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Swansea’s Graham Potter: ‘Pep’s been influenced by Johan Cruyff. I had Brian Horton’

Before facing Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals, the manager discusses the job’s surprises and says he has been advised just to close his eyesGraham Potter is shaking his head. The Swansea manager has just been told that if you type his name…

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Fernando Ricksen: ‘I like living too much, I’m not ready to go’

The former Rangers and Netherlands player has motor neurone disease. We spend time with him and his wife and find anger, sadness and humourAt St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, about eight miles outside Glasgow, Fernando Ricksen is beginning to show the f…

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Fernando Ricksen: ‘I like living too much, I’m not ready to go’

The former Rangers and Netherlands player has motor neurone disease. We spend time with him and his wife and find anger, sadness and humourAt St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, about eight miles outside Glasgow, Fernando Ricksen is beginning to show the f…

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Leicester City to announce No 1 target Brendan Rodgers as new manager

Coach persuaded to quit Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic Midlands team sacked Claude Puel after string of poor resultsBrendan Rodgers will be named the new Leicester City manager. The 46-year-old is expected to be appointed within the next 24 hours …

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How Swansea City went from model club to desperate cautionary tale | Stuart James

Chaotic transfers and incompetence at the top have put the club into a downward spiral with no obvious source of salvationAs the clock ticked down on transfer deadline day last month, and chaos reigned behind the scenes at Swansea City, Connor Roberts …

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Newport County: the inside story of a club that rose from the dead

Before the League Two side host Manchester City in the FA Cup we hear the remarkable tale from four people who know it bestAlthough Newport County went out of business in 1989, after being relegated from the Football League the previous season, the sta…

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Newport’s Pádraig Amond: ‘I’m the weirdest League Two footballer ever’

The striker talks about the FA Cup tie against Manchester City this weekend, facing Cristiano Ronaldo and how he still harbours hopes of playing for IrelandIt is approaching 7.30pm on Monday and Pádraig Amond has just finished taking a training session…

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Nantes demand first slice of £15m Emiliano Sala fee from Cardiff

• Body of Argentine striker still to be recovered• Nantes threaten legal action over non-payment of feeCardiff have been left shocked and dismayed after Nantes demanded the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee for Emiliano Sala, who was on board a…

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Middlesbrough v Newport: uniting two managers from one tough district

Tony Pulis and Michael Flynn grew up in Pill, Newport. We visit and speak to Newport’s manager and Pulis’s brother RaymondMichael Flynn has just finished talking to Raymond Pulis, Tony’s brother, about Newport County’s FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough …

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‘Subdued’ Cardiff City players train as Emiliano Sala dominates thoughts

• Mood flat and sombre as Sala’s disappearance casts shadow• Neil Warnock said to be in ‘state of shock’ at situationCardiff City’s players returned to training on Wednesday for the first time since the news broke that Emiliano Sala, their club-record …

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Shock hits that record-signing Sala may be ‘best player Cardiff never had’

The Argentinian was a record signing intended to usher in a club’s survival but now Cardiff City fans fear for his lifeAs storm clouds gathered above the Cardiff City Stadium on what was a grey afternoon in south Wales in more ways than one, Robert Gla…

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Fears that Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala was on missing plane

• Flight from Nantes to Cardiff missing over Channel• Sala signed for Cardiff for £15m last SaturdayThere are genuine fears that Emiliano Sala, the Argentinian footballer who signed for Cardiff City last Saturday, was on board a private plane that disa…

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Everton’s Yannick Bolasie cuts short Aston Villa loan spell

• Forward wants to win back starting spot at Everton• Villa have recalled Andre Green from loanYannick Bolasie has re-joined Everton after making it clear to Aston Villa that he would like to try to force his way back into the first-team at Goodison Pa…

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Time running out for Claude Puel’s quest to galvanise Leicester

Leicester may sit eighth in the Premier League but the football has largely been stodgy and their manager’s attempts to forge a new possession-based identity are not bearing fruitAnother week, another audience with Leicester City’s manager, and another…

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Ashley Cole discusses Derby County move to reunite with Frank Lampard

• Full-back, 38, has been without a club since November• Retirement also being considered by former Chelsea playerAshley Cole is in talks with Derby County with a view to joining the Championship club until the end of the season. The 38-year-old former…

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Nathan Jones: ‘I can promise Stoke fans a team they can be proud of’

The new Stoke manager has pledged to deliver ‘fast, attractive football’ after his surprise arrival from third-tier Luton TownIt was a legitimate question and one Stoke’s board must have considered before contacting Luton, yet the way Nathan Jones resp…

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Stoke set to appoint Luton’s Nathan Jones as new manager

• Welshman will succeed Gary Rowett after compensation agreed• Jones has guided Luton to second in League One.Stoke City are set to appoint Nathan Jones as their new manager after agreeing a compensation package with Luton Town. The 45-year-old will ta…

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Gary Crosby: ‘Sir Alex Ferguson called and told me what a mistake I’d made’

The Burton Albion assistant manager turned down Manchester United as a player and ended up embarrassing Manchester City, who he faces again in the Carabao Cup semi-finalsGary Crosby looks slightly baffled when asked what he thinks comes up when his nam…

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Tammy Abraham snubs Wolves loan to stay and help Villa promotion push

• Striker boosts Villa’s hopes of Premier League return• Another loan deal was not appealing to Chelsea playerTammy Abraham has given Aston Villa a huge boost by turning down a loan move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in favour of remaining with the Champi…

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The borrowers: how loan deals took over the January transfer window | Stuart James

A web of rules, motivations and etiquette governs the trade in temporary solutions that will again dominate this monthIt is a time of year to beg, borrow and steal in the football world, especially in England, where the January transfer window is again…