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Summary

  1. Eight Premier League news conferences, including Leicester (13:00 BST)
  2. PL news conferences: Brighton, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Burnley, Watford, West Ham, Southampton
  3. GET INVOLVED #bbcfootball

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By Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

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Europa League

That's it for now. Join us at 17:00 for coverage of this evening's Europa League fixtures, including Arsenal away at Red Star Belgrade (18:00 BST) and Everton at home to Lyon (20:05 BST).

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Can Arsenal get back to winning ways?

Scholes did want Oldham job

Ex Manchester United player was keen

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Just spoke to Paul Scholes at Salford City who have renamed their stadium The Peninsula Stadium.

Scholes has just confirmed to me he was interviewed by Oldham Athletic and did want the manager’s job, but is now hoping Richie Wellens does well and can provide some success for the fans.

Listen to more here.

'Troy knows my opinion'

Chelsea v Watford (Stamford Bridge, Saturday 21 October 15:00 BST)

Watford

Watford manager Marco Silva is asked about Troy Deeney's criticism of the Arsenal team after the Hornets' victory over the Gunners on Saturday.

"Troy Deeney knows my opinion of what was was said. I want to finish this situation now.

"My opinion stays between me and him."

Did he take what you said on board?

"We'll see."

Bilic: 'Adrian is a top professional'

West Ham v Brighton (London Stadium, Friday 20:00 BST)

West Ham United

“Ever since we signed Joe Hart, we had a couple of good goalkeepers at the Club in Adrian and Darren Randolph and both of them wanted to play, not just because there is a World Cup at the end of the season, and get a regular No.1 spot.

“I can understand players want to play and that’s why they are sportsmen at the top level, but we also need a good squad and good keepers.

“Adrian is a top professional and is behaving as I would expect. He’s working hard in training to get his chance and is getting his chance in the cup only, but that can change, of course.

“We have a squad and they all want to play and you can’t expect the players who aren’t playing to be happy.

“For the sake of the team, we need their professionalism and competition and Adrian is acting like that.

“If I was on the bench and was asked if I was happy if I was not playing I wouldn’t say ‘I’m over the moon’.

“It’s happened everywhere and every guy wants to play.”

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Adrian has lost the number one position to Joe Hart

Bilic: Brighton 'a very confident team'

West Ham v Brighton (London Stadium, Friday 20:00 BST)

West Ham United

“They also improved after a slow start. Their home form is good, but their away form is not so good.

“I watched their games and I can see a very confident team, because they got that confidence last season when they were winning lots of games. They spent most of the season top of the table.

“They have confidence, a pattern and brought some good players from Holland and Germany."

BreakingMike Ashley Newcastle statement

More parties come forward

Newcastle United

Mike Ashley’s lawyer has released a new statement regarding Newcastle's potential sale.

Earlier Sky Sports claimed that Amanda Staveley had signed a non-disclosure agreement form, in relation to talks about a deal to buy the club.

Now Ashley’s lawyer Andrew Henderson released a second statement in the space of five days.

He said: “Since Monday, a number of additional parties have come forward which we believe to be credible.

“We are also continuing to engage with a number of parties with whom we had entered into negotiations prior to Monday’s announcement.”

Bilic: 'We are on the right path'

West Ham v Brighton (London Stadium, Friday 20:00 BST)

West Ham United

"We had a slow start with three away defeats but then the international break and if you are counting from then until now, we have improved results, we have players back from injury and the players who missed a big part of pre-season have their match-fitness.

“We improved and we are on the right path, so it’s much better.”

Bilic expects Hernandez to be fit

West Ham v Brighton (London Stadium, Friday 20:00 BST)

West Ham United

"We have a couple that are out because of injury. James Collins is out for a matter of days and Sakho has back pain. He didn’t train since Burnley so he’s out of Friday’s game. They could both be back for the Spurs game.

“Chicharito had a slight problem but he’s training at 4pm and he should be good to train with us. It’s not a big thing. He trained and felt a little bit of a tight hamstring, so we scanned it which was important, and the scan was completely clear. He missed Wednesday’s light session and we expect him to train today and, based on his feeling, to be OK.

“Adrian had a stomach problem for a couple of days, but he is OK now and should train with us.”

Not banter for Roy

Hodgson on FA/Aluko case

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has been asked about the line between so-called banter and discriminatory or racist comments.

He said: "I've never bothered to look up the word banter. I'm not even sure it's in the Oxford dictionary.

"Anything that is not friendly or regarded by people as something they want to hear or be involved in is something that should be stamped out."

Appleton coy on Foxes job

Swansea City v Leicester City (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Michael Appleton isn't going to be drawn over whether he wants the Leicester City job full time.

Asked if he wanted it he said: "I made it clear to powers that be, I signed a contract to be asst manager. I would love to honour that.

"All I can do is make sure the players are in the right frame of mind.

"I’ve spoken to Jon Rudkin. I’m just taking caretaker charge until told differently.

“I’m not sure there are problems at the minute. There’s actually a really good felling around the camp.

“It’s one of reasons I came here. There's a lack of opportunities for British coaches in the Premier League.”

Appleton added that only Robert Huth and Matty James remain injured for his side.

Dyche dismisses Leicester link

Man City v Burnley (Etihad Stadium, Saturday 15:00 BST)

Burnley

Sean Dyche is rumoured to be one of the frontrunners for the Leicester City job, but says he’s not aware of any approach from City.

Dyche said: “It’s not the first time I’ve been linked. You’re flattered by it. It’s some form of recognition of the work done.

“It’s a paper story. I’m never been aware of any approach. There’s nothing in my consideration other than Man City.”

Clement on Ancelotti to Leicester rumour

Swansea City v Leicester City (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

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Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Leicester City

Swansea manger Paul Clement thinks it is unlikely Carlo Ancelotti will take over as Leicester manager.

The Foxes sacked Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday and have been linked with a number of replacements, with fired Bayern Munich boss Ancelotti among them.

But Clement, whose side host the Midlanders on Saturday, thinks the 58-year-old will stick to his plans to take the rest of the season off.

He said: "I don't know. The last time I spoke to him he said he's take time off and wants to go into club football again next summer. I don't see why that would have changed.

"He''s going to have the rest of the year off. Good for him as well."

On Shakespeare's exit he said: "It's a shame when a fellow manage loses his job. We all know the pressures we face

"He did well not only as manager at end of last season but also in his role as assistant and behind the scenes to help that team become champions.

DeBoer more shocking

"He earned it, steadied the ship and won his first five games last season.

"Had a good run in the Champions League.

"It's sad because eight games in he's been judged on results and they've decided to remove him.

"I wish him the best and hope he gets another position soon.

"It was more shocking the change of Frank De Boer after four games. That's double but still a short time to make a decision that someone isn't good enough to take the team forward."

Hodgson on FA issues: 'Not my business'

Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

"I don’t think it is fair to ask me the question and we are talking about an affair which is being scrutinised and outside voices won’t help one bit. I trust the matter will be resolved.

"It has to be regarded as damaging, but it is a matter for someone else. I empathise with the people in this situation, but it is not my business at all."

Hodgson on Newcastle

Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

"They are a good footballing team and they were every bit as good as I expected against Southampton. They were organised and it is a fanatical atmosphere at Newcastle. It is always a challenge, however well they are playing. They have started well and we have to be ready to give exactly the same performance as we did against Chelsea."

On Benitez: "I think he is doing very well and has done well to almost save them in that year he joined, then stayed with them and bringing them back up, and they have had a great start. It is a team that has had work done on it. I can only watch them and congratulate them on a good job."

Hodgson: 'No watershed moments'

Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

"I don’t feel that there are season starting moments. Chelsea was my fourth game and now four games into my season. Don’t start trying to suggest there are watershed moments. We have to work hard on a daily basis and produce the type of performance we did on Saturday.

"I think the players should be feeling more confident about doing what we want them to do. They have shown that they can do it, and against the champions of England. I would like to think they would be believing they can produce those performances, and can climb up the table."

Appleton: 'Shakespeare still raw'

Swansea City v Leicester City (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Craig Shakespeare and Michael Appleton talk
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Craig Shakespeare and Michael Appleton talk

Leciester City stand-in manager Michael Appleton has revealed sacked Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare is still smarting from his dismissal earlier this week.

The Midlanders, who are third from bottom in the Premier League, parted with Shakespeare on Tuesday, and Appleton has been asked to take charge as they search for his replacement.

He said: "I was a little bit surprised like most people but then there's the old adage nothing surprises you in football - it gets used a lot.

"You find yourself very quickly being put in a situation where you have a group of staff and players to prepare for a big game on Saturday.

"I spoke to him (Shakespeare) a couple of times. He's a little bit raw still. I don't recall him having lost his job before.

"He's a bit raw but having been there myself I spent a bit of time talking through how I dealt with it etc and I'm sure in the coming days and weeks he'll start thinking positively.

"He's highly respected by all the players and staff at the cub.

"He's been here a long time and done a lot of roles. The one thing I did mention was he was part of me coming here.

"A top guy."

Appleton: Shakespeare exit won't effect players

Swansea City v Leicester City (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Appleton said: “I’m hoping the players don’t need lifting. The group is very positive and I fully expect our mindset to be on Saturday’s game.

"My full focus is making sure I pick the right team for Saturday. Hopefully with a bit of luck and quality we can go and win.”

Hodgson: Zaha the Talisman

Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace 12 October (15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

Palace boss Roy Hodgson has been speaking too.

He's delighted with how Wilfried Zaha has done so far.

He said: "Wilf has been the talisman for Crystal Palace, but it's not down to one man, it's about the team. Delighted with him Saturday.

"If you asked me if he's a great player with a very bright future, who can only get better, I'd answer with a resounding yes.

"Football is about victories and defeats, a constant succession of parties and funerals. Any coach has to try to bring balance. "

Burnley press conference

Man City v Burnley (Etihad Stadium, Saturday 15:00 BST)

Burnley

Also up shortly, Burnley manager Sean Dyche. The Clarets visit Manchester City on Saturday.

Leicester City press conference

Swansea City v Leicester City (Saturday 21 October, 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Caretaker Manager Michael Appleton has arrived for today’s press conference ahead of the Foxes game against Swansea City on Saturday.

Updates to follow…

Champions League Progress Stats

Who will go through?

Mourinho and Klopp
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Mourinho and Klopp

Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote Sports, with this update:

Chance of reaching the CL last-16

Manchester United 99.9%

Tottenham 99%

Manchester City 98%

Chelsea 90%

Liverpool 83%

Celtic 2%

The most interesting thing here is Liverpool again.

Despite their 7-0 win, nothing much has changed in terms of their chance of progress because their win was expected but also the result in the other match keeps two other teams very much in the hunt for the last-16.

Liverpool are however now favourites (54%) to finish in 1st place in Group E with Sevilla on 33% chance of winning Group E and Spartak on 13%.

Hughton: 'We're still adapting'

West Ham v Brighton (London Stadium, Friday 20:00 BST)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Chris Hughton
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Chris Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has been talking about his side's game against West Ham tomorrow.

He said: "It's not been difficult (to pick the players up since Sunday) because we try to do it as soon as possible. I suppose the reality is that although it felt like a defeat [v Everton, 1-1], it wasn't.


"We had enough good periods in the game and showed good enough form that we’ll continue to be encouraged.


“With that being the case, it's not so difficult to pick the players up. For us, every game is a challenge, every game is something new.


“We're a team that is having to get used to this division and the quality of it.”

Progress on Newcastle sale?

On Monday we brought you news that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley had put the club up for sale.

Sky Sports News are now reporting that PCP Capital Partners, an investment company run by Amanda Staveley, has signed a confidentiality agreement with the club's owners ahead of "a period of due diligence of club finances".

Businesswoman Staveley was in the directors' box at St James' Park when Newcastle hosted Liverpool earlier this month.

Ashley hopes to sell the club by Christmas.

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Lloris: 'This is why I stayed'

Keeper was close to leaving in 2014

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris
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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris feels vindicated

Hugo Lloris believes Tottenham's highly impressive draw with Real at the Bernabeu on Tuesday underlines that he was right to stick around when Mauricio Pochettino took over.

The Spurs skipper, linked with an exit before the Argentine took over as manager three years ago, told the Independent: "From the first moment I believed in Pochettino, and that's it.

“I was right at the time. It was my feeling when I met him.

"Now I just enjoy the football we play. There is a great potential in the squad, a great project in our club, and I am looking forward to see this development.

"I try my best to help the team and the club to develop too...

"This is what I said to them, to my team-mates: Don't forget that three years ago we were still in the Europa League.”

Now now Paul...

Scholes' Lukaku quip

Paul Scholes made the quip while commentating on Manchester United's win over Benfica
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Paul Scholes made the quip while commentating on Manchester United's win over Benfica

Further to that nice touch after the game from Lukaku & Co consoling Mile Svilar.

Paul Scholes couldn't help himself.

He admitted it was a nice gesture from Lukaku but the Manchester United legend added: ‘That’s probably the closest Lukaku got to him all night to be fair,’ during his commentary on BT Sport.

'Lukaku is a nice lad, he’s probably just given him some encouragement. Hopefully he can bounce back.’

Keane praises Man Utd sportsmanship

Earlier (09:46) we mentioned that Manchester United's players comforted Benfica's 18-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar after his error allowed Marcus Rashford to score the winner in Wednesday's Champions League encounter.

Well, even Roy Keane was touched.

"That was really nice to see after the game," said the former Manchester United captain on ITV.

"They were lovely touches. He's a young lad, he's learning his trade and unfortunately sometimes you have to learn the hard way by making big mistakes in big moments.

"But that was a lovely touch by the United lads - really nice to see."

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O'Neill banned from driving

NI manager admits charge

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill
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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill has pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to drink-driving.

The court heard he was caught by police in the early hours of 10 September at three times the drink-drive limit.

He had been stopped while driving on the outskirts of the city.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh QC fined O'Neill £1,300 and banned him from driving for 16 months.

Prosecutor Chloe Shoniwa told the court that police officers had "reason to stop" O'Neill as he drove on the A720 Edinburgh city bypass between Lothianburn and Straiton.

O'Neill was breathalized and he was found to have a breath alcohol level of 65mcg compared to the legal limit of 22mcg.

Read more here.

The English Are Back

Neville positive about Premier League sides in Europe

Phil Neville
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Phil Neville was upbeat about the displays of English clubs in the Champions League

English clubs are "narrowing the gap" on Europe's elite in the Champions League, says ex-Manchester United defender Phil Neville.

All five Premier League teams are unbeaten and sit top of their groups after three games played.

"It's not too early to say the tide is changing. The performances alone are saying that," Neville said on BBC Radio 5 live.

"We could get two or three clubs into the quarters or semi-finals."

Read more here.

Tributes to Jordan Moseley

Accrington player a 'lovely boy and good player'

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You might have seen this terribly sad story yesterday.

Accrington Stanley academy player Jordan Moseley, 15, died on Tuesday night.

His academy manager Gary Lodge has paid tribute to the youngster.

He said: “Jordan was a lovely boy, he was a good player and the type of player every manager loves.

"He played on the wing, was a great athlete and a good runner. He was one we were watching for the future.

“We are all in shock and we know we will have to keep an eye on the other players, with counselling available if anyone needs it.

“Jordan was a credit to his family, he always worked hard, he was very popular and will be missed.

“All the Academy lads knew Jordan and it’s been a huge shock to the staff and the players.”

Stanley boss John Coleman said: “We are all shocked and saddened by what has happened. You get upset about results and then something like this happens, it’s a million times worse.”

The Under 18s game against Rochdale at Nelson this Saturday is set to go ahead, with the agreement of the Academy staff and players.

Hernandez to miss Brighton game?

Javier Hernandez
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Hernandez has scored three league goals for West Ham since arriving from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez is an injury concern ahead of West Ham's Friday night clash with Brighton, according to Sky Sports.

The Hammers' top scorer reportedly pulled up in training on Tuesday.

With Andy Carroll suspended after being sent off against Burnley last weekend, West Ham may be a little light up front when they host the Seagulls.

Lights out on Merson

Ex England player's cameo void

Paul Merson
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Paul Merson is back playing

Good on Paul Merson. He made his comeback yesterday aged 49.

Merson played 65 minutes for Welsh minnows Caerau FC last night - but it didn’t end as planned.

He has come out of retirement to turn out for Caerau and made his debut against Pontyclun reports Wales Online.

Caerau were leading the match 3-2 and Merson was showcasing some of the silky skills which made him so popular with Arsenal, Villa, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth fans.

But shortly after Merson was withdrawn from the action to a standing ovation just beyond the hour, the match had to be abandoned due to floodlight failure.

Merson’s first match is now void, he has promised to return for Caerau provided their matches do not clash with his Sky Sports punditry commitments.

Carlisle player charged

Charge first of its kind

Shaun Miller (centre) has been charged by the FA
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Shaun Miller (centre) has been charged by the FA

News in from the FA...

Carlisle United player Shaun Miller has been charged for ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.

It is alleged he committed a clear act of simulation which led to a penalty being awarded in the 35th minute of the game against Wycombe Wanderers on 17 October 2017.

He has until 6pm on 19 October 2017 to respond.

Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.

Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would The FA issue a charge.

Mata gets first supporter

Hasan Ali Kaldirim joins Common Goal

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Hasan Ali Kaldirim
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Hasan Ali Kaldirim

The first English Premier League players to join Juan Mata’s Common Goal campaign will be confirmed on Friday.

Fenerbahce’s Turkey international Hasan Ali Kaldirim has become the latest high-profile player to pledge 1% of his salary to Common Goal, which raises money to help worldwide football-related charities.

As yet, there has been no English addition and no other Premier League player has responded to Mata’s call for players to join his campaign.

Kaldirim has 16 full caps for Turkey.

It's not football but

Great Feature

Like boxing?

Cracking video this.

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In Camp with Ryan Burnett

Way back for Eni

Marley opens door

Eni Aluko could wear the Three Lions again
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Eni Aluko could wear the Three Lions again

Well this is interesting.

Interim England manager Mo Marley has said Eni Aluko's England career need not necessarily be over after all.

Marley has aid she would "100%" consider picking Aluko, adding: "It's for me to find players in form, playing well."

Read more here.

Allardyce rules out Leicester role

Sam Allardyce
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Allardyce has managed six Premier League clubs but was sacked by England after just one game

Sam Allardyce appears to have ruled out taking the vacant Leicester City job.

“As big a club it is and as much as I would love to manage Leicester, I don't think it is time for me,” Allardyce said on Talksport.

“I'm not ready. Having been in it so long and how I felt at the end of last season, I am enjoying my life too much.

“Yes, it would interest me and yes I would take the Leicester job - but not at this time.”

“If I ever go back into football, an international position again might be of interest to me,” Allardyce added.

The former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace manager has been linked to the USA national job...

Meals on Wheels

Chef to Premier League stars

Jonny Marsh with Kevin De Bruyne
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Jonny Marsh with Kevin De Bruyne

This is a great video.

Meet Michelin-star trained chef Jonny Marsh - the guy who cooks customised meals for some of the Premier League's biggest names.

And find out what they like and don't for their tea (hint, quinoa salad gets involved).

Everton got a corker

Onyekuru looks decent

Henry Onyekuru had a good game against PSG for Anderlecht
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Henry Onyekuru had a good game against PSG for Anderlecht

Everton made a signing in the summer we've seen nothing of yet.

Because's he's playing for Anderlecht.

Henry Onyekuru - on loan in Belgium because he hasn't yet got the right work permit - was the his side's star man on an otherwise difficult night as they were defeated 4-0 by PSG last night.

But Toffees fans are excited about what's in store when he's finally able to bring his pace and trickery to Goodison next season.

(Everton face Lyon in the Europa League tonight, Goodison Park, 20:05 BST)

Barca eyeing Kane and Eriksen?

Gossip

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, and playmaker Christian Eriksen, 25, were being watched by Barcelona during Spurs' Champions League match against Real Madrid, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish newspaper says that Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez attended the 1-1 draw to assess the Tottenham pair.

Good luck prising those two from Daniel Levy...

Get all today's football transfer gossip here.

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Five Things we Learned

The FA and Eni Aluko

There was a lot discussed during the Parliamentary committee hearing involving the FA and Eni Aluko yesterday.

So we've broken down the main things for you here.

Ian Wright was fascinating on the topic on 5live last night too.

Listen below.

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