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By Steve Sutcliffe

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  1. Goodbye

    Right that's me done for that day.

    But if you've not had your football fix just have a look at some of this:

    Thanks for joining me. We'll be back here this evening for Aston Villa v Newcastle around 18:30 GMT.

  2. BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist


    The BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) shortlist is being announced throughout Monday.

    Cricketer Ben Stokes and athlete Dina Asher-Smith have already made the shortlist and the third nominee will be revealed on the BBC Radio 1Xtra Yasmin Evans Show at about 13:20 GMT.

    And you'll be able to keep in touch with that here.

    SPOTY takes place on Sunday, 15 December in Aberdeen and will be live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

  3. 'Stop booing Bale'

    Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has called on the Spanish club's fans to stop booing Gareth Bale.

    The Wales forward received a mixed reception after coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Real Sociedad.

    It was his first Real appearance in seven weeks after his controversial 'Wales. Golf. Madrid' flag celebration in Cardiff.

    "There is too much noise with Bale. He wants to be with us and do it well," said Zidane.

    "I hope this doesn't carry on for the rest of the season."

    Gareth Bale
  4. Silva favourite to depart next

    Everton's next five games are:

    • Leicester (Away)
    • Liverpool (Away)
    • Chelsea (Home)
    • Man Utd (Away)
    • Arsenal (Home)

    Not a run of games you'd want to save your job if you were Marco Silva.

    No wonder the Everton manager is now the odds on favourite, to be the next Premier League managerial casualty.

    A slight side thought on that...I wonder what odds you would get on Marco Silva and Unai Emery to remain in situ until Everton host Arsenal on 21 December?

  5. Post update

    This is nice heartwarming stuff, after loads of chat about managers who are under pressure.

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  6. Listen: Football Daily

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    For those that have not got to this audio feast yet...

    The Football daily is well worth a listen.

    Emma Saunders, former Premier League manager Owen Coyle, The Independent’s Melissa Reddy and Luke Edwards from The Daily Telegraph reflect on all the wider issues to emerge from the weekend's Premier League action.

    So you know what to do. Just click here.

  7. Thanks for the reception

    I felt a bit for Steve Bruce while he was at Aston Villa.

    I may be wrong but doubt he'll get the same sort of warm reception Harry Maguire received at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

    The Manchester United defender is happy to share the love as well with his boyhood club.

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    Kaitlyn: Don't include Norwich in your managers at risk list. We love Farke and our team. NCFC is a long term project and has fan support.

  9. Villa exit 'one of the most unsavoury times of my career' - Bruce

    Aston Villa v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

    Steve Bruce

    Newcastle's trip to the midlands this evening sees Steve Bruce return to Villa Park, where he was not always warmly welcomed, even while managing Aston Villa.

    Bruce has described his final days as Villa manager as "one of the most unsavoury times of my career".

    Now in charge of Newcastle United, Bruce was sacked by the Midlands club in October 2018, four months after losing the Championship play-off final.

    His relationship with the Villa fans turned sour, with one supporter throwing a cabbage at Bruce before his final game in charge.

    You can read all about that here.

  10. Post update

    Borussia Dortmund had to come back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with promoted Paderborn on Friday.

    And it's not looking good for Lucien Favre's side who were tipped to be title hopefuls but are now sixth, five points off the pace at the top of the Bundesliga.

    Cue this pensive look at the club's AGM on Sunday.

    Lucien Favre
  11. Can Favre turn the tide?

    While we're addressing on topic Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre's position seems far from secure.

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    Dave: Have a feeling the Arsenal board do not wish to spend money sacking Emery nor pay out for a good manager. Silent Stan has made it very clear the club is a business first, collateral second and a team third.

    Tim: West Ham, Watford and even Arsenal fans believing that their clubs are realistic targets for Mauricio Pochettino are crazy.

  13. Gossip:Sancho and Sterling on the move?

    Jadon Sancho

    Two England forwards have featured prominently in Monday's gossip.

    The word is that Borussia Dortmund's19-year-ol forward Jadon Sancho - who is a target for Manchester United- is not looking to leave the German club in January.

    But Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, 24, is refusing to sign a new deal with the Premier League champions - worth £450,000 a week - unless manager Pep Guardiola also commits his future to the Etihad Stadium club.

  14. Leicester's Christmas party title omen

    Now it may well be a month until Christmas but the Leicester City players are already in the festive spirit.

    The Foxes have been spotted in Copenhagen with Danish broadcaster TV 2 charting their fancy dress escapades on one of their social channels.

    Apparently Hamza Choudhury and Demarai Gray are dressed as Sulley from Monsters Inc, Marc Albrighton as Robin Hood, Harvey Barnes as Buzz Lightyear and Ben Chilwell dressed as Tinkerbell.

    It's probably nothing...but the last time they had their Christmas party in Copenhagen was in 2015 - the same season they won the Premier League title.

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  15. Why Leicester are title challengers again

    Brighton 0-2 Leicester City

    Leicester players celebrate

    Plenty of the recent media attention has gone the way of Liverpool and Manchester City, the managerial turmoil at Tottenham and the developing crises at Arsenal, Everton and West Ham.

    But what about Leicester City?

    Brendan Rodgers' side are absolutely flying up in second aren't they.

    And their performance in the 2-0 win at Brighton echoed something from 2015-16, when they won the Premier League title.

    Anyway just have a read of this piece discussing their title credentials.

  16. Gossip: The managerial merry-go-round


    David Moyes, Chris Hughton, Rafael Benitez, Massimiliano Allegri, Mikel Arteta and Chris Wilder are all apparently being courted by Premier League clubs.

    You can catch up with all that in today's gossip here.

  17. Garth Crooks' team of the week

    Now Garth Crooks has been very much looking at players at the peak of their powers for his team of the week.

    Being honest I think Sheffield United's Lys Mousset is a touch unfortunate to be overlooked but Garth's side looks pretty strong doesn't it?

    Anyway you've seen his selections. But who would you go for?

    Pick your XI from our list here and feel free to share it with your friends.

    Garth Crooks' team of the week
  18. Post update

    I wonder if Sav has still got it?