BET OF THE DAY

McClaren 5/1 to follow Nottm Forest failure with Dutch title

Second phase of reputation resuscitation therapy is working a treat

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One club’s comedy villain is another’s saviour, and so it was that months after leaving Nottingham Forest with his reputation in England severely wounded once again, Steve McClaren rocked up at FC Twente and immediately had them cooing.

The former England manager’s comeback match ended in a 5-0 thrashing of RKC Waalwijk. Making the success [...]

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UNEDUCATED GUESSES

Five bold, probably misguided, Championship predictions

Nigel Pearson, the best Championship Manager since 2001-02

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Neither West Ham nor Leicester will win it

Both have assured bosses, big wallets and have spent well, but the distance between them and the chasing pack in the betting is staggering for a division famed for chewing up big clubs. West Ham started their last Championship stint with England internationals in tow and wound [...]

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Manager transfer news

McLeish needs to watch his back and McClaren has to drop down a level

The new Aston Villa boss…

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Alex McLeish has put the cat amongst the pigeons, the fox in the hen house and the sh*t in the fan by leaving Birmingham – despite the Blues sticking by him after he somehow managed to get them relegated.

Even worse than that, he [...]

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Excellent goals

Swansea and Forest’s play-off game had four brilliant goals…

(L-R) John Toshack, long-haired ginger man, Gary Speed

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The first Championship play-off semi-final second-leg (that is a word count buggering up name for a game if ever there was one) took place last night and it was an absolute bloody belter – look how thrilled John Toshack and Gary [...]

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False Dawn Countdown

The five most misleading Premiership opening day results of all time

One day of sunshine does not a summer make

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As Spurs fans jauntily swagger down the street, whistling the Champions League theme tune, and Everton supporters sit hunched in their garages considering their very existence, its worth remembering that the Opening Day is often as misleading as [...]

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