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David Moyes to discuss Everton future at end of season

Moyes puts Everton contract talks on hold to open the door to Chelsea job

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

11:57 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 15 February 2013

David Moyes has pushed his contract talks back to prevent anything distracting Everton’s bid to qualify for Europe.

The Everton manager has four months left on his current deal and had
indicated he would discuss his future with chairman Bill Kenwright once
the January transfer window had closed, but those talks have been
delayed until the end of the season.

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

Moyes, who earlier this season hinted of his desire to one day test
himself as a coach in Europe, has made it clear all along that decisions
on whether he extends his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park will not be
based on personal reward.

He wants to see whether Everton can keep progressing as a club by returning to Europe for the first time since 2009 and his latest comments are sure to alert Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

‘I’ve had a chat with Bill but my
main reason (for delaying) is I want to see how the team do,’ said
Moyes. ‘I want to see if we’ve got a realistic chance of getting in
Europe, or if we can get to a cup final. I want to see how well we
progress and what we do. I think that’s fair for the club as well.

‘I’m straight with Bill and I tell
him my thoughts. I want it to be purely football now until the end of
the season. I don’t want anything to get in the way and I would hate to
think anything to do with me would. So because of that I’m saying I’ll
be looking to see it in the summer.

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

‘I want to try and get Everton back into Europe. If I can get into a final, I’ll do that too.

‘But I don’t think I need anything
else at the moment to get in the way. The work (here) continues as I
have to make sure what I’m doing is for the future. We’re always looking
at next year and moving on.’

Everton are hot favourites to reach
the quarter-finals but Moyes is no stranger to being the victim of a
giantkilling – one of his most uncomfortable days at Goodison Park was
when Oldham won a third round tie in 2008 – and he is leaving no stone
unturned in his preparations for the trip to Boundary Park.

Moyes said: 'We know what they can do
got. They got a great result against Liverpool in the last round. We
have been knocked by Shrewsbury and Oldham in the past and we don't want
it to happen again.

'They have got Tony Philliskirk and Paul Gerrard
looking after things but I'm sure Oldham will have roughly the same
players that beat Liverpool.

'I think qualifying for the Champions
League would have the bigger impact because of the financial rewards.
If you can get into group stages, look at what has happened to Celtic in
the last six months.

'Obviously we want to win every
competition we enter but qualifying for the Champions League would
change things more for us than winning the FA Cup.'

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Everton will come up against Jose
Baxter, who left the club last summer. He made history at Goodison when
becoming the youngest player – at 16years and 191 days – to represent
the club in August 2008.

'I'm delighted for Jose,' said Moyes.

'We offered him a contract, gave him
his debut at 16. It's hard for them at that age, as they can get to 19
and 20 and people are wondering where they have gone.

'But he is doing well. I am glad. It was a brave decision to leave but hopefully he will see it as the right move.'

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Billy Davies Nottingham Forest manager

Davies back as Nottingham Forest boss to replace McLeish

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

13:45 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 7 February 2013

Forest return: Davies

Forest return: Davies

Billy Davies has returned to Nottingham Forest for a second spell as manager, becoming their third boss this season.

Davies and his representatives were in negotiations with Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi on Wednesday and the Championship club announced it on Thursday afternoon.

'I'm delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him,' chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said. 'Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.

'Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110 per cent – this is a very exciting appointment for us.'

Davies described being back at the club as a 'dream come true' and is looking forward to officially beginning his role on Monday.

'It is a privilege and an honour to be back in charge of the Reds. As my new friend Fawaz says, I have unfinished business here at Forest and I am relishing this great opportunity to return Forest to its former glory.

'My tenure at the City Ground was cut short last time and I can't wait to get my boots back on and training the lads.

'We have a great squad and I know I can get the best from them. Coming home to the Reds is a dream come true.'

The 48-year-old Scot was dismissed by Forest's old regime in June 2011.

After steering the club away from relegation following his appointment in January 2009 and then masterminding successive play-off campaigns during his first spell at the City Ground, Davies is on record as stating that he has 'unfinished business' at the club.

Davies succeeds Alex McLeish and Sean O'Driscoll at the City Ground.

McLeish resigned his post earlier this week just over a month after taking over from O'Driscoll, who was sacked on Boxing Day.

Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal transfer: Ian Holloway blasts Arsene Wenger

EXCLUSIVE: Why is Wenger talking about Zaha Palace boss Holloway with fierce
'hands off' warning

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UPDATED:

16:24 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ian Holloway has blasted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for acknowledging an interest in Wilfried Zaha and warned other January suitors off his prized asset.

Zaha has been centre of attention this November, a month in which he turned 20 and also made his England debut as a substitute against Sweden, and Wenger is one of a number of Barclays Premier League managers monitoring his exploits in the npower Championship.

When asked specifically about his interest in the 20million-rated winger on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: 'We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.'

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

On the run: Zaha is wanted by a host of top-flight clubs after impressing for Crystal Palace this term

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

Fury: Holloway is angry with the Arsenal manager for seemingly declaring his interest in Zaha

While the Arsenal manager didn't mention his name, it was widely received at the time that he was declaring his interest in Zaha.

Crystal Palace manager Holloway, who was due to sit down with the Selhurst Park hierarchy today to discuss their own transfer window strategy, retorted: 'Why is he talking about my players I don't think that's right and proper, with the greatest respect.

'I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine.'

Holloway, who is less than a month into his tenure with the south London club, expects Zaha to spend some of his current five-year deal representing Palace in the Premier League.

But should that dream not materialise, the former Blackpool manager has already proposed his next destination.

'I have told Wilf what I would do if I was him, and we have got such a strong contract they can go and whistle to be honest,' Holloway added, of clubs preparing to make bids.

'I have just walked in on this, it wasn't my party, but I have to have some sort of say in it.

'I think the boy is learning, and learning in our first team. He has been here since he was 12, and the chairman has a grip of what he wants to do.

'At the end of the day I just want the best for the boy and I can guarantee he will get that: I know where I want him to go if he doesn't play for us in the Premier League next year, and I have already told him.

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

Interested: Arsenal manager Wenger is poised to make a move for the Crystal Palace winger

'But at the minute he probably will not be available no matter what the price is in January.

'I have been delighted with my few weeks here and at the end of the day Wilfried is a big part of this season.'

Palace are well placed to return to the top-flight and their position would have been enhanced further when Zaha released the manacles imposed on him by fellow promotion chasers Hull on Tuesday night only to be denied what would have been his fifth league goal of the season, and a last-minute winner, by home goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

Your country needs you: Zaha made his full debut against Sweden earlier this month

A dozen minutes earlier, he had been clattered to the turf via a robust challenge from Hull's on-loan Manchester United midfielder Robbie Brady.

As displayed by the peerless Lionel Messi, however, to dust down and carry on is the best policy, according to Holloway.

'He gets kicked all over the place but that's what he has got to get used to. He's got to stop gesticulating and get up like Messi does, and in the meantime the more he does things like he did in those last couple of seconds of the match, the more people will be chasing if he becomes available,' Holloway said.

'What he has to learn to do – the more famous he becomes, the more people will talk about him – is to produce.

'I have got no doubts that he will. I just have to make sure that he looks right to those sitting in the stand. If he gesticulates to the referee then those people watching might be put off. You just have to get up like Messi, get on with it and do it again.'

Stuart Broad form an issue for England, says David Saker

Broad's form has become an 'issue' for England, admits bowling coach Saker as Finn returns to action

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UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Wicketless: Broad has struggled in India

Wicketless: Broad has struggled in India

England have admitted they have ‘an issue’ with Stuart Broad and may consider dropping their vice-captain for the crucial third Test in Kolkata next week.

Broad – who was hit by illness during the second Test as exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on Friday night – had a match to forget here in Mumbai as England pulled off an historic victory to level the series against India, bowling 12 wicketless overs for 60 runs in the first innings and not even being called on in the second.

Now, with Steven Finn returning to action on Monday for the England Performance Squad in their match here in Mumbai, Broad’s place is in question even though he has been one of their principal performers over the last few years.

‘There’s a little bit of an issue with Broad, there’s no doubt it,’ David Saker, the England fast bowling coach, told Sky TV here this morning. ‘He hasn’t bowled as we would have liked and he would be the first to admit that.

Vice-captain: Broad is second in command for EnglandVice-captain: Broad is second in command for England

Vice-captain: Broad is second in command for England

‘He’s not the first fast bowler to come over here and find it hard but the great fast bowlers have had success over here. Stuart is probably not a great yet but he has to learn ways to become great. It’s a great learning curve for him.

‘If he gets the next Test he will have to be ready for it. During my tenure as bowling coach I haven’t had too many players down on confidence and form. This is when I have to come to the party. I hope I can do stuff over the next few days that can help.’

With Tim Bresnan struggling in the first Test in Ahmedabad and being dropped for the second, Broad’s inclusion at Eden Gardens will probably come down to whether Finn has recovered from the thigh injury he suffered in the field in England’s first warm-up game here.

Knocking on the door: Finn plays for the Performance Squad this week

Knocking on the door: Finn plays for the Performance Squad this week

‘We’ve got our fingers crossed he’ll come through,’ said Saker. ‘If he gets through this game unscathed his name will definitely be up for selection next week.’

‘Finn has got that x-factor, a bit of pace, that height that always means you can get variable bounce over here. So his name will be bandied around for sure for that second seamer’s spot.’

Vincent Kompany injury latest: Manchester City captain leaves Etihad Stadium on crutches

Kompany doubtful for Chelsea clash as defender leaves Etihad on crutches

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UPDATED:

06:56 GMT, 22 November 2012

Manchester City's Champions League
exit could have a nasty postscript after skipper Vincent Kompany left
the Etihad Stadium on crutches last night.

Kompany took a knock during the
second half of the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and, although the Belgian
was able to complete the game, he was not moving freely.

Manager Roberto Mancini can only hope
Kompany has not sustained too much damage, particularly with a visit to
Chelsea looming on Sunday.

Clash of the titans: Vincent Kompany went up against Cristiano Ronaldo

Clash of the titans: Vincent Kompany went up against Cristiano Ronaldo

'The opportunity to claim our place at the top of European football will come again,' said Kompany on Twitter.

'No sad faces, just the hunger to improve.'

Mancini is certain he will get the chance to implement the plans too, despite a second successive group stage failure.

Whilst not even winning the
competition last season has provided any security of tenure for Roberto
Di Matteo, it seems his fellow Italian is operating from a sturdier
platform.

Mancini rejected outright the notion that Sheikh Mansour would deliver a harsh judgment, saying:

'No. I don't fear this. Why

'We still have the Premier League and the FA Cup.

'If we think we can win the Champions League after two years we are crazy.'

Mancini's reasoning is that City require more experience at this level before they can truly compete for the greatest prize.

'Chelsea tried to win Champions League for 10 years,' he said.

'In the best moments, when Didier Drogba was young, they didn't win.

'They did it last year when no-one thought they could.

'We need to improve our team because there are a lot of teams better than us.

'I am not saying if you get to February you can't win. Anything can happen. But we didn't do that.'

Doubt: The City captain received treatment 10 minutes from time, but played the full 90

Doubt: The City captain received treatment 10 minutes from time, but played the full 90

Mark Hughes vows to fight on at QPR

Harry come and save us! Fans call for Hughes to go but QPR boss vows to fight on

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UPDATED:

18:57 GMT, 17 November 2012

Under-fire manager Mark Hughes bemoaned the worst display of his QPR tenure but vowed to fight on after defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Much was made of the game's importance to the future of both the Welshman and Saints boss Nigel Adkins, whose side headed to Loftus Road a point and a place better off than the hosts.

QPR, though, failed to turn up and went off at half-time to a chorus of boos, having deservedly fallen behind to Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon goals.

Come in, Harry: Mark Hughes has vowed to fight on at QPR despite the fans turning on him

Come in, Harry: Mark Hughes has vowed to fight on at QPR despite the fans turning on him

Come in, Harry: Mark Hughes has vowed to fight on at QPR despite the fans turning on him

Junior Hoilett clawed one back four minutes into the second half but Southampton ensured a 3-1 victory courtesy of a late Anton Ferdinand own goal, leaving the Rs without a win this season and their manager under increasing pressure.

Asked if it was the worst QPR performance of his time in charge, Hughes said, 'Yes, without a shadow of a doubt.

'Today there was not that intensity. We weren't on the front foot, we weren't anticipating anything, we weren't aggressive enough. All the fundamentals that you need to build a performance [were not there].

'Maybe the anxiety of the significance of the game filtered through to them but, come on, the vast majority of them are very experienced.

'It shouldn't affect them in that manner and it surprised me that possibly it did. I can well understand the reaction [from the fans]. In fairness, it was exactly my reaction to that performance.

'We are not going to hide or try to make it positive out of a very big negative because it was a huge game for everybody connect with Queens Park Rangers, including myself, players, staff and fans.

'We have not performed, unfortunately, so when that happens it puts us in a situation that no-one anticipated this year but we are where we are.'

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has previously been forthright in his public backing of Hughes, who insists he has no intention of walking away.

'I don't run away from challenges,' he said. 'This is a huge challenge. It was a huge challenge in January when I undertook it.

'There weren't too many people queuing up when I decided it was the right role for me. I knew it was going to be problematic. We all understood that.

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back against Southampton

Out of ideas: Try as they might, QPR just couldn't find a way back against Southampton

'This year we obviously had real expectations and I was quite prepared to raise expectations because I thought we would have a good season.

'It hasn't quite happened, unfortunately, and because we have raised expectations more people are disappointed.'

Some QPR fans held up a sign saying 'Harry, come and save us', referring to former Tottenham boss Redknapp, and Southampton boss Adkins feels for the pressure today's result heaps on his opposite number.

'It's obviously my first year in the Barclays Premier League and you understand now the media attention intensifies,' he said.

'But Mark's a good guy, and you're always going to have the intensity of it. You understand that and you get on with it.'

Adkins looked relieved by the result in the post-match press conference and lauded his players' for their impressive display in west London.

'It was a good performance from us again today and it culminated in the three points we were after,' he said. 'I think it shows a good growing maturity about the players as well. We've come away from home and picked up three good points.

Net gains: Ricky Lambert got the ball rolling for Saints as they eased the pressure on Nigel Adkins

Net gains: Ricky Lambert got the ball rolling for Saints as they eased the pressure on Nigel Adkins

'You're in the Premier League and every game brings its own pressures, its own demands. We're after winning games of football. We're after developing the players.

'You could see again that we have players that are maturing all the time. There were some really good performances.

'We had a good defensive shape about ourselves today. We know we can score goals, we scored three goals away from home.

'There is a confidence growing all the time amongst the players we've got. In the Premier League, you're always going to get the media attention and when you're at the top or the bottom it is only going to intensify.'

Asked if he thinks the result helps to relief the pressure on his own position, Adkins added: 'I am a manager in the Premier League.

'You guys (the media) are always going to keep the pressure on everybody.'

Roberto Mancini wears David Platt mask

Is that you, David Mancini arrives at City training in disguise as No 2 Platt

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 16 November 2012

Roberto Mancini may be under pressure at Manchester City… but he proved he's keeping his sense of humour today.

The City boss arrived at his morning press conference wearing a David Platt mask to the amusement of the assembled press.

Platt has done many of Mancini's planned interviews in recent weeks – to the frustration of the media – so perhaps the Italian was enjoying a little joke at their expense.

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

And explaining the stunt, the Italianjoked : 'Do you prefer David or me

'People have been asking about my mood and if I have been upset.
But I had a meeting last week and that was the only reason I didn't come
to the press conference.'

When the press conference turned to more serious matters, Mancini was quick to defend under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The England stopper endured a miserable midweek trip to Sweden, when he conceded four times, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic's breathtaking acrobatic effort in stoppage time.

But Mancini threw his full support behind his No 1.

'Joe Hart can make mistakes, that is normal for any keeper,' the City boss said.

'And if you make a mistake, you can end up conceding a goal and losing a game.

'This is the life of a keeper, but he is a top performer and I think Ibrahimovic can score against every keeper in the world.

'He is one of the top five strikers in the world. For me, his best goal was the second one but the fourth was incredible.

'Joe is mentally strong and will be OK. Keepers have to be very strong and very strange and Joe is both. All 'keepers are strange to my mind.'

With Hart's position assured, Mancini
explained the exclusion from the last Premier League outing of one of
his other high-profile stars, Mario Balotelli.

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

The striker was omitted from the matchday squad for last weekend's win over Tottenham, and his manager revealed a poor work ethic in the build up to the game had been to blame.

Mancini explained: 'Mario did not play because that was my choice. We have 20 players to pick from and when any player does not work as well as he should, he does not deserve to play. Mario is like any other player in that respect.

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

'It was not a punishment, but other players were working better than Mario. They deserve to be obnt he bench more than him.

'Some
people have said we are like a married couple, but that is not the
case. I know him as a guy. I am the manager and he is the player.

'And if he does not work well, he does not play. That applies to all the players.'

Alan Pardew signs eight year extension

Toon manager Pardew signs EIGHT-year extension which will keep him at Newcastle until 2020

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UPDATED:

14:46 GMT, 27 September 2012

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has signed a whopping eight year extension on his current deal at the club.

The new deal, which also includes three of his senior coaching staff, will keep them at the club until the end of the 2019/2020 season.

Pardew, who took over for Chris Hughton in December 2010, has had an impressive tenure at Newcastle.

It's Pardy time: Alan Pardew has signed an eight-year contract extension

It's Pardy time: Alan Pardew has signed an eight-year contract extension

As well as overseeing smart signings such as Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse, Pardew led his side to finish fifth in the Premier League last season.

Managing Director Derek Llambias said: “If you look at clubs like Manchester United and Arsenal, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have shown that stability gives you the best platform to achieve success, and that is the model we wish to emulate here.

'We're looking to build on the success we had last season and these new contracts are aimed at keeping the Club progressing on and off the pitch, as we have done since returning to the Premier League in 2010.

'Alan has done a fantastic job over the last couple of years and has proved what a great Premier League manager he is.

'I have total respect for him in all football matters and have an excellent relationship with him which I think benefits the club enormously.

'Alan also has one of the best backroom teams in the country and I would like to thank John Carver, Steve Stone, and Andy Woodman for all their combined efforts.

'We hope this announcement will be great news for the fans, whose support and commitment to this club over the years has been fantastic.'

It isn't the first time this season Newcastle have handed one of their staff a bumper extension.

Chief scout Graham Carr also earned himself a further eight years on his current deal in June.

Top signings: Pardew oversaw the signings of Yohan Cabaye (above) and Cheick Tiot (below

Top signings: Pardew oversaw the signings of Yohan Cabaye (above) and Cheick Tiot (below

Top signings: Pardew oversaw the signings of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiot

Top signings: Pardew oversaw the signings of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiot (below

ALAN PARDEW FACTFILE

Alan Pardew

1961: Born July 18 in Wimbledon, London.

1987: Signs for Crystal Palace from Yeovil Town and gives up his full-time career as a glazier.

1989: Wins promotion with Palace, via the play-offs, to the old first division.

1990: Scores the extra-time winner in Palace's 4-3 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final. Palace go on to draw cup final 3-3 with Manchester United but lose replay 1-0.

1991: Helps Palace to third place in the first division, the club's highest league position.

1991: Signs for Charlton on a free transfer.

1995: After month on loan at Tottenham, Pardew signs for Barnet and begins his coaching career at Underhill.

1998: Moves to Reading with manager Terry Bullivant and takes over the reserve team.

1999: Loses his job when Reading scrap their reserve team but returns to the club later in the year as manager following dismissal of Tommy Burns.

2000: Reading finish 10th in Division Two.

2001: Takes Reading to the play-off final in his first full season in charge but the Royals are beaten 3-2 by Walsall.

2002: Reading finish second and win automatic promotion to the first division.

2003: Reading finish fourth in the first division but lose to Wolves 3-1 in the play-off semi-final.

September 10 – Hands in his resignation after Reading chairman John Madejski refuses West Ham permission to speak to his manager.

September 18 – West Ham reach out-of-court settlement with Reading of 380,000 compensation and one month's gardening leave for Pardew.
October 18 – Takes over as West Ham's 10th manager.

2004: Reaches the play-off final but loses 1-0 to former club Palace.

2005: Reaches play-off final again and beats Preston 1-0 with a goal from Bobby Zamora to secure a return to the Premiership.

2006: April 23 – West Ham beat Middlesbrough at Villa Park to reach first FA Cup final in 16 years and qualify for the UEFA Cup.

May 7 – Beat Tottenham on final day of the season to secure ninth place.

May 13 – Loses the FA Cup final to Liverpool on penalties after Steven Gerrard's equaliser in the last minute of normal time forces a 3-3 draw.

Pardew oversaw the signing of Carlos Tevez

August 31 – Agrees to sign Argentina internationals Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano from Corinthians in a deal brokered by businessman Kia Joorabchian.

September 28 – West Ham lose 3-0 in Palermo and crash out of the UEFA Cup 4-0 on aggregate.

October 24 – An eighth straight defeat sees West Ham knocked out of Carling Cup by Chesterfield.

November 21 – West Ham board of directors accept Icelandic businessman Eggert Magnusson's 85million takeover bid.

December 11 – Sacked after five defeats in six matches.

December 24 – Appointed Charlton manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract, with the club 19th in the Premier League.

2007: May – Suffers relegation for first time in career.

2008: May – Expected promotion challenge fails to materialise as Addicks finish season in 11th.

November 22 – Parts company with Charlton by mutual consent after Addicks slip into the Championship drop zone on back of eight-game winless run.

2009: July 17 – Appointed Southampton manager on a three-year contract.

2010: March 28 – Leads Saints to Johnstone's Paint Trophy glory with 4-1 final win over Carlisle at Wembley – the club's first trophy since 1976.

August 30 – Sacked as Southampton manager – just two days after the team's 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers.

December 9: Appointed Newcastle manager on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

2011: February 5 – Newcastle come from 4-0 down at half-time to draw 4-4 with Arsenal.

May 22 – Guides Newcastle to a 12th-placed finish in their first year back in the Premier League.

November 19 – Newcastle lose their first game of the 2011/12 season – 3-1 at Manchester City – after a summer of recruitment which included the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba moving to St James' Park.

May 11 – Named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Season two days before the final game at Everton, which Newcastle lose 3-1 to finish fifth, qualifying for the Europa League.

September 3 – Given a two-match touchline ban and fined 20,000 for pushing an assistant referee during the 2-1 win over Tottenham on the opening day of the 2012/13 season.

September 27 – Awarded new eight-year deal with Newcastle.

Charles Green served with notice of complaint by Scottish FA

Rangers chief Green faces charges for comments about SPL Benefit Trust panel

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UPDATED:

16:03 GMT, 18 September 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association.

Green was charged for alleged comments made regarding the integrity of the commission, chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith, which will investigate the Ibrox club's use of Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs).

The three-man panel was set up by the Scottish Premier League to discover if Rangers had broken any rules in using the EBTs during the tenure of former owner Sir David Murray from 2000 to 2011.

Outspoken: Rangers chief executive Charles Green (right) faces censure from the SFA

Outspoken: Rangers chief executive Charles Green (right) faces censure from the SFA

Green refused to recognise or co-operate with the commission, set to meet on November 13, and was reported as saying: 'That's what we're going to spend our time doing, not turning up at supposedly independent hearings where the SPL appoint the jury, set the outcome, and set the punishment before we have the trial.'

Green has been charged with breaching Disciplinary Rule 66 by allegedly 'Bringing the game into disrepute by calling into question the integrity of the Commission… by suggesting in a media interview that the outcome and sanction of said Commission had been pre-determined by the SPL.'

He has also been charged with 'Not acting in the best interests of football by calling into question the integrity of the Commission… by suggesting in a media interview that the outcome and sanction of said Commission had been pre-determined by the SPL', a breach of Disciplinary Rule 71.

More trouble: Green faces charges that he broke two SFA rules

More trouble: Green faces charges that he broke two SFA rules

Green has until Monday, September 24 to respond to the notice of complaint, with a hearing scheduled in principle for Thursday, October 4.

Rule 66 states that 'No recognised football body, club, official, team official or other member of team staff, player, referee, or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall bring the game into disrepute.'

Rule 71 states that 'A recognised football body, club, official, team official, other member of team staff, player or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall, at all times, act in the best interests of association football. Furthermore, such person or body shall not act in any manner which is improper or use any one, or a combination, of violent conduct, serious foul play, threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour.'

David Healy to make Northern Ireland comeback

Healy set to ride to O'Neill's rescue with return against Portugal

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21:30 GMT, 12 September 2012

Record scorer David Healy is ready to take some of the heat off Michael O’Neill by making an eagerly-awaited Northern Ireland comeback in next month’s World Cup qualifier in Portugal.

Sidelined while he attempted to resolve his future, after leaving Rangers at the end of last season, Healy was due to return to the Northern Ireland attack against Luxembourg on Tuesday, until suffering a thigh strain for his new club, Bury.

Comeback: David Healy (right) will return for Northern Ireland

Comeback: David Healy (right) will return for Northern Ireland

In his absence, Northern Ireland squandered a series of clear-cut chances and ended up being booed off after a late Luxembourg equaliser extended O’Neill’s winless run to five games.

Though under no immediate pressure, so early in his tenure, former Shamrock Rovers boss O’Neill is wary of losing public support and desperately needs 35-goal marksman Healy to pep up his shot-shy attack.

Struggling: Michael O'Neill watched his side draw with Luxembourg

Struggling: Michael O'Neill watched his side draw with Luxembourg

The 33-year old former Leeds and Fulham striker is eager to answer the call and intends building up towards the Portugal trip by returning to League One action against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.