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Stoke sack manager Gary Rowett

Gary Rowett has overseen just nine wins during his tenure. Credit: PA

Stoke have sacked manager Gary Rowett, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.

Rowett took charge of the Potters in the summer but they sit 14th in the table as they look to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The former Derby boss has overseen just nine wins in 29 games in all competitions and they were held to a 1-1 draw by League One Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

A statement from Stoke read: "Stoke City have terminated the contract of manager Gary Rowett.

"Members of his immediate coaching staff have also left the bet365 Stadium.

"The club would like to thank Gary and his staff for their efforts over the past eight months.

"A new managerial appointment will be made as swiftly as possible but in the meantime, Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs."

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Bolton avoid administration and point deduction

Bolton were potentially facing a 12-point deduction. Credit: PA

Bolton have avoided administration after agreeing a deal to pay off their main creditor, chairman Ken Anderson has announced.

Anderson had warned the Championship club faced administration after an initial offer to repay BluMarble Capital Ltd was rejected.

But he issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon which read: "I am pleased to confirm that the loan from Blu Marble Capital Ltd has been repaid.

"I am also pleased to be able to confirm that the loans to both PBP (Michael James) and Brett Warburton have been extended on better terms for the club.

"I was also able to reschedule and reduce a number of other club liabilities which in all have reduced future costs and liabilities by circa £1.5million."

Aston Villa set to receive 'significant investment'

Aston Villa are set to receive "significant investment", the Sky Bet Championship club have announced. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are set to receive "significant investment", the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.

Owner Tony Xia has been holding talks to relinquish control of the club to an Egyptian group, in what will be a co-ownership deal.

The Chinese businessman has spent the summer searching for fresh investment to plug a reported £40million deficit after Villa failed to win promotion back to the Premier League last season.

A statement issued by the club said: "Dr Tony Xia and Aston Villa Football Club announce that NSWE, a company that is jointly owned and controlled by businessman Nassef Sawiris' group NNS and businessman Wes Edens, will immediately inject significant investment capital into the club. At the same time, Dr Tony Xia will become co-chairman and remain on the board."

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Swansea City part company with manager Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal was unable to preserve Swansea City's Premier League status. Credit: PA

Swansea have announced that they will not be extending the contract of manager Carlos Carvalhal.

The Swans were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday, the end of their seven-year stay in the top flight confirmed by a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke.

Carvalhal was appointed as Paul Clement's successor in December, just three days after leaving Sheffield Wednesday.

Carvalhal won five of his first nine league games as Swansea climbed to 13th place, but they were condemned to the Sky Bet Championship after picking up only three points from the last 27 on offer.

A statement posted on the club's official website read: "The Swans will start the search for a new boss after opting to make a change following their relegation from the Premier League.

"The club can also confirm first-team coaches Joao Mario and Bruno Lage have left the Liberty Stadium, along with match analysts Jhony Conceicao and Paulo Sampaio.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins added: "We'd like to put on record our thanks to Carlos for his enthusiasm, hard work and commitment since arriving at the club in December.

"Naturally, we are all disappointed with the club's relegation from the Premier League, and following discussions with Carlos, we felt it was in the best interests of both parties that we move in a new direction."

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