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Graham Potter to leave Swansea for Brighton manager’s job

• Compensation figure over £2m agreed between clubs• Potter to take three of his backroom staff with himBrighton & Hove Albion are poised to confirm the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager. After spending the last five days deliberati…

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West Brom want Chris Hughton talks over manager’s job after play-off exit

• Hughton was sacked by Brighton on Monday• West Brom considering other options including JokanovicWest Bromwich Albion plan to meet Chris Hughton next week to discuss the possibility of him becoming their manager. Hughton is out of work after surprisi…

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From Anfield ‘89 to Agüero in 2012: five other final-day title finishes | Stuart James

As Manchester City and Liverpool gear up for the Premier League finale, five previous last-day title winners relive the tension and the euphoria of their big triumphsState of play going into the final day Derby were top but played their last league gam…

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Villa Park will be ‘rocking’ for play-off derby with West Brom, says Dean Smith

• West Brom-born Smith is a lifelong Aston Villa fan• Villa manager says their opponents are favouritesAs a lifelong Aston Villa supporter Dean Smith knows his history. “I’m not sure about that,” the Villa manager replied when asked whether Saturday’s …

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Brendan Rodgers hails Liverpool ‘dynamic’ as Reds pin hopes on Leicester

Leicester’s manager says Liverpool have been transformed since his Anfield spell as he looks to do them a favour when he takes his revitalised Leicester to the EtihadSunday marks five years to the day since Liverpool blew a three-goal lead at Selhurst …

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Jobi McAnuff: ‘I didn’t think Orient fans saw the true me – that’s why I came back’

Jobi McAnuff’s unfinished business has helped take once troubled Leyton Orient to the verge of a Football League return‘Still top dogs,” the postman says as he hands over a couple of letters to Jobi McAnuff on his doorstep in north London. The Leyton O…

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Daniel Farke in the saddle as Norwich gallop to the finishing line | Stuart James

Despite a limited budget, Norwich top an unpredictable Championship and are heading for promotionThe standout line in a story about Daniel Farke, the Norwich City manager, on the Pink ’Un website this week was found in the penultimate paragraph. “A Ban…

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‘Baby Ajax’ make big boys cry with Daley Blind’s and Dusan Tadic’s help

Champions League wins at Real Madrid and Juventus have made side led by a 19-year-old the talk of world footballMatthijs de Ligt was the first Ajax player back out on the pitch in Turin, shortly after 11pm, and then his teammates followed. A 19-year-ol…

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Wembley just the start for Wolves’ dreams and ambitions

Club’s sporting director, Kevin Thelwell, recalls when perennial struggle gave way to unbridled ambition with new owners and a mercurial manager taking the club to dizzy heightsIt was the summer of 2016, Wolverhampton had just been taken over by the Ch…

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Nuno Espírito Santo the substitute who became a benchmark for success

Wolves’ manager spent a lot of time on the fringes as a goalkeeper but making his mind work harder than his hands has paid off with an FA Cup semi-final against WatfordThe most influential voices usually come from the dugout – and in more ways than one…

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Wolves set to confirm permanent signing of Raúl Jiménez for £30m

• On-loan Mexican striker to become club’s record signing• Jiménez will join in summer from Benfica on four-year dealWolves are poised to confirm the club?record £30m signing of Raúl Jiménez on Wednesday, after agreeing a deal with Benfica that will tu…

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Points deduction has left Birmingham in ‘serious situation’, says Garry Monk

• Blues manager preparing for Friday’s trip to West Brom• Nine-point sanction has left City five points above bottom threeGarry Monk has admitted Birmingham City are in a “serious situation” after being docked nine points for a breach of the Football L…

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Points deduction has left Birmingham in ‘serious situation’, says Garry Monk

• Blues manager preparing for Friday’s trip to West Brom• Nine-point sanction has left City five points above bottom threeGarry Monk has admitted Birmingham City are in a “serious situation” after being docked nine points for a breach of the Football L…

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England-Germany showdown presents stark clash of youth cultures

Under-21 teams meet with English football in rude health – and its brightest talents flocking to the BundesligaOn a spreadsheet full of facts and figures about some of England and Germany’s brightest talent, it feels rather apt that the outfield player…

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Gareth Bale says Wales’s mix of oldies and youth can overcome the odds

• ‘Bookies aren’t always right,’ says Bale before Slovakia clash• Aaron Ramsey’s injury opens door for young talentThe last time Wales faced Slovakia in Cardiff, at a less than half-empty Millennium Stadium in October 2006, they suffered one of their m…

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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 …