Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Villas-Boas is chosen one but 'not new Special One'

Chelsea's new manager promises to work on team spirit, not on emulating Mourinho

Virgin Islands recall their days in the sun under former coach

Andre Villas-Boas has become the most talked-about manager in world football since agreeing to take charge of Chelsea, but when he started his first job as coach of British Virgin Islands 11 years ago the players could not pronounce his name.

The new Special One? Not me, insists Villas-Boas

The new Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, yesterday began his Stamford Bridge reign in markedly different style to his mentor and predecessor Jose Mourinho. "I don't see the game as a one-man show," he said.

Jol still 'bruised' by clashes with Comolli at Spurs

Brusque and charming in equal measure, Martin Jol made a welcome return to English football yesterday as the new manager of Fulham, almost four years after his bitter and badly-handled dismissal from Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal close in on £10.6m signing of Gervinho

Arsenal hope to tie up the £10.6m transfer of the Ivory Coast striker Gervinho over the weekend.

Modric tells Tottenham: I want to join Chelsea

Croatian shocks Spurs and snubs both Manchester clubs by revealing desire to go to Stamford Bridge

Sacking managers is all part of Chelsea 'strategy'

Chief executive defends revolving-door policy as club are on the brink of reaching deal with Hiddink

Newcastle in turmoil as livid Barton warns of mass exodus

Midfielder tweets 'I feel sick' over Nolan sale and says he will be one of three to follow captain

Neymar: 'It's time to move on'

Managerless Chelsea are continuing their pursuit of Brazilian striker Neymar, who yesterday gave the Premier League club further encouragement by writing on his Twitter site: "Sometimes you know it's time to move on." The 19-year-old Santos player had earlier said he was happy to stay in Brazil for another season. However, yesterday's Tweet opens the door for Chelsea, who are willing to pay £32m for his services.

Flatterer Fayed gets his man at last as Jol takes over at Fulham

Owner's long courtship of Dutch manager shamefully sacked by Spurs bears fruit after exit of Mark Hughes

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