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Matt Parratt and Saj Chowdhury

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  1. Goodbye!

    That is it from us this week. Stay on the website for all the FA Cup first-round action and a whole lot more.

    Sportsday will be back on Monday.

  2. Post update

    FA Cup live & football preview show

    Tune into BBC Two at 19:30 GMT for live coverage of Salford City FC v Notts County in the first round of the FA Cup.

    BBC Radio 5 live kicks off with the Weekend Football Preview show from 19:00 GMT.

  3. The journey continues

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Ian Kennedy

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    It's been a tough week of travelling for Liverpool - first to London to play Chelsea, then to Russia to face Rubin Kazan - so we may learn a lot more about Jurgen Klopp’s ability to inspire his players to even greater efforts on Sunday. Crystal Palace are going well and have been a constant thorn in Liverpool’s side in recent seasons. 

    Klopp will hope Philippe Coutinho is fully fit, and there may other changes too. That said, Jordan Ibe has again shown what great potential he has and might be a difficult player to leave out after another great showing against Rubin.

  4. Burgess 'could have been England great'

    Rugby union/rugby league

    Sam Burgess

    England rugby league coach Steve McNamara has told BBC Radio 5 live that Sam Burgess "could've been one of the greats" at international level in union had he been given more time.  

    He said he was unsure whether the cross-code star was "ever given a chance" to succeed, having switched to join Bath last year. "It’s up for debate that one," said McNamara.

    Burgess has now moved back to Australian side South Sydney Rabbitohs, and the England coach admitted he could select him for the next year's Four Nations if he is fit.

  5. Forster on road to recovery


    The England keeper, 27, could return for Southampton before the new year - four months ahead of schedule.

    He is recovering from patellar tendon knee surgery suffered in the Premier League victory over Burnley in March.

  6. Watch FA Cup first round action

    Fri 6 Nov, 19:30 GMT, BBC Two (not Wales)

    The 2015-16 FA Cup proper begins this weekend, with the opening match of the first round broadcast live on the BBC.

    Notts County, winners in 1894, kick off the action on Friday on BBC Two against Salford City FC, who are part-owned by five former Manchester United players (squint and you can spot them below).

    Following six rounds of qualifying, 32 non-league clubs remain and they are two victories away from a potential meeting with a Premier League club. Full BBC coverage detailshere.

    Salford City
  7. Smith & Tiler to do battle


    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

    British record-breaking weightlifters - Commonwealth gold medallist Zoe Smith and European Youth champion Rebekah Tiler - will go head-to-head for the first time in their careers at the World Championships in Houston, USA, later this month.

    Smith, 21, usually competes at -58kg, with 16-year-old Tiler at -69kg, but both will trial the -63kg division ahead of a bid for the Rio Olympics next year - where only one is likely to have the chance of being selected.

  8. Warnock: 'I'm disappointed for Chris'


    Neil Warnock

    Neil Warnock is disappointed for Chris Ramsey after his sacking at QPR. 

    Warnock recently returned to Rangers in an advisory role but is now back in charge while the Hoops hunt for a new boss.

    Rangers are languishing in 13th in the Championship ahead of Warnock's first game back at the helm, at home to Preston on Saturday.

    The 66-year-old told the club website: "I am going to do my best. This is a club that is special to my heart. When I got a chance to come back and help I was really pleased.

    "I'm disappointed for Chris. I spoke with him the other night and he wished me all the best. 

  9. Get Involved - Your best FA Cup 2014 memory


    The FA Cup first round kicks off on Friday night with live BBC TV coverage of Salford City - part-owned by a clutch of ex-Manchester United players - against Notts County.

    It's that stage of the competition where the word "magic" gets liberally used - and with good reason. So, we're asking you to tell us what your best memory of last year's competition is. 

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.

  10. FA reveals details of Mourinho expletive-laden rant


    The Football Association has published details of the moment Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho approached referee Jon Moss at half-time during the match against West Ham United on 24 October.

    Mourinho was consequently given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 for his actions.

    Below is an extract from referee Moss's match report:

    Quote Message: When myself and my colleagues left the field of play at half-time, as we entered the tunnel area to get to our dressing room, Mr Mourinho the Chelsea manager was waiting for us clearly agitated and began aggressively asking about first-half decisions. Rather than publicly speak to him I asked him to step into the entrance of my dressing room escorted by Simon Sutton, the West Ham United security manager. Mr Mourinho asked me about a tackle, an offside and a goal line clearance. I gave him brief answers to his questions. After this I asked him to leave the dressing room area. He refused. I asked him again. After he refused again I asked Mr Sutton to escort him from the room. At this point Mr Mourinho became very aggressive and animated. He shouted that you [expletive] referees are weak…Wenger is right about you…you are [expletive] weak. I advised Mr Mourinho not to take his position in the technical area for the second half.
  11. Ireland to tour South Africa

    Rugby Union

    Ireland will play the Springboks three times in June 2016 during their first tour of South Africa in 12 years.

    They will play the Boks in Cape Town (11 June), Johannesburg (18 June)  and Port Elizabeth (25 June).

    Ireland have not toured South Africa since 2004 and never won a Test match there. 

  12. Watch Salford's first FA Cup tie

    Salford City v Notts County, 19:30 GMT, BBC Two (not Wales)

    Salford City

    Every team has some kind of FA Cup heritage, it seems. 

    Salford City walk out against Notts County on Friday night as the competition proper begins, but what about their first appearance in the cup? Well that came in 1990 against Warrington Town.

    Watch a great video of that fixture - grey suits, car phones, Austin Montegos, the whole nine yards - right here.

  13. Live FA Cup: Salford City FC v Notts County


  14. Wasps fail with Gopperth appeal

    Rugby Union

    Wasps have lost their appeal against the length of the three-week ban imposed on stand-off Jimmy Gopperth.

    Gopperth, 32, was banned after pleading guilty to a late hit on Leicester captain Mathew Tait in Sunday's 24-16 Premiership defeat at Leicester.

    But the appeal against the ban, which runs until 24 November, was dismissed by a second three-man RFU disciplinary panel.

  15. IAAF cancels Monaco gala


    World athletics governing body IAAF has cancelled this month's World Athletics Gala in Monaco.

    The BBC understands that IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, did not want the event to go ahead while his predecessor, Lamine Diack, remains under investigation by French prosecutors.

    The authorities suspect the 82-year-old of receiving money in 2011 in return for deferring sanctions against Russian athletes who failed drug tests. Diack himself is yet to comment on the allegations.

    The BBC understands that Lord Coe asked the IAAF's own charitable foundation to cancel this year's gala - which included conversations with the Foundation's honorary president, Prince Albert of Monaco. The Foundation runs the Gala, meaning it was their decision to make - not the IAAF's.

    The voting for male and female Athlete of the year will still take place, with the winners announced online. Their achievements will then be celebrated either at the World Indoor Championships in Portland in March, or at the Rio Olympic Games.

  16. Sunset in Salford


  17. Blatter has stress-related health checks


    Sepp Blatter

    Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter is undergoing stress-related health checks but is not in hospital, a spokesman said on Friday.

    "He is under medical evaluation, the doctors took him out for a few days, the doctors expect to him be back around Thursday or Friday of next week," Blatter spokesman Klaus Stoehlker said of the 79-year-old.

    "He is under tremendous pressure from so many sides and perhaps this is a little bit difficult for a man who is not the youngest."

    The Swiss led soccer's governing body for 18 years and was provisionally suspended for 90 days in October amid the worst corruption scandal in Fifa's history. 

  18. Football

    FA Cup first round commentary from BBC local radio

    The FA Cup first round gets under way tonight as Salford City host Notts County and you can listen to live commentary from our local radio stations of this fixture and many of the rest of the games over the weekend here.

    BBC local radio
  19. Gomez back for Germany


    Mario Gomez

    Besiktas striker Mario Gomez has been recalled by Germany for the friendlies against France and the Netherlands. 

    Schalke teenager Leroy Sane and Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp have been called up for the first time. 

    Gomez last played for Germany in September 2014 in a friendly loss to Argentina. 

    Coach Joachim Low did not pick Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil or Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. 

  20. Ruddy criticism unfair - Neil


    John Ruddy

    Norwich City manager Alex Neil says criticism of Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy is unfair.

    Ruddy has not kept a clean sheet this term and his error led to a late penalty in Saturday's loss at Manchester City.

    "John made an error at the weekend but it's not as if he's been flinging balls into the net or dropping balls on a regular basis," Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "I think that's really unfair - but any sort of error then gets magnified because we're not winning games."

  21. Sundown at Salford City

    Salford City v Notts County, BBC Two, 19:30 GMT

    No sooner had a certain Sportsday writer mentioned how the late Salford sun had cast an Instagram filter across the offices here than this tweet popped up from BBC Sport's Jamie Gavin at Salford City's ground. They're playing Notts County tonight in the FA Cup first round.

    Watch it live on BBC Two from 19:30 GMT.

  22. Blue Christmas


    Manchester City

    No, Manchester City don't have a new winter kit out. All that wool might get a bit sticky during a match.

    As someone whose annual Christmas party is themed on naff sweaters, I can say with a degree of authority that there are some strong efforts here. 

    Joe Hart doesn't look best pleased with Jesus Navas though. Get your jumper on, will you?

  23. Get Involved - Your best FA Cup 2014 memory


    Michael Plumridge: My FA Cup memory was Kidderminster Harriers making it to 4th Round, only losing 1-0 to Sunderland. Got £125,000 prize money.

    Max Handley: Going up to Old Trafford to watch Cambridge United play

    The FA Cup first round kicks off on Friday night with live BBC TV coverage of Salford City - part-owned by a clutch of ex-Manchester United players - and Notts County.

    It's that stage of the competition where the word "magic" gets liberally used - and with good reason. So, we're asking you to tell us what your best memory of last year's competition is. 

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.

  24. Capoue top level player - Flores

    Leicester City v Watford FC (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Etienne Capoue

    Who has been Watford’s best player so far this season?Etienne Capouewould be right up there. 

    The Frenchman has been the Hornets' driving force in midfield and his manager Quique Flores believes he should be recalled to the national squad, saying: "Capoue is amazing. He's in the top level. 

    "I hope he can play for the national level. He can do it. He's free, he's a very complete player. He's a good example for the rest of the squad."

  25. On this day


    What an 'on this day' this one is. The year is 1986. The man is Alex Ferguson. The significance? His appointment as manager of Manchester United. The rest, of course, is history.

    Sir Alex Ferguson
  26. Mid-season friendly?


    With neither team having a match next weekend because of the international break, Wycombe Wanderers and Leeds United have arranged a friendly at Adams Park on Friday 13th November. 

    Wycombe describe it as a 'prestigious fixture'. Leeds head coach Steve Evans says he wants to incorporate some 'team bonding' into the trip. 

    There's a paintballing place about 10 minutes away from Adams Park, Steve... 

  27. Origi dropped by Belgium


    Divock Origi

    Liverpool forward Divock Origi has been pushed down to Belgium's Under-21 side.

    It is the first time  since last year's World Cup the 20-year-old has been dropped from the senior side.

    Premier League duo Christian Benteke and Moussa Dembele, plus Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen all return after injury for the matches in Brussels against the Italy and Spain.

    Belgium are number one in the Fifa rankings.

  28. Depay to play Wales?

    Wales v Netherlands (13 Nov, 19:45 GMT)

    Earlier this week Netherlands boss Danny Blind said Manchester United's Memphis Depay must learn how to "function as part of a team" after leaving him out of the provisional squad for the friendly against Wales.

    This tweet from the national squad's official feed, picturing the final squad, suggests otherwise...

    Netherlands squad to face Wales
  29. BreakingMurray beats Gasquet in Paris

    Paris Masters

    Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Paris Masters after beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 (9-7) 3-6 6-3.

    He will play the winner of David Ferrer v John Isner, which is next up.

    Andy Murray
  30. McFadzean signs new MK Dons deal


    MK Dons defender Kyle McFadzean has signed a new contract to keep him with the Championship club until June 2018.

    The 28-year-old has made 66 appearances for the Dons since joining from Crawley in the summer of 2014.

  31. Birthdays

    Ana Ivanovic

    Birthday time here at Sportsday. Many happy returns to Serbian tennis player Ana Ivanovic, who turns 28.

    Other notable mentions go to ex-Hull and Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, 26, former Chelsea striker Andre Schurrle, 25, and ex-Blackburn Rovers midfielder Garry Flitcroft, 43.

  32. PL trio in Uefa team of the week


    Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, Chelsea's Willian and Manchester United's Chris Smalling are named in the Uefa Champions League team of the week.

  33. Knick knack Paddy's back...


    The prodigal son returns 17 years after his Shakers debut.

  34. Daggers sign Vassell from Posh


    League Two strugglers Dagenham & Redbridge have signed Peterborough United forward Kyle Vassell on loan until 2 January.

    The 22-year-old is yet to score in seven appearances for the Posh this season.

  35. Oldham sign Rasulo


    Oldham Athletic have signed teenage Milton Keynes Dons midfielder Giorgio Rasulo on a youth loan deal until 2 January.

    Subject to receiving clearance from the Football Association, he could make his Oldham debut in Saturday's FA Cup first-round tie away at Mansfield Town. 

  36. Button signs up for Race of Champions

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button

    McLaren's Jenson Button has become the latest Formula 1 driver to sign up to Race of Champions in London later this month.

    The 35-year-old 2009 world champion joins four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo at the event which will be staged at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 20-21 November. 

    Button will compete in the main event and partner endurance sportscar racer Alex Buncombe to represent Great Britain in the Nations Cup.

    "I can't wait to be back at the Race of Champions again - and especially to be racing at home at London's former Olympic Stadium," said Button.

  37. Mourinho won't be fazed - Hughes

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Mark Hughes and Jose Mourinho

    Mark Hughes took a lot of questions about Chelsea after Jose Mourinho decided not to appeal his stadium ban ahead of the visit to Stoke on Saturday night. 

    Asked if his rival on Saturday could deal with the high expectations and the pressure, Hughes said: "He's dealt with pressure everywhere he's been. He's been at top clubs with the focus dominated on him and the clubs he has been part of. It's not something that he is going to be fazed by. 

    "Maybe it's a different type of pressure he is experiencing now because there hasn't been too many occasions his league form and position in the league have been questioned." 

  38. And the answers were...

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier we asked you to name the six teams to have played in an FA Cup semi-final since 2000 who are in the first round this weekend.

    And the answers were: Barnsley, Millwall, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers.

    Glory only to those who got it right, no prizes, alas.

  39. Get Involved - Your best FA Cup 2014 memory


    The FA Cup first round kicks off on Friday night with live BBC TV coverage of Salford City - part-owned by a clutch of ex-Manchester United players - and Notts County.

    It's that stage of the competition where the word "magic" gets liberally used - and with good reason. So, we're asking you to tell us what your best memory of last year's competition is. 

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.

    Robin van Persie
    Image caption: Who can forget Cambridge United's hard-fought draw at home to secure a replay against Manchester United at Old Trafford?
  40. 'Deila should think about position'


    Ronny Deila

    Former Celtic assistant manager Murdo MacLeod doubts Ronny Deila's suggestion that he has no thoughts about his future after their 2-1 defeat by Molde.

    The Celtic manager is confident the club's board will give him more time to improve their European fortunes.

    But MacLeod says Deila has to fix the problems this season, not next year.

    "Obviously every manager has got to think about his position, especially when you're sitting bottom of the group," MacLeod told BBC Scotland.

    Read the full story.

  41. Celtic news conference

    Ross County v Celtic (Sun, 15:30 GMT)

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Ronny Deila

    So how much longer does Ronny Deila have as Celtic manager?

    The Norwegian has twice failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages and seems unlikely to guide his side to the Europa League knockout rounds this term.

    “I'm very confident we can reach the Champions League next year,” he said. “That confidence comes from what I've done in the past. I know what I'm building. You need to build relationships - it's like having a girlfriend."

    When asked if he has had assurances from chief executive Peter Lawwell and owner Dermot Desmond that he will be afforded that opportunity, Deila said: “I feel I have their backing.” 

  42. Stoke news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    All 125 seats in Stoke City's press box have been reserved for the visit of Chelsea. This has only ever happened once before - for the visit of Besiktas in 2011.Can't think why...

  43. Celtic news conference

    Ross County v Celtic (Sun, 15:30 GMT)

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Sport Scotland


    The pressure is building on manager Ronny Deila after another European defeat for Celtic on Thursday. The Scottish champions lost at home against Molde, having been beaten by the same opponents in Norway two weeks ago.

    Norwegian Deila attributed the difficulties to defensive problems.

    "We gave them two goals, easy goals," he said. "We can fix the individual errors that are causing the problems. Changing the back four doesn't help. People look a bit nervous. There's a lack of leadership and also a confidence issue. 

    "We didn't go for experienced defender because our policy is to buy young talented players we can develop. But it's about a balance."

  44. Murray v Gasquet

    Paris Masters quarter final

    Andy Murray has taken the first set against home favourite Richard Gasquet in Paris on a tiebreak. 

    You can follow it on our live text or listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra. 

  45. Stoke news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes confirms that Shay Given and Marc Muniesa are his only injury absences for Saturday's game.

  46. Stoke news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Peter Crouch

    Mark Hughes is now talking about about former England striker Peter Crouch, who is growing frustrated about a lack of game time at Stoke.

    "It's understandable Peter wants more football but e and others will just need to be patient. It's still early on in the season. I fully understand where he's coming from but I wouldn't like to let him go in January, not if I had the choice."

  47. Fleetwood player makes Fifa shortlist


    You might have noticed that Fleetwood Town's David Ball is on the list. What an achievement!

    It was his stunning chip against Preston in March that earned him a place on the coveted shortlist.

    You can watch it here

  48. Stoke news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Manager Mark Hughes opens by talking about Jose Mourinho, who has opted not to appeal his stadium ban and will not be at the Britannia on Saturday.

    "Maybe he's tired of arguing his case," Hughes said. "It might impact negatively on the team but it might not. 

    "I don't anticipate him sneaking in with a laundry basket again. I'm not sure if it's for us or the FA to monitor him. Unless an FA official is sat on Jose's knee I'm not sure if anyone knows if he'll be here."

  49. Stoke news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes has arrived...   

  50. Get Involved - Sporting career changes


    Max Baggins-Craig: Cristiano Ronaldo, the one man band, coming to arenas soon. 

    Heppi Heppi: Suarez - dental assistant.

    King Zorba: Diego Costa obviously has a great future in panto when his playing days are over.

    I was going to ask for a Photoshop mock-up of Costa, but King Zorba obliged shortly afterwards...

    Diego Costa
  51. Oxford sign Gayle


    Oxford United have agreed a short-term contract with defender Cameron Gayle.

    The 22-year-old has joined the League Two side initially for a month having impressed on trial with the U's.

  52. Murray v Gasquet

    Paris Masters quarter final

    Andy Murray playing in the Paris Masters

    It's getting to the business end of the first set in Paris - Gasquet's serving at 6-5 to take it to a tiebreak. You can follow it on our live text or listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra. 

  53. October Football League awards


    Brentford Manager Lee Carsley
    Image caption: Lee Carsley

    Despite being in the job just five weeks, Brentford's Lee Carsley is the Championship Manager of the Month for October. His side won four out of their five games. His midfielder Alan Judge is the player of the month. 

    Mark Robins of Scunthorpe United is the League One Manager of the Month after five wins from six. Millwall winger Aiden O'Brien takes the player award after scoring three goals. 

    Plymouth manager Derek Adams took the League Two title, with his side five points clear at the top of the table. Morecambe striker Shaun Miller is player of the month, after scoring six goals in five matches. 

  54. Punched horse earns promotion


    Police horse
    Image caption: Police horses are regularly on duty at football matches

    Bud the horse - punched by a Newcastle United fan following the 2013 Tyne-Wear derby - has earned a promotion.

    The stallion is off down to the Big Smoke to help teach younger horses at London Metropolitan Police's mounted section.

  55. Newcastle news conference

    Bournemouth v Newcastle (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Steve McClaren

    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren on the Cherries challenge: "We've got a tough away game but if we perform well we've got a chance.

    "This is an opportunity for us but Bournemouth will also be saying the same. We've got to make sure we're focussed and ready.

    "I have the greatest respect for Eddie Howe. How he's got Bournemouth up is remarkable and he could be a future England manager."

  56. Newcastle news conference

    Bournemouth v Newcastle (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

    Rob Elliot

    Magpies boss Steve McClaren has been delivering his team news ahead of the long trip south:

    "Keeper Rob Elliot is fit to play. We gave him enough time, rest and recovery and he's trained the last two days.

    "Daryl Janmaat is fit as well. We've got a few injuries on the periphery and we are looking for consistency in our team." 

  57. Crystal Palace news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew

    Palace manager Alan Pardew: "We're looking forward to the game. We had a good performance against Manchester United [0-0 last week] and did well at Anfield last season.

    "Yala's [Yannick Bolasie] played as a striker a number of times for us and I thought he did okay. His pace & power caused LFC problems last time."

    On their opponents:

    "Liverpool had a long trip to Russia last night. We need to put them under pressure on Sunday.

    "I think Christian Benteke's a terrific player. He's a different kind of threat to what they've had before and a great signing, I think.

    "I thought that squad at the start of the year was a top four squad - and my mind hasn't changed."

  58. Crystal Palace team news

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

    Alan Pardew

    TheCrystal Palacenews conference is under way. Here is some early team news from managerAlan Pardew:

    "Connor Wickham is not 100%, but he is training full time, as is fellow forward Marouane Chamakh. It's probably a little bit early for both of those.

    "We have another little scare with Dwight Gayle. He's struggling a little bit, but we'll see how he is tomorrow. Left-back Pape Souare will play."

  59. Premier League predictor

    Aston Villa v Man City (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    BBC Sport predictor

    Surely this will be a 3-1 win for Man City? Nailed on isn't it?

    Or do you fancy new Villa boss Remi Garde to get his men to cause somewhat of an upset?

    Enter Predictor.

  60. Crystal Palace & Newcastle conferences


    We are about to hear from Palace boss Alan Pardew and Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren...

  61. Manchester City news conference

    Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

    Remi Garde

    On new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde making an immediate impact on Sunday: “When you have a new manager, you have a reaction. He is a young but experienced manager who was at an important club, Lyon."

    When asked if he himself is improving as a manager, Pellegrini replied that his best season was his first at Manchester City in 2013.

    Former City defender Micah Richards also gets a mention. The manager describes him as an "important" player during his time at Etihad Stadium but admits: "He was unfortunate to have so many injuries here."

  62. Manchester City news conference

    Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

    Fabian Delph

    On the potential inclusion of Fabian Delph against his old side, Pellegrini says: "Delph played for Villa but he’s a professional player and now he plays with us. I know he wants to play on Sunday."

    The Chilean is also happy to see the midfielder turn out for his country: “It’s good for Fabian to play for England. He played some minutes in the Champions League & maybe he will play some on Sunday."  

  63. Premier League predictor

    Manchester United v West Brom (Sat 15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United vs West Brom predictor

    Will it be a third consecutive Premier League 0-0 for Manchester United? Have a go at our predictor and take on Lawro and your friends.   

    There's full commentary on Manchester United vs West Brom on 5 live Sport on Saturday

  64. Manchester City news conference

    Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

    David Silva

    Manuel Pellegrini has arrived with some team news for the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.

    He says: “David Silva's ankle is not 100%. I hope after these 15 days he will be OK. Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are back but maybe not ready to start.

    "We hope that all of the players will have recovered after the break as we play a lot of games. I hope then we can rotate more."  

  65. Man Utd news conference


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Louis van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal remains as convinced as ever his tactics are right for Manchester United, and has told the fans to criticise him rather than the players if they are unhappy with the style of play. 

    Fans demanded the team attack more during Tuesday's 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow, which ended a run of three goalless draws. The Dutchman though says while the supporters have been fantastic up until now, their frustration could have a negative impact on his players on the pitch, particularly at Old Trafford. 

    He's urging United fans to support the team, and if they are unhappy whistle him rather than the players, as he is experienced enough to cope.

  66. Premier League predictor

    Stoke v Chelsea (Sat 17:30 GMT)

    BBC Sport Predictor

    Will Stoke be the latest team to inflict more misery on Jose Mourinho? Or can Chelsea get just their fourth win of the season? 

    Head on over to the BBC Sport Predictor with your thoughts on that and the rest of the weekend's matches

  67. Chelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    As for team news for Chelsea, both Falcao and Thibaut Courtois are still injured. Branislav Ivanovic will be fit to play after a hamstring injury. 

  68. Chelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Jose Mourinho is in fine form...

    Asked how he feels about the stadium ban and having to watch the game somewhere else, he said: "You can imagine that it's not easy. You can imagine how I feel. 

    "I have no plans [to watch]. Maybe I sit in the street corner with my iPad. Maybe I don't even watch the game. Maybe, live scores? Results."

  69. Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 Live

  70. Chelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Maybe he's not going to watch the game...

    Jose Mourinho explained that he and his coaching staff have pondered all scenarios for the game - "if we are winning 4-0 at half-time, or losing 4-0 at half-time" - and have plans in place for every eventuality.

    The Portuguese also suggested his stadium ban has likely set a precedent.

  71. Listen to Murray v Gasquet

    Paris Masters

    We're going live in Paris as Andy Murray takes on home hero Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals.

    Listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra here.

    Andy Murray
  72. Chelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will travel with the team on Saturday and will only leave the players shortly before the game,

    He also said that he will be responsible for substitutions. "I choose the team, I predict as much as I can the different aspects of the game and I try to prepare them better than ever," he said.

    How is he going to follow the action?

  73. Chelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    Speaking about his lack of appeal over the one-match stadium ban, Jose Mourinho has told reporters “I know the result of the appeal already. I decided to give up", he said. "It is stupid to fight a fight you know you are going to lose."

    Mourinho admitted a misconduct charge over his language and behaviour in the defeat by West Ham on 24 October.

    It means that he won't be at the Brittania Stadium for Saturday's game against Stoke. 

  74. BreakingChelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

    Jose Mourinho has not appealed his stadium ban so will not take charge of Chelsea at Stoke on Saturday.

  75. Last minute preparations

    Andy Murray v RIchard Gasquet

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent


    A last minute bit of hoovering before Andy Murray takes on Richard Gasquet in Paris Masters quarter-final.

    You can follow live text and audio commentary of the match live here

  76. Chelsea news conference

    Stoke City v Chelsea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    John Southall

    BBC Radio Five Live football reporter


    Here we go again, Jose Mourinho's fifth news conference in eight days.... he'll be delighted to see us again.

    I suspect his mood might be brighter after the midweek win as he prepares for a Saturday afternoon in a Stoke hotel.

    How long will it take for the first mention of a laundry basket?

  77. Manchester City news conference

    Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

    Ian Cheeseman is in place for BBC Radio Manchester, all that remains is for Manuel Pellegrini to arrive.

    He's scheduled to begin talking at 12:45 GMT.

  78. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v West Brom (12:30 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Wayne Rooney

    United manager Louis van Gaal on striker Wayne Rooney's best position:

    "It's dependable of the opponent quality of the opponent and dependable of quality of his fellow players want to bring something else so we can hurt the opponent."

    So, basically where Van Gaal tells him to play. That's all from the bold Louis for now...

  79. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has also been responding to criticism of his side's recent lack of goals.

    United beat CSKA 1-0 in the Champions League this week, a result that the Dutchman claimed was "making history".

    "CSKA played last year against Manchester City at home and they won. Even in the golden age of Manchester United they could not win at home – a lucky 3-3 at Old Trafford, so we have made history.

    "I think we have to play for the fans, they have to understand also the game and also they have to analyse that and OK that."

  80. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told the club's supporters to criticise him rather than the players if they are unhappy with the way the team is playing.

    The Dutchman says it is difficult for the players to perform at Old Trafford due to "all the yelling" from supporters, who have recently voiced their frustrations during recent games at the side's lack of attacking football.

    "Supporters have to support otherwise they make it more difficult for the players," said Van Gaal. "It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, so it’s better to whistle the manager, I can cope with it."

  81. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    We will bring you more quotes from manager Van Gaal at 12:30 GMT.

  82. Man Utd news conference

    Man Utd v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    We will bring you quotes for manager Van Gaal from about 12:30 GMT.

  83. Rock down to... Shearer Avenue?


    Alan Shearer will have a road named after him in Blackburn in dedication to his exploits at the club during their 1990s golden era.

    The Match of the Day pundit said he was "honoured and flattered". The road is close to Blackburn's Ewood Park stadium and Darwen Council said it wanted to "recognise the key role he played" in helping the club win the Premier League 20 years ago.

    Alan Shearer
  84. Pompey sign McNulty


    Portsmouth have signed 23-year-old Scottish striker Marc McNulty on an emergency loan deal from Sheffield United.

    He will initially remain with the League Two club until January and has signed in time to feature in Saturday's FA Cup first-round tie against Macclesfield.

  85. Happy Harry


  86. Ian Bell should be dropped - Boycott

    Tuffers and Vaughan podcast

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan are joined by Geoffrey Boycott for their 5 live Sport programme as they review England's 2-0 Test defeat to Pakistan. 

    You can hear them debating Bell's future, Alastair Cook's opening partner and England's lack of a spinner by downloading the podcast.

    England cricketer Ian Bell
  87. Manchester United news conference

    Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Man Utd news conference

    "What a difference a goal makes. After 404 minutes without one Manchester United supporters were on the brink of revolt during Tuesday's Champions League game with CSKA Moscow, chanting "attack, attack, attack" and booing Louis van Gaal's decision to take off Anthony Martial to bring on Marouane Fellaini. 

    "Wayne Rooney's winner changed all that, sending supporters home happy with the result, if still concerned at the sides inability to turn their dominance into convincing victories. 

    "Today Louis van Gaal will surely face more questions on his style of play ahead of the game with West Brom, but with the side four points off the top of the Premier League and heading for the knockout stage of the Champions League he deserves credit for making United difficult to beat, even if he still has work to do to win over the most idealistic of fans."

    It's coming up at about 12:30 GMT

  88. Spain squad to face England


    It will be no holiday for England in Alicante on Friday, 13 November judging by this Spain squad.

    It promises to be a heck of a test for Roy Hodgson's side.

    Spain: Casillas, De Gea, Sergio Rico, Juanfran, Mario Gaspar, Pique, Bartra, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Azpilicueta, Busquets, San Jose, Cazorla, Fabregas, Koke, Thiago, Iniesta, Pedro, Mata, Morata, Paco Alcacer, Diego Costa, Isco, Nolito.

  89. Farah to race in Edinburgh


    Mo Farah will begin his 2016 season by leading the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in January.

    Farah, who will defend his Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m titles in Rio next summer, will run the 8km race at Holyrood Park.

    It will be the 32-year-old's first cross-country event in five years.

    Mo Farah
  90. Fifa to announce Puskas nominees


    Real Madrid's James Rodriguez won last year's award with his superb volley scored against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup.

    Who will be nominated this year?

  91. Stevenage keep Gnanduillet


    League Two side Stevenage have extended the loan of 23-year-old Chesterfield striker Armand Gnanduillet by a further month.

    Meanwhile, 21-year-old Jamaica winger Jamar Loza has returned to parent club Norwich City after making two appearances on loan.

  92. Get Involved


    Steven Gerrard

    Arara Kevin: Gerrard - ice skating.

    Bholarinwha Samson Alalade: Diego Costa to wrestling because he loves fighting the pitch.

    Tó-zé Martins Thornton: I'd say all managers and journalists swap jobs just to see the journalists get a taste of their own medicine.

    Touche. We want you to get in touch and tell us alternative careers for sports stars - and why. Tweet #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  93. FA Cup special


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    It's time for the daily teaser:

    Name the six teams to have played in an FA Cup semi-final since 2000 who are in the first round this weekend.

    The answers will appear here later.

  94. Brady: 'Stadium one of world's best'


    The Olympic Stadium will be "one of the greatest arenas in world football", according to West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady.

    The Hammers will leave Upton Park and move into the new stadium for the start of next season.

    "The Olympic Stadium offers enormous commercial and brand opportunities," added Brady.

    Read more of the story here.

    Karren Brady
  95. Trainer Moore in intensive care

    Horse Racing