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Rivals seek cure for play-off pain

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Rival managers Mark Cooper and Simon Grayson have urged their Swindon and Preston players to forget the past and focus on the present in Sunday's Sky Bet League One play-off final at Wembley.Swindon have failed on three previous occasions to win promotion to the second tier via the play-offs - in 2004, 2010 and 2013 - while Preston's anguish runs even deeper, having lost all nine of the previou...Full Story »

Hughes calls for more next season

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Stoke boss Mark Hughes feels his players have achieved their targets this season - but the goalposts will be shifted next year.Under Hughes the Potters have secured back-to-back top-flight finishes for the first time in 40 years.They have also claimed a club record 51 points in the Barclays Premier League this term and will look to better that as they host Liverpool in their final game on Sunda...Full Story »

Carver expects 'electric' encounter

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Newcastle head coach John Carver is expecting an "electric" atmosphere as he attempts to drag the club back from the brink of disaster.West Ham will arrive at St James' Park on Sunday to face a Magpies team knowing that anything short of a victory - something they have not managed since February - could prove fatal to their hopes of remaining in the Barclays Premier League.Newcastle's dreadful ...Full Story »

Pellegrini: This season was easier

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini does not think he has fallen victim to a managerial 'second-season syndrome'.Pellegrini claims he had a tougher time in his first campaign as City boss and has just been let down by some rudimentary mistakes this term.Pellegrini's side fell away badly in the second half of the season, tamely surrendering their Barclays Premier League crown to Chelsea after...Full Story »

Pardew: This will be tough to top

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew admits it will be hard for him to repeat this season's success.Palace could finish in the top 10 of the Barclays Premier League if they defeat Swansea in the climax to their season at Selhurst Park on Sunday.Pardew took over a team that was positioned in the relegation zone when he was appointed in January, but he has transformed the Eagles' fortunes to the ex...Full Story »

Pearson eyes early summer business

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is hopeful of moving quickly for transfer targets with the club's top-flight future assured.The Foxes host QPR on Sunday having secured their Barclays Premier League survival last week - becoming just the third side who were bottom at Christmas to stay up in the division's history.They have won six of their last eight games to climb off the bottom and sit 14th, havi...Full Story »

Bruce imagines what might have been

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he never imagined the Tigers would be fighting for their Barclays Premier League lives after starting their campaign with arguably the strongest squad in the club's history.Bruce was widely credited with landing the pick of the transfer deadline day buys with Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and on-loan Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa all arri...Full Story »

Jagielka: We need consistency

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Everton captain Phil Jagielka admits they have to find a way to regain their consistency next season in order to avoid a repeat of a disappointing campaign.A combination of European football and a high number of injuries left the Toffees facing a relegation battle for a brief period.They pulled themselves out of it in a run of six matches from which they picked up 16 points but they can finish ...Full Story »

Celebrations are over - Mourinho

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Jose Mourinho believes even the celebrations are over ahead of Chelsea's final game of the season with Sunderland.The Barclays Premier League champions will be presented with the trophy after Sunday's match and parade it, and the Capital One Cup won in March, through west London on Monday.Sunderland avoided relegation with one match to spare and Chelsea won the title with three games to go, so ...Full Story »

Sherwood: We won't celebrate safety

Posted Sunday, May 24, 2015 by PA

Aston Villa will not be celebrating their Barclays Premier League survival despite getting the "job done", according to manager Tim Sherwood.Villa are not even holding an end-of-season awards dinner this year and will not throw their players a party to mark their escape from the drop, because Sherwood believes such a lowly finish is nothing to celebrate for a club of their size."It's 'job done'...Full Story »

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