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Policing 'solution' agreed for West Ham-Chelsea cup tie

West Ham are set to have police officers deployed inside the London Stadium during games.

The Metropolitan Police Service says a "tactical solution" is now set for matches at West Ham's London Stadium, which would see officers deployed inside the ground if needed for the EFL Cup tie against Chelsea.

West Ham moved from Upton Park into the converted Olympic Stadium for the start of the new season.

The club and London Stadium owner E20, along with stadium operators LS185, had requested a police presence at future matches following crowd disturbances during some Premier League fixtures...

Tottenham to rotate with young stars at Liverpool in EFL Cup

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has backed Liverpool and Tottenham for a Premier League title challenge.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will give younger players an opportunity once more in the EFL Cup tie at Liverpool later this month.

A youthful Spurs team booked a fourth-round trip to Anfield on Oct. 25 courtesy of a 5-0 home victory over League One Gillingham last month.

Liverpool, who are not competing in Europe this season, are expected to field a strong XI in the match but Pochettino has challenged the club's young players to impress against Jurgen Klopp's in-form side.

"For me,...

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EFL chief Shaun Harvey preaches patience with revamped competition

ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol previews the Manchester derby and some of the other top matchups from the EFL Cup draw.

English Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has asked for the Checkatrade Trophy to be judged at the end of the season as dwindling attendances and perceived irreverence from clubs leave it ripe for criticism.

The competition was revamped this season, with a group stage introduced and 16 category one academy sides joining the 48 clubs from League One and League Two in an attempt to rejuvenate the cup.

A number of top academies opted not to take part as Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City,...

EFL chief Shaun Harvey wants FA Cup ties to shift to midweek

Shaun Harvey says midweek FA Cup games would allow for a winter break in England.

English Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey believes moving the FA Cup fourth and fifth rounds to midweek would not only aid clubs financially but allow the implementation of a winter break.

Life below the Premier League is in the process of change after the 'Whole Game Solution' was announced in March, aimed at tackling some of the primary issues facing its clubs, along with the wider football world.

The EFL announced on Friday that the revamp would not involve Premier League B teams or...

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Paddy McNair working back to top form for Sunderland

Paddy McNair, the match-winner in Wednesday's EFL Cup tie at QPR, has asked Sunderland fans to be patient with him as he gets fully fit.

The 21-year-old defender, who played just his second full 90 minutes for Sunderland, joined from Manchester United last month without having had a full preseason.

McNair scored his first Sunderland goals as the Black Cats came from behind to win at Loftus Road, earning a fourth-round trip to Southampton.

Speaking to Sunderland's official website, the Northern Ireland...