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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Everton and Moyes running out of options

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SOCCER-ENGLAND/CUPBy James Illingworth

Sympathy for the plight of their rivals may be kept to an absolute minimum by the red and blue halves of Liverpool but even the staunchest of Kopites should spare a thought for David Moyes.

Having seen his side claim partial revenge for their 2009 FA Cup final defeat by knocking Chelsea out on penalties last month, Moyes could not prevent first division Reading ending Everton's cup run in the fifth round on Tuesday.

Forced to operate a sell-before-you-buy policy and with the club failing to attract investment, the 47-year-old Scot is beginning to cut an increasingly frustrated figure.

"We let the supporters down tonight, we didn't play well enough and we got what we deserved," Moyes told Everton's website. "We didn't have enough, enough craft, enough guile to break them down. I thought we did try to take the initiative but we weren't good enough."

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Liverpool have been here before, and a sacking may not be the answer

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"For 25 years Liverpool were Britain's most successful and consistent football club. For four of those years we were also the most successful club in Europe. No one has an automatic right to success but you can be sure we will all be doing everything in our power to achieve those levels again. We owe that both to our own supporters and our own history."

The above quotation* is from the statement released by then Liverpool chairman David Moores following the resignation of Graeme Souness in January, 1994 after an embarrassing defeat to a second division club in a third round FA Cup replay.

Share your memories of Sir Bobby Robson

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The death of Sir Bobby Robson, England’s most successful manager after Sir Alf Ramsey, had been expected given his long battle with cancer, but his passing still jolts.

The son of a miner, Robson’s career was characterised by dignity, loyalty and hard graft and no little success.

FA Cup can only hold so much romance

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ccfc.jpgYou wait 81 years for your football team to get to Wembley in the FA Cup, and then it falls on your wedding day.

My brother, a Cardiff City season-ticket holder,has waited until he is 45 to tie the knot, only to find his Bluebirds team are playing in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on the same weekend.

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