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MELBOURNE---Australia has named an unchanged
squad for the fourth test against India starting next
week, with the addition of Ashton Agar as a second
Agar, who scored a memorable 99 in his test debut
against England last year, will join Nathan Lyon
should selectors opt to choose a second spinner for
the Sydney Cricket Ground, which usually provides
plenty of turn.
Mitch Marsh was earlier ruled out of the fourth
Test starting January 6, with an aggravated hamstring
LONDON---Before the scramble to sign
players in the January transfer window,
there s a rush to fill managerial vacancies.
Three clubs are making changes in the
midst of the Premier League season s busiest
period, with all 20 teams in action on Thurs-
day for the third time in a week.
It had been a rare period of stability---the
Premier League reached Christmas without
a managerial casualty for the first time since
1995---until Neil Warnock was fired by Crystal
Palace on Saturday.
With Palace in the relegation zone, that
dismissal seemed to be only a matter of time.
Perhaps more surprising is Alan Pardew
swapping mid-table mediocrity at Newcastle
for a relegation scrap at Palace, with the
manager in negotiations on Tuesday to rejoin
the club he played for in the 1980s.
It is likely to create an unexpected vacancy
at Newcastle. And the northeast club is
searching for a candidate in the same man-
agerial talent pool as West Bromwich Albion,
which fired Alan Irvine on Monday after only
six months in charge.
"If you don t get results, then clubs change
managers now more regularly than they did
before," said West Ham manager Sam
Allardyce, whose team hosts West Brom on
New Year s Day. "When it comes up to a
transfer window as well, it looks like it has
a major affect on owners.
"The manager may have proposed some
players to bring in during the window and
they may have taken the opinion that they
would rather give that opportunity to a new
manager. It seems that might be the case."
Like Pardew at St James Park, Allardyce
faced calls from his own fans in the last year
to quit. Not only could Newcastle fans see
the back of Pardew, but the club could also
receive more than $3 million in compensation
from Palace if a deal can be done. Although
owner Mike Ashley seems unlikely to spend
on reinforcements in January for the tenth-
Allardyce would suc-
ceed Pardew as the Pre-
mier League s second
manager. The determina-
tion by West Ham s own-
ers to stick by the manger
they appointed in 2011 has
been rewarded by
Allardyce taking the team
into the second half of the
season in sixth place.
Stability doesn t nec-
essarily equal success. There is weariness among some
Arsenal fans over the durability of Arsene Wenger, the
league s longest-serving current manager at 16 years-
plus, over his failure to deliver the title since 2004.
Wenger, though, will restore Arsenal to its accustomed
place in the top four at Southampton s expense by
beating the surprisingly high-flying south-coast club
Agar joins Aussie squad
for 4th Test vs India
Scramble for new managers before transfer window
Chelsea has Manchester City's implosion against
Burnley to thank for maintaining its three-point lead.
City's surprise draw came after Chelsea was held by
Southampton on Sunday, providing a reminder that the
destination of the trophy is far from certain.
Chelsea is reunited with Tottenham at White Hart
Lane less than month after sweeping to a 3-0 victory at
home. Since then, Tottenham has gone five games
unbeaten domestically, including Sunday's 0-0 draw
against Manchester United.
"We had some bad games last season and we had the
feeling that we gave up a bit," Tottenham goalkeeper
Hugo Lloris said. "We are improving. Defensively, we are
Manchester City's players must be more ruthless
against Sunderland after squandering a 2-0 lead against
Burnley to draw 2-2, a collapse which raised doubts
about their ability to defend the title.
"We just have to be more clinical up front," City
midfielder Samir Nasri said. "We have to score. We have
to kill the game sometimes."
Another slip-up would give Manchester United an
opportunity to make up some of the seven-point gap on
its neighbors by winning at Stoke.
In the drop zone
The three bottom teams all avoided losing on Sunday.
For Leicester, there was a first win since September
against Hull, but the last-place team next faces a
resurgent Liverpool. Burnley follows up its unexpected
draw at City with a trip to Newcastle, while Palace plays
OTHER THINGS TO WATCH
David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane
Watson, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh,
Joe Burns, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson,
Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood,
Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Ashton Agar.
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