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Neil Johnston and Luke Reddy

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  1. Goodbye

    And that will be that for Friday. It has been a busy one with 11 news conferences in the bag.

    Aston Villa made the biggest move of the day in signing Carlos Sanchez for around £5m and Malky Mackay wants to succeed Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace.

    Feverish stuff and the big day has not even arrived yet. Just 18 hours and 40 minutes until kick off.

    Thanks you for all your interaction. Make sure you follow our live text covering all the action tomorrow.

  2. Vote: Who will make the most Premier League assists?

    Juan Mata

    Our final vote of the day is over and you have selected Juan Mata as the man most likely to top the assists chart this season.

    The Manchester United playmaker gets 20% of the vote, with Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas second on 17%.

  3. Loan move for Liverpool youngster

    Liverpool confirm Joao Carlos Teixeira joins Brighton on loan until the end of the season.

    The 21-year-old will work under former Reds captain Sami Hypia, who manages the Championship side.

  4. Simple but effective

    Carlos Sanchez
  5. Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST, Saturday)

    Former England captain Gary Lineker: I think that Arsenal could run Chelsea very close. There, I've said it.

  6. Mackay for the Palace?

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "Malky Mackay is keen on the vacant manager's position at Crystal Palace following the departure of Tony Pulis.

    "Pulis left the club by mutual consent on Thursday and Mackay is the overwhelming favourite to be appointed as his successor.

    "Mackay worked with Palace sporting director Iain Moody at Watford and Cardiff, and has a strong relationship with Eagles chairman Steve Parish.

    "It is understood Palace will approach the former Norwich City defender."

    A banner supporting Malky Mackay is held aloft
  7. Schneiderlin to soldier on for Saints

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin is ready to play at Anfield on Sunday - if selected.

    The 24-year-old midfielder had informed the club last week he was "not mentally or physically ready" to play after being linked to a move to Tottenham.

    However, Koeman says the Frenchman has trained well all week and is available for the season opener at Liverpool.

    "He showed me that he is ready to play in the last week of training," Koeman told BBC Sport.

  8. More new Potters

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of adding more new players to his squad before the end of the current transfer window.

    Hughes has declared himself "very pleased" with the business he has done so far, which has seen him recruit Bojan Krkic, Mame Biram Diouf, Steve Sidwell, Phil Bardsley and Dionatan Teixeira.

    "We are still hopeful on a number of fronts," he says. "I think a lot things are dictated by people other than ourselves, so you just have to wait for the process to run its course and we'll see where we are at the end of it."

  9. Green day for Blues

    There may be just a shade under 24 hours to go until the Premier League gets started but there is still time for final preparations.

    Chelsea's payers have had two training sessions today and sandwiched in the middle have put their best foot forward to get their green-screen images done for the season.

    You know the ones...player turns to the camera and walks before typically folding his arms. Hope you've been practicing, Cesc.

    Cesc Fanregas
  10. Burnley's interest in McArthur not a worry for Rosler

    Wigan manager Uwe Rosler has responded to interest from Burnley in the club's midfielder James McArthur.

    Burnley, promoted to the Premier League in May, reportedly made a £4m offer for the 26-year-old Scotland international.

    "We made them aware of the situation - we don't expect any more bids from Burnley because we told them the player is not for sale," says Rosler. "We didn't give any valuation - we're not looking to give any valuation because the player is not for sale."

  11. Post update

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST, Saturday)

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere: The season starts tomorrow and I am absolutely buzzing like every single football fan out there! Let's make this a special one.

  12. Villa complete Sanchez signing

    Aston Villa announce the signing of Colombia international Carlos Sanchez from Spanish side Elche.

    Carlos Sanchez

    The 28-year-old signs a four-year contract with Paul Lambert's side for a reported fee of £4.7m.

    Sanchez played four times for Colombia at the Brazil World Cup where his side were eventually eliminated by the hosts.

  13. Facing old friends?

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    A billboard outside a pub in Southampton

    BBC Late Kick Off presenter Tony Husband tweets: One Southampton pub having a bit of fun before season opener.

    Southampton sold Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana to their opening day opponents during the summer.

  14. Vote: Who will make the most assists?

    A reminder that on the right hand side of this page you can select which player you think will make the most assists in the league this season. You have about 20 minutes of voting time to go.

  15. Vote result: Who will finish as Premier League top scorer?

    Diego Costa and Daniel Sturridge

    You have voted in your thousands and it came down to just 26 votes but you believe Daniel Sturridge will finish the season as top scorer in the Premier League.

    The Liverpool striker gets 22% of the vote with Chelsea's Diego Costa second with 21.76%.

    The Manchester United pair of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were split by just nine votes but the Dutchman came out ahead with 12.71% overall.

  16. Shearer rules out management return

    Alan Shearer has effectively ruled out a return to football management. The former Newcastle United player and manager has remained a TV pundit since his short stint in charge of the Magpies back in 2009.

    Speaking at the new launch of BBC Match of the Day, Shearer says: "The longer you're out the game the harder it is to get back in. That candle isn't burning as much as it was when I finished playing, so I don't think I will go into management now."

    Match of the Day, presented by Gary Lineker, returns to BBC One on Saturday at 22:30 BST, when Shearer will be joined by Ruud Gullit,

  17. Pardew's desired gift for Ashley

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he hopes to repay owner Mike Ashley for his backing with a successful season.

    Pardew, 53, signed a contract in 2012 to keep him at the club until 2020 but suffered a controversial 201314 campaign as a result of his touchline head-butt on Hull City's David Meyler.

    "He stood by me and this feels like an up time for me," Pardew, who has signed nine players this summer, tells a news conference. "He's armed me again, he's stood by me.

    "I can always give him an honesty of where we are and he listens - that's why so many players have entered the building. We needed them."

  18. Get involved


    Keep sending us your football rituals. Some of them have been very funny, others a little alarming. You can tweet #myfootyritual, text 81111 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Sha Maharaj, Surrey: When I sit to watch a Liverpool match, my TV remote has to be on my right hands side always and my right leg folding under my left thigh....if not then Liverpool always lose.

  19. Barca new boy to miss start of season

    Barcelona's German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a back injury.

    Ter Stegen, 22, signed in the close season from Borussia Moenchengladbach, is suffering "a small fracture" to a vertebra in the lower back.

  20. Reds in striker search

    Manager Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool will seek to find a new striker all the way up to the end of the transfer window.

    The Reds sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona during the summer and acquired strikers Rickie Lambert from Southampton and Divock Origi from Lille, only for the latter to be loaned back to the French club.

    "We haven't brought in another striker other than Rickie Lambert but we aim to do that," says Rodgers. "If we don't, it means the right player hasn't become available for us, and if that is the case we will continue with the group we have and I will be happy to go into the season with that team."

  21. Feeling comfortable?

    West Brom v Sunderland (15:0 BST, Saturday)

    Gus Poyet
  22. Stop saying it wrong

    When is Louis van Gaal suddenly loo-EE vun KHAAL? When you pronounce it properly that's when.

    Pronunciation is a complex art and if you want to show off in front of your mates at the pub, take a look at our BBC feature which highlights how you get your tongue around the most difficult names in the Premier League.

  23. Hughes in favour of vanishing spray

    Vanishing spray

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes says he is in favour of vanishing spray ahead of its Premier League debut on Saturday. Referees will use the spray to indicate the position of free-kicks and the distance the defensive wall must retreat.

    "It is one of those grey areas, so to have the line there where players can't step over that line - it will help everyone," says Hughes. "There has been a bit of encroachment in previous years but now that won't be the case."

  24. Get involved


    Some of you have been getting in touch with your football rituals.

    Rob in Blackburn writes: "When I was a kid, my pre-game ritual always involved buying a multi-pack of extra strong mints. I used to be convinced that each mint equalled a chance on goal, so when we were struggling I would gobble a mint! During one particularly tough game, I consumed four packs of mints and then was sick all over the lady sat in front of me. We won the game though, so it was worth it in the end!"

    Tweet #myfootyritual with your own tales.

  25. No Sir Alex meeting - van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal and Sir Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his biggest challenge for the season is to "give the fans pleasure", but he reveals he has not met with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    United claimed the title in 2013 under Ferguson, who was central in appointing the man van Gaal eventually succeeded - David Moyes.

    Asked if he has met Ferguson, van Gaal says: "No, until this moment I have not found the time to do that but I do not know if he is at home. It was in the planning that I would see him in the US but he called off and I have also been very busy with a lot of things."

  26. Pardew in warning to Man City

    Newcastle v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew warns champions Manchester City that his side is much stronger one year on. The Magpies crumbled to a 4-0 defeat against City on the opening day of last season.

    "'The difference now is we're much more settled," says Pardew. "If you see more quality around you feel more confident. The players who have been here a while see that the group is bigger and stronger.

    "I do feel we can give them a good game."

  27. Captain on and off the pitch

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he has re-iterated the importance of off-the-pitch responsibility to the club's new captain Wayne Rooney.

    "He accepted the responsibility," says van Gaal. "I like him very much - how he trained and also how he performed in the games and how he performed to his fellow players."

    Rooney has scored 216 goals in 442 appearances for the club.

  28. Post update

    Crystal Palace: Keith Millen says new signing Martin Kelly joked: "I didn't think I trained that badly yesterday!"

    Defender Kelly completed his move to Palace from Liverpool on Thursday morning - just hours before manager Tony Pulis left by mutual consent.

  29. Millen on Pulis exit

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    More from Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen, who says the departure of Tony Pulis has come as a "shock".

    "I wasn't expecting to be sitting here a day before the season starts," he adds. "It has been a shock to all of us because we had a great pre-season. Tony really worked them hard.

    "The players will be wondering who is coming in and what direction we are going to go in. But we have to stay focused on tomorrow. We have to focus purely on the Arsenal game, both physically and mentally. When we do that, we are a match for any team."

  30. Man Utd momentum

    Louis van Gaal
  31. Millen on Pulis departure

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (17:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen believes the team's confidence will not be hit by the surprise departure of manager Tony Pulis.

    "I got a phone call from the chairman at 21:00 BST on Thursday and I was asked to take training today and take the team tomorrow," says Millen.

    "Tony is single minded and he knows what he wants on the football field. The transfer dealings have frustrated us as a club. We had a brief meeting this morning and I told them Tony loved working with them. Confidence-wise, it shouldn't effect us at all."

  32. No left-sided nightmares for van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal adds he is "not worried" at the prospect of using Ashley Young or Reece James at left-back in the absence of the injured Luke Shaw.

    The sale of Patrice Evra to Juventus has left Shaw, who was signed for £27m this summer, as United's only recognised left-back but he is expected to miss the opening month of the season.

    "We played in the USA with Reece James and Ashley Young in that position. I'm not worried," says van Gaal.

  33. No RVP for Swansea fixture

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confirms Robin van Persie has "no chance" of featuring in their season opener against Swansea on Saturday.

    Van Persie played under ex-Netherlands coach Van Gaal during the summer's World Cup and was ordered to take an extended break ahead of the new season.

    "He has to train," says van Gaal, who says Sam Johnstone, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck are all also injured.

  34. Post update

    Guardian chief football writer Danny Taylor on the future of Manchester City defender Micah Richards: "Several clubs have asked about Richards. The problem is the fee. Man City want around £6-7m and that's putting off potential buyers.

    "Man City also hoping James Milner - good pro that he is - will be as committed as normal now it is almost certain he won't be leaving. Milner had wanted out for large part of summer but Arsenal and Liverpool both put off by his wages (and potential fee). City always wanted him to stay."

  35. Hughes targets more signings

    Stoke City v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes says he is looking to add to his five summer signings before the transfer window closes.

    The Potters have secured Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell, Mame Biram Diouf, Dionatan Teixeira and Bojan Krkic this summer.

    "We are still hopeful on a number of fronts, adds Hughes. "We just have to bide our time. A lot of these things are dictated by people other than ourselves. We have options out there. We do have a budget and an amount of money that we are willing to spend."

  36. Man Utd target left out of friendly squad

    Juan Cuadrado

    Manchester United and Barcelona target Juan Cuadrado has been left out of Fiorentina's squad for Saturday's meeting with Real Madrid, prompting speculation over his future.

    The Daily Mail reports Cuadrado, 26, has not travelled with La Viola for the friendly in Warsaw.

    Cuadrado rose to prominence during the World Cup with impressive displays for Colombia and has scored 20 goals in 83 games for his club.

  37. Borini keen on Black Cats move - Poyet

    West Brom v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is keen to join the Black Cats.

    Liverpool have accepted a £14m bid from their Premier League rivals for the Italian forward but the move has yet to be completed.

    "I cannot tell you everything because it's not fair on anybody," adds Poyet. "But it's not like Borini doesn't want to come and we're trying to convince him. So calm, please!"

  38. Liverpool ready for new title challenge

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool "arrived a year too early" last season but insists his players will be challenging for the title again this time.

    The Reds finished runners-up to Manchester City in 2013-14, but boss Rodgers adds: "We want to win a trophy.

    "I've seen some odds and we're not even in the top four. People will rightly look to Manchester City and Chelsea but we are here to challenge."

  39. Post update

    Manchester United v Swansea (Saturday, 12:45 BST)

    Manchester United training ground

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone: Venue for Louis van Gaal's first pre-match news conference.

    Van Gaal is due to start his news conference at 14:30 BST. Sportsday Live will bring you all the key lines.

  40. Spurs release fan behaviour statement

    West Ham v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Tottenham release a statement reminding supporters of their responsibilities ahead of the match at West Ham on Saturday.

    It reads: "All of our supporters travelling to Upton Park are doing so as ambassadors of the club and we would ask that they behave in a manner of which we can be proud.

    "The club does not tolerate discrimination of any sort, on the pitch or in the stands, and we shall also take appropriate action against anyone heard using abusive, offensive or obscene language. Our fans generate a fantastic, positive atmosphere both at the Lane and on our travels and we hope everyone continues to focus their energies on cheering the team on."

  41. Newcastle team news

    Newcastle v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he will be without Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse and Davide Santon on Sunday through injury.

  42. Cardiff land Republic of Ireland man

    Cardiff City complete the £1m signing of Anthony Pilkington from Norwich on a three-year deal. The winger notched 15 goals in 82 games at Carrow Road.

  43. Vote: Who will be top scorer?

    A reminder that we want your votes on who will finish as top scorer in the Premier league this season.

    As many as 49% of you decided Chelsea will have the best defence in the league this year, so who will prove to be the league's best match winner?

    Vote now by picking an option on the right hand side of this page.

  44. Football

    Manchester United v Swansea (Saturday, 12:45 BST)

    Robin van Persie
  45. Post update

    Newcastle v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Guardian chief football writer Danny Taylor: Manuel Pellegrini didn't say a great deal - no guarantee, again, that Joe Hart starts. Eliaquim Mangala not match fit and won't play v Newcastle.

  46. Ipswich catch a Sammon

    Conor Sammon

    Ipswich Town announce the signing of Conor Sammon on a season-long loan from Derby County.

    The 27-year-old is registered in time to go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Reading.

  47. Pellegrini on Newcastle

    Newcastle v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Newcastle: "It is not easy to play in St James' Park. Not all of my players will be available for Sunday but most of them will."

  48. Man City stronger says Pellegrini

    More from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "This Premier League will be exactly the same as the last one. Five or six teams have very strong squads. I think we have a stronger squad than last season. We are ready to start. Maybe some players need more days to be 100%."

  49. Pellegrini tells Man City to forget last season

    Newcastle v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini tells his players to forget about last season's title triumph.

    Speaking at his pre-match new conference as the defending champions prepare to start their title defence at Newcastle on Sunday, Pellegrini says: "We had a very successful year last year but that is history."

  50. Post update

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    Liverpool Echo Liverpool reporter James Pearce: Alberto Moreno won't be available for Sunday. Paperwork not registered in time.

  51. Get involved


    Matthew: I kiss my badge then my Liverpool tattoo then my badge once more. Served us well last year.

    Chris Moon: I bought my first QPR top in 96...we got relegated. I've been too nervous to buy another one since in case I was the cause.

    What is your football ritual? I once knew someone who had to polish their shoes the night before every match. Send us your tales to #myfootyritual or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  52. Lambert does not want excuses

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says his players cannot use youth and inexperience as an excuse any more.

    The Midlands club have finished 15th in each of Lambert's two seasons at Villa Park and have given young players the chance to play. But the believes that with the exception of 18-year-old Jack Grealish, his squad "are men now".

    "You can't keep going with that excuse," adds Lambert. "You stand up and take it now. You can only get away with that for so long."

    Villa start their season with a trip to Stoke City on Saturday.

  53. Reading's Morrison joins Cardiff

    Cardiff new signing Sean Morrison

    Reading defender Sean Morrison, 23, completes a move to Championship rivals Cardiff City.

  54. Ex-Arsenal striker moves to Germany

    Nicklas Bendtner (centre)

    Wolfsburg complete the signing of former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner on a three-year contract.

    The 26-year-old, who also had loan spells with Birmingham and Sunderland, scored 32 goals in 136 Premier League appearances.

    "Nicklas embodies precisely the kind of striker we were looking for," says Wolfsburg coach coach Dieter Hecking. "He's in his prime and, although his career has not always gone smoothly, he's still been able to gain plenty of international experience."

  55. Would Mourinho sell a goalkeeper?

    Jose Mourinho refuses to say he will not sell one of his goalkeepers as he faces the challenge of keeping both Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois happy at Stamford Bridge.

    Asked if selling one of them is an option, Mourinho, 51, says: "In this moment I don't want to think about it because there is no offer and no possibility. I am working with them and I told all of my players today that every player in the squad I am happy to have them."

  56. Post update

    Independent chief football correspondent Sam Wallace: Q: You had a few run-ins with the football authorities last season. Mourinho: I think they had a run-in with me.

  57. Goalkeeper conundrum tricky - Mourinho

    Burnley v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has not told goalkeepers Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois who will start against Burnley on Monday.

    Courtois has returned from a three-year loan spell at Atletico Madrid and will challenge Cech, who has been number one at Stamford Bridge since 2004.

    Mourinho says: "I think it's not easy. I don't think any manager is happy to see one player not in a very happy and comfortable situation. But for Chelsea Football Club it is a great situation."

  58. Cech or Courtois?

    Burnley v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    Chelsea on Twitter: Jose won't name his goalkeeper choice for Monday as the players don't know yet but he says Chelsea have two of the best three in the world. Jose says he's very happy with the make-up of the squad as it is - with experience and a significant number of players who are under 21.

  59. We are title contenders - Mourinho

    Burnley v Chelsea (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tells his pre-match news conference he is in no doubt his side are title contenders this season.

    The Portuguese consistently played down his side's chances last term, despite them finishing just four points off champions Manchester City.

    "This season we bought some key players and we believe," says Mourinho. "More than believe, we are already feeling that these new players brought the squad and the team into another dimension."

  60. Felix's letter to Fulham fans

    Fulham manager Felix Magath writes an open letter to fans explaining why the club have made so many player changes over the summer. The Championship club, relegated from the Premier League last season, have signed 10 new players and promoted a further six from the Academy.

    "I strongly believe we are going in the right direction and we will develop into a team playing an exciting brand of football," says Magath.

  61. Reds have done the business

    Lazar Markovic, Emre Can and Adam Lallana

    Former Liverpool player Steve McManaman says he is "impressed" with the club's recruitment this summer.

    The Reds have completed seven signings including Lazar Markovic, Emre Can and Adam Lallana, with a £12m deal also close to completion for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno.

    "Like most Liverpool fans, I've been really impressed by the business they've done," McManaman tells the Liverpool Echo. "The manager had already targeted players and the club went out and got them."

  62. Post update

    Crystal Palace

    BBC News sports correspondent Natalie Pirks: The perils of print deadlines- local paper here on sale next to Selhurst Park.

  63. Mackay 'wants Palace job'

    Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay wants to take charge of Crystal Palace following Tony Pulis's exit, the London Evening Standard is reporting.

    Malky Mackay

    "Standard Sport can reveal MacKay is leading a stampede of contenders for the job and will use backing from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and his former Watford chairman Graham Taylor to help persuade co-chairman Steve Parish," says the report.

    It quotes an 'insider' as saying: "Malky wants this job and he will use his incredible contacts in the game to help him get it."

  64. Get involved


    Keep sending us your football rituals to #myfootyritual, text 81111 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    John Stephens: I always take the Hibs scarf that my late granddad gave to me the day I was born. Almost 23 years ago and still going strong.

    Henry Helyer: I genuinely have lucky pants that have never seen Chelsea lose and a Drogba shirt that makes Torres score every time.

  65. What's coming up?

    It's about to get busy.

    Manuel Pellegrini is due to start his first pre-match news conference any moment now as Manchester City launch their defence of the Premier League title at Newcastle on Sunday. We'll have all the updates from City.

    At 12:30 BST, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is due to speak. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is scheduled to face the media at 14:00 BST, while Louis van Gaal will host his first Premier League pre-match news conference at 14:30 BST.

  66. Post update

    MailOnline Sport: Nicklas Bendtner has a football club! Wolfsburg are the lucky recipients.

  67. Meanest defence vote

    John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic

    The results of our first vote of the day are in and you believe Chelsea will have the meanest defence in the Premier League this season.

    In all, 49% of you backed Jose Mourinho's men, who conceded just 27 goals in the last campaign - the lowest in the league.

    Trailing Chelsea, 15% of you believe Arsenal will be the leanest side in the top flight with 10% voting for Manchester United, who leaked 43 goals in 2013-14, more than one a game.

    More votes will follow throughout the day.

  68. Fletcher outlines Man Utd title aim

    Manchester United v Swansea (Saturday, 12;45 BST)

    Manchester United host the first Premier League match of the 2014-15 season when Swansea visit Old Trafford, and United vice-captain Darren Fletcher says his club has just one aim this season.

    "We're out to win the league," says Fletcher. "I don't think this club should ever fall into the trap of being satisfied with top four. That's not the Manchester United I know."

  69. Football

    League One Sheffield United sign former Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner, 30, and ex-Blackburn defender Jay McEveley, 29.

  70. Post update

    Exeter City: Pleased to announce that the transfer embargo has been lifted, meaning we are free to register new players again.

    City have been unable to sign any players this summer after receiving a loan from the Professional Footballers' Association to help with running costs.

  71. Football

    Manchester United will pay the price of not making enough signings this summer, according to former player Paul Scholes.

    New manager Louis van Gaal has impressed Scholes, who says the Dutchman "looks a bit of a scary man", but despite the club's spend of around £60m on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, he feels more fresh talent is needed.

    "My instinct is that the title will be between Manchester City and Chelsea," writes Scholes in the Independent. "To my mind, United needed to buy a top-level midfielder, of which there were very few available this summer."

  72. Post update

    West Ham v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    West Ham United striker Carlton Cole: Start of the season is nigh. I'm in search of that addictive feeling of a win and a goal.

  73. Football

    Tony Pulis
  74. Cricket

    England will start their fifth Test against India at the Oval at 11.30 BST following a delay. Captain Alastair Cook won the toss and asked India to bat first. You can follow all the action on our live text commentary.

  75. Football

    QPR v Hull (Saturday, 15:00)

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce says the transfer fee received for Shane Long, reported to be about £12m, is to be invested back into improving his squad.

    "We will make it bigger and better, and we'll be looking to find a replacement," adds Bruce. "With what lies ahead for us, I'd like at least another three players to come through the door.

    "The money that we got for Shane will allow us to do that. As a manager, you always have to have something up your sleeve and there are always people on the radar." Bruce has denied a report he wants Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.

  76. Football

    Former Manchester United striker Danny Webber signs for Salford City - the non-League club under the control of United's 'Class of 92'. Webber, 32, was a trainee at Old Trafford and played three times for United between 2000 and 2003.

  77. Post update

    Daily Telegraph Midlands football correspondent John Percy: Aston Villa are set to confirm the signing of Carlos Sanchez later. Will be eligible for the game against Newcastle next Saturday.

    Colombia midfielder Sanchez, 28, plays for Elche in Spain's La Liga and featured for his country at the 2014 World Cup.

  78. Football

    Francois Zoko

    Blackpool announce the signing of free agent Francois Zoko who scored 17 goals for Stevenage as they were relegated from League One last season.

    The Tangerines only named four substitutes for their opening day defeat at Nottingham Forest but Zoko, 30, joins Jeffrey Rentmeister and Joel Dielna in joining this week.

  79. Get involved


    Russell King: Tying my QPR scarf around my head.

    Natalie Charlesworth: I don't sit down until the ref blows his whistle.

    What is your football ritual? Tweet us on #myfootyritual, text us on 81111 or write on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. Football

    Manchester United have been given encouragement to sign Daley Blind, with Ajax suggesting they will not stand in his way if a big offer was made, reports the Daily Express.

    The £15m-rated defender has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and Ajax manager Frank de Boer says: "We all know that if there is a certain amount on the table we cannot refuse.

    "Then we'll wish him all the best."

  81. Post update

    Hull City defender Curtis Davies: Can't believe Tony Pulis has walked. He's done a great job in his short time at Crystal Palace. Who do you think will replace him? Malky Mackay a good shout?

  82. Fire power at Hammers

    West Ham have made Senegal international Diafra Sakho their seventh signing of the summer.

    The striker, 24, joins from French side Metz and is the third striker to move to Upton Park since the close of the 2013-14 campaign.

    Only five teams scored less goals than the Hammers last season.

  83. Football

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Barcelona agree to loan Gerard Deulofeu to Sevilla for the 2014-15 season.

    The La Liga side say the move is "an operation designed to maximize his participation and optimize his progression as a player."

    Deulofeu, 20, spent last season on loan at Everton and struck three goals in the league for the Blues.

  84. Football

    Former Crystal Palace striker Ian Wright, talking to the Sun, about Tony Pulis's surprise exit: "As a man who holds Crystal Palace very close to my heart, I'm devastated Tony Pulis has gone and I feel for all club's fans.

    "He did a magnificent job last term keeping Palace up when it seemed they had no hope — and now they are in a proper dogfight before the season has even started."

  85. Get involved

    Some of you are using Facebook to tell us what your football ritual is.

    Nick Cpfc Boswell: We normally change managers at Palace, at least once a season.

    Simon Vavrik: Lucky underwear does the trick.

    Marianne de Kr: Pray.

    Keep them coming, you can also tweet #bbcsportsday.

  86. Football

    Liverpool will "cope fine" without Luis Suarez but Samuel Eto'o is not the man to replace the Uruguayan, according to former Reds player Jan Molby.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers has spent over £100m since losing Suarez to Barcelona, but Molby thinks another striker is needed in order to provide cover for Daniel Sturridge.

    "I wouldn't be a big fan of taking Samuel Eto'o at this stage of his career," Molby tells the Liverpool Echo. "The owners have been strong about the profile of the players the club signs. They need to be a certain age with a re-sale value."

  87. Cricket

    The Oval

    The fifth Test between England and India at The Oval, scheduled to start at 11:00 BST, has been delayed. An inspection is scheduled for 10:45 BST.

  88. Football

    It's official. Twelve hours after news leaked that Tony Pulis had left Crystal Palace, the London club finally confirm the news on their website.

    A Palace statement reads: "Crystal Palace can confirm that Tony Pulis has left the club by mutual consent with immediate effect.

    "Keith Millen will be in temporary charge of the team for our opening Premier League game against Arsenal on Saturday. The club would like to thank Tony for his efforts with the club during last season and wish him all the best for the future." Sportsday Live will bring you all the news from Palace's news conference at 15:00.

  89. Football

    Barcelona forward Luis Suarez

    Here's Luis Suarez training for the first time with his new club Barcelona on Friday.

    The former Liverpool striker's four-month ban for biting an opponent has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). But the 27-year-old Uruguay forward can now train and play in friendly matches.

    Suarez wasted no time hitting the training pitch ahead of his public presentation as a new Barca player on Monday at the Nou Camp.

    Luis Suarez training with his new Barcelona team mates
  90. Get involved

    What is your football ritual? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Rikki Burns: My football ritual before every Liverpool game is to wear my "lucky" Muppets socks Kermit will win us the league this year.

    Timothy Baker: I go to my dad's horses before the match to feed them carrots apples and we have won each time.

  91. Well trodden path

    Steve Bruce and Jose Mourinho
  92. Football

    Manchester City have signed up a key member of the staff brought into Manchester United by David Moyes, according to the Daily Mail.

    James Smith was Everton's head of technical scouting from 2003 under Moyes, who lured him in January to oversee a revamping of United's scouting system.

    The report adds: "Smith was a casualty of Moyes' sacking in April and City officials moved swiftly to recruit him, appointing him their European scout. He was spotted working for City at Liverpool's 4-0 friendly victory over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield last Sunday."

  93. Football

    Fed up football fan Edward Shirt has had all his Newcastle United kit put up for sale after he switched his allegiance to a Premier League rival on the eve of the new season, Friday's Chronicle reports.

    His mother, Katie, launched transfer activity of her own after posting his Magpies wardrobe of 20 Newcastle United shirts, five pairs of shorts and two pairs of socks on the internet auction site eBay.

    Bidding, which had crept through the £60 barrier on Thursday, ends on Monday. On the site, Katie, 42, says: "Genuine reason for sale as my son now supports Manchester City!"

  94. Cricket

    England cricketers celebrate

    Play gets started at the Oval at 11:00 BST and you can follow all the action on our live text commentary.

  95. Get involved

    So you have waited since May, followed every transfer, heard every rumour and hung on the manager's every word.

    With kick off in the Premier League just over 24 hours away, what is your football ritual? Whether you be a non-league fan or Premier League enthusiast, we want to know.

    Do you tie your right shoe lace before your left? Is it lucky pants only on a matchday. Tweets us on #bbcsportsday, comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text 81111.

  96. Post update

    QPR v Hull (Saturday, 15:00)

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce is putting the record straight on transfer rumours surrounding his club.

    Bruce has been linked with Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck and Hamburg's former Tottenham player Rafael van der Vaart in the wake of Shane Long's move to Southampton.

    He says he is looking for "three or four" new signings - but not Welbeck or Van der Vaart. "We have irons in the fire for an instant replacement," adds Bruce.

  97. Will Arsene sleep tonight?

    Arsene Wenger
  98. Football

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Arsene Wenger on new £30m signing Alexis Sanchez: "He has all the ingredients to be a Premier League player. He is hungry to adapt. But I'm happy with all the players I have signed. They have integrated with the team very well."

    More on Tony Pulis's Crystal Palace departure: "Normally the manager is in control of transfers because we are competent enough to chose the team.

  99. Football

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Laurent Koscielny is available for Arsenal's game against Crystal Palace but the Gunners boss adds: "The Germans are not ready yet". He adds: "It will be a similar squad that faced Manchester City in the Community Shield."

    On Arsenal's title chances: "I believe we have a chance because we were top for a long time but we have to take more points from the top teams. "The favourites for the title are Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Man City and us."

  100. Football

    Arsenal v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Tony Pulis's exit as Crystal Palace manager was 'a complete surprise'.

    The Gunners launch their 2014-15 campaign at home to Palace on Saturday, and Wenger adds: "The only thing you can say is he's done a remarkable job there."

  101. Football

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal: The boss is here.

  102. Football

    Crystal Palace are eyeing up former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood as a replacement for Tony Pulis, according to the Sun.

  103. Football

    A reminder that Arsene Wenger's news conference is coming up ahead of Arsenal's opening Premier League game at home to Crystal Palace. Hull boss Steve Bruce is also set to face the media at the same time ahead of his side's trip to QPR. We'll have the best lines from both.

  104. Post update

    BBC Wales Sport journalist Dafydd Pritchard: Reading defender Sean Morrison has undergone a medical with Cardiff City. Just a few personal terms to finalise now.

  105. Football

    More reaction on the exit of Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace Supporters Trust spokesman Chris Waters tells BBC Radio 5 live that the timing of the manager's exit is "spectacularly terrible".

    He adds: "I suspect that Tony's wanted to buy experienced Premier League players, who are very expensive and and on very high wages. I don't think that Steve Parish agrees that we should be buying all these players - we should be buying younger ones who are cheaper, with something to prove to sell on at a bigger resale value later."

  106. Coming up

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tony Livesey is hosting a special Premier League 'Your Call' from 09:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live. What are your hopes for the new season? Call 0500 909 693 [free from some landlines; other networks will vary]. Text 85058 [standard rate]. Email

  107. Football

    Defender Alan Hutton is set to complete a remarkable turnaround by making his first Aston Villa appearance in over two years on Saturday against Stoke, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    The report adds: "Villa manager Paul Lambert admitted last season the 29-year-old had been frozen out due to his hefty £40,000 a week wages, but chairman Randy Lerner wants all big earners available for selection as he bids to sell the club."

  108. Football

    Luis Suarez of Barcelona

    Barcelona have tweeted this photo of Luis Suarez "ready for his first Barça training session" a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld his four-month ban for biting, but allowed him to train with his club.

  109. Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live football correspondent John Murray talking about Tony Pulis: "I was with Tony at the Community Shield - there was no particular indication then or through the summer that he would not be manager at the start of the season.

    "I know he felt this was just the start for Crystal Palace, they needed to retain their status in the Premier League for at least three years in order to realise the club's full potential.

    "He felt the club needed a complete upgrade off the pitch. It's no secret that there was this creative tension between him and Steve Parish."

  110. Football

    So what's on Friday's menu?

    We have Arsene Wenger's news conference coming up at 09:00 BST before Manuel Pellegrini will be talking up Manchester City's chances of defending their Premier League title at 12:00 BST.

    Fancy a bit of Mourinho? No problem. Jose is coming up at 12:30 BST followed by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at 14:00 BST. Louis van Gaal will also be conducting his news conference ahead of his first Premier League match in charge of Manchester United at 14:30 BST.

  111. Football

    Daily Express back page

    Understandably, the back pages of England's national newspapers on Friday are full of the goings on at Crystal Palace. The Daily Express headline (above) is 'Pulis In Palace Revolt'. The Daily Mirror adds: "There were rumours Steve Parish (co-chairman) had promised him £30m but with 48 hours of the new season to go the Eagles had forked out just £2.5m for four new players.

    They also missed out on Gylfi Sigurdsson, Steven Caulker and others which clearly was the straw that broke the camel's back."

  112. Post update

    Former England striker Michael Owen: Tony Pulis leaves Palace. The madness has started and a ball hasn't been kicked yet!

    Crystal Palace youth team player Ryan King-Elliott: To think I trained with Tony Pulis on Thursday and now he's gone, shows anything can happen these days.

    Sportingintelligence: Louis Van Gaal started work at Manchester United on 14 July and is already longer-serving than managers at Huddersfield & Palace (situations vacant).

  113. Football

    So you spend your summer strengthening and preparing your side for another long slog in the Premier League. You even take them away to the United States on pre-season tour. You buy a defender from Liverpool in the morning and up sticks and leave in the evening.

    What on earth is going on at Crystal Palace? Why has Tony Pulis left by mutual consent on the eve of the new campaign? Palace have yet to officially comment, but there's a media scrum forming outside the club's training ground on Friday morning.

  114. Post update

    Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis

    It's the eve of a new Premier League season. A time of unbelievable excitement for fans. A time when multi-million pound signings are poised to kick a ball in anger for their new clubs for the first time. A time when weeks of military planning is ready to be executed on the pitch. The calm before a nine month storm.

    That is unless you're Crystal Palace, where the chaos has started before the season has even got going. After ending last season on a high, the Eagles find themselves without a manager after the shock departure of Tony Pulis late on Thursday.

    We'll have reaction to Pulis's exit throughout the day and we'll be hearing from the likes of Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Manuel Pellegrini and Brendan Rodgers. Welcome to Friday's Sportsday Live.