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Steve Canavan and Emlyn Begley

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  1. Night folks

    And that, as they say, is that.

    Thanks for joining us throughout the day and taking part in our debate and vote, tis much appreciated as always.

    And for those devastated at the fact that we're off for the day, don't be. The good news is we're back on Tuesday at 08:00 GMT. Hoorah!

    See you then, and have a fine evening.

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  3. Izzy on target as Chelsea youngster goes Dutch


    Izzy Brown

    Chelsea fans are desperate to see more youngsters graduate from the Stamford Bridge academy, and one Blues teenager has finally made his mark in the Netherlands.

    Izzy Brown has struggled to get close to the Chelsea first team since angering West Brom by leaving as a 16-year-old in 2013 to move to the London club.

    Now aged 19, he was sent to Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan but injuries have limited his involvement for the Dutch side.

    That was until this weekend, when Brown opened the scoring in a 2-1 win at Roda, with his side scoring a 90th-minute winner.

    He controlled a long ball on his chest and turned smartly before scoring with an excellent shot.

    Chelsea have high hopes for the attacking midfielder, who was picked up by West Brom as a schoolboy from Histon and became the second youngest player in Premier League history when he played for the Baggies aged just 16 years and 117 days.

  4. Leaving it late

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

  5. 'He could not wait to give it' - Delaney



    Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney has reiterated his belief that his challenge on Christian Benteke during Sunday's home defeat to Liverpool did not warrant a penalty, insisting linesman Scott Ledger "could not wait to give" the decision.

    "I did not feel any contact. When I saw him go down and looked around to the referee giving a goal kick, I thought it was the correct decision. Someone said the linesman was flagging furiously," said Delaney.

    "There is no way he could have been 100 per cent sure. He gave it so quickly. I looked at it afterwards and he is flagging before he has even hit the ground. It looked like he could not wait to give it.

    "I would like to see a crackdown on (diving). I did not think it was a penalty."

    Palace remain the only top-flight team yet to secure a league victory in 2016, with their last win coming at Stoke on 19 December.

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    Adam Smith: Scolari did absolutely nothing for Chelsea. His signing of flop Quaresma opitimised his time there.

    Robby: Phil Brown at Hull. Two good months in two seasons. Singing on the final day when they didn't even do their bit to stay up!

    Richard Woolley: Garde or McLeish. 15.79% / 21.43% win percentages respectively. Or Lambert for his negative tactics. #ripvilla

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    Steve Wigley

    David Flanders: Steve Wigley, Southampton.14 matches, 1 win, nice guy, totally out of depth.

    Chris Bryan: How about Pardew? The only manager to lose five consecutive games with three different clubs.

    Sam Cain: Brian Laws 09/10 has to be the worst - although the team wasn't great - he managed to get the job ahead of Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas

  8. Determined to succeed



    Annie Zaidi is a South Asian female football coach. She has passed her FA Level 2 badge and is working towards her Uefa B coaching licence.

    With the support of Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand and technical director Chris Ramsey, she is involved at the Championship club's academy, and is also the head coach for Leicester City Under-11s girls' team.

    "Muslim girls were encouraged to play sports but not alongside boys," she explains in a fascinating feature on the BBC Sport website.

    "The racist, sexist and Islamophobic comments I have received in my career have at times tempted me to quit. But I'm very determined. I have a responsibility to inspire, empower and show girls everywhere that females can have a role within the professional game. "

    Read the full story here - it's inspiring stuff. 

  9. 'Conte will be Chelsea success'



    Former AC Milan and Italy defender Allesandro Nesta believes the current Italy coach Antonio Contewill be a success at Chelsea, should he succeed Guus Hiddink as manager next season.

    “He is a very good coach and ready for everything,” Nesta told BBC World Service.

    Conte has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, and his former Italy team-mate Nesta says he is capable of dealing with the pressure in England.

  10. Could Rennes youngster be the next big thing?



    France has been a rich source of talent for Europe's top leagues in recent years, and Ousmane Dembele is being tipped as the country's next big star.

    Leading clubs across the continent have already started taking notice of the 18-year-old Rennes winger, with Premier League leaders Leicester among those reported to have shown an interest.

    But his value is likely to soar after he netted a first-half hat-trick in a 4-1 win against Nantes.

    Dembele opened the scoring in the first minute and by half-time Rennes were 4-0 up with Kamil Grosicki also on the scoresheet.

    Adryan reduced the arrears for Nantes in the second half and Rennes were reduced to 10 men when Giovanni Sio was sent off.

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    Iain Dowie

    Jimbo: Iain Dowie at any Prem club. 10 wins in 59...

    Lord Paul of Upward: People seem to have misunderstood the brief for #worstpremboss as Micky Adams hasn't been mentioned yetLaurence Taylor: John Carver took a 10th placed Newcastle team into a relegation dogfight, including 8 losses in a row.

  12. 'I'm backing Rangers' - Boyd



    Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has backed his old side to come out on top against Celtic in next month's Scottish Cup semi-final.

    It is the first meeting between the sides in the competition in over five years.

    "Over the next five or six weeks, I fully expect Rangers to have the league wrapped up, so they should be the confident team going into the game. For me right now, I would sway towards Rangers," Boyd said.

    The last match between the sides was in last season's League Cup semi-final, with Celtic emerging as 2-0 victors.  

  13. Can Leicester win the title?

    Premier League

    Lots of questions from a busy Premier League weekend. Did Benteke dive? Was Mata's red harsh? Is McClaren on his way out? But the biggest question remains: Can Leicester actually win the Premier League?

    We've taken a look at the stats, the history and the run-in as part of our efforts to predict the outcome of this most unpredictable season. Read it here.

    Leicester City
  14. Feeling down


  15. VOTE: Results are in...


    We asked you "who will be the next Premier League manager to lose his job?" It was a landslide - 71% of you went Steve McClaren.

    Louis van Gaal and Remi Garde were joint second on 7%. Nobody else got more than 3% of the vote.

  16. Changing of the guard


    west ham

    West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic believes Leicester's remarkable rise heralds an end to a period of dominance by a select few clubs.

    "I think this is a permanent shift at the top," the Croat said, after his team climbed to fifth with a thrilling 3-2 win at Everton. "Our story is excellent but their (Leicester's) story is miraculous."

    He added: "Say Manchester City buy Karim Benzema. They have Sergio Aguero already, so there is no big gap for them to improve. Chelsea can sell Diego Costa and buy Robert Lewandowski, yes, but they are only different, not better.

    "But clubs like us, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester, we can still improve with the money."

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    Velimir Zajec
    Image caption: (This is Velimir Zajec)

    Peter A Russell2291: Velimir Zajec: he was rubbish at Pompey. Paul Hart: he was rubbish at Pompey and everywhere else he managed.

    Stephen Goddard: In my opinion it has to be Alan Shearer for getting Newcastle relegated in 2009.

    Lee Holland: Harry Redknapp. Overrated, left most of his teams worse off than he found them. 

  18. Eva Carneiro tribunal latest


    Eva Carneiro

    Former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has left the employment tribunal after over six hours of judicial mediation.

    She left without commenting to the waiting media.

    Her lawyer Mary O'Rourke QC refused to confirm if there had been any settlement. She said the proceedings were "confidential".

    Carneiro, 42, is suing the club for constructive dismissal and breach of contract. Chelsea filed their defence in the tribunal hearing in December.