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Steve Claridge | 09:15 UK time, Thursday, 27 January 2011

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Hello, and welcome to 'Claridge Kicks Off', the Football League video blog where Steve Claridge tackles all the big talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

This week, Steve discusses the differing fortunes of east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest and Derby in the Championship, with Forest's win at Pride Park on Saturday maintaining their hot streak of form, while the Rams continue to struggle.

He gives his view on Tranmere's exciting young striker Dale Jennings and looks at Stockport's struggles at the bottom of League Two following their latest defeat by bottom side Lincoln.

And Steve also reflects on Lee Bradbury's prospects as Bournemouth's caretaker manager and how Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle fared when he appeared on Question Time.

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Steve Claridge | 09:33 UK time, Wednesday, 19 January 2011

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Welcome to 'Claridge Kicks Off' , the Football League video blog where Steve Claridge tackles all the big talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

This week, Steve discusses the January transfer window and looks at four Football League players who may be moving on this month: Ipswich's Connor Wickham, Millwall's Steve Morison, Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Swansea's Darren Pratley.

Steve gives his view on new Burnley boss Eddie Howe's on-off departure from Bournemouth and Leicester's decision to buy Yakubu and sell Matty Fryatt.

Steve also reflects on the return to form of new Cardiff striker Jon Parkin and compares Gavin McCallum's spectacular goal for Lincoln last weekend to a sweet strike of his own, a volley for Leicester against Manchester United in the 1997 League Cup.

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Steve Claridge | 20:38 UK time, Tuesday, 11 January 2011

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Hello, and welcome to 'Claridge Kicks Off' , the Football League video blog where Steve Claridge tackles all the big talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

After another frantic week of hiring and firing managers, Steve reflects on Ipswich's decision to replace Roy Keane with Paul Jewell, discusses the improvement made by Walsall and Barnet under caretaker bosses and gives his view on whether Eddie Howe should leave Bournemouth.

He also blasts Premier League managers for failing to take FA Cup seriously enough after some impressive results for Football League sides in the FA Cup third round last weekend and previews Saturday's big Championship clash between Norwich and Cardiff.

You can submit your questions for Steve below, or contact him on Twitter. He will answer them on a future 'Claridge Kicks Off' rather than posting a reply.

Non-UK users can see a special international version of Steve's video blog here.

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Steve Claridge | 18:30 UK time, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

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Hello, and welcome to 'Claridge Kicks Off' , the Football League video blog where Steve Claridge tackles all the big talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.

This week, in his first blog of 2011, Steve looks at the flurry of sackings in the last few days in all three divisions, firstly focusing on George Burley's exit from Crystal Palace and Darren Ferguson's departure from Preston.

He reflects on Burnley's decision to replace Brian Laws, and the decision by the bottom clubs in Leagues One and Two, Walsall and Barnet, to get rid of Chris Hutchings and Mark Stimson and look for new managers too.

Steve also answers questions on whether the impending takeover at Watford could affect the Hornets' impressive recent form in the Championship, and on what is behind the upturn in Gillingham's fortunes in League Two in recent weeks.

And he takes a wry look at the incident that saw Preston's mascot Deepdale Duck ejected from the ground during their defeat by Derby on Saturday, plus the decision by Sheffield United's mascot Captain Blade to hold an on-pitch protest in support of his feathered friend at half-time of their game on Monday.

Charlton boss Phil Parkinson and Stockport manager Paul Simpson both lost their jobs AFTER Steve had filmed this week's blog but he will take a look at the situations at The Valley and Edgeley Park next week.

You can submit your questions for Steve below, or contact him on Twitter. He will answer them on a future 'Claridge Kicks Off' rather than posting a reply.

Non-UK users can see a special international version of Steve's video blog here.

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

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