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BOURNEMOUTH goalkeeper Asmir Begovic felt Antonio Conte was just what Chelsea needed – but still considers that Jose Mourinho was the best manager he worked under at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho signed Begovic from Stoke in 2015 but the Portuguese only lasted until December that year before Guus Hiddink and then Conte took charge. Begovic featured …

Ollie Watkins says Exeter City will always have ‘a special place in his heart’, having moved away from his boyhood club to join Championship side Brentford. The Newton Abbot youngster, who has attracted interest from a number of Championship and Premier League clubs during the past 12 months, has been sold for a club record …

FOLLOWING its recent successful sausage and cider festival, Lyme Regis Football Club is looking forward to welcoming the Arsenal Charity XI back to the resort to give its development fund a further boost. When a team of ex-Gunners and celebrities played at the Davey Fort in 2014 they attracted a crowd of 1,000 and raised …

YEOVIL Town are delighted to have secured the services of former Derby County midfielder James Bailey who can also play right-back, has signed a two-year deal at Huish Park. Bailey came through Crewe Alexandra’s prestigious Academy and made 55 first-team appearances before transferring to the Rams in 2010. He spent four years at Pride Park and following …

Exeter City are currently in discussions with Chelsea over a fee for Ethan Ampadu after the 16-year-old put pen to paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge. Ethan, who made 13 appearances for City’s first team last season, was free to talk to other clubs having yet to sign scholarship forms at St James Park. …

City have secured the signing of Angers SCO and Senegal striker Famara Diédhiou for a club record fee of £5.3m. The club has eclipsed its previous transfer record of £3.25m, ironically spent on Jonathan Kodjia from the same French Ligue 1 club in 2015. Diédhiou, 24, has penned a four-year contract at Ashton Gate after …