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Former England man, 31, is a free agent after leaving the Etihad

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West Brom's new manager Pepe Mel will watch from the stands during Saturday's Premier League encounter with Southampton

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Pepe Mel was sacked by Real Betis six weeks ago

West Brom appoint Pepe Mel: Premier League strugglers gamble on former Real Betis manager

The 50-year-old was the club's 'No 1 candidate' to replace Steve Clarke

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Stuart Williams: Footballer whose sterling World Cup service in the Welsh defence elicited a glowing tribute from Pele

When Stuart Williams was confronted by the emerging genius of Pele in a quarter-final of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the classy and constructive Welsh full-back responded with the performance of his life. That day in Gothenburg, the teenager who would soon be hailed as the greatest footballer of all time, scored the only goal of the game to eliminate valiant opponents who had upset the odds by reaching the last eight. Though deprived of their own star, John Charles, through injury, the scarlet-shirted heroes held out for more than 70 minutes against a sumptuously talented Brazilian attack, in which the prodigy combined to compelling effect with the likes of Garrincha, Didi and Zagalo.

Controversial French comic Dieudonné Mbala Mbala has had a ban on his performance in Nantes lifted.

Nantes ban on controversial comic Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala lifted by French court in time for show

The French government tried to ban the comic on the grounds that he is a threat to public order

Shane Long is interesting Hull City

Transfer news: Hull City deny Shane Long agreement after reports emerge over deal for West Brom striker

The Tigers are yet to make a move for West Brom's Republic of Ireland striker

The Nantes leg of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala's tour has been cancelled

'Anti-semitic' comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has his show cancelled in France after Nicolas Anelka's inverted Nazi salute

Show that has been widely condemned as anti-semitic is considered a threat to public order

Manchester United manager David Moyes ahead of the Premier League clash with Tottenham

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The pressure has increased on David Moyes after latest defeat

Julian Speroni makes a save during Crystal Palace's FA Cup win over West Brom

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hopeful of keeping goalkeeper Julian Speroni despite contract renewal due in the summer

The 34-year-old will celebrate a decade with the Eagles later this year although he could leave the club at the end of the season should he fail to sign a new contract

Mourinho has questioned the number of foreign managers in the UK, admitting he was part of the problem

We need more British bosses, says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Portuguese hits out at high number of foreign managers in Premier League

Dwight Gayle scores for Crystal Palace in their 2-0 win over West Brom

West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Dwight Gayle damage leaves Albion heading for exit

Gayle scored his fourth goal in eight matches with fellow striker Marouane Chamakh rounding out the scoring

The French interior minister wants Dieudonne banned M'bala M'bala from the stage for what he says are racist and anti-Semitic performances.

French Interior Minister says 'racist' French comic Dieudonne must pay fines

Manuel Valls accused Dieudonne M'bala M'bala of trying to bankrupt himself to avoid the charges

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has called for fans to lift the team when they take on West Ham on Wednesday

FA Cup: West Brom v Crystal Palace match preview

A look ahead to the weekend's FA Cup third round fixture at the Hawthorns

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