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Mitt Romney approves of Reading's Anton Zingarevich

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Anton, come join us, smell the sweet, sweet smell of tax free money

David Conn's article in the Guardian focuses on Anton Zingarevich, the owner of Reading and the son of billionaire businessman Boris Zingarevich. The younger Zingarevich owns the club via Thames Sports Investment which is offshored in Gibraltar, a tax haven for owners who avoid paying capital gains taxes or stamp duty should they sell their shares for a profit in the future.

Scott Sinclair's hattrick propels Swansea to the Premiership

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The first Welsh side to make it to the Premiership. They join already promoted QPR and Norwich City. In the playoffs against Reading the Swans scored three first half goals with Scott Sinclair, the Championship's highest scorer scoring a quick brace and Stephen Dobbie (video link)adding a third.

English Premier League

Npower Championship 2011/2012: Promotion and Relegation Review

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Npower Championship 2011/2012: Promotion and Relegation Review - originally posted on

The 2011-12 Championship league fixtures have come to an end and finally the automatic promotion positions have been confirmed. However, at the other end of the table, the relegation picture had been clear for some time.

Reading Confirm Return to Premier League

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Reading's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium tonight has confirmed the clubs return to the Premier League for just the second time having spent two previous seasons in the Premier League under former boss Steve Coppell before returning to the Championship in 2007/08.

Top 5 January Transfer Window signings

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It's not all Nsereko, Boumsong and Alves Since the January transfer window was introduced by FIFA for the 2002/3 season it has attracted many critics. Steve Coppell was quoted as saying: It brings on a fire-sale mentality, causes unrest via the media and means clubs buy too many players Well he is often right, but [.

Michael Appleton

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 Just why are so many managers in football unemployed and out of work at the moment. Could be that the financial crisis is effecting managers too? Or is it simply because they are bidding their time, before going back into the big time job. This article is going to look at all these reasons and [...

Michael Appleton – a West Brom perspective

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Not many saw it coming.Portsmouth's appointment of West Bromwich Albion assistant head coach Michael Appleton as new manager left fans from both clubs scratching their heads.His lack of experience in a field rumoured to include seasoned campaigners like Steve Coppell and Sean O'Driscoll is striking.So what exactly have Pompey seen in the 35-year-old – who becomes the 21st player managed by Alex

Manchester United

All Time Best XI Series: Right Midfield / Right Wing

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I must say that when I was asked if I would like to write an article whereby I get to select Manchester United's top ten all time right sided midfielders, I jumped at the opportunity with great pleasure and enthusiasm. As a historically powerful juggernaut United have made it easy to pick top tens for [.

Ryan Giggs: United’s Biggest Loser

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As the Euro 2012 Qualifier between Wales and England this weekend approaches it reminds me of a great sadness I've always had about Ryan Giggs. Despite winning 64 caps for his native Wales, he's never appeared at any major international tournament. No World Cup, no European Nations finals. It just doesn't seem right.

Separated at Birth

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One is a former football commentator, who loves the sexist banter , the other is  a 'pub-landlord' who's job is to give sexist banter...and it just so happens that they look a like...

I bet your bored of Andy Grey themed new at the moment and for that I apologise.

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One is an in-form Arsenal midfielder, the other is a very obvious and unfunny comedian...and it just so happens that they look a like...(Cheers Guradian blog for pointing the likeness out!)

During his early career Nasri gained more praise than your typical god.

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One was last years Italian league golden boot winner, the other is a word-wide known Hollywood actor...and it just so happens that they look a like.

2010 was a fantastic year for Diego Milito. He was Inter Milan's top scorer and was lucky enough to win the treble scoring two goals in the Champions League final in a man of the match peformance- with Jose Mourinho at the helm.

Bristol City

Malky Mackay and Watford find light at the end of the tunnel

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Scot has worked wonders on the tightest of budgets It has been a busy old season in the Championship. Before football had even started, six managers were starting their career with new clubs. Incredibly, since August ten more managers have left clubs, from the Steve Coppell debacle at Bristol City to Sheffield United having three [.

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One is the favourite to be the new Crystal Palace manager, the other is a round-headed idiot made famous by the Ricky Gervais radio show...and it just so happens that they look  a like.

Coppell has been out of a job since quitting football management after a poor start to the 2010-11 season with Bristol City, he said:

I found I could not become passionate about the role and give the commitment the position demands.

An unrecognizable Bristol City

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Pity Keith Millen. Having been perhaps unfairly overlooked for the Bristol City manager's job after Springtime hints of promise, his dignified securing of the position after the retreat of Steve Coppell has led to a troubled campaign. The vast shadow of David James is currently towering behind him, even if the ex-England man currently refrains from sporting an afro.

Quotes of the Week

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"I thought I would either stay with Portsmouth, move to a Premier League club or go to Scotland. In between thinking about all that, there was my wedding to Amanda to organise. Somehow it all converged at a single point, the morning after my stag do. I received a phone call from an unknown number.

James admits drunkenness over Bristol offer

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David James has astonishingly revealed that he was drunk when he initially considered his unlikely move to Bristol City this summer, but admitted it was his respect for then-manager Steve Coppell that made him choose Ashton Gate over Celtic Park.

"I thought I would either stay with Portsmouth, move to a Premier League club or go to Scotland," said the former England number one.

A Lesson in How the Tabloids Work

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David James reveals: "I received a phone call from an unknown number. I don't usually answer those, but I was still drunk and so I picked it up. Much to my astonishment the man on the other end was Steve Coppell. He said, ‘All right Dave, I'm the Bristol City manager, and was wondering if you'd be interested in having a look at the club?

David James Was Drunk When He Agreed To Join Bristol City

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By Chris Wright

Former England 'keeper David James has admitted that he may have had a few too many Creme de Menthes when he accepted the call from Steve Coppell to join Bristol City back in late July.

James is quoted in this morning's Daily Star as saying:

I thought I would either stay with Portsmouth, move to a Premier League club or go to Scotland (with Celtic).

David James admits he joined Bristol City because he was drunk

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Jamo's transfer hangover Former England keeper David James has revealed he only ended up signing for Championship side Bristol City because he was drunk. The ex-Portsmouth goalie's inebriated state led him to answer a call from an unknown number, which he would ordinarily have ignored, on the morning after his stag do.

David James admits he joined Bristol City because he was drunk

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Jamo's transfer hangover Former England keeper David James has revealed he only ended up signing for Championship side Bristol City because he was drunk. The ex-Portsmouth goalie's inebriated state led him to answer a call from an unknown number, which he would ordinarily have ignored, on the morning after his stag do.

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One of the mysteries of the summer was why did David James reject the advances of Premier League and SPL clubs to move to Bristol City. The reasons floated included; being closer to home and money, but it turns out there is another reason...


"I thought I would either stay with Portsmouth, move to a Premier League club or go to Scotland," James revealed.

Steve Coppell = Legend!?

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Last week saw a great loss to the footballing world when Steve Coppell decided to hand in his resignation after only four months in charge at Bristol City. Since his early retirement from football after sustaining a knee injury at the age of 28 Coppell has had decades of successful years of managing from his spells at Crystal Palace where he got them to the FA Cup final in 1990 to guiding Reading to the highest points total of the Championship back in.

Aston Villa Owner ‘Determined To Keep Club Mid-Table’

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RUMOURFLASH: Aston Villa Owner ‘Determined To Keep Club Mid-Table'

This week has been less about transfers and more about managers. Martin O'Neil left Aston Villa, while Fabio Capello is getting all kinds of stick for telling David Beckham his international career is over.

Steve Coppell: A loss to management?

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The Championship won't be the same without him! So Steve Coppell has announced his retirement from football management, some four months after he took charge of Bristol City, leaving with an impressive record of having played two games, winning 0 of them and losing both of them. Rumour has it that he quit because of a [.

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As you may have heard Steve has packed it in....

So...Let me paint you a picture, from a football manager point of view. You start a new game, you bring in some good players who impress during pre-seasons.

Additionally, you pull off the transfer coup of the season, the fans and the board are delighted.

Coppell out; Millen in at the Gate

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Steve Coppell's untimely resignation from Bristol City after just two games has astounded Robins' supporters. Defeats at home to Millwall in the league and Southend in the League Cup, preceded by a ghastly pre-season and accompanied by an injury list to deter even the most optimistic only go part of the way to explaining such a brisk departure.

Steve Coppell resigns as Bristol City manager, and quits football management

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Steve Coppell, a TF3 favorite for his intellectual approach to football, and his development of USA international Bobby Convey, has quit Bristol City and has retired from football management.

"It is with the deepest regret that I confirm my departure from Bristol City," Coppell said in his statement.

The quitting fever spreads: Steve Coppell resigns

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What is with the English air?

Paul Robinson hangs up his boots after being named to the England squad, Wes Brown follows suit. Martin O'Neill walks out on Aston Villa, five days before the season opener and now it is Steve Coppell at Bristol City mere days into the new season announcing his resignation.

Steve Coppell will be “amazed” if James gets another England cap

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Bristol City manager Steve Coppell has said he would be "amazed" if recent signing David James were to be selected for another England international cap.

James, who turned 40 yesterday, made his way to Ashton Gate on a free transfer after former club Portsmouth chose not to renew his contract.

Tottenham Hotspur

Eight Wayne Rooney Themed Halloween Costumes

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Got your attention, didn't it!

To do list:
* Make a list of replacements for Capello
* Speculate on the latest sex scandals
* Write brief history of Montenegrin football
* Insert England squad for next game...I'll do that first. So cut and pasted from

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), John Terry (Chelsea), Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Midfielders: Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Joe Cole (Liverpool), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Darren Bent (Sunderland), Peter Crouch (Tottenham Hotspur), Kevin Davies (Bolton Wanderers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United

Instant reactions:

Seven of the 24 players in the squad come from clubs in the bottom half of the Premiership, four of them come from clubs currently in the bottom three.

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It's been 13 weeks and 5 days since we last played a competitive football match. That's longer than Steve Coppell stays in most jobs. It's just over 14 weeks since that fateful night in Manchester when we secured our first ever trip into the Champions League. This is where I should be saying "how time flies", but it's dragged longer than a Bolton v Stoke match.

The Rest

Coppell against match in Delhi smog for ISL players

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New Delhi (AFP) – Steve Coppell said he did not want his Indian Super League side Jamshedpur FC to play in smog-tainted Delhi later Wednesday but insisted the players would not wear masks if the game goes ahead.

The former England winger said medical authorities must decide whether the evening game against Delhi Dynamos should take place but “common sense should prevail”.

What are the odds Martin Jol pips Fergie to Manager of the Month? Derek McGovern’s Bets of the Day

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What are the odds Martin Jol pips Fergie to Manager of the Month? Derek McGovern's Bets of the Day

Alex Ferguson won the title last season but Roberto Di Matteo, then at West Brom, won as many manager-of-the-month awards as him. I can't believe he managed that with the players he had at his disposal but he keeps delivering the goods, that Fergie.

QPR Report Thursday Update...A Reading Perspective of Reading and QPR

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Steve from Vital Reading has very kindly answered some questions about Reading and off the field.


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Steve Sidwell, eh?


A good pedigree: Arsenal youth player, fine stint at Reading (under Steve Coppell), signed for Mourinho's Chelsea, then on to Martin O'Neill's Villa.  A lot of good managers have signed him.
Wandsworth lad:Â will be happy in the area, which must count for something.

I Don't Believe It!

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Welcome back for the new term everyone.

I have got so much to tell you.

We are just back from a caravan holiday in the North West.

And visits to lots of football grounds.

From the Theatre of Dreams to lowly Chester's ground, rising like a phoenix from the ashes.