Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is a sports writer for The Independent.

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'He's full of fire and dignity': Why Chelsea are so keen to get Hiddink

The charismatic Dutchman's successful spell at the club in 2009 convinced Abramovich that he is the man who can finally bring European glory to SW6

What is driving Guus's desire to return to the Bridge?

Guus Hiddink is a 64-year-old who loves playing golf and riding his Harley Davidson. He cherishes his private life and has enough money to retire on, several times over. So what would make him want to take one of the most stressful, and demanding, jobs in football?

Chelsea baulk at Turkey's £4m price tag for release of Hiddink

Chelsea are to open talks today with the Turkish Football Federation about releasing manager Guus Hiddink from his contract but are understood to be unwilling to meet the £4m compensation the Turks are demanding.

Young steps off bench to deliver cutting edge

After half-time boos Capello reverses mysterious decision to omit Villa man

Wenger failed to react when Chelsea moved the goalposts

London rivals started spending in order to catch United, but Arsenal manager opted to invest in youth – and it has not worked

Fabregas lucky to escape referee rant, says Moyes

Arsenal fight back to beat Everton 2-1 after captain's tunnel confrontation with officials

Lampard: 'I'll need to nurse injury for the rest of my career'

Frank Lampard has revealed that he will never fully recover from the torn tendon injury that kept him out for four months, and that he was not told the full extent of the problem by Chelsea's medical staff.

West Ham press Nice for Rémy deal

West Ham United are close to agreeing a deal with Nice for the striker Loïc Rémy for a fee of around £12m. A bid of £11.2m for the 23-year-old French international was turned down a week ago but West Ham's co-owners, David Gold and David Sullivan, have not been deterred. Sullivan was reported to have flown to Nice yesterday to complete the deal. The major stumbling block is believed to be the timetable for paying the fee. On Friday, West Ham signed the Mexican winger Pablo Barrera for £4m from Pumas.

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