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Martinez: Moaning is pointless

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez and Garry Monk are old friends. Credit: PA

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed in the wake of Swansea counterpart Garry Monk's recent comments on referees that there is no point moaning about decisions.

Martinez has also defended Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager Mike Riley and the standard of refereeing in English football, describing it as "very strong".

I think it makes you feel better, but I don't think it gets you anything at all.

Football is a game of errors, and sometimes you get those errors in your favour or against you, and that is part of the game.

– Roberto Martinez

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Pool appoint Clark

Lee Clark has returned to management having been named Blackpool's new boss just 10 days after parting ways with fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers Birmingham.

The Seasiders confirmed that the 42-year-old had been appointed to the post on a one-year rolling contract.

"I am absolutely delighted. The main objective is to try and keep the club in the Championship and build from there. It is a big challenge because of our position in the league but it's a challenge that can be overcome.

It's one that if we achieve what we set out to achieve, which is to stay in the league, it will be a tremendous feat by the whole group. I'm very confident with the players I've got here, in what we can do going forward, that we can achieve those goals.

– Lee Clark

Ince heads to Forest

Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Hull midfielder Tom Ince.

Reds boss Stuart Pearce has been in talks with the Barclays Premier League club for several days and on Thursday morning an agreement was reached for the 22-year-old winger to move to the City Ground on a deal until December 28.

Pearce is keen to breathe new life into his side's promotion push, following a seven-match winless run in the Sky Bet Championship, and Ince will go straight into the Forest squad for Saturday's trip to Huddersfield.

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Pellegrini: We're not playing well

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was concerned about his team's form after being dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle.

The holders slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on what proved a dismal night in more ways than one ahead of Sunday's eagerly-anticipated derby against Manchester United.

My feeling is that we are not playing well. We are in a difficult moment with a lack of trust.

We are conceding too (many) easy goals and we are not scoring the chances we have to score. That's the feeling at this moment.

It's a lack of confidence that we must address as soon as possible because we need to continue to be involved in the other competitions.

Of course we must be worried - we didn't win the three games we played this week. We must be worried about that but we must find a solution and we must address it.

We will see with the players which is the way to try and recover that confidence because it's not normal to see this team playing the way we are now.

– Manuel Pellegrini
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