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The X-Factor comes to the North West

The auditions begin

The X-Factor auditions are back on the road in searching for the next crop of stars. Auditions will take place on Sunday and Monday at ACC Liverpool. Doors open from 9am. People can apply by either registering online or by just turning up.

This is part of the shows biggest ever audition tour, which will visit an unprecedented 50 towns and cities across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.

For anyone not able to make the dates in Liverpool, there are two other ways to apply:

  • Visiting the Mobile Audition Van, which will be visiting smaller towns and cities across the country. There is no need to register for the Mobile Audition dates - see below for details.
  • For anyone who isn’t able to make it to any of the cities you can also send in your own video audition via our website


Wenger: 'I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Patrick Vieira has the credentials to become a successful manager. But the Gunners boss thinks Manchester City already have a man of "super" calibre in their top job in Manuel Pellegrini.

Vieira, one of Wenger's most influential former Gunners captains, is currently the manager of City's elite development squad. Recent speculation over Pellegrini's future has seen the Frenchman mentioned as a potential successor to the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsene Wenger Credit: PA Images

"I believe like many other players he has the intelligence and the competence to do this job, but I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence and super-quality as well - so if you want me to interfere in that, I am not ready to do it."

– Arsene Wenger

Pellegrini's position has come under scrutiny as City have collapsed in the Barclays Premier League title race in the second half of the season.

The defending champions were joint top in January but are now fourth after a dismal three months in which they also went out of the Champions League and FA Cup.

A host of names have been linked with Pellegrini's job-also including Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez - but City have given no indication they are considering a change.

Find out which North West Premier League clubs rule on Twitter

If you think you know where your fellow fans are located, you may be surprised by Twitter's new Premier League Twitter fan map, which shows a detailed global breakdown of the followers of all 20 clubs in the top flight.

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Outside the UK, Liverpool boast huge numbers of supporters in Scandinavia. Meanwhile footie fans in the Indian sub-continent are all about Manchester United.

Also highlighted are Everton and Manchester City strongholds across the Atlantic.

The map was created by looking at the official Twitter accounts for each team, using their followers as an indicator of allegiance - as opposed to instances in which people mention a team while watching an interesting match or talking about a team’s rival.

Click here to find out more about the map from Twitter.

  • Do you agree with Twitter's map? Tweet your views to @GranadaReports
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