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TURN 37 THE PENULTIMATE TURN! - THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHECK UP

Its Finals weekend it seems around the sporting globe, but here its not quite labelled a final, but we certain do seem to have a fair few ties tonight in the Championship division that you could just class a "cup final". Blackpool promoted to the Premier League in real life. But in 5579, will there be teams making the same route of their own?! Also a critical night at the basement as things could well be sorted and dusted by around 8:45! What a night ahead! Good luck all!

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Newcastle Utd vs Preston N.End

Positions = 2nd vs 9th

  • And the jump we all knew was there and possible has been made! Newcastle find themselves back into the divisions top 2 and in a promotion position right now. Can they finish the job though, and make a return to the top flight at the first time of asking? All the Alan Shearer dissapointment, the crying Geodies, and the crisis that it once seemed. They are now in a position to return immediatly once again! Tomorrow in the penultimate round of fixtures, they host an impressive Preston, who have just beaten Swansea to dampen their playoff dreams. Can they hurt Newcastle in the same way tomorrow?

Prediction: 1-1

Watford vs Crystal Palace

Positions = 1st vs 20th

  • Its top vs bottom at Vicarge Road! Crystal Palace only have pride to play for now. Its a totally, totally different story in Watford's perspective though. They lead the chasing pack by a point, and it is hell close as you well know! However... A Watford win against the basement side, and QPR and Coventry City both lose - Watford will be back into the top division! The last time that happened was under Aidy Boothroyd - now will be same story but with Kaito?

Prediction: 3-1

Sheffield Utd vs Shorpe Utd

Positions = 8th vs 19th

  • Two different ambitions here meet at Bramall Lane in Yorkshire. The hosts Sheffield Utd still have a slim outside hope of making the playoffs end of season. Maybe they'd of been well in the chase should they havent of had a woeful start to the season? However, whilst theres hope, theres a chance, and optimism! Meanwhile, the Iron visit in desperate, desperate need for a win! Heres the possibilities from this match. A Sheffield United victory would mean that it is the end of the road for Shorpe in the Championship. It would also mean - should Swansea fail to win against Leicester - they still are alive in the playoff race. A Shorpe win would mean Sheffield Utd are out of the playoff hunt for good. It would also mean that - should WBA lose - Shorpe can very much still survive - they'd be 2 points off with 1 game to go! However, a WBA win would end it all for Scunny, regardless of their result!

Prediction: 3-1

Coventry City vs Sheffield Wednesday

Positions = 3rd vs 19th

  • Coventry are well in the promotion hunt. Theyre 3rd, and just 1 point off top spot! Theyve been in and around all season long really... Start to the end... A win would keep them in it! A defeat though, Newcastle win, would mean they'd be settled for playoff action! Their opponents may well need a win - no - they must win, no excuses. Like Shorpe - its win - or bust. However, in terms of Coventry - not long ago we heard from their ex boss Gadga. This week, we heard from the new manager - Rick James for the first time!

Q: So, the new manager of Coventry, how does it feel to be here firstly?

Its great to be here, i've been looking into this league for a while and to be able to take the reigns of a team like Coventry was an opportunity i wasn't going to pass up

Q: Did you expect to have control of a Coventry with such a good chance of promotion?

I'd hoped that Coventry would be there or there abouts but to be right in the mix was a nice surprise, there are some very strong squads in the Championship so to be in the running for promotion shows what a great job Gadga has done previously.

Q: Do you think your squad is good enough for the Premierleague?

Honestly no, nothing against the boys and the job they've done so far but Coventry's squad isn't what you'd call deep, we have a few key players in crucial positions but if the injury bug hit i question whether or not my young players could deal with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea & United, heres hoping they get a chance to prove me wrong though.

Q: Has it been a more challenging start than you was expecting?

With all of the managers involved in this league it was never going to be easy, i'd decided when i took over Coventry that I was going to keep it pretty low key for the rest of the season maybe pick up a few youth players but i'll really try and make my mark in season 2.

Q: Who do you think has been the key man for getting you in this position in the first place?

Easy question, Gadga, this is his baby, obviously the chance to move on to Fulham and a place in the Premiership was too good for him to pass up but this is his team and i'm just guiding them through the rest of the season.

Q: Whats the dressing room like at the moment?

The boys are feeling down after losing the top spot but it was never going to be easy at Reading, they'll be right by tomorrow and with 2 games against relegation battlers left we have a realistic shot at automatic promotion.

Q: Finally, will you go up?

Looking at the schedules i'll say yes, I like Newcastle to take the top spot and i'll say we'll slip in at number 2

So, all in all, an upbeat, and respectable in the helm at Richoh Area. He's spot on, Coventry have 2 winable games - starting tomorrow night against Sheffield Wednesday - they need the wins big time too!

Prediction: 2-0

Cardiff City vs Queens Park Rangers

Positions = 16th vs 3rd

  • Cardiff are safe, but one of the underperformers really this season. You'd of expected them to fight for the playoffs. Insted, theyve been treading water in the bottom half all season. They can spring a party trick tomorrow night and dent QPR's promotion dream. Queens Park rangers want a win to keep up the heat in a packed top end of the table. Its worth noting all of the top 6 can all still.... win the league! wow!!!!!

Prediction: 0-1

Swansea City vs Leicester City

Positions = 6th vs 5th

  • This.... is what the Championship is really all about folks. This is simply the biggest match of both of these teams seasons. No doubt. A win for either would odds on secure a playoff berth. Thats the prize on the table! Whose gonna' take it? Its so hard to call a winner too.

Prediction: 2-2

Peterborough Utd vs West Bromwich Albion

Positions = 13th vs 17th

  • West Brom can send Shorpe, and Sheffield Wednesday down to League 1 with Palace' tomorrow. However, they lose, and it spells danger yet again at the Hawthorns. West Brom simply have not been good enough at all this season. Theyre around 10 places lower than they should be in all honesty. They face ana way day to Peterborough, and a rather inspired Posh team - after all, theyrre now safe, nothing to lose - they'll certainly want to give WBA the scares tomorrow night!

Prediction: 2-0

Middlesbrough vs Bristol City

Positions = 11th vs 7th

  • Bristol City are giving teams like Swansea and Leicester real nightmares at the moment. Its been a successful season at Ashton Gate - they aimed for a top half finish - theyre well secure of that - in fact - theyre fighting real hard for a play off position. Tomorrow, Tom Greenfield goes to his favirote team of all - Middlesbrough. He'll want one over them tomorrow for sure! Middlesbrough can do Swansea and Leicester a real favour by beating the Robins!

Prediction: 1-1

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Swansea City 2 - 2 Leicester City

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88, Ilan

The Big Picture

Ilan scores a last ditch equaliser, as Swansea have left there fait in there own hands going down to the final day

Swansea City have pulled of a thrilling come back, as they came from two behind to pick up a point with a late-late equaliser from one of there buys in the season in Ilan who's goal has put Swansea's fait in there own hands.

A defeat to Leicester, would have ment Swansea would have to rely on other results going into the final day of the season with Bristol City beating Middlesbrough 2-0. So a draw was vital, with a superior goal difference to the Robins.

The result leaves the Swansea boss in a happy mood, as he's glad that it's in there hands as they go into the final game away to Middlesbrough knowing that a result is in there hands.

There was just one change to the Swansea side that lost 1-0 away to Preston at Deepdale. Phil Jagielka returning to the first team from suspension, which was a timely arrival for Swansea as he replaced Johan Djourou at the centre of defence.

Jagielka returned into the first team at centre-back

As for Leicester, there was two introductions to the squad. New arrival Tomas Hubschman came into the squad at centre-back after joining from Shaktar, along with Wayne Brown coming into the squad at right-back.

Leicester were on the attack from the first minute. Pedro Rodriquez hitting the crossbar, with Craig Gordon having to be at full stretch to grab onto the ball to prevent Darren Bent from tapping in a very earlier opener.

Just three minutes later and Leicester were infront though. Star man Pedro Rodriguez racing away from the Swansea defence and lobbed the hapless Craig Gordon to give Leicester a crucial early lead with just four minutes played.

Pedro gives Leicester the early lead, with a superb chip over Craig Gordon

Zoltan Gera almost gave Swansea an equaliser just a minute afterwards though. With the ball falling to Gera on the edge of the area, who managed to place the ball towards the bottom hand corner but the experienced Nelson Dida managed get down to the shot and fist it away to safety.

Dida then made another superb save, this time stopping Jamie O'Hara from finding the net. O'Hara got away from the Leicester midfield finding room for a strike, and he hit it with some pace but it wasn't directed away from the keeper giving Dida a chance to stop O'Hara's strike.

Then Swansea thought they should have been awarded a penalty, only for referee Saul Laverni to wave away a penalty appeal. Lucas was tripped in the box, only for the referee to wave away what seemed to be a genuine penalty appeal.

Leiva Lucas is brought down, but no penalty was rewarded in Swansea's favour

The last chance of the half came Swansea's way. Colin Kazim Richards set up a superb chance for Roque Santa Cruz, but he fluffed his opportunity as Santa Cruz failed to hit the target in what was a great chance to put Swansea level before half-time.

But early on in the second half Leicester doubled there lead which left Swansea needing a lot to pull the game back to level terms. Lopes Wesley at the edge of the box, curling a shot into the back of the net in off the far post.

Swansea looked to get back on level terms just a minute later but failed to find the net. Gabriel Agbonlahor tried a similar lob to Pedro's first half finish, but it went just over the crossbar as Agbonlahors finishing let him down.

Agbonlahor's finishing let him down as the time ticked down for Swansea to find a way back into the match

Craig Gordon then had to be at his best to give Swansea any hope of picking up a result a few minutes later. A great strike from David Sauzo almost caught out the Scottish number one, but he flew across his box to tip the strike just wide off target.

That save proved to be costly as not long later and Swansea were right back into the match with Gabriel Agbonlahor pulling a goal back. Agbonlahor rised above the Leicester defence, to head the ball into the back of the net in what will be one of the most crucial goals he'll score in a Swansea shirt.

Agbonlahor rises above the Leicester defence to pull a goal back for Swansea

Swansea made three subs, with half an hour remaining as they looked to keep the team fresh. And bring on some rested legs, with Zoran Tosic, Darron Gibson & Sam Ricketts brought on for Jamie O'Hara, Colin Kazim Richards and club captain Stephen Warnock.

Zoran Tosic came close with his first effort of the game. Cutting inside his marker to run at the Leicester defence and have a strike at goal. But an all around solid perfomance from Nelson Dida was kept up, as he palmed the strike away to safety.

Ilan came close to finding the net aswell, but couldn't hit the target. He tried a lazy lob over Dida on the edge of the area, but just like Agbonlahor earlier on in the half his attempts to out-do Pedro's early strike failed as he missed the target.

But then with just two minutes remaining Swansea got there trusted goal with Ilan finding the net as they turned around a two goal defecit to pick up such a valuable point. Ilan was played through on goal and kept his cool to beat Dida, in what might just be his most important goal in a Swansea shirt.

Ilan scores with two minutes remaining to give Swansea a valuable point

That was enough for Swansea to pick up the point which means that a win over Middlesbrough will send them up. Bristol City have tough opposition in Queens Park Rangers, and are unlikely to win but the Swansea boss will make sure that the only game in the Swansea players heads is there one.

Leicester are also possibilities to fall out of the play-off zone after failing to beat Swansea. There final game is another tricky one, as they face Newcastle United. A defeat for them and wins for Bristol City & Swansea would mean they'd drop out of the play-offs.

Post Match Interview

A possitive draw means it's in your hands to reach the play-offs, how crucial was the point?

The late equaliser was such a crucial goal in our season, without it we'd have such a task on our hands. But now we know that if we can pull off a good result, if we can get in a good performance, if we can win our game then we'll reach the play-offs. We don't need to rely on other results just yet, we just want to focus on doing it the easy way, and that's by winning our games. Leicester & Bristol City have tough opposition and it'll be hard for them to win, but we don't want to let that bother us too much, we just need to focus on Middlesbrough at the moment.

Ilan has put you in that position, is he your best signing of the season?

I'd say yes, we signed him as a free-agent and originally it didn't look like he'd do anything more than fill in for Santa Cruz or Agbonlahor when needed. But he's worked his way into the side, and has really benefited the teams cause on a number off occasions since being brought into the squad. He's a great link between midfield and attack, and a player were happy to have on at the club. He can do some great things here, and i just hope he can keep that up with the final game in mind aswell as the play-offs to continue making an impact and hopefully he can get us playing Divison 2 football next year.

How do you view Wednesday's opposition, in Middlesbrough?

There's no denying it, there a strong side. That's whats helped them to reaching the FA Cup Final, which they did in some style and i can only give them credit for that. There manager has built up a strong squad there, and i'm sure we'll see them doing some good things over the next couple of seasons. They'll be dissapointed with there league position, currently in 11th, but they've built a strong squad and a cup run to be proud off. We can't be complacent, we need the win and at all costs so we will go out with a possitive attitude, and hopefully things will turn our way.[/center]
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PRESSURE ON FULHAM

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Gadga after the defeat against Birmingham..

Fulhams div1 status is in thier own hands now after going down 1-0 to Birmingham meaning that it goes down to the last day of the season, Fulham will welcome relegation neighbours Hull to Craven cottage on weds nite in a tense showdown, u lose u are down... How it ends up a draw or a win for Fulham will be good enough to stay in the div1 a defeat will see fulham and hull swap places and fulham will be down while hull stays up, so no pressure on either team then..B)

Fulham boss Gadga praise his counterpart Sam, I know sam for a few years now and i know that he is atop class manager he doesn't like getting relagateds but who does, Sam will bring his Hull squad to us and give us a tough game...

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Fulham fans after the final whistle against birmingham

Birmingham started the strongest and soon put Fulham on the back foot but didn't show any danger, in the 20th min Fulham striker OLIC smashes his 20yrd drive against the crossbar

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Olic on the run before smashing his shot off the bar.

That scare seemsed to wake up Birmingham and soon found themselves in front in the 23rd min with a goal coming from Toquero thanx to a wicked deflection.

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Toguero celebrates putting the blues 1-0 up.

Going 1-0 Birmingham to full control of the game for the rest of the firts half..

In the second half Fulham had a life line when Birminghams Christian Benitez got his marching orders in the 54th min with a tackle that saw him no where near the ball..

Fulham now with an extra man started to get a strangle hold of the game and had an excellent chance leveling the scores in the 64th min when Wendel takes on two defenders but fluffed his shot. 2 mins later Olic had an header but that went inches wide, the 84th min saw an header from an inswinging corner fall straight into Harts hands then in the 86th min a shot from distance was stopped by Hart, Fulham gave it a go since the sending off to no avail, now their fate will be on weds when they take on Hull.

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EC 5579 - BOOKIES ODDS - (FROM SKYBET)

THE COCA - COLA CHAMPIONSHIP - AS OF 23/05/2010 - (10:30 AM)

Bet #1 - To Win The League Outright

Watford - 5/1

Queens Park Rangers - 7/1

Bet #2 - To Win Promotion On Final Turn (Finish In Top Two)

Queens Park Rangers - 5/1

Newcastle Utd - 7/1

Bet #3 - To Finish Inside The Play - offs

Coventry - 1/13

Leicester - 1/8

Swansea City - Evens

Bristol City - 4/1

Sheffield Utd - 11/1

Bet #4 - To Avoid Relegation

West Bromwich Albion - 2/6

Sheffield Wednesday - 7/2

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Radford - "We're Glad it's in Our Hands"

The Swansea boss is delighted ith Ilan's late equaliser, which gives Swansea the opportunity to reach the play-offs

Swansea City boss Aidan Radford has said that he's delighted that the chance to reach the play-offs on the final day of the season is in there hands, thanks to a late equaliser from form man Ilan as they faced Leicester on Saturday in a 2-2 draw.

He said that Leicester outplayed them, and if anyone deserved the win it was them but nethertheless it's a point and we'll have to take it from all those points we've lost earlier on in the season.

He knows how much of a strong opposition Middlesbrough will be, even with nothing to play for, with Boro as FA Cup finalists this season. The strong Italian influenced team will look to a strong end to the season, but Swansea will look to beat them at the Riverside stadium in such a crucial game of the season with the play-offs at stake.

A win for Swansea will put them in the play-offs, whilst failure to beat Middlesborough will leave Swansea relying on Bristol City's result with Queens Park Rangers which the Swansea boss doesn't want to be left to do, as he states that focusing on our game and only our game is the key.

Radford Made The Following Statement:

Thanks to Ilan's fantastic late finish, it's in our hands, and that's crucial as far as i'm concerned and as far as the players are concerned. We wont have to worry about Bristol City's result just yet, just our own, we know if we beat Middlesbrough were in the play-offs regardless of how our rivals perform. That'll be the key, we need to pick up some form though after the last couple of games as we've just not been commited to the cause. We need to get back to our game and immeadiatly, for the final game of the season, as if we don't then we wont have a chance of getting a win or even a point against a side like Middlesbrough. We should off possibly secured our fait in the play-offs before now, but we can't think about really as results didn't go our way and that's just the way things go sometimes, but we have an opportunity to get into the play-offs on the final day and a win is what we need. If you offered me this position at the start of the season, i'd have accepted it in an instant, play-offs was our aim, if we miss out on that it's not such a big blow but reaching them would be a huge stride forward as far as were concerned. We need our forwards to be in synch, Agbonlahor & Ilan showed that against Leicester but were in need of some form from Santa Cruz on the final game of the season aswell, we'll make a couple of changes afer Gibson, Tosic & Ricketts impressed me a lot when brought on against Leicester, but the spine of the team should be the same as we don't want to tinker with thing to much to speak off. Were just hoping for a good performance from us, we don't want to be in need for Queens Park Rangers to do us a favour, we want to do it ourselves, and that is what we'll aim to do. We're glad it's in our hands.

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Humphries disappointed with draw

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Humphries after witnessing Swansea's remarkable come back

Last night was Leicester city's biggest and most important game of the season against Aidan Radford's Swansea city.

Humphries felt that his side were good value for there lead and was in utter shock when Ilan popped up to equalise two minutes from the end to secure the host's a point at the liberty stadium.

Humphries needed a win against there play-off rivals to secure a place and guarantee them a shot at the premier league.

It now goes down to the last game of the season against in form newcastle.

I'm dissapointed with the draw as i felt our team played Marvellous against a very good Swansea side' date='we needed a win today and we didn't get it. We took the lead extremely early on and i thought that if we could stay tight at the back for the next half hour we may be able to double our lead on the counter attack it worked but i wasn't expecting the comeback from Swansea as i thought there was no way back for them but all credit to Aidan as he had them believing that they could still get something out of the game and they did but hey it's still in our hands and we go to a very good Newcastle side who are on the verge of promotion with the same mentality as we always do and that's to win.

Come Tuesday ill be very nervous we would have done everything on the training pitch by then working on tactics and its just up to the players.It will be very sad if we miss out now after all the hard work that the players and staff have put into this season.[/quote']

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McAnuff saves

Peterborough defeat

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Date: 22nd May 2010 Venue: London Road

Attendance: 12,634 Referee: Juan Pablo Pompei

An 82nd minute Peterborough goal from substitute Jobi McAnuff dented West Bromwich Albion's survival push after a second half goal from Italian, Sebastian Giovinco looked to have kept the Baggies championship status, until the Jamaican international Jobi McAnuff notched his fifth of the season.

Sebastian Giovinco failed to capitalize on a wonderful chance in the first half even though the Italian had plenty of time and space to put the Baggies ahead. Penalty's claims were waved away by referee Juan Pablo Rompei when Peterborough midfielder, Paul Coutts was tripped in the box by Jonas Olsson. Sebastian Giovinco had a second chance to net a goal for the Baggies, however the 23 year old failed to hit the target, and blasted wide of the net. Peterborough goal keeper, Tomasz Kuszczak breathed a shy of relief five minutes later when a goal mouth scramble was almost turned in by Aleksey Ionov until Kuszczak pounded on the ball. Peterborough's best chance of the half came when a wonderful cross by Dean Moxey was failed to be capitalized by Fraizer Campbell, all the young Englishman could do is head the free ball onto the top of the net.

Peterborough were put under extensive pressure again in the second period, and seemed to struggle with the far superior side that West Bromwich Albion had struggled to show this season. However, Peterborough's weight was lifted of there shoulders just after the hour mark, when Tomlins seemed to go to an all out attack approach, and brought both Gregory Sertic and Jobi McAnuff on, this sudden change in tactics saw Peterborough begin to create more goal scoring opportunities, the first effort was an outstanding one by on loan Tottenham defender, Kyle Naughton who curled his shot inches wide of the goal. A wonderful double save down the other end by Tomasz Kuszczak brought many plaudits when the on loan Manchester United goal keeper just proved how wonderful he is. However, like many times this season, he couldn't keep out everything and he couldn't keep this out when Sebastian Giovinco slipped the ball into the net after some fancy footwork. But Peterborough fought back like many times this season, and five minutes later they equalized when a wonderful bit of play between Danny Guthrie and Jobi McAnuff saw the Jamaican in on goal to get his fifth of the season. Peterborough could of snatched the three points in the final minute of the game, when a strike from Fraizer Campbell was tipped over the bar by Scott Carson who was forced to stretch to tip it over.
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Sebastian Giovinco and team mates celebrate after the

Italian puts his side up 1-0 up at London Road..

Peterborough manager, Dan Tomlins:
"We decided to do something different tonight, and the first half it didn't seem to work, but we made changes second half and things began to look up. Yes, West Brom put us under pressure when we made changes but we managed to create enough chances to take a point from the game."
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THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - COCA COLA LEAGUE TWO

THE FINAL TURN LOOK - UP

In the lowest tier of 5579 football, it certainly hasnt let us down. The qualty, commitment, and passion has been as high as it has been in any of the divisions. Some fantastic managers have contributed to just this. Here we will in breif - preview whats to come in the last turn of our first ever season!

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THE TOP 8 - LEAGUE TABLE

1. Shrewsbury - (P)

2. Brighton & H.A - (P)

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3. Hartlepool - 73 - (Pl.Off)

4. Swindon - 66 - (Pl.Off)

5. Yeovil - 61 - (Pl.Off)

6. Carlisle - 57

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7. Bradford - 56

8. Northampton - 56

Bradford City vs Shrewsbury

Positions = 7th vs 1st

Prediction: 1-2

Rochdale vs Brighton & H.A

Positions = 15th vs 2nd

Prediction: 0-1

Hartlepool vs Swindon

Positions = 3rd vs 4th

Prediction: 3-1

Crewe vs Yeovil

Positions = 11 vs 5th

Prediction: 1-2

Northampton vs Notts County

Positions = 8th vs 18th

  • Prediction: 5-1

  • So, all in all, its pretty tight and a fair bit to play for here. Thats all without the possibility of relegation. Its all about promotion and getting out of this tricky little division. Shrewsbury and Brighton have achieved that, but for 8 other hopefuls - theres 1 more place to join them in next season's version of League One!

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THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE - COCA COLA LEAGUE ONE

THE FINAL TURN LOOK - UP

It may be the third tier of EC 5579 football - but its certainly shown some breif signs of much better class without doubt! One team is certain to be moving up a gear next season - and thats the Lions - Millwall. But who'll join them on wednesday? Who'll be scrapping it out in the heart breaking - or heart changing playoff series? And who'll be falling out of this division, and into the lowest tier? Lets look at the main areas of the table...

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THE TOP 8 - LEAGUE TABLE

1. Millwall - © - 76

2. Norwich City - 72 - (Pl.Off)

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3. Derby County - 69 - (Pl.Off)

4. Charlton Athletic - 69 - (Pl.Off)

5. Barnsley - 64 - (Pl.Off)

6. Plymouth Arg. - 60

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7. Southampton - 58

8. MK Dons - 54

THE BOTTOM 5 - LEAGUE TABLE

16. Bristol Rovers - 38 (-21 G.D)

17. Gillingham - 37 - (-21 G.D)

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18. Exeter City - 35 - (-23 G.D)

19. Oldham Athletic - ®

20. Huddersfield - ®

Southampton vs Millwall

Positions = 7th vs 1st

Prediction: 1-3

Norwich City vs Huddersfield

Positions = 2nd vs 20th

Prediction: 4-1

Derby County vs Oldham

Positions = 3rd vs 19th

Prediction: 2-1

Charlton Athletic vs Plymouth

Positions = 4th vs 6th

Prediction: 2-2

Barnsley vs Wycombe Wanderes

Positions = 5th vs 11th

  • Prediction: 3-1

Tranmere vs Exeter City

Positions = 14th vs 18th

  • Prediction: 3-1

Colchester vs Gillingham

Positions = 9th vs 17th

  • Prediction: 2-1

Nottingham Forest vs Bristol Rovers

Positions = 10th vs 16th

  • Prediction: 2-1

  • So, a lot to play for as you can see. Millwall are the only side at the top guarenteed Championship action next season. Norwich are almost there - only goal difference is denying them right now - but surely they'll join the Lions. The playoffs promises to be something special too. Ex Premierleague teams such as Derby, Charlton, and Southampton are all fighting for a playoff place.

Also, at the bottom - we know that Oldham, and Huddersfield are gone into the League Two. But Exeter are 3rd bottom at the moment, and are heading there too at the moment. They need a win tomorrow! Bristol Rovers, and Gillingham are lerking dangerously, and waiting to fall should Exeter prevail on the last day... Theres an awful lot to play for!!!

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Villa Ready For Reds Debut

Tuesday, 25th May 2010

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Villa Will Lead Liverpool's Attack In The Most Vital Game Of The Season

Today Liverpool new boy David Villa was confirmed fit to play for Liverpool's clash with Birmingham in the last game of the season and the all important title decider tomorrow. Villa will make his debut alongside Higuain and Tevez.

David Villa will make his debut tomorrow after a long period of time suffering from an injury obtained from his City days. The Spanish forward has been out for a massive two months and is looking to continue where he left of, hitting the back of the net.

David Villa completed his move to Anfield late last week which saw both Pato and Soldado leave for City, Villa socred twelve goals out of twenty five games at City and told press he would have been the highest scoring player this season if the City manager had not played him when failing to prove fit to play.

Villa said 'I did enjoy my time at City but I couldn't get on well with manager Sean and he consistantly played me every game without any resting time this lead to many arguments and despite a new manager being brought in I wanted change. When Liverpool manager Bail got in contact I immediantly made the decision to move, I'd heard some great things about spirit between players and staff at Anfield and now being here I understand why they are such a great team and I just hope we can win the title tomorrow night'

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Taylor Completes Swansea Medical

Welsh International left-back, Neil Taylor has completed his move to Swansea after completing a medical at the club

Swansea City have announced that Welsh International left-back Neil Taylor has completed a medical, completing a £20,000 move to the club from non-league side Wrexham F.C.

The 21 year old has been impressive for Wrexham, and is among the best players in there squad at such a young age, with Swansea reportedly looking at the progress of Taylor for several months.

Taylor made his debut for Wales on Sunday, were he came on with half an hour remaining as they lost to Croatia 2-0, but Taylor good a job at left-back seeing as he was faced with the opposition of Croatia captain Dario Srna on several occasions.

The full-back has been a regular at Wrexham for a few years now, and since they've fallen into the conference meaning non-league football for young players like Taylor, it will result in the best of the young guns moving up a level or two such as Taylor.

He will be playing with the youth squad for the rest of this season aswell as next season, and is unlikely to be loaned up. But he will be playing with the likes of Jonathan Franks & Aaron Wildig on a regular basis which gives him a chance to develop his game.

Taylor is delighted to have joined Swansea, which is a club he's always looked to play for and he can't wait to get some action with the youth squad. He will hope to make his first league appearance for the club by the time he is 23, but for now he needs to keep his targets to concern with the Youth Team rather than the first team squad.

The Swansea City boss is delighted to have signed Taylor, in a player he's always admired. He's hopefull that Taylor can pick up some more Welsh caps, and become a regular Welsh International in a few years time.

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THE BIG FINISH.....

THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE - THE FINAL TURN

37 turns - of 10 games - 10 games of which contain something... something special. No, this isnt Jose were on about. However - all the emotion, drama, decision making, problems, will, desire, ambition, dissapointment, and success is all put on hold. Whatever has happened so far will count for nothing come Wednesday night. Its one night - one game - one ambition - a win! Here will take you through the possibilities of the worlds biggest and best division in existence. I have got one question however to leave with you all.... Can You Feel It?

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SO WHAT IS THERE TO PLAY FOR?

  • LIVERPOOL & SUNDERLAND - Battle it out for the right to named Champions of EC 5579 for season 1. Can Sunderland complete a very rare double for their recent standards? It would be their best success ever surely. However, Liverpool bid at the same time to win back their title they dearly dearly miss! Its Bail vs Diego Maradona in a massive crunch game!

  • BIRMINGHAM, BLACK BURN, WIGAN MANCHESTER CITY AND WEST HAM UNITED - Fight it out against each other to finish inside the top half of the table. Have Man City under performed this season? early on they looked good for the title - now theyre anything but!

  • FULHAM AND HULL CITY - Literally these two sides are going head to head - neck and neck - to save themselves from the drop. Its Sam Wainwright vs Gadga - a classic rivalry continues tonight and is one of 2 huge matches!

Fulham vs Hull City

Positions = 17th vs 18th

  • Weve said what needs to eb said really. Huge game - Hull must win it to survive in the top flight! Its Sam Wainwright vs Gadga - a tactical battlefield for show! Massive game - biggest game of these 2 teams season without question.

Experts Eye: - They'll cancel each other out and Fulham will be smiling - 1-1 draw.

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Liverpool vs Birmingham

Positions = 1st vs 14th

  • Liverpool will celebrate their first Premiership crown here at Anfield if they manage to win. A draw could be enough, but only if Sunderland fail to win themselves. Its the race For The Title big style!

Experts Eye: - I think it will be nervy at Anfield - knowing the title is a possibility with a win - but I think they'll be ok - 2-0 to the reds - and then the bottles will be out!

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Aston Villa vs Sunderland

Positions = 5th vs 2nd

  • Should Liverpool slip at home to Birmingham - it opens up for Sunderland. If Sunderland can win - the pressure heaps on at Anfield. Not easy away to 5th Villa though at all!

Experts Eye: - Forget what happens at Anfield - it'll be done here - 1-1 draw I think.

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Chelsea vs West Ham United

Positions = 3rd vs 10th

  • A London derby - on a pretty dead rubber day in the Premier League. This will be anything but dead though no question.

Experts Eye: - Good crowd, and good atmosphere - but Chelsea will win 2-1.

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EC 5579 - BOOKIES ODDS - (FROM SKYBET)

THE COCA - COLA CHAMPIONSHIP - AS OF 26/05/2010 - (16:20 PM)

Bet #1 - To Win The League Outright

Watford - 4/3

Queens Park Rangers - 6/1

Bet #2 - To Win Promotion On Final Turn (Finish In Top Two)

Queens Park Rangers - 8/1

Newcastle Utd - 10/1

Bet #3 - To Finish Inside The Play - offs

Coventry - 1/80

Leicester - 1/7

Swansea City - 2/1

Bristol City - 3/1

Sheffield Utd - 15/2

Bet #4 - To Avoid Relegation

West Bromwich Albion - 4/10

Sheffield Wednesday - 15/2

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Match Preview

Manchester United Vs Portsmouth

Manchester United go into the final day of the season in a disappointing 8th place but, amazingly, could finish the season as high as 5th or as low as 10th depending on other results tonight. Utd's only injury concern is that of Sergio Aguero who will be out for the next 9 days after picking up a back strain in a midweek training session. Apart from that Utd will have a full squad to choose from for tonight's game.

Despite last week's comprehensive 3-0 to Arsenal, Portsmouth's top flight status was confirmed thanks to defeats for fellow strugglers Fulham and Hull City. Again, depending on other team's results, Pompey could slip down to 17th or move up to 15th which is where they would finish the season in. The away team have a few injury problems of their own with Bruno Alves still out with a strained neck and, unluckily, Mali foward Freddy Kanoute will miss the opening stages of next season after having his ankle fractured in last week's defeat to Arsenal which rules him out for the next 9 weeks.

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Kanoute will be praying he recovers as quickly as possible from his recent injury

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Duffy: " I want a party atmosphere"

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Bolton Wanderers manager Ashley Duffy has called for a 'Party Atmosphere' for the clubs last game against Manchester City at the Reebok arena tonight. The club who have had quite a bit of succses on the field this season with the English Shield victory over Swansea and now hunting down 5th place will be looking to win the final game in style as a thank you to the amazing support the team has recieved this season .

Duffy on the fans:

"The Fans have been great, they stuck with me at the start of the season when we were down the bottom of the table and seemed to be looking at a relegation dog fight and have supported the team amazingly through our climb to the top half of the league and to wembely. The shield final was a very special day indeed and with opposition like Swansea we needed everyone to get behind the team and they did , it was just like having a 12th man out there"

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Bolton and Swansea fans walk into wembely

Duffy on the Next season:

"Next season we will look to push on and challange the big teams just like we have this season and hopefully we can stay in the top 6 and maybe push for a top 4 position but alot of teams are improving around us and we will also need to improve if we are going to succed in our aim"

Duffy on Signings:

"We will always look to improve the team and i think that in June/July time you will see us very active in the transfer window with a host of targets we are after. We will look English with our signings but i wouldnt expect much from is until June as there is not cash avalible at the moment and if we are to stay within our budgets then we must sell before we buy"

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Duffy targets English players

Duffy On Depatures:

"Of course we are going to let people go we need to if we want to improve we are willing to sell everyone in order to build a brighter future for this club and if it meens selling some of our better players than why not if it meens we win more trophies and finish higher in the league the fans will be happy"

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Could park be Leaving this off season ?

Duffy on EC 5579:

"I would just like to thank every other manager that has made this set-up great and long may it continue ! "

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TURN 38 THE FINAL TURN- THE CHAMPIONSHIP CHECK UP

It began with plenty and no shortage of optimism.... "Swanseajack joins Swansea - Swansea aiming for the top..." "Matty AVFC joins Leicester and Leicester aim ambitiously...." "Gadga joins Coventry - can Coventry make new history under good management" or maybe a bit of "Kaito joins Watford" That was then...

Who would have imagined - let alone The Championship - but EC5579 as a whole would have evolved, and grown as big as it is today? Now we are 37 turns on - and its finale dale to our regular season up and down the EC5579 country. Who'll make the very last move? Who'se done well - but going to flop on the final 90 minutes? Whose under performed but going to get out of jail in last chance saloon? Lets look at what our Final Championship Regular playing season offers you...

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THE COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE

----TOP 8 ----

1. Watford - 69 - (P) [20]

2. Queens Park Rangers - 68 - (Pl.Offs) [15]

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3. Newcastle - 65 - (Pl.Offs) [28]

4. Coventry - 64 [26]

5. Leicester - 62 [15]

6. Swansea - 61 [18]

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7. Bristol City - 61 [7]

8. Sheffield Utd - 58 [13]

----BOTTOM 4----

17. West Bromwich Albion - 39 [-17]

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18. Sheffield Wed - 36 [-24]

19. Shorpe - 33 - ® [-24]

20. Crystal Palace - 29 - ® [-28]

Reading vs Watford

Positions = 10th vs 1st

  • The first team promoted to next seasons Premier League will be Watford. Yes, Watford. Thats not a typo by the way, I meant Watford when I said it. What a story its been for Kaito and his team. He's managed things immaculatly really - theyve had the luck, judgement, desire, ambition, pride, and skill that a premier league team needs really. A goalscorer in Dani Pacheco has helped significantly really. A huge contribution of 16 goals! 3rd in the Golden Boot standings at the moment. He'll want 2 things by tonight. 1 - Champions of the Championship with Watford. 2nd - he'll want to stake a claim and win the Golden Boot award - he's 1 off at the moment.

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Watford will have no walk in the park what so ever tonight if they want to be crowned the champions. Reading are known to be to many 'a team way below their proper league position'. They have a strong squad, and every right to fight right at the top next time around. Lets hear from their manager now...

Q: Your in with not only a great chance of promotion, but also maybe the title - have you thought about this much?

Tbh, i'm not expecting to be at the top of the table. My main target was to get the promotion any extra is just a bonus. With the unexperience team, this has to a big achievement

Q: Whats the dressing room like?

The spirit in the dressing is good and the confidence is very high.

Q: Whats been the highlight of the season?

It has to be our performance. We are playing as a team and everybody is enjoy it very much!

Q: Finally, will you go up?

if everything is going well, then why not.

Please note: this interview was carried out before Saturday's fixture, when they secured promotion to the Premier division.

Prediction: 1-1

Bristol City vs Queens Park Rangers

Positions = 7th vs 2nd

  • Well this is the headline game really on D-Day. We have 2 teams with 2 massive ambitions. We should see at least one of these 2 teams partying by the end of the game tonight. A Queens Park Rangers win will secure a place in next seasons Premier League. Wow, and what a story - just like Watford! That same final result would however mean Bristol City fall centremeteres short of our end of season Play Offs. A Bristol win would spark a real noise inside Ashton Gate, but all eyes would be then on to Walkers Stadium and Riverside Stadium (Leicester & Swansea) to hope that they lose. If either of those 2 teams lose - and Bristol City get 3 points - they'll be in the top 6!!!

This week we have managed to catch up with both managers ahead of this crunch match. We Start with the home team manager - Tom Greenfield, of Bristol City FC.

(interviewer = Matty AVFC)

Q: With the season coming to an end did you ever anticipate being so close to promotion with one game to go?

I only hoped for it. Being here was only going to be a bonus to us. We were aiming for just a top half finish - so to be in with a shout is brilliant!

Q: Do you think your team is good enough to survive in the premier league?

Hmm, not just yet. Although its a strong team now - its not just about ready for Arsenal, and Liverpool etc!

Q: How would it feel if you were to miss out when being so close?

It certainly wouldnt be the end of the world. If we miss out - we'll be a strong force next season - real strong! I wasnt expecting promotion this season anyhow!

Q: It's been a fantastic season for you, what has been your highlight.

I think when we managed to beat Leicester 5-1 - it was brilliant! It showed our class really. Maybe the win against Sheffield United was great too - considering they drubbed us at their place earlier in the season. Sweet revenge!

Q: You've brought many great players this season but who has been the signing of the season ?

Giorgios Samaras. He's our top goalscorer - and might be the top scorer in the league by the end of Wednesday night! He's came from Celtic and shown his pure class!

Q: What do you hope for bristol city next season?

A place in the top 6 of the league. It would be a step forward - regardless of Wednesday night and maybe even beyond.

So, all in all, a manager who isnt getting too carried away with being in with a playoff hope. Now, lets hear from their opposite manaer - Charlize - of a real over performing QPR side. They could go up tonight!

Q: Well, well done on getting the job at QPR! How enjoyable has it been?

A: Thanks! It's been very enjoyable. Everyone at the club has been fantastic.

Q: Has it been emotionally draining?

A: Definetly, when you're managing a club with the resources that QPR has, there's alot of pressure and expectation from the fans and the people who run the club. my hair is kinda turning grey so that shows who stressful it has been at times. (Laughs)

Q: How is the fans there?

A: The fans have been superb all season really, they've always support us even when we're playing horribly. Without a doubt QPR has the best fans in West London, well better than Chelsea's for sure. (laughs)

Q: Your team sit in with a very, very good chance of promotion. You could even win the league at this present second! How exactly does this feel?

It feels well good because we're in a great position at the moment because promotion is in our hands but we have to beat Bristol City to secure promotion, which is easier said than done, but if we beat them and Watford lose to Reading, which could happen because Reading are a very strong side, we can win the league and that would be fantastic for the fans and the players.

Q: Finally, can you get promotion?

A: Of course we can. If we get promoted automatically that's good but if we go into the playoffs, my boys can win that too.

So, its all upbeat from QPR's base. The manager feels happy, the fans are 'brilliant'. So - whose your money on tonight? Im going to go through the middle and predict a draw. But... will it be good enough for either side??

Prediction: 0-0

Leicester vs Newcastle

Positions = 5th vs 3rd

  • Now - should QPR fail to beat Bristol City tonight - its all eyes to the Walkers Stadium - for more than 1 reason. A Bristol win, and a Newcastle Win will send the league table flipping. Bristol City would over take Leicester - and that would leave them hoping Swansea lose their game against Middlesbrough to remain in the playoffs. It would also - mean that Newcastle would overtake QPR and make an immediate return to the premier league - leaving QPR in the playoffs themselves. What on earth will happen? There is so many possible outcomes!

Prediction: 2-1

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West Bromwich Albion vs Coventry City

Positions = 17th vs 3rd

  • Coventry - belive or not - mathmatically are not certain of a place in our end of season play offs! They can not go up inside the top 2 any longer - after a very dissapointing loss to another relegation candidate Sheffield Wednesday. However - can Coventry bounce back tonight, and beat West Brom - which will make them feel nervy on their own survival. Remember - Sheffield Wednesday are the team below them - and trail by 3 points. The goal difference though is a difference of 7 goals. Can be done... Meanwhile this week - we caught up West Brom boss - Federico Macheda (not the utd striker dont worry...).

Q: Hello, well firstly, how happy are you right now at West Brom?

I am happy but i could be happier as i have not got to much time for them at the moment with GCSE's coming up. I hope to achieve alot better next season

Q: Your teams sits just outside relegation. Surely its been an unsuccessful season?

Yes it has, i hope it can be more successful next season

Q: If you stay up this season, can you move back in the correct direction next season?

I like to think so

Q: Hows the dressing room like?

The dressing room isn't great at the moment.

Q: How good are your fans?

Our fans have been brilliant

I must also say that I asked him who would be going up from this division this season - and I didnt get a reply - so that says all really. A very downbeat feeling at the Hawthorns - not good - GCSE commitments to the manager - could be making a return from those exams - all the way to a tie with Shrewsbury next season.... Big night tonight...

Prediction: 0-3

Middlesbrough vs Swansea City

Positions = 11th vs 6th

  • Back to the race for playoffs... Middlesbrough have under performed this season in reality. Theyw ere tipped for promotion - but havent delived - which has allowed teams such as Swansea to capitalise of their poor results. Swansea City wont want to go into the possibilities of tonight. They just want to win. If they do, theyre pretty much certain of a playoff spot. Thats due to a superior goal difference advantage over Bristol City. Theyre currently level with each other on 61 points. But Swansea's Goal Difference is better by 11. That wont be in danger by Bristol City tonight im pretty sure!

Prediction: 2-2

Sheffield Wednesday vs Ipswich Town

Positions = 18th vs 14th

  • Can Sheffield Wednesday do the really unthinkable to survive tonight - relegating Wrst Brom to the third division??? Surely not. But its possible - they need a big win really to have the most realistic oppotunity. 4, 5-0? It seems unlikely, but if they do that - West Brom will be petrified!!! They face a good Ipswich, and we caught up with their manager ahead of D-Day!

Q: Well, A season just about gone here at Ipswich - hows it been for yourself?

A: It's been great. I joined the team with 21 games left and we were in 17th place. I had a bad start and was in the relegation zone for a bit. But since the results have really improved. It's been great battling it out against these great managers.

Q: Has it successful or not in your own opinion?

A: It's been ok, but with this big a club we really should be further up the table. I no we've had a bad couple of seasons recently but it's to big a club to go down. Fortunatley this season we've been able to stay up and get into a good position.

Q: Whats been the highlight to your season?

My highlight of the season was the 2-1 win over Dan Tomlins Peterborough. It was my 6th game in charge and we were on a 4 game losing streak. But young Connor Wickham played brilliantly getting two goals.

Q: Do you hold any regrets from this season?

A: Not really. I wish I had signed Suso Santana but I didn't ahve the money at the time. But apart from that none.

Q: Will there be big spending during the close season?

A: That depends on whether one of my current offers goes through. If it does then yes. If not therewill be very little.

Q: Finally, can you possibly mount a promotion charge next season all going well?

A: Not next season. The target for next season is maybe 10th place or higher. Anything below that is poor considering the size of the club and the players we have brought in.

So a rather content Ipswich manager there - but playing it safe by saying that promotion is simply a no go next season. Who knows though. Anyway, back on with tonight - I think they'll be no pushovers for Sheffield Wednesday - but they'll be on a high after Saturday.

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield Utd

Positions = 20th vs 8th

  • You'd get good odds on the Blades making it a remarkabl end to the season - and snatching a playoff spot tonight. Firstly they need Swansea and Bristol City to both lose. Then they will most likely need a big win against Palace - basement side - and gone out of the division planning for life in League One.

Prediction: 0-1

Blackpool vs Cardiff City

Positions = 12th vs 16th

  • Laast but not least for this regular season - we look at Blackpool and Cardiff. I think these 2 are ones to maybe watch out for next season. Cardiff have really under performed this season - and have been in and around the bottom 3 all season really. Can only get better surely?! Whilst thats been going on, Mark Farine half way in the season joined Blackpool and nearly mounted a playoff rally, but that never paid off. Next season - dont write it off! We caught up with him...

Q: Well, firstly - Congratulations on being manager of a rather historic club, are you glad you decided to join Blackpool?

Blackpool are the only team who had a job open for me. I would've accepted a job from any club.

Q: Is the Championship tougher or easier than you were expecting when you joined?

It's about what I expected. There are some quality managers and some poor ones. My team wasn't built for this season, was actually expecting relegation, but I'm somehow mid-table.

Q: What are your plans for next season? Seeminly nothing to play for now this season, surely season 2 is all your bothered about?

No, actually. I'm bothered about seasons 3 and on. I don't want a temporarily good squad. I'm going to build around the core, which includes a great young keeper in Neto, a defender in Diego Renan, a defensive and attacking midfielder in Elias and Giuliano as well as the best striker in the league, Diego Tardelli.

Q: A lot of money spending this end of season?

Nope. A small squad like Blackpool have no money to spend, so it'll just be small purchases.

Q: Finally, whats your goals for next season? Can you make a move for the top 6?

I want my boys to grow as a team and hopefully stay up in the Championship.

A down to earth - realistic approach from Blackpool then. They have a 3 year plan in growing the team - and good luck to them.

Prediction: 1-1

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EC 5579 - SEASON 1 ENDING IN BREIF WORDS AND COLOURS...

Early season candidates for the Division One title? Liverpool looked good on paper. New manager - Bail Gaudin - a committed manager with a good source of money in his hands. He was a good wheel & dealer - yeah a good bet at turn 1. Manchester City. At the time - Campbell was boss. They also had very good money. They had the power to swoop for big players and challenge for the title. Arsenal and Man Utd as usual. The big guns - not the most recognised managers it has to be said though. What about relegation? Hmm. Burnley? Hull? Wolves? Birmingham possibly...

Then theres the Championship... Contenders for promotion... You'd of expected teams like Newcastle, and West Brom in particular to be very strong! Boro wont be too far off in all. Coventry had a good manager in Gadga - real chance there. Swansea, Leicester, and Peterborough gained real commited managers in the early. They had chances to do particularly well... Relegation? Ipswich? Peterborough? Maybe Sheffield Wednesday...

There was also big teams in the bottom 2 divisions. Norwich, Leeds, Charlton, Forest, Southampton, Bradford, or even Carlise were all tipped for successes of their own possibly. That folks was Turn 1.... How time has turned!!! This is the end...

THE PREMIER LEAGUE - HONORS

CHAMPIONS OF ENGLISH CHAMP 5579 = LIVERPOOL (MANAGED BY BAIL GAUDIN)

RUNNERS - UP OF ENGLISH CHAMP 5579 = SUNDERLAND (MANAGED BY DIEGO MARADONA)

3RD - 4TH = CHELSEA & ARSENAL

5TH = 7TH = TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, EVERTON, ASTON VILLA

RELEGATED TO CHAMPIONSHIP = HULL CITY WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERES & STOKE CITY

'LAWRO'S OVER PERFORMERS OF THE SEASON' AWARD = SUNDERLAND FC (MANAGED BY DIEGO MARADONA)

UNDER PERFORMERS OF THE SEASON AWARD = MANCHESTER UNITED = FINISHED IN 9TH PLACE

CHAMPIONSHIP HONORS

CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE WINNERS = WATFORD FC (MANAGED BY KAITO)

AUTOMATIC PROMOTION = QUEENS PARK RANGERS (MANAGED BY CHARLIZE)

PLAYOFF PARTICIPENTS = NEWCASTLE UNITED, COVENTRY CITY, SWANSEA CITY & LEICESTER CITY

RELEGATED TEAMS = SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, SHORPE UNITED & CRYSTAL PALACE

'LAWRO'S OVER PERFORMERS OF THE SEASON' AWARD = WATFORD FC (MANAGED BY KAITO)

UNDER PERFORMERS OF THE SEASON AWARD = WEST BROMWICH ALBION = FINISHED IN 17TH PLACE

PROMOTED TEAMS IN LEAGUE ONE = MILLWALL FC (MANAGED BY LIVERPOOL_RULE)

DERBY COUNTY (MANAGED BY DANIEL VAZ)

PLAYOFF PARTICIPENTS = NORWICH, CHARLTON, BARNSLEY & PLYMOUTH

RELEGATED = GILLINGHAM HUDDERSFIELD & OLDHAM

PROMOTED IN LEAGUE TWO = SHREWSBURY & BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

PLAYOFFS = HARTLEPOOL, SWINDON, YEOVIL & CARLISLE

'LAWRO'S FOOTBALL LEAGUE COMMITMENT & DRIVE' AWARD (BOTTOM 2 DIVISIONS ONLY) = SHREWSBURY TOWN (MANAGED BY JINXMILLION)

So - the first season is almost over

STILL TO COME THIS SEASON

TOMORROW = THE PLAYOFF SEMI FINALS PREVIEW

SATURDAY = THE PLAYOFF SEMIES REVIEW + FINALS PREVIEW

MONDAY = THE PLAYOFF FINALS REVIEW

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A FULL CRAVE COTTAGE

FULHAM SURVIVE

The lastday of the season saw Fulham take on Hull with either of them going down to the championship next season, Former coventry boss Gadga took over the elm at Craven Cottage when they was struggling and looked as they would be in for the drop themselves, Gadga tried different formations to no avail so it came to this, Fulham knew that a draw or win against Hull would see them stay in div1, so the odds was on fulhams side. Meanwhile Sam the Hulls manager only joined the club and really with 3 games to go, to be honest i respect him not just for taking on a doomed club but as a manager..

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Both teams walked onto the pitch to a full standing ovation and as the managers shook hands both of them went to the centre of the pitch and applauded the fans, the fear was on the players faces, the first half whistle went and it was hull that went on the attack as they needed the win Doni in the 2nd min parries a curling shot, what a wake up call.. then 15mis scot Fletcher beats the off-side trap and slotted the ball under the advancing Doni, the Fulham fans was silent as it stood Hull are staying up and fulham are going down..

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Fletcher runs away celebrating an important goal for Hull

That goal woke up Fulham and went on the attack but hulls keeper Frey was making sure it stayed 1-0.. fulham kept up the pressure for the rest of the first half..

The second half started with fulham putting pressure on hull and had many chances, the fans had to wait untill the 75th minute when NINKOVIC dummies Frey and slotted the ball home, fans ran onto the pitch as they knew that goal had saved them,

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Ninkovic got the goal that saved fulham

Now fulham knew that they are safe starting to play keepball until the final whistle went and boy did the celebration start, Hull players dropped to the kness some was in tears and Sam sat in the dugout with his head in is hands..

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Fulham palyers celebrate staying up

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The Ed Moses

Division 4 End of Season Awards

Spectacular

Including New and Improved Sillyness Awards

Division 4 – the best and the worst

(For Player Awards, players must have played minimum 10 league games to qualify. All Transfer award do not take PX players or values into consideration. No animals were hurt during the production of these Awards)

Top Scorer Award

James SCOWCROFT of Leyton Orient with 20 goals from 34 games.

Most Lethal Striker

Patrik HELMES of Brighton & Hove Albion with 11 goals in 11 games

Highest Average Performer Award

Patrik HELMES of Brighton & Hove Albion with 8.57 from 11 games

Top Assists Award

Federico MACHEDA of Bradford City with 16 assists from 30 games

Most Man Of The Match Performances Award

Eren DERDIYOK of Shrewsbury Town with 7 awards from 25 league appearances

Most Booked Award

Will BUCKLEY of Rochdale, who received 8 bookings from his 34 games

Most Early Baths Award

Gary JONES of Rochdale, who managed to get sent off twice in his 13 games.

Highest Scoring Team Award

Brighton and Hove Albion scored 106 goals in their 38 games, that’s almost 3 a game.

Meanest Defence Award

Title winners Shrewsbury conceded just 43 goals all season

Leakiest at the Back Award

Dagenham and Redbridge were easiest to score passed, conceding a total of 93 goals in season 1.

The George Graham Stalemate Award

Barnet drew 13 of their league games – virtually a draw every 3 games.

Three Musketeers All or Nothing Award

Both Shrewsbury and Brighton & Hove Albion secured the most wins in season 1 – 26 victories each.

The Can We Play You Every Week Award

Dagenham & Redbridge lost 60% of their league games – that’s 23 in 38

The Anything Could Happen Award

Leyton Orient, Northampton Town and Torquay United finished the season with the most even goal difference, but it s Leyton Orient who take the award averaging 1.84 goals a game scored, versus 1.89 goals conceded.

The Michael Jackson “This Is It” Ticket Sales Award

Bradford City had the greatest ticket revenue sales, averaging an attendance of 11,926 for home games

The Akon “Lonely” Award

Just 2,399 fans bothered to turn up to watch Dagenham and Redbridge when at home.

The Prawn Sandwich Glory Hunters Award

Bury, where you have to shout to talk to the fan next to you, only filled a quarter of their ground for home games – 3,049 fans turned up to occupy the 11,840 seats!

Pride of the Fourth Award

Brighton & Hove Albion were rocking with an 84% turn out at home, filling 7,426 of their 8,850 seater stadia.

Christina Aguilerra “Dirty” Award

(based solely on current squads allowing 2 pts for yellow cards and 5 pts for red cards)

The divisional bad boys were easily Carlisle, who accrued 48 yellow and 6 red cards this season – a total of 126pts, way, way ahead of anyone else. Rumours have it that all mirrors have been removed from the home dressing room, to avoid any player on his own getting into an argument.

Butter Wouldn’t Melt Award

Northampton were either clever or plain pansies, given that they only just missed the play off we should give them the benefit of the doubt – with only four bookings and a single red card they are the angels of the division.

Shirley Bassey’s Hey Big Spender Award (excludes PX values and players)

Shrewsbury spent £57.8m on players coming into the club this season making them the fastest writers of cheques this season.

Find a Penny Pick It Up Award (excludes PX values and players)

Walsall couldn’t be prised away from their purse strings – spending just 275k on new players the whole season.

Harry Redknapps Little Bit Whey Little Bit Whoa Award for Wheeler Dealing

Yeovil signed 58 players this season, apparently all playing staff now where ID stickers as no one knows any one – everyone's new!

Revolving Door Award (excludes PX values and players)

Northampton take this with 42 players asked to choose a door or window ‘cos their leaving.

Make Money, Money, Money Award (excludes PX values and players)

Only one team, as it sits right now, can claim to have operated at a profit this season – stand up Yeovil who spent £32.7m on new players and sold £33.7m making a cool £1m in transfers over the season. (those risers just don’t rise quick enough do they!)

Make Hay Why The Sun Shines Award (excludes PX values and players)

Hartlepool made the most cash from transfers this year, hauling £55.8m in received fees

If You Love Them, Set Them Free Award

Yeovil – you will love it so much you will never want to leave – that’s why they currently have the largest squad of 49 players.

You Can’t Take It With You Award

In the wheeler dealer stakes, the heaviest investment comes from Bradford who spent out £32.8m on new players, but only recouped £22m – a nett spend of £10.8m over the season

The Special Robo Manager What Was The Point Of That Award

A special award goes to Leyton Orient, who over the entire season bought no players – seriously no players. This is matched only by the players they sold – you guessed it they didn’t sell anyone either!!! With no money spent and nothing changing at the club over the season the question has to be - did you enjoy that Orient fans?

Please Don’t Let Him Get Injured Award

Brighton & Hove Albion spent £8.4m on a single player when Marcus BERG joined the club.

I hope no one takes offence at anything here, its all in the spirit of the game. Its been a long and entertaining season and I hope everyone has enjoyed themselves.

Good luck to those in the playoffs, who ever joins Martin’s Shrewsbury and my own Brighton has it all to do in the third tier next year – I only hope that next season lives up to the enjoyment to be had in the 4th Division. The very best of luck to you all next time, until then – see you in the cups and lets do the 4th proud next year!

Peace, Out

Ed

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The Chase For Sutcliffe

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Forest And Derby Battle For Their New Cloughie

It has emerged today that the two midlands clubs, famous for their association with Brian Clough, could be battling it out for a young manager labelled the next Cloughie before the start of next season. E.J Sutcliffe, a bright young manager known for his work outside of EC106, has been touted as a possible replacement for both clubs. Sutcliffe is set to quit Oldham after today, after failing to keep them up in his 12 games in charge. Sutcliffe took over when the club were bottom of Division 3, and despite bringing them to within 4 points from safety, a late dip in form cost them their league status. Most Oldham fans clung onto the hope that they would keep their manager, so that he could build on the new team he has brought in, but Sutcliffe, who has expressed the desire to coach at a higher level, has bigger things on his mind.

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Sutcliffe's outspoken style has drawn comparisons with a young Brian Clough

Some fans may question a move to Nottingham Forest, who can only boast 3rd division status, but that seems enough for the young boss, who considers them a big club. A challenge to take Forest back to their glory days, seems to be a challenge that would excite the hungry manager, and it seems that they are the first to make a move for the available manager. Boss of 8 games, Jake A, left the club after failing to secure a playoff place, and it seems that he was simply a stopgap for the impending arrival of Sutcliffe. However, Derby County have emerged as competition for Notts Forest, as they attempt to attract a young bidding manager to lead them into Division 2. Many believe Notts Forest is the only job that Sutcliffe would take below the 2nd division, but Derby could be prepared to offer Sutcliffe a higher wage, and more money to play with. Whether this will top Sutcliffe's ambition for a challenge is unknown, but the two midlands clubs are certainly at the forefront for Sutcliffe's signature. Other clubs that have been linked with the bright young boss include West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn Rovers, and of course Aston Villa, the club Sutcliffe desperately wants to manage, after supporting them as a boy.

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Aston Villa: The Job Sutcliffe Really Wants

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Middlesbrough 3 - 4 Swansea City

20, Barrios

27, Agbonlahor

31, Ilan

50, Agbonlahor

68, Matri

78, Agbonlahor

89, Barrios

Gabriel Agbonlahor's hat-trick puts Swansea in the play-offs, as they beat Middlesbrough at the Riverside

Swansea City have achieved the aim set out by manager Aidan Radford at the start of the season, in reaching the play-offs after they held of pressure from Bristol City on the final day to confirm there play-off spot aswell as overtake Leicester City into 5th position.

The Swans had tough opposition, knowing that a win would put them into the play-offs and despite only a draw being needed they managed to pick up all three points which has helped them set up a tie against Coventry rather than a tougher tie against Newcastle United.

The Jacks managed to pick up a point at home to Leicester on Saturday, guarenteeing that there play-off fait will be in there own hands. The manager said this was crucial, and he was right as the Jacks concentrated on only there game and a win in that saw them in the play-offs.

Swansea started with the same side that drew 2-2 with Leicester, failing to rest any key players whilst Sam Ricketts, Darron Gibson & Zoran Tosic all kept there places in the squad, at the exspense of Phil Bardsley, Jamie O'Hara & Colin Kazim Richards.

As for Middlesborough, there was no signs of a weakend side as they looked to put up a fight against Swansea despite having nothing to play for. With the likes of Barrios, Marti & Dossena among the main men in the Middlesbrough squad.

The Swans started off the better team, with Phil Jagielka with the games first opportunity. On the edge of the box he recieved the ball, and without a second though blasted the ball towards goal but somehow the ball went wide to the agony of Jagielka.

Leonardo Miglionico came close for Middlesbrough soon after though, as they went in search of an opener. He looked to get a flick towards goal at the near post, with the ball almost going in but he was denied from scoring as he hit the front post.

Miglionico is denied from opening the scoring by the post

Middlesbrough thought they should have had a penalty, only for the referee to wave away the complaints. Matri got past Warnock's sliding tackle, only for Warnock to catch Matri at the last, bringing the Italian to the ground but the referee saw it as a dive.

But Boro found the lead soon after as they looked to silence the thousands who made the long journey up to North England. A sloppy goal was conceded as a scramble in the box fell to Lucas Barrios who found the back of the net with a hard hit towards goal.

Lucas Barrios silences the away support, giving Boro the lead

It wasn't long before Swansea were level though, as Agbonlahor found the back of the net. Agbonlahor used his pace and power to get himself into the box before lashing past Consigli to send the away fans back into life again.

Agbonlahor's in delight as he levels the scoring

Swansea then looked to get infront straight from the restart. Roque Santa Cruz setting himself up for a good chance with some good work in the air, but he fluffs his chance as the ball goes well wide of the target.

But despite that miss it wasn't long before Swansea were infront for the first time in the match. A cross from Zoltan Gera reached the darting run of Ilan who perfectly connected with the ball as he kept up his incredible scoring run as he closes down the player of the season award.

Ilan scores with his head, as Swansea turn the game aroud in a matter of minutes

Zoran Tosic wasn't far off adding a third as Swansea were in a free flowing attacking mood. Tosic was in the perfect position for the overhead kick, and it floated down and towards the goal, but it crashed off the crossbar.

The crossbar was struck again just before half time, but this time it was Middlesbrough who were within inches of finding the net. Andrea Dossena racing forward and after a quick one two he blasted the ball towards the goal, and had beaten the fully stretched Shay Given, but he was denied by the crossbar.

Into the second half, and Swansea scored again with Agbonlahor's second of the match looking to give Swansea one foot in the play-offs. Agbonlahor recieved the ball on the edge of the box, controlling the ball at his feat before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.

Agbonlahor's second of the game, gives Swansea one foot in the play-offs

Leiva Lucas came close to scoring Swansea's fourth on the hour mark. Lucas got a grip of the ball, racing away from his marker and managed to get a shot in, but it curled wide of the far post.

Then Swansea made three subs, as they looked to rest some players with the play-offs set to be secured unless the most unlikely of results, not only at Swansea's game but also at Bristol City's game. Colin Kazim Richards, Phil Bardsley & Jamie O'Hara being brought on for Sam Ricketts, Zoran Tosic & Darron Gibson.

But it wasn't long before Middlesborough got one back, as they hadn't given up all hope for an unlikely comeback. Alessandro Matri volleying the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the penalty area, after Phil Jagielka's clearance failed to relieve any pressure on the Swansea defence.

Alessandro Matri gives Middlesbrough a chance of getting on level terms

Jame O'Hara had the perfect opportunity to seal all three points just a minute later, but he missed a superb opportunity. O'Hara was clear on goal, with only the keeper to beat, opting to go for an early strike and he easily beat the keeper only to be denied by the post.

But it wasn't long before Swansea did find a 4th goal, as Gabriel Agbonlahor completed his hat-trick in style. He turned quickly, to get away from his marker and placed his shot past Consigli and into the back of the net to send the travelling fans wild.

Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrates his hat-trick, as the away support go wild

Dossena had a chance to silence those away fans just minutes later, but misplaced his header. Dossena was on the far post with the easiest of headers to put Middlesbrough within a goal of levelling the scores, but put his header wide.

Middlesbrough did get a very late conselation goal though, with Lucas Barrios in the right place at the right time to beat Craig Gordon. But it wasn't enough as Swansea held out for the win, and a place in the play-offs.

With Bristol City drawing with Queens Park Rangers, and Leicester losing to Newcastle this ment that Swansea didn't only secure a play-off spot but they moved up a place to 5th.

This means that for Friday's play-off Semi Final, they will be facing off-form Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. A game which will be difficult, with Coventry left with a fully fit squad, but possibly a lot easier then facing Newcastle at St. James's park.

Post Match Interview

What are your views, in reaching your targets, and making the play-offs?

I'm delighted, it's such an achievement from everyone involved with the club in what has been a long and hard season but it's one that we've managed to overcome despite a lot of pressure towards the back end of the season in Bristol City. But there's no point in reaching the play-offs if your not going to do anything out of them, a Semi-Final defeat would be costly, a runners up finish would still count as an achievement but obviously you've got to look at winning the play-offs. We need to focus on Coventry now, in what will be a tough game against a side that could well have reached automatic promotion with a better end to the season.

How do you feel about your opposition, in Coventry?

There's a strong squad, with a lot to prove. Gary done a great at Coventry at the start of the season and they were as good as any. They built up a strong squad of players and a side to be reckoned with, sadly for Coventry he jumped at the chance of Divison 1 football, taking on Fulham who today beat the drop thanks to a draw against Hull. Since then Rick James has token over the club, and he's a manager with a lot to prove and some big footsteps to fill. There still a very strong squad, and one to be reckoned with. We'll rate them as the highest of quality going into the game, i don't think there's any room for complacancy in the play-offs.

Will you be looking for some more magic from Agbonlahor, after his hat-trick?

Who wouldn't? He's a great player, and i'm sure he'll have a succesfull spell at the club, he's already done so much and he seems to do things when the pressure is one. He helped us reach the Shield Final, with a superb performance in the Semi's, aswell as tonight in helping us reach the play-offs. Ilan's also been on fine form lately, and if at his best you can almost be secure that he'll find you a goal. But these lads can't get to ahead of themselves, and they will need to do what's needed to find a goal or two, and not get two arrogant.

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Daniel Agger looking forwards to life in the Championship after helping Millwall secure promotion

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After securing promotion to the Championship, "The SM Times" caught up with Millwall's captain Daniel Agger and he gave us an insight on how the club is feeling after winning the title and what he expects life in division 2 to be like. He also congratulated his former team Liverpool on winning the league and talks about how he dreams of playing in division 1 in the next couple of seasons. He was also full of praise for his manager mainly with his dealings in the transfer market.

Agger on promotion

"Well I'm extremely delighted that we managed to secure top spot with two games remaining. We showed some great character bouncing back from defeats and all the lads deserve the praise they are getting at the moment. When things weren't going our way, we always kept our head high up and knew that we were good enough to bounce back. In my opinion we are deserved champions and I can't wait for next season when we'll be facing teams with more quality. Going to places like Bristol City, Stoke and Hull really excites us and the place is really buzzing at the moment.

Agger on ambitions for next season

"The target is simple. Finish as high as possible. We hope that in our first season we can push ourselves to the limit and manage a place in the top ten but realistically our main target is to survive and build on from there. We know that we'll need a couple more players to improve our squad but I'm confident that we'll have a good first season in division 2. We've already got enough quality upfront in the likes of Doumbia and Domiguez up front and on their day they can be very hard to play against. We hope that come next season we'll have a bit more cover in midfield and at the back and yea I'm confident in our abilities."

Agger's long term ambitions

"Well the long term ambitions of course would be to reach the premiership as soon as possible. We know that it might take a couple of seasons but the gaffa is confident enough in getting there in two seasons. Of course on a player's perspective then our ambitions would be to play to the best of our abilities and try and get some rewards on the way. All the lads are also looking forwards to the cup and shield next season and we believe if we give it a real go then we hope that we can atleast get to the quarter finals if we avoid some of the bigger teams."

Agger on Liverpool

"I'm absolutely delighted to have seen them won the premiership. Liverpool will always have a place in my heart and I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately when Bail came, he wanted to bring his own players and I had to make way but I understand his thinking. I wish them the best of luck in defending their title next season and hopefully I'll have the chance to play against them in the cup or shield. It would be magnificent to play at Anfield for one last time so I'll keep my fingers cross that we can meet them in the later stages of the competition if we manage to get that far.

Agger on his teammates

"To be honest I never expected that they would have welcomed me the way they did. They've all been fantastic to me and that has made it quite easy to settle down. I get on well with all of them and I have a good laugh with them when training finishes. Most of the times we meet at somebody's house and have a real nice time.

Agger on the fans

"The fans have also been really great. The welcomed me with open arms and they are always in good voice when we play. They follow us all over the country and sometimes they really help us get over the finishing line. Their support have been top class this season and I'm sure it'll remain the same next season. I'm sure they are also looking forwards to next season and I expect "The Den" to be noisier next season"

Agger on his manager

"He's brilliant to play for. His training methods are superb and all the lads really get on well with him. He lives and breath football but he can also be a fun guy to be around. When we won the title, we saw a different side that we had never seen before. He was joking and smiling and I can't say how much we love playing for him. He's transformed this team dramatically since he took over. His dealings in the transfer market are superb and we've got a few of his younger talents coming through for example Griezmann, Schelotto and Seb (coates) who has already established himself in the starting line up. We look forward to achieving more success in the seasons to come."

Agger on his holiday

"I think we have around 3 weeks until the new season starts again. The gaffa has given us eight days off and I'm planning on going over to Denmark for a few days and me and the family are going over to Florida for the next couple of days. It's a chance to relax and get all the stress away and I'm preety excited about my holiday. It's a chance for me to spend more times with the family and I'm looking forward to spending a bit more time with my wife as being a footballer can be really difficult as we go away on international duty quite a lot and I don't spend as much time with my wife as I would have liked but this is the perfect time"

Lastly Agger on new contract

Well I've only got two years left and I'm planning to meet up and discuss a new contract when I get back from my holiday. I'm 100% commited to this football club and I want to have a long career here"

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We have been Sensational this month - West Ham Boss Gharib

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West Ham players celebrate a 2-1 win over giants Chelsea..

In a recent interview with AS while in vacation in Madrid, Gharib claimed his hammers have been 'sensational' this month.

We have been sensational this month, we've gotten more points this month than any other team, even Sunderland and Liverpool who ended up fighting for the title.

He was then sneakily asked whether he thinks he'll win the manager of the month award to which he responded.

In EC 5579, you never know. I think I'd have a decent chance at winning it had it been any other month, but I think it may go to Bail for grabbing the title.

Geddo was signed earlier in the season and loaned out to Bristol City, where he enjoyed a decent season, Gharib has revealed that the winger will be returning to Al Ittihad for a tidy fee of 3.75 Million.

Geddo is an interesting player who had a decent season away on loan, but I have not been impressed by him and he revealed to me that he wanted to return to Egypt.. The board have accepted a bid from Ittihad in the region of 3-4 Million and the deal should be finalized soon.

He then claimed that he expects 3 or 2 signings before the new season begins.

We are negotiating the signature of two or three decent players who would play a big role for us next season, as we look to finish higher up the table and pick up where we left off.

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Radford Delighted to have Reached the Play-offs

Radford gives Agbonlahor a pat on the back, after his hat-trick helped Swansea reach the play-offs

Swansea City manager Aidan Radford has expressed his delight after Swansea City reached the play-offs thanks to a performance inspired with Gabriel Agbonlahor's hat-trick as they beat Middlesbrough 4-3 at the Riverside stadium.

They went into the game away to Middlesbrough, knowing that a win would confirm there place in the play-offs, and a win was more than enough to secure there play-off status as they moved up to 5th after Leicester lost to Newcastle.

The Swans now face Coventry, in the play-off Semi-Final at the Ricoh Arena after the Jacks climbed to 5th place, with the other Semi-Final containing Leicester City and Newcastle United which will be played at St. James's Park.

Swansea boss Aidan Radford has expressed his delight into reaching the play-offs, and although they finished quiet comfortably in the play-offs in the end in 5th position, he's still delighted with the win that his squad earned with a fantastic performance.

He said that his side aswell as himself only focused on the result involving themselves, and it worked as they picked up all three points. The Leicester loss was only a bonus, as although Coventry are tough to play against Newcastle are on form.

He's paid tribute to Gabriel Agbonlahor who rose to the occasion, and he'll be plooking for a similar performance from the England International as they face Coventry on Friday.

Now there in the play-offs, he wants to achieve something from it, and that will mean at the very least a place at Wembley for the second time this season, with Coventry standing in the way of that.

They meet the Sky Blues on Friday, and the Swansea boss wants total concentration on the match once again as they are already preparing to face Coventry as they got straight back into a light training session this morning before a long tatical talk tonight before an early nights rest for all of the players.

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