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Roberto Di Matteo spends international week working with younger players

All quiet for Di Matteo as Chelsea boss takes time to work with younger players

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12:01 GMT, 17 October 2012

Manager Roberto Di Matteo has been making the most of his quiet week at Chelsea.

With most of the Blues first-team squad away on international duty, it has been an opportunity for the manager to work with some of the younger players at Cobham.

Di Matteo will now step up preparations for Saturday lunchtime's Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham, with John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses having yesterday rejoined the group following their African Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia.

So quiet: With the majority of Chelsea's first teamers away on international duty, Roberto Di Matteo has taken the opportunity to work with the Under-21 side

So quiet: With the majority of Chelsea's first teamers away on international duty, Roberto Di Matteo has taken the opportunity to work with the Under-21 side

'This last week has been quite quiet for us – we've basically trained and coached the Under-21 team,' Di Matteo said on the club's official website, www.chelseafc.com.

'We have had the groups together because we had only six players, last international break it was three, so it's good for us to take a look at the younger players and good for them to be involved with us.'

Di Matteo feels his backroom staff of Steve Holland and Eddie Newton have all played a big part in helping take the European champions to the top of the Premier League.

International duty: Di Matteo is hoping Ashley Cole returns from England's match in Poland without any injury concerns

International duty: Di Matteo is hoping Ashley Cole returns from England's match in Poland without any injury concerns

'We have a good understanding among the technical staff. They are very supportive and both have good knowledge of the game,' he said.

'We have developed a strong trustworthy group, and we have [conditioning coach] Chris Jones and [goalkeeping coach] Christophe Lollichon with us as well, so I am happy with the management staff.'

Di Matteo will be hoping England duo Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill show no ill effects from having a day's less recovery following the postponement of Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier in Poland.

Frank Lampard (calf) and Ryan Bertrand (virus) did not make the trip to Warsaw, and continue to be assessed ahead of Saturday's game at White Hart Lane, after which comes a Champions League trip to Donetsk.

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QPR to produce 3D match day programme

QPR take things into a new dimension with 3D programme

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11:29 GMT, 24 September 2012

QPR may have maintained their Premier League status by the skin of their teeth last season – but now it seems they are pushing on and ready to enter a new dimension. The third dimension to be exact.

The Loftus Road club are set to produce a 3D programme for their London derby with West Ham on October 1, as they go in search of their first league win of the season.

The eye popping matchday magazine will be a first in the Premier League but it has been done before by three other teams, including Championship side Millwall.

Eye popping: The QPR players Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ryan Nelsen get a first look at the one-off programme

Eye popping: The QPR players Nedum Onuoha, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ryan Nelsen get a first look at the one-off programme

Fans buying the programme will be given a pair of 3D glasses to read the 84 page publication, of which 75 per cent will have the ground breaking special effects.

Hoops editor Ian Taylor said: ‘Our new-look matchday programme has been tremendously well-received by the fans this season, but we wanted to try something different and forward-thinking and the result is a 3D programme of real substance and style.

Impressive stuff: Park Ji-Sung enjoys the programme

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Impressive stuff: Park Ji-Sung and Jamie Mackie take a look at the new programme

‘The publications team at QPR have worked around the clock in the last few weeks and alongside O-Publishing who have been first-class from a design perspective, we're really happy with the final product.’

QPR striker and former West Ham forward Bobby Zamora will be featured in the one off programme in the Q&A feature.

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Have Spurs taken an even bigger leap forward with their publication You may need special glasses to read the R’s 3D programme, but Tottenham have gone a stage further by producing an augmented reality compatible shirt.

Fans with smartphone or tablet are able to access special video features when they point their device at the club’s shirt or badge.

Club sponsor Aurasma have produced a mobile app that allows fans to access match highlights and exclusive interviews when their device is pointed at the shirt in the programme.

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London 2012 Paralympics: Closing ceremony brings down curtain

That's all, folks! Wonderful London 2012 Paralympics wrap up with spectacular closing ceremony

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22:29 GMT, 9 September 2012

Stunning effects and raw courage signalled the end of the Paralympic Games in London on Sunday night.

The closing ceremony – billed as the Festival of the Flame – lived up to its name as flame throwers, blazing torches and a gigantic heart of fire lit up the Olympic Stadium.

An awed audience roared with delight, particularly for Britain's joint flagbearers wheelchair racer David Weir and cyclist Sarah Storey, who each won four golds.

Dazzling: Fireworks fill the sky as the London 2012 Paralympics come to a close

Dazzling: Fireworks fill the sky as the London 2012 Paralympics come to a close

Fireworks explode wildly

Stunning: An external view of the stadium

Stunning: An external view of the stadium

Heroes: David Weir and Sarah Storey with the British flag

Heroes: David Weir and Sarah Storey with the British flag

Flag bearers: Athletes show their country's flags off

Flag bearers: Athletes show their country's flags off

They were also moved by the grit and
determination of legless war hero Captain Luke Sinnott – who hauled
himself up a flagpole to proudly fly the Union Flag.

The courageous 32-year-old lost his
limbs in 2010 after volunteering to search an area 'saturated' with
improvised explosive devices to protect his comrades.

Organisers described his role in the ceremony as 'a supreme feat of strength and courage'.

Star billing: Pop band Coldplay appeared during the show

Star billing: Pop band Coldplay appeared during the show

Link-up: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay

Link-up: Rihanna performs with Chris Martin of Coldplay

Pop queen: Rihanna wowed the crowd

Pop queen: Rihanna wowed the crowd

Who's this Megastar Jay-Z helped close the Paralympics

Who's this Megastar Jay-Z helped close the Paralympics

Magical: Athletes enjoy the ceremony

Magical: Athletes enjoy the ceremony

Loved the Games: A heart of flames is displayed on the arena floor

Loved the Games: A heart of flames is displayed on the arena floor

Blind autistic singer Lissa Hermans, who also performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year, sang the National Anthem.

So, seven years, two months and three days after London was awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012, the baton was passed to Rio de Janeiro.

'Nothing else compares,' sang Chris Martin as Coldplay played Clocks, marking the ticking of time and the conclusion of a great adventure which began on July 6, 2005 in Singapore when London was named host city of the Games of the XXX Olympiad and XIV Paralympiad.

Symbol: The Agitos logo is displayed during the closing ceremony

Symbol: The Agitos logo is displayed during the closing ceremony

Present and correct: Boris Johnson watched on

Present and correct: Boris Johnson watched on

Well done: Ireland's Michael McKillop receives the Whang Youn Dai Award

Well done: Ireland's Michael McKillop receives the Whang Youn Dai Award

'Para-para-paradise,' Martin also
sang. It could have been written for the Paralympics, the Parallel
Games, as we celebrated the end of a glorious, wondrous summer of
sporting spectacle, punctuated by British success on home soil.

It was a time for reflection and we
were left to wonder when we will see the like of London 2012 again. But
this was also a celebration of the time of our lives. Of the best
Paralympics yet.

The After Party, as Paralympians like to call the Games, thrilled like none of the previous 13 editions had done so.

Over 4,200 athletes from 164 nations
competed for 503 medals, performing to the peak of their physical
capabilities and changing perceptions of what is possible.

Welcome: Martin helps Rihanna get her groove on

Welcome: Martin helps Rihanna get her groove on

Toot toot: The Earl of Wessex arrives

Toot toot: The Earl of Wessex arrives

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe summed it up.

He said: 'These past few weeks we've
shared some wonderful days, haven't we Days where incredible people
have performed feats we hardly thought possible. Days in these
Paralympic Games where our minds were opened to what people can do, to
what can be achieved by sheer talent and determination.

Speakers: LOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe (left) and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven

Speakers: LOCOG Chairman Lord Sebastian Coe (left) and President of the IPC Sir Philip Craven

'We will never think of sport the
same way and we will never think of disability in the same way. The
Paralympics have lifted the cloud of limitation.'

International Paralympic Committee
president Sir Philip Craven added: 'This is an event absolutely no-one
wants to end. These Games have changed us all together.'

Images aplenty stand out from the 11
days of competition, which concluded today with David Weir racing his
wheelchair down The Mall, London's most picturesque boulevard, to a
fourth gold of his home Games.

Busy scene: The closing ceremony was hectic

Busy scene: The closing ceremony was hectic

Sizzle: Flame throwers light up the arena

Sizzle: Flame throwers light up the arena

Thank you: Games Makers are shown recognition for their fantastic work

Thank you: Games Makers are shown recognition for their fantastic work

The extravaganza celebrated the human
spirit, evident in abundance, particularly over the last 11 days, as
the Paralympics altered perceptions.

Few embodied the human spirit as much
as the London 2012 volunteers, who suitably were honoured along with
Irishman Michael McKillop and Mary Nakhumicha Zakayo of Kenya, who
received The Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award for 'demonstrating
exceptional qualities in sporting excellence and other areas of their
lives'.

Just as we had been dazzled in
sporting competition, the closing ceremony amazed, astounded and at
times baffled, with scenes resembling Mad Max and flame throwers fired,
fireflies descending from the sky and delight on the faces of all.

Fancy seeing you here: Johnson with Ken Livingstone

Fancy seeing you here: Johnson with Ken Livingstone

Hang down: A flaming backdrop is suspended in the Olympic Stadium

Hang down: A flaming backdrop is suspended in the Olympic Stadium

Coldplay, Rihanna and Jay Z performed
with the same energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by the athletes as the
flame was extinguished by swimmer Ellie Simmonds and amputee sprinter
Jonnie Peacock.

Over to Rio. There are 1425 days
until the Rio Olympics, 1459 to the Paralympics and Boris Johnson, the
mayor of London, passed the flag to his Brazilian counterpart, sparking a
carnival of colour.

The time cannot tick quickly enough.

On the up: Captain Luke Sinnott climbs to hang the Union Flag

On the up: Captain Luke Sinnott climbs to hang the Union Flag

Swirly: An unorthodox view of the Olympic Stadium

Swirly: An unorthodox view of the Olympic Stadium

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Euro 2012: Arsenal target Yann M"Vila to miss England game

Agony for M'Vila with Arsenal target set to miss French opener against England

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11:31 GMT, 8 June 2012

Yann M'Vila is almost certain to miss France's European Championship opener against England after admitting they are 'not optimistic' of having the Arsenal target available on Monday.

But there was otherwise positive news on Les Bleus' defensive midfield injury crisis, with Blaise Matuidi and Alou Diarra both making good progress in their recovery from setbacks.

M'Vila has been a doubt for the game since turning his ankle in a pre-tournament friendly against Serbia on May 31 and team doctor Fabrice Bryand considers it likely the Rennes star will miss out against England.

Treatment table: France midfielder Yann M'Vila is struggling to overcome an injury

Treatment table: France midfielder Yann M'Vila is struggling to overcome an injury

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'His progress is good but we do not want to aggravate the injury,' Bryand told L'Equipe.

'We are not optimistic for the 11th.

'We will increase his workload and see if his ankle swells again or if he suffers any ill effects. We will pay close attention to the player's recovery.'

The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal after establishing himself as a key player in Ligue 1, and his likely absence will be a boost to Roy Hodgson and his squad.

But France should have a strong replacement available, with Matuidi and Diarra on the mend after their respective hamstring and knee complaints.

Dow to work: Franck Ribery rallies the French team during their training session

Dow to work: Franck Ribery rallies the French team during their training session

Bryand admitted Marseille midfielder Diarra 'gave us a big scare' when he felt pain in his knee, having been pencilled in as the man to fill the problem position.

But he added: 'He suffered a slight inflammation of the tendon behind the right knee, but it is going well.

'Yesterday, we did not take any risks because we were training on a synthetic pitch, but he was initially going to train.'

On Paris St Germain's Matuidi, he added: 'His progress is very satisfactory. He has started a special program and we will accelerate that and bring him back gradually.

'Everything depends on how he reacts.'

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EURO 2012: Phil Jagielka wants England call-up

Pick me, Roy… Everton defender Jagielka sets sights on Euros

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14:14 GMT, 8 May 2012

Everton defender Phil Jagielka is hopeful his strong finish to the season will have sent the right message to new England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of this summer's European Championships.

The 29-year-old has shown no ill-effects from the January knee injury which sidelined him for two months.

As Hodgson, appointed as national team boss last week, has yet to select a squad, Jagielka admits he hopes he has done enough to warrant inclusion for Euro 2012.

Heads up: Jagielka hopes he has done enough to seal a place in the England squad

Heads up: Jagielka hopes he has done enough to seal a place in the England squad

'We don't know what the squad is yet and the Euros are just around the corner. It makes it interesting,' he said.

'You've got to keep going to the end of the season, not take your foot off the gas, and give Roy Hodgson the headache of who's going to go in his squad.

'Hopefully I've played well enough in the last few weeks to at least be in with a shout.'

Phil your boots: The Everton defender has lauded the appointment of Hodgson

Phil your boots: The Everton defender has lauded the appointment of Hodgson

Jagielka also insists Hodgson's disappointing spell on Merseyside with Liverpool should not be held against him.

'I think the appointment is really good. We needed it doing as soon as possible,' he told evertontv.

'Look at his CV, look at the successes he's had. Okay he didn't have the best of times at Liverpool but one bad experience doesn't make him a bad coach or a bad manager.

'There weren't too many people out there who could have taken the job but the FA have gone with Roy and time will tell.

'We've not done amazingly well in the championships in the past 40 years or whatever, so hopefully Roy will do as well as he can and the boys can do well for him.'

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Malaysian Open 2012: Louis Oosthuizen makes solid start on day one

Oosthuizen bids to bounce back from Masters woe with strong start at Malaysian Open

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12:00 GMT, 12 April 2012

Louis Oosthuizen shrugged off the disappointment of his Masters play-off defeat to Bubba Watson to make a strong start at the Malaysian Open.

Former Open champion Oosthuizen, who narrowly missed out on his second major crown at Augusta on Sunday, showed no signs of a mental hangover as he shot six birdies and an eagle in an opening-round 66.

His close friend, South African compatriot and playing partner Charl Schwartzel held the lead at the end of the first day following a sparkling eight-under 64, which included nine birdies.

Strong start: Louis Oosthuizen is looking to bounce back from his Masters disappointment at the Malaysian Open

Strong start: Louis Oosthuizen is looking to bounce back from his Masters disappointment at the Malaysian Open

Schwartzel, like Oosthuizen, had a 30-hour journey from the United States to Kuala Lumpur – he handed over the green jacket to Watson after winning the event last year – and was relieved to have felt few ill-effects.

'I felt surprisingly good today,' Schwartzel told the European Tour's official website.

'I got a good night's sleep and woke up this morning before the alarm.

'The tiredness seems to catch me more in the afternoon than the morning so it felt pretty good.

'I played very well today. It has been some time coming now because I have been working really hard for the last couple of months and I haven't had anything happen for me.

'It could have been one or two lower as I missed a couple of chances towards the end there but I am happy with 64 – I haven't shot a number like that for a while.'

Pairing up: Oosthuizen was partnered on the course by compatriot Charl Schwartzel

Pairing up: Oosthuizen was partnered on the course by compatriot Charl Schwartzel

Oosthuizen believes himself and Schwartzel adapted well to the course after a hectic few days.

'It was a long haul getting here,' he said. 'I think me and Charl knew the first round concentration levels won't be great, but we did well.

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'I knew the swing was still good. It was just adapting to the weather and the green speed, but I putted beautifully again today and hope to keep it going for the week.

'I feel like I'm swinging well. I think a lot of times, we're used to a lot of travel and we adapt quickly.

'We knew there was always going to be one tough round which is normally the first one and luckily for us, it was early in the morning. We can have a nice rest now.'

In the swing: Jeev Milkha Singh shot an impressive opening round 65

In the swing: Jeev Milkha Singh shot an impressive opening round 65

Jeev Milkha Singh is second after an opening 65 – which included an eagle at the par-five 10th – one shot ahead of Oosthuizen, American Jason Knutzon and fellow Indian Jyoti Randhawa.

Scotland's Stephen Gallacher is one of three players in a tie for fifth after a 67.

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Arsene Wenger will warn Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of 2012 Olympic Games effects

Olympic warning for Ox as Wenger prepares to explain fitness fears to Games hopefuls

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21:54 GMT, 6 April 2012

Arsene Wenger will hold talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of the teenager’s potential involvement in London 2012.

And similar discussions with Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs are also planned as Wenger attempts to point out the detrimental effects that playing in the Olympics could have on them next season.

Chamberlain’s promising breakthrough season means he has an outside chance of making the Euro 2012 squad — but if not selected, he is a leading contender for Great Britain this summer.

Warning: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be summoned for a talk with Arsene Wenger

Warning: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be summoned for a talk with Arsene Wenger

And Sportsmail understands the 18-year-old would answer the call if selected by Team GB this summer.

But next season is likely to be key to Chamberlain’s development as he looks to become a first-team regular at Arsenal, hence Wenger’s concern.

Not advised: Kieran Gibbs will be informed of Wenger's fitness fears

Not advised: Kieran Gibbs will be informed of Wenger's fitness fears

Gibbs, 22, is also in line to make Stuart Pearce’s Team GB squad should he not go to Poland, but Wenger fears the Olympics would put unnecessary strain on the left back’s body after his recent injury problems.

The Frenchman would also prefer Welshman Ramsey, 21, to have a summer’s rest ahead of next season.

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James Anderson: England off booze to beat Sri Lanka heat

We're all off the booze… It can help beat Sri Lanka heat, insists Anderson

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21:57 GMT, 24 March 2012

James Anderson and his Test teammates
are ready to make what previous generations of England tourists would
have considered the ultimate sacrifice in their attempt to retain the
world No 1 spot in sweltering Sri Lanka – a fortnight on the wagon.

The forecast for the first Test
starting tomorrow in Galle and the second of the two-match series
commencing in Colombo four days after the first finishes is the seasonal
norm for this part of the world – 'Scorchio!' and getting scorchier, a
combination of brain-frying temperatures of 40 degrees-plus and
lung-bursting humidity that makes every waking moment a sweating one.

Icemen cometh: Anderson and his England colleagues need to keep cool

Icemen cometh: Anderson and his
England colleagues need to keep cool

Mindful of the debilitating and potentially dangerous effects of dehydration, leader of the bowling attack Anderson has decided to stay clear of alcohol until the end of the Test action, on April 7 if the contest goes the distance, and he expects most, if not all, of his colleagues to follow suit.

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1st Test March 26-30, Galle

2nd Test April 3-7, Colombo

Probable England team: A Strauss (capt), A Cook, I Trott, K Pietersen, I Bell, R Bopara, M Prior (wkt), S Broad, G Swann, J Anderson, M Panesar.

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Anderson said: 'You cannot overstate the importance of being properly hydrated in these conditions. There are not too many big drinkers in this team, so it's not a massive issue for us, but the lads just don't want to do anything that could detract from our performance or could possibly cause us issues on the field.

'So far on this tour, if we've a had a beer a few days out of game then it's been literally two or three. But with the games so close together I won't have a drink now until the end of the second Test. I don't think I'll be the only one … we have a job to do out here.'

Hot stuff: Anderson tries to cool off after session in the nets

Hot stuff: Anderson tries to cool off after session in the nets

A long list of former England stars might find such self-denial hard to swallow, but Anderson and Co are taking deadly seriously the issues of keeping outwardly cool and inwardly hydrated in conditions one former England coach once described as 'very nearly too hot for Europeans to be playing cricket in'.

Anderson said: 'From the moment you walk out of your air-conditioned hotel room you start sweating and you don't stop all day. Even Alastair Cook, never previously known to perspire, had a bead on the other day when he made his 160. He panicked so much he sent for boxfuls of new gloves. If your kids were out in it you'd call them back indoors.'

And those concerns extend beyond straightforward physical well-being.

'There are several potential problems: some of the lads have been getting headaches, we're aware of Graham Thorpe finishing the Colombo Test back in 2001 on a hospital drip.

'There is no doubt that the heat can disrupt your focus and shorten your fuse, and we can't allow that to happen. And, as a bowler, sweating hands means it is very hard to keep the ball dry, especially if we want to get reverse-swing.'

But equally, the 29-year-old who, with 249 Test wickets needs four more to overhaul fellow Lancashire legend Brian Statham to become England's fifth highest Test wicket-taker, believes England are well prepared, with a range of measures to maintain their cool.

'Some of it can be psychological, in that if you go on about how difficult it is going to be, that can also drain you. We have to accept it's going to be hot, accept it's going to be 10 days of tough cricket because we don't want anything to take away from our concentration.

'But two weeks getting acclimatised has helped and there are measures we can and will take to make sure we are as near to peak levels as we can be.

'We'll be weighed first thing in the morning then last thing at night to make sure we are not losing too much; I've been dropping half a kilo a day, which is OK, but Matt Prior shed 4kg last week and that sort of loss could be an issue.

'And I think myself and Stuart Broad will have to bowl shorter spells.'

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Firing Line: Terry Connor and Wolves hit rock bottom

Firing Line: From bad to worse for Connor as Wolves hit rock bottom

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07:38 GMT, 23 March 2012

Just what has Terry Connor got
himself into at Wolves It looked like it might work out after a 2-2
draw at Newcastle but it couldn’t have got worse since.

The goals have dried up like a South
East reservoir while the defence has capitulated, after two 5-0 defeats
and a 2-0 home loss to relegation rivals Blackburn.

Thumbs up Terry Connor is struggling at Wolves

Thumbs up Terry Connor is struggling at Wolves

Connor to his credit is sticking to his guns, despite being offered an assistant to work with by chief executive Jez Moxey.

The fans to their enormous credit have still cheered their side during recent humiliations but in a role that has no time for learning, let alone mistakes, Connor must improve.

Each week we bring you our latest chart of the managers under pressure, and those on Easy Street. Here’s Sportsmail’s sack-race rankings – otherwise known as the Firing Line…

No 1: Terry Connor – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves boss: Terry Connor

Conceding five goals is worryingly starting to become a regular occurrence for Wolves who now sit rock bottom of the table with the worst goal difference. Connor’s desperation to plug the gaps at the back could see a recall for skipper Roger Johnson. NON-MOVER

No 2: Alex McLeish – Aston Villa

Aston Villa: Alex McLeish

His team haven’t played for two weeks and any momentum gained from sealing a late winner against Fulham may have fully evaporated by the time they visit Arsenal. With teams picking up points at the bottom, Villa are not quite safe yet with 33 points. NON-MOVER

No 3: Owen Coyle – Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers: Owen Coyle

Coyle has the unenviable task of trying to shift the attention back on to the football at Bolton. His players could shine trying to play for Fabrice Muamba but they may also be suffering psychological effects from the midfielder’s collapse last Saturday. NON-MOVER

No 4: Roberto Martinez – Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic: Roberto Martinez

Same old story for Wigan. Against West Brom they produced a hatful of chances but not enough were taken as they were held to a 1-1 draw by an under-par Baggies team. Martinez needs to turn these strong draws into wins if the Latics are going to stay up. NON-MOVER

No 5: Mark Hughes – Queens Park Rangers

Mark Hughes

It didn’t take long for the luck to shine on QPR after their controversial defeat at Bolton. Liverpool’s self-implosion with 13 minutes left on Wednesday enabled the Hoops to come back from 2-0 down to win and drag Hughes’ team out of the bottom three. NON-MOVER

No 6: Steve Kean – Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn: Steve Kean

As current form goes it’s probably the most relaxed Kean has been all season. The strikers are scoring and finally the clean sheets are adding up too. Blackburn could not be in sharper form going into the crucial clash at relegation rivals Bolton. NON-MOVER

No 7: Martin Jol – Fulham

Fulham: Martin Jol

After winning three games in a row to record their finest run this season, Fulham have hit a brick wall. Consecutive defeats leave the Cottagers going into Monday’s match at Manchester United hoping to avoid a loss that would signal their worst run of the season. NON-MOVER

No 8: Harry Redknapp – Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham’s season isn’t quite stumbling as it is crashing and burning. Redknapp’s team have lost most of their zest from earlier in the campaign and all of their momentum. Not ideal when it’s a visit to fifth-placed Chelsea next. UP TWO

No 9: Roy Hodgson – West Bromwich Albion

Roy Hodgson

With Redknapp starting to make his audition for the England job turn into a disaster, eyes are turning to Hodgson who has proven experience of managing at international level with Switzerland and Finland. West Brom have been solid under the 64-year-old. DOWN ONE

No 10: Alan Pardew – Newcastle United

Alan Pardew

Back to winning ways with victory over Norwich which has brought them to within two points of fifth-placed Chelsea. Pardew’s strike partnership of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba is looking more menacing by the week as the target of European football remains on course. DOWN ONE

No 11: Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea

Chelsea manager: Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo achieved the seemingly impossible by getting Fernando Torres to score not just once but twice during a game against Leicester, but his bid to land the Chelsea job full-time would have taken a knock after the late collapse at Manchester City. UP THREE

No 12: Arsene Wenger – Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Six straight wins means Arsenal are the form team in the league but while fans gloat over leap frogging rivals Tottenham, there must be an element of frustration into why they cannot hit similar form over a course of a season. At home to Aston Villa next. DOWN ONE

No 13: Brendan Rodgers – Swansea City

Swansea City: Brendan Rodgers

Brutal in the way they ripped apart Fulham at Craven Cottage. With 39 points Swansea must already be safe from relegation regardless of what happens now. For Rodgers’ stunning efforts this season he has to be on the shortlist for manager of the year. DOWN ONE

No 14: Tony Pulis – Stoke City

Tony Pulis

Unlucky not to smash and grab all three points at Tottenham as his Stoke side defended with strong discipline and were clinical on the rare occasions they got forward. The Potters haven’t quite hit the beach yet as Manchester City visit the Britannia next. DOWN ONE

No 15: David Moyes – Everton

Everton: David Moyes

Royston Drenthe’s disallowed goal robbed Everton of a point against Arsenal but although mid-table mediocrity beckons in the Premier League, Moyes will fancy building his side towards reaching Wembley by defeating Sunderland in a FA Cup replay. NON-MOVER

No 16: Paul Lambert – Norwich City

Norwich City: Paul Lambert

Norwich had their chances to snatch something at Newcastle but three defeats in four games leaves the Canaries teetering on 36 points. It’s still 13 clear of the bottom three but fans could do with seeing the safety mark of 40 points sooner rather than later. NON-MOVER

No 17: Martin O'Neill – Sunderland

Sunderland: Martin O'Neill

A home replay against Everton coming up in the FA Cup gives Sunderland a fantastic chance of reaching Wembley and maybe even Europe at a later stage. They can still achieve the latter via the league but the cup route would be more fun (and realistic). NON-MOVER

No 18: Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool

Liverpool: Kenny Dalglish

It is easy to blame Liverpool’s recent league form on a Carling Cup hangover but they have been struggling for all of 2012 with just two wins. Wigan visit Anfield next and anything less than victory will have fans concerned – despite another Wembley trip booked. UP ONE

No 19: Roberto Mancini – Manchester City

Manchester City: Roberto Mancini

Another home win for City. Not as routine as the previous victories this season but there was strong signs of potential champions in the way they recovered from going behind to defeat Chelsea late on. Another test of character at Stoke next. DOWN ONE

No 20: Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United

Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson

There were no flies on Ferguson in United’s 5-0 win at wounded Wolves. After seeing his side take the lead, he then challenged them to score as many goals as possible to close the goal difference on Manchester City – it now stands as just plus four in City’s favour. NON-MOVER

Firing Line: From bad to worse for Connor as Wolves hit rock bottom

Firing Line: From bad to worse for Connor as Wolves hit rock bottom

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00:24 GMT, 23 March 2012

Just what has Terry Connor got
himself into at Wolves It looked like it might work out after a 2-2
draw at Newcastle but it couldn’t have got worse since.

The goals have dried up like a South
East reservoir while the defence has capitulated, after two 5-0 defeats
and a 2-0 home loss to relegation rivals Blackburn.

Calm before the storm: Blackburn boss Steve Kean (left) looks on as Terry Connor shows his frustration in the Wolves technical area

Calm before the storm: Blackburn boss Steve Kean (left) looks on as Terry Connor shows his frustration in the Wolves technical area

Connor to his credit is sticking to his guns, despite being offered an assistant to work with by chief executive Jez Moxey.

The fans to their enormous credit have still cheered their side during recent humiliations but in a role that has no time for learning, let alone mistakes, Connor must improve.

Each week we bring you our latest chart of the managers under pressure, and those on Easy Street. Here’s Sportsmail’s sack-race rankings – otherwise known as the Firing Line…

No 1: Terry Connor – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves boss: Terry Connor

Conceding five goals is worryingly starting to become a regular occurrence for Wolves who now sit rock bottom of the table with the worst goal difference. Connor’s desperation to plug the gaps at the back could see a recall for skipper Roger Johnson. NON-MOVER

No 2: Alex McLeish – Aston Villa

Aston Villa: Alex McLeish

His team haven’t played for two weeks and any momentum gained from sealing a late winner against Fulham may have fully evaporated by the time they visit Arsenal. With teams picking up points at the bottom, Villa are not quite safe yet with 33 points. NON-MOVER

No 3: Owen Coyle – Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers: Owen Coyle

Coyle has the unenviable task of trying to shift the attention back on to the football at Bolton. His players could shine trying to play for Fabrice Muamba but they may also be suffering psychological effects from the midfielder’s collapse last Saturday. NON-MOVER

No 4: Roberto Martinez – Wigan Athletic

Wigan Athletic: Roberto Martinez

Same old story for Wigan. Against West Brom they produced a hatful of chances but not enough were taken as they were held to a 1-1 draw by an under-par Baggies team. Martinez needs to turn these strong draws into wins if the Latics are going to stay up. NON-MOVER

No 5: Mark Hughes – Queens Park Rangers

Mark Hughes

It didn’t take long for the luck to shine on QPR after their controversial defeat at Bolton. Liverpool’s self-implosion with 13 minutes left on Wednesday enabled the Hoops to come back from 2-0 down to win and drag Hughes’ team out of the bottom three. NON-MOVER

No 6: Steve Kean – Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn: Steve Kean

As current form goes it’s probably the most relaxed Kean has been all season. The strikers are scoring and finally the clean sheets are adding up too. Blackburn could not be in sharper form going into the crucial clash at relegation rivals Bolton. NON-MOVER

No 7: Martin Jol – Fulham

Fulham: Martin Jol

After winning three games in a row to record their finest run this season, Fulham have hit a brick wall. Consecutive defeats leave the Cottagers going into Monday’s match at Manchester United hoping to avoid a loss that would signal their worst run of the season. NON-MOVER

No 8: Harry Redknapp – Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham’s season isn’t quite stumbling as it is crashing and burning. Redknapp’s team have lost most of their zest from earlier in the campaign and all of their momentum. Not ideal when it’s a visit to fifth-placed Chelsea next. UP TWO

No 9: Roy Hodgson – West Bromwich Albion

Roy Hodgson

With Redknapp starting to make his audition for the England job turn into a disaster, eyes are turning to Hodgson who has proven experience of managing at international level with Switzerland and Finland. West Brom have been solid under the 64-year-old. DOWN ONE

No 10: Alan Pardew – Newcastle United

Alan Pardew

Back to winning ways with victory over Norwich which has brought them to within two points of fifth-placed Chelsea. Pardew’s strike partnership of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba is looking more menacing by the week as the target of European football remains on course. DOWN ONE

No 11: Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea

Chelsea manager: Roberto Di Matteo

Di Matteo achieved the seemingly impossible by getting Fernando Torres to score not just once but twice during a game against Leicester, but his bid to land the Chelsea job full-time would have taken a knock after the late collapse at Manchester City. UP THREE

No 12: Arsene Wenger – Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Six straight wins means Arsenal are the form team in the league but while fans gloat over leap frogging rivals Tottenham, there must be an element of frustration into why they cannot hit similar form over a course of a season. At home to Aston Villa next. DOWN ONE

No 13: Brendan Rodgers – Swansea City

Swansea City: Brendan Rodgers

Brutal in the way they ripped apart Fulham at Craven Cottage. With 39 points Swansea must already be safe from relegation regardless of what happens now. For Rodgers’ stunning efforts this season he has to be on the shortlist for manager of the year. DOWN ONE

No 14: Tony Pulis – Stoke City

Tony Pulis

Unlucky not to smash and grab all three points at Tottenham as his Stoke side defended with strong discipline and were clinical on the rare occasions they got forward. The Potters haven’t quite hit the beach yet as Manchester City visit the Britannia next. DOWN ONE

No 15: David Moyes – Everton

Everton: David Moyes

Royston Drenthe’s disallowed goal robbed Everton of a point against Arsenal but although mid-table mediocrity beckons in the Premier League, Moyes will fancy building his side towards reaching Wembley by defeating Sunderland in a FA Cup replay. NON-MOVER

No 16: Paul Lambert – Norwich City

Norwich City: Paul Lambert

Norwich had their chances to snatch something at Newcastle but three defeats in four games leaves the Canaries teetering on 36 points. It’s still 13 clear of the bottom three but fans could do with seeing the safety mark of 40 points sooner rather than later. NON-MOVER

No 17: Martin O'Neill – Sunderland

Sunderland: Martin O'Neill

A home replay against Everton coming up in the FA Cup gives Sunderland a fantastic chance of reaching Wembley and maybe even Europe at a later stage. They can still achieve the latter via the league but the cup route would be more fun (and realistic). NON-MOVER

No 18: Kenny Dalglish – Liverpool

Liverpool: Kenny Dalglish

It is easy to blame Liverpool’s recent league form on a Carling Cup hangover but they have been struggling for all of 2012 with just two wins. Wigan visit Anfield next and anything less than victory will have fans concerned – despite another Wembley trip booked. UP ONE

No 19: Roberto Mancini – Manchester City

Manchester City: Roberto Mancini

Another home win for City. Not as routine as the previous victories this season but there was strong signs of potential champions in the way they recovered from going behind to defeat Chelsea late on. Another test of character at Stoke next. DOWN ONE

No 20: Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United

Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson

There were no flies on Ferguson in United’s 5-0 win at wounded Wolves. After seeing his side take the lead, he then challenged them to score as many goals as possible to close the goal difference on Manchester City – it now stands as just plus four in City’s favour. NON-MOVER