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Stoke boss Paul Lambert on being club’s back-up plan: I could not care less

The 48-year-old has been called in to rescue Stoke from relegation but only after botched attempts to get Martin O’Neill and Quique Sanchez Flores. Derby manager Gary Rowett was also someone Stoke’s owners had fluttered their eyelashes at before their shock move for Lambert. The former Aston Villa, Norwich and Wolves boss has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with a seven figure bonus due if he can secure their top flight status. “Whether I was 15th choice or 50th choice doesn’t matter to me one bit,” said Lambert. “I am…

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Man Utd vs Stoke LIVE updates: Latest score; Alexis Sanchez deal, Mkhitaryan to Arsenal

REUTERS Man Utd vs Stoke LIVE updates: Latest Premier League news, goals and highlights from Old Trafford Manchester United 2-0 Stoke LIVE updates: Latest Premier League news, goals and highlights from Old Trafford; including Jose Mourinho’s pursuit of Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez 73: I think it’s more a matter of WHEN and not IF Manchester United will score a third. Romelu Lukaku is booked for shoving Martins Indi. Steven Ireland does the same thing to Juan Mata seconds later and receives the same punishment. Peter Crouch is replaced by Mame…

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Former West Brom and England striker Cyrille Regis dies – latest updates

Our tech guys have put together this video obituary, featuring some of Regis’s most memorable goals. It’s well worth a minute of your time … Former West Brom and England striker Cyrille Regis dies aged 59 – video obituary Johan Cruyff tells a nice story about Cyrille Regis in his autobiography My Turn. The Dutch legend, then manager of Ajax, wanted to sign Regis to replace Marco van Basten, who was about to leave for Milan. Regis was “a physically strong striker with charisma, who was still at the top…

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Cyrille Regis: West Brom and Coventry legend dies aged 59 – tributes from football world

Regis, who became an icon at West Brom and Coventry during the 1970s and ‘80s, suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. He was part of a West Brom side that included the iconic black players Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson. The trio, who became known as ‘The Three Degrees’, paved the way for more black players to break into English football at a time where racism in the game was commonplace. A statue of ‘The Three Degrees’, called The Celebration, was unveiled in West Bromwich in 2014. Regis said at the…

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Transfer news LIVE updates: Keita to Liverpool, Sanchez to Man Utd; Chelsea, Real Madrid

Transfer news LIVE updates: Follow all the latest from across the globe Tuanzebe could go on loan 06.50: Axel Tuanzebe could leave Manchester United on loan – depending on Eric Bailly’s fitness. Tuanzebe is wanted by Championship club Aston Villa but Jose Mourinho admits he’s concerned with his injuries in defence. “Tuanzebe’s a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here,” Mourinho said. “But he’s our player and will be our player, no chance we give up on such a talented boy. “But it is…

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Aston Villa news: Jose Mourinho ‘afraid’ of sanctioning Axel Tuanzebe transfer

Villans gaffer Steve Bruce hopes to land centre-back Tuanzebe for the rest of the Championship campaign but Mourinho is wary of being left short in defence.  “Tuanzebe’s a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here,” he said.  “But he’s our player and will be our player, no chance we give up on such a talented boy. “But it is something we are thinking about, a loan until the end of the season.  “We are a bit afraid of injuries, a bit afraid of needing…

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Championship news LIVE: Aston Villa flop eyed, Norwich signing close, Sunderland medical

Championship news live Birkir Bjarnason to SPAL? 13:10: Serie A outfit SPAL are eyeing Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.  Bjarnason’s agent Jim Solbakken told TuttoMercatoWeb: “Birkir would like to return to Serie A, he was very good in Italy and would like to play again in the Italian league.  “But he is totally focused on Aston Villa: the club is fighting to get back in the Premier League, his only thought is to do well with his club’s shirt.  “We’ll see what happens.” Tyronne Ebuehi to Norwich City? 12:40: Norwich…

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Aston Villa news: Adam Forshaw added to target list, Derby County and Sunderland keen

Forshaw has been on the fringes of Boro’s first team this term and is yet to feature since Tony Pulis replaced Garry Monk in the dugout.  Championship promotion-contenders Derby County and struggling Sunderland are also monitoring the 26-year-old’s availability, according to the Northern Echo.  The Black Cats are also interested in a move for Forshaw’s team-mate Adam Clayton.  Forshaw and Clayton are likely to start Middlesbrough’s FA Cup Tees-Wear derby against Sunderland on Saturday, with Pulis expected to ring the changes.  Pulis is due to hold talks with Boro chairman…

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Aston Villa, Leeds and Sunderland target Jack Marriott drops big hint about future

A string of Championship clubs including Aston Villa, Leeds United and Sunderland are interested in the 23-year-old, who currently tops the League One scoring charts.  “A few of the lads mentioned I’d been linked with other clubs but I’ve just got to concentrate on myself and the team,” he said.  “Promotion, that’s key. We’ve the squad to do it.” Marriott has hit 17 league goals this season plus four in other competitions.  He is only six months into his Peterborough career having joined the Posh from Luton Town on a…

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The legends we lost in 2017: Bruce Forsyth, Liz Dawn, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and more

PA•REX•BBC Celebrity deaths: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, Liz Dawn and Sir Bruce Forsyth passed away this year The first was Roy Barraclough who played Alec Gilroy in the soap for 22 years.  He sadly died in June aged 81. In September Coronation Street stalwart Liz Dawn passed away aged 77 after developing severe breathing problems resulting from emphysema. The actress made her first appearance as Vera Duckworth in 1974 alongside her on-screen husband Jack, played by Bill Tarmey. Actor Keith Barron, who died in November aged 83, also starred in Corrie as…

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