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League One round-up: Swindon go top but Fabrizio Piccareta says he will resign in the morning

Piccareta claims he and Swindon's backroom staff will resign on Wednesday despite Robins going top

PUBLISHED:

22:38 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:22 GMT, 19 February 2013

Swindon assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta claimed the club's backroom staff were all set to resign in the morning despite a 3-1 victory over Tranmere taking them to the top of League One.

Manager Paolo Di Canio quit yesterday citing off-field problems at the club and Piccareta revealed after the victory at Prenton Park the technical staff would follow suit.

Piccareta, who was put in charge for the trip to Tranmere, was adamant it would be his final game.

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

'After this game, this fantastic game
that everyone has witnessed, I want to tell you that this is our last
game as technical staff of this football club,' said Piccareta

'I want to highlight one thing. This
achievement that this fantastic team got tonight, so top of the league
and this victory has a name, and a surname and that is Paolo Di Canio.

'People must know that yesterday he
released a statement at 7pm, but until 5pm yesterday afternoon we were
together preparing for this game as usual, in the best professional way.

'And I just spoke to Paolo because he
just rang me to congratulate us and the players because he is absolutely
happy of what his team has achieved.'

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

He added: 'From tomorrow, I don't know what is
going on with Swindon Town Football Club but this was a very important
moment to say thanks to the Swindon Town fans that are amazing.

'Tomorrow morning we will resign
because we are here for Paolo Di Canio and we will follow Paolo Di Canio
everywhere. Even if he will coach Real Madrid or Luton Town.'

All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park.

James Collins hit a fierce long-range opener for the Robins (48) with Gary Roberts (71) firing into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards to double the lead.

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Tranmere pulled one back seven minutes later when Donervon Daniels slotted home from close range but any hopes of a comeback were dashed by Roberts' stunning long-range strike at the death.

In the other League One match, Oldham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Stevenage.

James Dunne gave Stevenage a ninth-minute lead but the Latics hit back through Dean Furman (46) and a James Tarkowski header (60).

Big freeze hits sport again

Big freeze hits sport again as football fixtures loses more matches and Cheltenham waits on Saturday's show

By
Marcus Townend

PUBLISHED:

12:25 GMT, 25 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:07 GMT, 26 January 2013

Cheltenham’s big Saturday meeting featuring key Festival trials has passed its Friday inspection but is still subject to a 7am check tomorrow as the track continue to hedge their bets.

No problems are anticipated but the possibility of switching the meeting to Sunday has been retained should unexpected weather hit the track.

A number of football fixtures have also fallen victim to the frozen weather (see below).

Snow joke: The Cheltenham Trials meeting is under threat

Snow joke: The Cheltenham Trials meeting is under threat

Snow joke: The Cheltenham Trials meeting is under threat
Postponed football matches

npower League 1
Tranmere v Swindon

npower League 2
Bradford v Wycombe

Blue Square Bet Premier
Alfreton Town v Tamworth
Hyde v Ebbsfleet United

Kidderminster Harriers v Woking

Scottish Second Division
Albion v Stenhousemuir
Brechin v Queen of South

Scottish Third Division
Annan Athletic v Peterhead
East Stirling v Clyde
Elgin v Queen's Park

The circuit has been cleared of snow but some is expected to hit the course this afternoon being followed by rain.

Cheltenham communications manager Andy Clifton said: 'The course is fit to race and we will be taking the covers off this afternoon, but we have called a precautionary check for 7am.

'The situation is that we are forecast a little bit of snow around teatime today which is then due to be followed by a band of rain.

'Given the more severe weather which is forecast across the country later today, we felt it prudent to call a precautionary inspection just in case our local forecasts are wrong.

'If the forecast is right, which they
have largely been this week, I think we might be able to give the
meeting the go-ahead before 7am tomorrow. If the forecast is right, we
would be extremely confident of racing tomorrow.

Trainers will be required to declare their horses for Saturday and then declare them again for Sunday.

Inspection: Officials will look at the track at 7am on Saturday

Inspection: Officials will look at the track at 7am on Saturday

Clifton added: 'The whole point of us
having that ghost card, even though we are confident of racing, was to
give us the option of Sunday. If there is some unexpected problem
overnight, we have the option to wait until Sunday.'

Cheltenham’s
card features a Gold Cup trial in the Argento Chase and the Victor
Chandler Chase in which unbeaten chaser Sprinter Sacre runs.

Inspection: Officials will look at the track at 7am on Saturday

Hard at work: Groundstaff clear snow off the track on Friday

Hard at work: Groundstaff clear snow off the track on Friday

Hard at work: Groundstaff clear snow off the track on Friday

A few football matches have been postponed because of the freezing conditions.

In League One, the match at Prenton Park between Tranmere Rovers and Swindon Town has been called off, as has the League Two game between Bradford City and Wycombe.

In the Conference, the matches at Alfreton, Hyde and Kidderminster are off, while only one match in Conference North – Worcester City v Histon – has survived.

In the Conference South, the games at Billericay Town, Boreham Wood and Maidenhead United have been postponed.

Five games in Scotland are off as things stand – in the second division at Albion Rovers and Brechin, and in the third division at Annan, East Stirling and Elgin City.

Alex Ferguson to send Davide Petrucci and Scott Wootton to Peterborough

Ferguson to send Petrucci and Wootton to Posh (to help his son avoid relegation)

season, and has
also had temporary spells at Tranmere Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

Wootton has made four first-team
appearances at Old Trafford this season – in the Capital One Cup matches
against Newcastle United and Chelsea, and the two Champions League
group stage games with Cluj.

Wootton was also wanted by Bristol
City, Birmingham and Blackburn, according to reports. He is also
reportedly in talks over a new two-year contract at United.

Time to help my son: Ferguson will send Petrucci and Wootton to Peterborough

Time to help my son: Ferguson will send Petrucci and Wootton to Peterborough

Cheers dad: Peterborough are 21st in the Championship and in danger of relegation to the third tier

Cheers dad: Peterborough are 21st in the Championship and in danger of relegation to the third tier

Italian-born Petrucci, 21, was acquired from Roma in July 2008 but the midfielder saw his first-team breakthrough delayed by a succession of injuries.

He is currently the captain of United's reserves and would gain from first team experience at Peterborough as he pushes for a senior debut at old Trafford next season.

Currently, he is best known for being punched by Nani in a bust-up at United's Carrington training ground.

Meanwhile, young United winger Robbie Brady has joined Hull City.

Nani cousin Rico Gomes Leaves Manchester United to sign for Stalybridge Celtic

Nani's cousin Gomes signs for Celtic after failing to make grade at United (Stalybridge Celtic, that is)

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UPDATED:

16:14 GMT, 3 December 2012

Rico Gomes, the cousin of Manchester United winger Nani, has signed for Stalybridge Celtic.

Gomes, 19, who has had trials with Stoke City in the past, came through the ranks at United's academy but was released earlier this season and is linking up with nearby Blue Square Bet North side Celtic who are managed by Jim Harvey, the former Arsenal and Tranmere midfielder.

The Portuguese winger was tipped to be a big star. He has played for Portugal's Under 16s and figured in Manchester United's Milk Cup winning side in 2009.

Family affair Nani's cousin has not made the grade at Old Trafford

Family affair Nani's cousin has not made the grade at Old Trafford

Quick and similar in style to his cousin, Gomes hopes to use Celtic as a springboard to finding another league club.

They stand 11th in the Blue Square Bet North division and face Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has defended United's form this season.

The Red Devils head to Reading this evening knowing victory will ensure they are top of the Barclays Premier League when they take on City in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on December 8.

Some critics cannot quite believe it, nor that United have a seven-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea, given that their performances at times have been quite poor.

They have gone behind on an incredible 13 occasions and Michael Carrick described Wednesday’s win over West Ham as “far from a classic”.

However, Ferguson is not joining the criticism.

'I don't think the form has been that bad to be honest,' he said. 'But when you are manager of this club, you have to go through that analysis about Manchester United not being as good as they used to be.

'We are still top of the league so we must be doing something right.'

Top of the pile: United are making a habit of coming from behind to win games

Top of the pile: United are making a habit of coming from behind to win games

Chelsea v Manchester United – guide to the young stars on show

Who is going to shine The young stars to look out for at Chelsea and United

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 31 October 2012

Both Manchester United and Chelsea are set to put their faith in youth as they go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup. Sportsmail takes a look at the players who could stand out for their sides.

CHELSEA

Chelsea’s blockbuster buys have been the main attraction at Stamford Bridge this season, but tonight some of Chelsea’s new young stars will hope to impress.

Victor Moses was already a Premier League regular when he joined from Wigan in the summer.

Looking to make his name: Victor Moses made a big money move to Chelsea from Wigan in the summer

Looking to make his name: Victor Moses made a big money move to Chelsea from Wigan in the summer

Powerful and direct, the 21-year-old winger has featured six times already this season and scored against Wolves in the last round of the Capital One Cup.

Lucas Piazon is another highly rated Chelsea talent. The 18-year-old Brazilian forward joined the club in January 2012 and made his debut in the last round against Wolves.

Shining star: Lucas Piazon is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge

Shining star: Lucas Piazon is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge

Watch out for right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 23, and fellow Spaniard Oriol Romeu, 21, who has already made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge.

Forgotten man Marko Marin, 23, will also feature. The German has been overshadowed by Eden Hazard and Oscar.

MANCHESTER UNITED

United have a fine record of producing talented youngsters and tonight’s game will give four more the chance to shine.

Scott Wootton, 21, is a centre back who joined from Liverpool in 2007 and has already featured for United in the Champions League this season. With loan spells at Tranmere, Peterborough and Nottingham Forest under his belt, the versatile defender finally looks ready to make the step up.

Capital gain: Scott Wootton is ready to step up

Capital gain: Scott Wootton is ready to step up

Also watch out for Belgian Marnick Vermijl, 20, an attack-minded right back, and defender Michael Keane, 19, who was voted Reserves Player of the Year.

New signing Nick Powell joined from Crewe in the summer and the talented 18-year-old midfielder is already training with United’s first team.

Ready to shine: Nick Powell has stepped up to Manchester United from Crewe

Ready to shine: Nick Powell has stepped up to Manchester United from Crewe

The young players to watch out for during the Chelsea v Manchester United clash

Who is going to shine The young stars to look out for at Chelsea and United

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UPDATED:

00:26 GMT, 31 October 2012

Both Manchester United and Chelsea are set to put their faith in youth as they go head-to-head in the Capital One Cup. Sportsmail takes a look at the players who could stand out for their sides.

CHELSEA

Chelsea’s blockbuster buys have been the main attraction at Stamford Bridge this season, but tonight some of Chelsea’s new young stars will hope to impress.

Victor Moses was already a Premier League regular when he joined from Wigan in the summer.

Looking to make his name: Victor Moses made a big money move to Chelsea from Wigan in the summer

Looking to make his name: Victor Moses made a big money move to Chelsea from Wigan in the summer

Powerful and direct, the 21-year-old winger has featured six times already this season and scored against Wolves in the last round of the Capital One Cup.

Lucas Piazon is another highly rated Chelsea talent. The 18-year-old Brazilian forward joined the club in January 2012 and made his debut in the last round against Wolves.

Shining star: Lucas Piazon is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge

Shining star: Lucas Piazon is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge

Watch out for right back Cesar Azpilicueta, 23, and fellow Spaniard Oriol Romeu, 21, who has already made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge.

Forgotten man Marko Marin, 23, will also feature. The German has been overshadowed by Eden Hazard and Oscar.

MANCHESTER UNITED

United have a fine record of producing talented youngsters and tonight’s game will give four more the chance to shine.

Scott Wootton, 21, is a centre back who joined from Liverpool in 2007 and has already featured for United in the Champions League this season. With loan spells at Tranmere, Peterborough and Nottingham Forest under his belt, the versatile defender finally looks ready to make the step up.

Capital gain: Scott Wootton is ready to step up

Capital gain: Scott Wootton is ready to step up

Also watch out for Belgian Marnick Vermijl, 20, an attack-minded right back, and defender Michael Keane, 19, who was voted Reserves Player of the Year.

New signing Nick Powell joined from Crewe in the summer and the talented 18-year-old midfielder is already training with United’s first team.

Ready to shine: Nick Powell has stepped up to Manchester United from Crewe

Ready to shine: Nick Powell has stepped up to Manchester United from Crewe

Phil Brown set to take Coventry job

Former Hull and Preston boss Brown set to take Coventry hot seat

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 12 September 2012

Phil Brown is set for a return to management at League One side Coventry City.

The 53-year-old has been out of work since being axed by Preston in December but was interviewed by Sky Blues chiefs on Tuesday.

Coventry talks: Phil Brown

Coventry talks: Phil Brown

And the former Bolton No 2 and Derby boss has replaced Oxford boss Chris Wilder as the new favourite to succeed the sacked Andy Thorn at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry have yet to confirm whether a new manager will be in place for Saturday's match against Tranmere.

Richard Shaw and Lee Carsley will remain in charge of the Sky Blues on a caretaker basis until a permanent manager is appointed.

Stephen Ireland targets new deal at Aston Villa

Ireland targets new deal after midfielder handed Villa lifeline by Lambert

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UPDATED:

20:01 GMT, 29 August 2012

Stephen Ireland returned to Aston
Villa's line-up with a man-of-the-match display in Tuesday's Capital One
Cup win over Tranmere, and he wants a new deal.

The midfielder set up two goals in the 3-0 victory and said: 'Paul Lambert is a good guy. He's been fair with me.

Point to prove: Aston Viila's Stephen Ireland (left)

Point to prove: Aston Viila's Stephen Ireland (left)

'At the end of the season I've got 12 months left on my contract so I'm looking to prove myself and earn another one here.'

Capital One Cup: Football League clubs forced to play strong sides

Anger at Cup ruling after Football League clubs forced to play strong teams

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 27 August 2012

Football League clubs are under strict orders not to play weakened teams in the League Cup this season — but Premier League teams can do as they please.

The new rule has been introduced into the newly named Capital One Cup, in an effort to ensure supporters get value for money, but has provoked anger at Football League clubs.

Aston Villa's Scottish manager Paul Lambert

Leeds manager Neil Warnock

Rules: Paul Lambert (left) can field a weakened team but Neil Warnock must not

Aggrieved managers feel the principle of different rules for teams in the same competition is unfair and raised the issue at a recent LMA meeting.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert can rotate his squad and rest players against Tranmere on Tuesday, as can West Ham against Crewe, but Leeds, who play Oxford, are among those clubs who must field a strong team.

Bolton reject Swansea"s 3.5million bid for Mark Davies

Bolton reject Swansea's opening salvo for Davies as Laudrup seeks Allen's replacement

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 7 August 2012

Swansea have had an initial 3.5million offer for Bolton's Mark Davies rejected.

Swansea want Davies to replace Joe Allen, who is joining Liverpool.

Davies played in Bolton's 3-1 win over Tranmere with on-loan striker Benik Afobe scoring a hat-trick.

Combative: Mark Davies (left)

Combative: Mark Davies (left)