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Summary

  1. Conte remains as Chelsea manager
  2. Premier League considers winter break
  3. Leeds appoint Heckingbottom as head coach
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By Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Goodbye

    That's it for today.

    Join me on Wednesday to see if Antonio Conte is still in a job.

    Until then.

  2. Who will be Neville's Englishwomen abroad?

    Tom Garry

    BBC Sport

    Phil Neville (left)

    New England boss Phil Neville has already attended Women's Super League games at Widnes and Wycombe, but Munich and Melbourne may soon need adding to his list of scouting destinations.

    That's because there are now at least 17 senior players who are eligible for the women's national team playing abroad.

    In this piece BBC Sport speaks to three players who are at some of Europe's biggest clubs to find out why more and more budding Lionesses are opting to move overseas.

  3. 'Time to fight back'

    Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta

    Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta says the players are "disappointed" with recent results, but will "work hard" to turn it around.

    "We are Chelsea, a big club and when we lose one game it’s a bad time for us," said Azpilicueta.

    "Obviously to lose two in a row is even worse but I’m sure this team will fight back. We have three targets to go for and we have a massive three or four months ahead of us."

  4. More backing for Conte

    Chelsea captain Gary Cahill

    Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has backed manager Antonio Conte and says the players need to "look in the mirror" following their 4-1 loss at Watford.

    After the Blues' second straight three-goal defeat, Conte said "the club have to take another decision" if they think he is not doing a good enough job.

    The defending champions are now fourth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Manchester City.

    "Whatever is decided, the players have to take responsibility," Cahill said.

    "The manager has done an absolutely unbelievable job."

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    Andy Capontes‏: So basically from that statement it means Conte will get sacked if they lose to Barca. So still in a job until mid March then.

  6. Conte remains as Chelsea boss

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Antonio Conte will not be sacked as Chelsea manager in the wake of Monday night’s 4-1 defeat at Watford.

    Although the Blues are understandably disappointed at a run of just two wins in 10 games during 2018 so far, and in particular suffering successive three goal defeats in the Premier League for the first time since 1995, it will not cost Conte his job.

    It is understood his position has not been discussed in the wake of last night’s defeat, since when Conte has given his players three days off.

    Sources at Stamford Bridge are pointing to the fact Chelsea remain in the top four, and are still in the Champions League and FA Cup as reasons not to make a change at the present time.

    Chelsea entertain West Brom in the Premier League next Monday and Championship side Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round on 16 February before a run of games that includes two European ties against Barcelona, a trip to Manchester United and a visit to league leaders Manchester City.

  7. Post update

    Right, hold on to your hats.

    We have an update on the situation of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte...

  8. Is De Gea Premier League's number one?

    David de Gea

    One Premier League goalkeeper reached a memorable landmark, while a striker hit a century of his own.

    It is too close to call at the bottom of the table, so is this the tightest top-flight relegation scrap of all time?

    There is a Welshman among the goals, a South Korean teeing them up and a Czech who just cannot keep them out.

    BBC Sport delves into the best stats of the Premier League weekend.

    Head here to read the piece

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    SMS Message: Why limit winter breaks to footballers, should we not all receive one? I suggest southern Italy.... five weeks from Brisco
    Brisco

    Yesss Brisco. I am with you on his one.

  10. Euro Leagues podcast

    BBC Radio 5 live

    We look at how January signings have settled into their new clubs across the continent. Also on the pod, as Neymar celebrates his Birthday, are Real Madrid losing their aura just ahead of their Champions League clash with PSG?

    Hit the play button below.

  11. Chelsea players given extra time off

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Antonio Conte is still making decisions at Chelsea despite the speculation surrounding his future.

    The Blues boss has given his players three days off after their 4-1 defeat at Watford.

    It might seem a strange reaction after such a damaging defeat but this is the first time Chelsea have not played a weekend and midweek match since the middle of November.

    Chelsea play West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

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    RS: No to the winter break. Watching all the matches on Boxing Day is a holiday tradition.

  13. Moss gets a game

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Following his controversial performance at Anfield on Sunday in the draw between Liverpool and Tottenham, Jon Moss is confirmed to officiate at Everton v Crystal Palace on Saturday (kick-off 15:00 GMT).

  14. My last trip to Old Trafford - Gregg

    Harry Gregg says the memorial service marking the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster will likely be his final time at Old Trafford.

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    Video caption: Harry Gregg says the service marking the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster will
  15. Munich air disaster remembered

    Munich air disaster

    Tuesday marks 60 years since the Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of 23 people including eight Manchester United players after a refuelling stop on the way back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade.

    Ken Ramsden was a 12-year-old United fan at the time.

    His mother Irene and aunt Joan worked in the laundry room at Old Trafford. Ramsden went on to have a 50-year career at United as programme editor, press officer and club secretary, before he retired in 2010.

    But his memories of that time remain vivid and provide a fascinating and very personal insight into the weeks surrounding the crash - and how the club started to rebuild in the aftermath.

    Read the full piece

    Listen to the podcast

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    SMS Message: I think we should have a winter break but after the Christmas period as everyone in the world watches English football over Christmas & we have our worst weather into the new year so helps out the smaller clubs with postponements etc.. maybe after the first set of FA Cup third round games from Leon
    Leon
  17. West Ham - No decision on Moyes

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    West Ham have denied newspaper claims that manager David Moyes is unlikely to stay beyond the end of the season,

    A spokesman said: "The club would like to place on record that it categorically refutes the claims made by the Daily Telegraph regarding manager David Moyes.

    "There is absolutely no truth whatsoever to this story. As previously stated on a number of occasions, the club and David Moyes agreed a deal until the end of the 2017-18 season, at which point both parties will sit down and discuss the future.

    "Until then, the board and David Moyes will continue to work closely together with the manager having full responsibility of footballing matters and the full support of the board. Everyone’s sole focus is on trying to achieve results for West Ham United."

    David Moyes
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    SMS Message: Why not scrap the League Cup for Prem teams? Let the EFL battle for the trophy and a place in a Europa League qualifier. Would incentivise the competition and make it worth watching. from Neil
    Neil
  19. Van Dijk not concerned about Saints return

    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

    Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he is not concerned about the prospect of a hot reception when he returns to Southampton on Sunday.

    The Dutch centre-back returns to St Mary’s just six weeks after completing a record-breaking £75million switch to Anfield.

    “What can you do? Maybe they can boo the whole game,” Van Dijk said in the Liverpool Echo.

    “What can you do about it? You can’t do anything about it.

    “I made the decision, I have enjoyed every bit of it and I am very grateful for everything that they (Southampton) did for me. I have moved on, they have moved on."

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    SMS Message: Winter break wouldn't be great for us fans but would probably do wonders for the players. This mid-season break could help avoid injuries for the players, postponed games and travel problems due to especially bad weather. It could also potentially save a teams season (Arsenal). Perhaps, TV could do a deal to air PL2 or other youth league and cup matches while the senior players rest up. from Hamza
    Hamza