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English Premier League

Southampton sack Nigel Adkins following unambitious back-to-back promotions

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Southampton have sacked manager Nigel Adkins and immediately replaced him with Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino. Adkins had been in charge at St Mary's for two-and-a-half years, in which he managed to take the club from League One to the Premier League. That flagrant lack of ambition has been immediately stamped out by Saints' executive chairman [.

35 Games Played – 2011

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BBC: Arsenal blew the Premier League title race wide open as leaders Manchester United were deservedly beaten at the Emirates Stadium. Aaron Ramsey's winner early in the second half condemned United to defeat and leaves them only three points ahead of Chelsea with identical goal difference and a meeting between the two to come at Old Trafford next Sunday.

Roberto Mancini Admits He Is Facing The Sack At Man City

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Roberto Mancini says he could be sacked in the summer if his Manchester City side do not win the title this season, despite him leading City to their highest Premier League position and biggest points haul.

Mancini insists City's hierarchy are aware of how far the Blues have come under him, and of the importance of stability.

Jelavic Doubts Liverpool Links

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Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic is refusing to be distracted by reports that Liverpool are considering a bid for him.
Jelavic, who joined the Glasgow side from Rapid Vienna in 2010, has been linked with a big money move in January - with QPR just one Premier League club to have been credited with an interest.

The Despicable Kelvin McKenzie

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The road to redemption from Hillsborough has been a lengthy and painful for many, many people. Hundreds of people lost family members or friends on that day in April 1989, and the feeling that the establishment was closing ranks in order to cover up the truth behind what exactly happened to result in the deaths of ninety-six innocent people has been a bitter pill for those that survived or have otherwise had to live with their loss to have to swallow.

Reds Aim To Equal Record

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Liverpool head to Fulham on Monday knowing a win would equal a club record of away successes.
In all competitions it is six victories in succession away from home - a win at Craven Cottage will equal the club record of seven set between December 1981 - February 1982 and again in January - March 1988.

Steve Bruce Is First Premier League Manager Fired

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Sunderland have announced they have fired manager Steve Bruce and that assistant manager Eric Black has taken over interim first-team duties.

A statement on the Sunderland web site from Chairman Ellis Short said:

"This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.

Steve Bruce Out At Sunderland

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Sunderland have announced they have fired manager Steve Bruce and that assistant manager Eric Black has taken over interim first-team duties.

A statement on the Sunderland web site from Chairman Ellis Short said:

"This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.

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Stoke City’s Michael Kightly says he was depressed at Wolves

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New Stoke signing Michael Kightly has gone public to talk about the depression he experienced while at former club Wolves. The 26-year-old winger says he became depressed while recovering from injuries that ruled him out for 15 months of the last two-and-a-half years. He told BBC Stoke: "I was low, to be honest.

Arsenal looking to move for Danny Sturridge? - Rubbish!

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...well that's according to our favourite newspaper the Daily Mail anyway!. Being a Chelsea fan, hardly a day goes by without reading a ridiculous headline from this lot as they look to fill their pages and websites with headlines to grab peoples attention with little basis for the story!.

In this instance, they claim the following:
Chelsea face a battle to keep Daniel Sturridge after Arsenal took significant steps towards a shock summer swoop.

New Rangers signing Sone Aluko reveals transfer cost him £200,000

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Personal transfer fee Sone Aluko has revealed that he, his friends and family had to stump up £200,000 to complete his move to Rangers. The 22-year-old's transfer was on the verge of collapse when the champions refused to stump up the compensation being demanded by his former club Aberdeen. According to the Daily Record: Faced [.

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Breno Goes To Jail

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Well, well, well isn't this the tumble from grace.

From one of South America's most coveted young defenders to the glorious footballing landscapes of a very specified patch of grass in Munich, Germany to the tortured structure of a jail cell for torching his (rented) family home last year.

USA vs. Scotland Primer: About The Opponent

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Grant Russell penned this column. Russell is a journalist for STV (Scottish Television) and regarded as an expert on Scottish football and on homegrown rules and players eligibility. Russell also tweets frequently on the Rangers and the American contingent playing there.Â

Grant is a must-follow on Twitter.

Match Previews

Preview: Union vs DC United

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What: Philadelphia Union vs DC United

When: 7:00PM EST

Where: PPL Park, Chester, PA

TV: Galavision

Is there much left to say? After two seasons the Philadelphia Union looked to be onto something huge. With a stout defense, a young core, and veteran leaders who relished their roles, the formula for success had been discovered.

Poland v Greece – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 8 June 2012

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The UEFA Euro 2012 tournament kicks off with host country Poland hosting Greece in a Group A match. The match will take place at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland at 18:00 local time.

Poland manager Franciszek Smuda

"The atmosphere is really becoming better and better. We can see that when we go to training sessions, we can see the support on the streets, people cheering and waving – it's great.

AC Milan

Champions League: AC Milan 0-0 Barcelona – Rossoneri Rearguard Keeps Barca Schtum (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Not that we wish to brag but, as the prophecy once again foretold, AC Milan's superb, frenetic and knackering defensive shift ensured that Barcelona were kept schtum in a Champions League tie for the first time in two-and-a-half years and that the Rossoneri upheld their record of having never lost a Champions League quarter-final game at the San Siro.

Aquilani Makes 25th Appearance, May Be AC Milan Player

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Alberto Aquilani made his 25th appearance of the season for AC Milan on the weekend, coming on as an 85th minute substitute against Roma. Based on statements from the player's agent, this means that the automatic transfer clause in his loan deal has now been triggered—Milan get the midfielder, and Liverpool get around £5M spread over three annual instalments beginning this summer.

Seattle Sounders

Mike Fucito: Statement To The Fans

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Mike Fucito reached out today and asked if he could share some words to the greater Seattle Sounders community and of course to the readers at Sounder at Heart. We were more than happy to help him do that. The following statement was sent via email and is from he to each and every person who calls themselves a Sounder.

Report: Robles to Red Bulls called off

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One-time U.S. national team goalkeeper Luis Robles won't be manning the nets at Red Bull Arena after all.

Robles' proposed move to the New York Red Bulls has been called off after the league ruled that Robles would have to go through the allocation order after initially claiming he could be added as a discovery signing, according to the Washington Post.

Newcastle United

Robbie Elliott Impressed With Both Ryan Taylor And Santon

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There's no doubt that Ryan Taylor has been one of the surprise successes of the season. David Santon has done well since nailing down left-back position Before this season started Ryan had played only 54 times with 6 goals in his two and a half years at the Tyneside club, since he joined in January of 2009 from Wigan, as a makeweight in [.

The Premiership: Newcastle Rises…

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Neil Blackmon reminds that the "BPL" returns to action this weekend.

"Can't See Nothing In Front of Me,

Can't See Nothing Coming Up Behind,

I make my way through this darkness,

I can't feel nothing but this chain that binds me.

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New Year – Still Unfortunate

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It's taken us two and a half years but we have finally achieved our exit strategy from Blogger and arrived on board with Wordpress - a natural evolutionary path that many said we would take on starting The Two Unfortunates in the wake of the 2008-9 season. The pages you see in front of you have been developed by Michael Kinlan and we hope you agree that he's done a super job, following on from his sterling work with Richard and Neil Bellis's Blue and White Fanzine.

So Long, Farewell

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So, after some two and a half years and 701 posts, we're calling time on our Blogger platform. Having become frustrated with the anodyne templates and the unreliable comment facility, we've decided to set up a slightly more bespoke shop at http://thetwounfortunates.com/, courtesy of some unbelievably generous philanthropy from web designer Michael Kinlan.

So Long, Farewell

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[S]o, after some two and a half years and 701 posts, we're calling time on our Blogger platform. Having become frustrated with the anodyne templates and the unreliable comment facility, we've decided to set up a slightly more bespoke shop at http://thetwounfortunates.com/, courtesy of some unbelievably generous philanthropy from web designer Michael Kinlan.

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‘Keep smiling’ – Sacked Nigel Adkins leaves a farewell note for Southampton players

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If you are somehow dead inside and don't feel sympathy for axed Southampton boss Nigel Atkins, youcertainlymust now. In one of his last acts before leaving the Saints training ground for the last time, the 47-year-old penned this farewell message on a changing room whiteboard. After being put out on his backside despite two [.

MAXI LEAVES LIVERPOOL

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Maxi Rodriguez has left Liverpool. The former Athletico Madrid midfielder arrived at Anfield in January 2010 and he scored a very healthy 17 goals in 73 appearances for the Reds. He is rejoining Newell's Old Boys of Argentina.
He wrote an open letter to all Liverpool fans:
Dear Reds, I am leaving Liverpool FC today.

PSP is looking for writers

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The Philly Soccer Page is looking for a few good writers.

Sure, you might think the ones we have are pretty good, and maybe you're even right. (Maybe.) But we need more if we're to put out the product we think our readers would like to see. There are so many things we want to write about, but we rarely get to them all because we simply don't have enough good writers.

Has Roberto Mancini Done a Good Enough Job at Manchester City?

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Since his arrival almost two and a half years ago, Manchester City has seen change unlike any other period in the club's history. The oil rich owners influence has come to the fore after a period of disappointment under Mark ...

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STATS: United’s Excellent Youth System

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- Since October 1937, United have featured a youth player in every single match, except Arsenal away in 2011. This was a run of 3,516 competitive games.

- 516 players have represented United in the FA Youth Cup. 32% make 1st team & 38% play league football elsewhere. 70% hit rate!

- 202 youth players have featured in in the United first team making over 17,500 appearances with 90 internationals.

Annuar Shut Up. Finally!

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SINGAPORE - He was scathing in his comments about Singapore's re-entry into Malaysian domestic football competitions, saying on his Facebook page that the move was fuelled by a drive to raise betting revenue, and suggesting that a similar baseline had also influenced decisions surrounding the LionsXII.

Buddies Or Enemies? St Mirren Get Dragged Into The Rangers Story

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The timing was perfect two-and-a-half years ago. Stewart Gilmour had been St. Mirren chair longer than anyone else in the club's then 132-year history. He had overseen a ground move which, with the help of Tesco (other supermarket chains are available), had left the "Buddies" debt-cleared. And, perhaps conscious that the Scottish professional football model wasn't over-conducive to debt-freedom, he and a consortium of fellow directors put their collective shareholding, a controlling 52%, up for sale in September 2009.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Nearly two and a half years after the accident that almost claimed his life, Charlie Davies made his official return for Sochaux.

Having last played in a Ligue 1 game on Oct. 3, 2009, Davies completed his return to Sochaux by coming off the bench in its 1-0 defeat to Stade Rennes.

Is The BBC Considering Axing The Football League Show?

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The comments of the host of The Football League Show, Manish Bhasin, over the whereabouts of his show in the BBC schedules over the festive break have been causing social media no little disquiet over the last couple of days or so. This morning, though, a chink of light was granted into a possible reason behind why Bhasin was being so forthright on the subject, with rumours starting to appear in the press suggesting that the corporation is not going to renew its option on the programme come the end of this season.

So Long, Farewell

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So, after some two and a half years and 701 posts, we're calling time on our Blogger platform. Having become frustrated with the anodyne templates and the unreliable comment facility, we've decided to set up a slightly more bespoke shop at http://thetwounfortunates.com/, courtesy of some unbelievably generous philanthropy from web designer Michael Kinlan.