Man City & Man Utd, Hodgson latest plus Tuesday's gossip column
MANCHESTER CITY V MANCHESTER UNITED REACTION
Manchester City midfielder Vincent Kompany called on his side to finish the job in the race for the Premier League title after scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson accused Roberto Mancini of "haranguing" the match officials throughout the 1-0 defeat for Manchester United. "He refereed the game," said Ferguson of Mancini after the rival managers clashed during the second half.
Noisy neighbours? You could say that. The roar that erupted from the Etihad Stadium at 9.56pm on Monday night will live long in the memory of all who heard it, whether it represented, to them, the rapturous celebration or, to Manchester United's players and supporters, the howling of some dreadful monster coming to life.
From chairman to manager, player to supporter, Manchester City's hunger for this Premier League title is almost tangible. Closer and closer.
Can you hear them? The noisy neighbours have started the party.
ROY HODGSON LATEST
Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is West Brom's No 1 target to replace England-bound Roy Hodgson.
West Brom boss Hodgson was pictured leaving Wembley after four hours of "very positive talks" on Monday with a "draft itinerary" of England's plans for the Euro 2012 finals, including the training camp in Spain and friendlies against Norway and Belgium.
The former Liverpool manager will have to convince England's doubting players that he is the right man for the top job. While the likes of Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and others went public in their backing in February for Harry Redknapp to succeed Fabio Capello, the Twitter silence of the England dressing room over the past 36 hours has spoken volumes.
Hodgson will perform a dual role until the end of the season, planning for England Euro 2012 campaign while overseeing West Brom's final two Premier League games.
Former Switzerland international and Blackburn defender Stephane Henchoz has tipped Hodgson to be a success as England manager, although he admits he does have concerns about his ability to work with the very top players.
Hodgson's backroom staff is anticipated to include Ray Lewington, with whom he worked at Fulham.
Manchester City have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to sign winger Eden Hazard, who is valued at £30m by his club Lille.
Arsene Wenger has set his sights on making Ajax midfielder Jan Vertonghen Arsenal's next signing after unveiling Cologne striker Lukas Podolski.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has joined Aston Villa in the chase for Brazil-born defender Douglas. Pardew watched the £8m defensive target as FC Twente lost to Ajax on Sunday.
Celtic striker Gary Hooper is not interested in a move to newly-promoted Premier League club Southampton because he wants to play in the Champions League.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wants to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to the signature of Anderlecht's defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia this summer.
Liverpool have joined Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain in the race for Montpellier winger Younes Belhanda, 22.
United Arab Emirates club Al Ain are confident of signing Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan on a permanent basis in June.
Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill wants the green light to raid former club Portsmouth for David Norris and Luke Varney.
Tottenham are in no rush to offer boss Harry Redknapp a new contract. Redknapp has one year left on his contract with talks on hold until the summer at the earliest.
Wolves are lining up Blackpool boss Ian Holloway to replace Terry Connor as their new manager.
Everton boss David Moyes says South African midfielder Steven Pienaar wants to stay at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Moyes has urged Jack Rodwell to turn down the chance to play for Team GB at the Olympics - or risk more injury woe.
Sunderland centre-half Michael Turner is confident Martin O'Neill's summer spending spree will rejuvenate the feel-good factor on Wearside after a tepid conclusion to the campaign.
Blackburn Rovers director Vineeth Rao has denied reports that the Venky's consortium was looking to sell the club.
Leeds United have unveiled their new home strip for next season with a rousing 'Eminem 8 Mile-inspired' video starring their manager Neil Warnock.