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Summary

  1. Fulham beat Derby 2-1 on aggregate to reach Championship play-off final
  2. Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (19:45 BST, Villa lead 1-0 after first leg)
  3. Get involved: Who do you want to manage your team next season? #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That's the end of today's live page and we will be back tomorrow for all the build-up and reaction as Gareth Southgate announces his England squad for the 2018 World Cup.

    Thanks for joining us and bye for now.

  2. Chesterfield appoint Allen as manager

    Martin Allen had five spells in charge of Barnet

    Chesterfield have appointed former Barnet and Gillingham boss Martin Allen as their new manager.

    Allen, 52, had five spells in charge of the Bees and left on 10 May after their relegation to the National League. The Spireites were also relegated from the English Football League this season after finishing bottom of League Two.

    He is joined by Adrian Whitbread as his assistant, while former Spireites keeper Carl Muggleton will be head of recruitment and goalkeeper coach.

    Allen, who most recently managed in the National League with Eastleigh, becomes Chesterfield's fifth permanent manager in three years. He succeeds Jack Lester, wholeft Chesterfield on 23 April, leaving Ian Evatt as caretaker boss.

  3. Listen to live commentary tonight

    Bristol City Women v Chelsea Ladies (19:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There will be live commentary tonight on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra as Chelsea Ladies aim to clinch their second Women's Super League 1 title.

    If they avoid defeat at Bristol City Women then Chelsea will complete a 2017-18 league and cup double, after winning the Women's FA Cup earlier this month.

    The programme starts at 18:45 BST, with kick-off at 19:00 BST.

    Chelsea
  4. Artificial Intelligence takes on Fantasy Football

    Fantasy Premier League is a popular platform for football fans to compete during the season. But what if artificial intelligence could find a way of beating the human competition?

    Dr Gopal Ramchurn and Dr Tim Matthews, from the University of Southampton, created Squadguru - to see if its algorithms could help a team top the leaderboard. BBC Click’s Omar Mehtab put together his own team - but how did he fare against the AI?

    Watch this video to find out.

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    Video caption: Can AI pick the perfect fantasy football team?
  5. 'This is a baptism of fire'

    And another clip from last night's show as our pundits discuss what Steven Gerrard will achieve as the Rangers manager.

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  6. 'Why is Dyche not being considered?'

    A few more clips for you from BBC Radio 5 live's Monday Night Club, as our pundits discussed the 2017-18 Premier League season.

    View more on twitter
  7. 'I'm not concerned about Villa'

    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (1-0 after the first leg)

    Middlesbrough face a tough task tonight, as they are 1-0 down after the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.

    Boro manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Tees:

    "I'm not concerned about Aston Villa, I'm more concerned about us and the way we play and what we're trying to achieve.

    "That's the most important thing - that we turn up and we're a little bit more clinical in the final third - that was the only real negative, apart from conceding from a set play, of the game on Saturday.

    "The most important thing is them clearing their minds, making sure they're focused and ready to go and they know their jobs and do their jobs.

    Tony Pulis
  8. 'We've got an advantage'

    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (1-0 after the first leg)

    Will Aston Villa join Fulham in the Championship play-off final?

    Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM:

    "We've given ourselves a chance, we've given ourselves a small advantage, but we've been around long enough to know that we can't get carried away with it, that's for sure.

    "We're at Villa Park, I'm sure it'll be rocking, it should be a wonderful atmosphere.

    "We've got an advantage, the crowd can hopefully play their part, but it's a big tie still ahead."

    Steve Bruce
  9. Team news

    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough (1-0 after the first leg)

    Egyptian midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady is Aston Villa's only injury concern for the Championship play-off second leg against Middlesbrough. Boss Steve Bruce has suggested he is a "big doubt" after going off in the closing stages of the first leg.

    Middlesbrough, who trail 1-0, could be without defender Daniel Ayala. The centre-back was forced off with a knee injury in the second half on Saturday and will be assessed by the club's medical staff ahead of kick-off.

  10. Marquez, 39, in preliminary Mexico squad

    Rafael Marquez

    Rafael Marquez could become the third player to appear in five World Cups after being included in Mexico's preliminary 28-man squad.

    The 39-year-old, who plays at centre-back or defensive midfield, would join German Lothar Matthaus and compatriot Antonio Carbajal in the select group.

    Marquez, who won four Spanish titles and two Champions Leagues with Barcelona, will find out by 4 June if he makes the final 23 for Russia 2018.

    The tournament begins on 14 June.

    The Atlas player, who has 143 caps, became the first to captain a team in four World Cups at Brazil 2014.

  11. Congratulations, Cesc

    It has been a momentous day for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who has just tweeted to say that he and partner Daniella Semaan have just got married.

    Congratulations to the happy couple.

    Cesc Fabregas
  12. Allardyce future set to be decided

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Sam Allardyce

    Everton manager Sam Allardyce's future is set to be decided within the next 48 hours - with former Watford boss Marco Silva the main candidate to replace him after just six months in charge.

    Allardyce said he was not "confident" about his long-term prospects after the Toffees ended their season with a 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Sunday. The 63-year-old is set to hold talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri.

    Allardyce replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman on an 18-month deal in November. Moshiri is now expected to reach a settlement on the final year of Allardyce's deal before moving quickly to appoint his successor.

    And at the head of his list of candidates is 40-year-old Portuguese Silva, who was Moshiri's first choice when he dismissed Dutchman Koeman.

    Everton, however, were unable to prise Silva away from Vicarage Road - despite being willing to pay around £15m in compensation - and were eventually threatened with legal action by Watford unless they ended their pursuit.

    The Hornets then sacked Silva in January after a poor run of results, effectively blaming the Toffees' move for their manager in November as "the catalyst for this decision" and insisting they would have continued to prosper but for "an unwarranted approach".

  13. Wales back at Principality to host Spain

    Principality Stadium

    Wales will play at Principality Stadium for the first time since 2011 when they face Spain in a friendly in autumn, 2018.

    Ryan Giggs' side will host Spain in Cardiff on Thursday, 11 October and will then travel to Albania on Tuesday, 20 November.

    Wales have not played at the national stadium since facing England in 2011 in a 2012 European Championship qualifier.

    In recent years Wales have been based at the smaller Cardiff City Stadium. That is where they will continue to play forthcoming competitive games.

    Cardiff City Stadium holds up to 33,000 fans, while the Principality has a capacity of 74,500.

  14. 'Happy'

    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has been named in the 27-man provisional Germany squad for the World Cup and has just tweeted his reaction...

    Antonio Rudiger
  15. Man Utd's Jones on FA Cup final nerves

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Phil Jones

    There was a time, much earlier in his Manchester United career, when the thought of playing in an FA Cup final would have made Phil Jones so anxious he would have fallen ill.

    Experience from almost 200 United appearances and a couple of major tournaments with England means Jones will avoid any such debilitating feelings before Saturday's game against Chelsea at Wembley.

    Thankfully, the excitement of such a showpiece occasion remains.

    "When I was younger I used to get really nervous before games, so much so that you are almost throwing up," he said. "Now I am used to it; I know what to expect. It is exciting - it's not every day you get to play in an FA Cup final."

    Read more of Simon's feature here.

  16. Watch: Mancini scores for Italy at Euro 88

    We heard from Roberto Mancini earlier on today in his first news conference since becoming the head coach of the Italy team.

    He was also a fantastic player back in the day and here you can watch him scoring for his country against West Germany at Euro 88.

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    Video caption: Roberto Mancini: New Italy boss scores for Azzurri at Euro 88
  17. No Can or Mustafi for Germany

    There are some big name players missing from the Germany World Cup Squad (see 12:31 entry).

    As well as Mario Gotze, who scored the winner in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the 2014 final, former Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle also does not make the list, nor does Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is also not included, but he has not played for his club since 17 March.

    However, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been named in the squad, despite being out of action since breaking his foot in September.

    Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are among the Premier League players to be selected. They are joined by Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil.

    Emre Can
  18. Fulham style 'may suit' Premier League

    Fulham 2-0 Derby County (2-1 on aggregate)

    Denis Odoi in action for Fulham

    Fulham defender Denis Odoi thinks their style of play would allow them to settle quickly in the Premier League if they win promotion via the play-offs.

    The Whites reached the Championship play-off final by beating Derby and will face either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough on Saturday, 26 May.

    "A few of my friends play in the Premier League and they say we would be a good team," he told BBC Radio London. "It is a big compliment but we are still not there so let's take it easy."

    The 29-year-old Belgian added: "They all want us to go up as they like coming to Craven Cottage and it is a nice place to play football.

    "I haven't played in the Premier League, but we may lose games as we play high and try to play. Cardiff may not play the same style as we do, but they got promoted automatically. Congrats to them and now we will try and get promoted with the way we play."

  19. Rowett expects prudent transfer policy

    Fulham 2-0 Derby County (2-1 on aggregate)

    Derby County boss Gary Rowett

    Derby County boss Gary Rowett expects to face a more prudent approach by the club in the transfer market this summer after defeat in the Championship play-off semi-finals against Fulham.

    The Rams have been among the league's biggest spenders in recent seasons. Owner Mel Morris had said the books must be balanced if they did not go up.

    "I'd want to make sure we're in a position to still challenge regardless of what we have to do financially," Rowett told BBC Radio Derby.

    "Any manager would tell you that you would love to get in the play-offs and have a summer where you can recruit very strongly and try to improve the side. But the reality is, after lots of years and lots of managers doing that, I am the manager who has to balance it all out a little bit more."

    The Rams were beaten 2-0 at Craven Cottage on Monday, with the Londoners earning a 2-1 aggregate success.

  20. World Cup hero Gotze left out of Germany squad

    He scored the winner four years ago to win the World Cup for Germany but Mario Gotze has been left out of his country's 27-man provisional squad for this summer's tournament.

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