital with cancer

The former Gunners full-back stepped down from his role alongside Arsene Wenger last year

Wolves fans have warmed to Kenny Jackett

Kenny Jackett has halted Wolves 'runaway train' by getting rid of big earners

Life Beyond the Premier League

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Rickie Lambert will miss Friday's match against Chile through injury

England v Chile: Rickie Lambert ruled out through injury as Roy Hodgson confirms Joe Hart will not start at Wembley

Daniel Sturridge is also likely to be rested as Hodgson keeps one eye on Tuesday's clash with Germany

England coach Roy Hodgson has picked Jay Rodriguez

World Cup 2014: Brazil tournament will favour African teams, predicts Roy Hodgson

The climate is more suitable than that found in Europe says the England manager

A view of Selhurst Park

Iain Moody, former head of recruitment at Cardiff, takes up role with Crystal Palace

The Eagles are currently without a manager but have gone ahead and employed a sporting director

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been given a vote of confidence from owner Vincent Tan

Malky Mackay to seek assurances over Cardiff City future in meeting with Vincent Tan later today

The Bluebirds manager has had his future thrown into doubt after Tan dismissed Iain Moody to replace him with his son's friend Alisher Apsalyamov

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