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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Hitzfeld in talks over Fulham job

Veteran manager Ottmar Hitzfeld is understood to have held informal talks with Fulham over the vacant manager's job at Craven Cottage.

Curbishley admits he is out of the running for Fulham job

Alan Curbishley feels he is unlikely to be offered the chance to return to Premier League management with Fulham. The former Charlton and West Ham manager was touted as an early favourite to replace Roy Hodgson after he joined Liverpool, but it now appears both Sven Goran Eriksson and Mark Hughes are more likely candidates for the vacancy at Craven Cottage.

Gold backs West Ham to survive

West Ham co-owner David Gold believes Gianfranco Zola can still guide the Hammers to Premier League safety.

West Ham settle Curbishley claim

West Ham have settled the claim for compensation from former manager Alan Curbishley.

Sullivan buys West Ham in deal that makes 'no sense'

Former Birmingham owner admits new club is struggling to avoid relegation and saddled with £110m debts

West Ham debts in excess of £100m

New West Ham owner David Sullivan revealed he has inherited a club with over £100million in debts.

Hart leaves QPR after five games

QPR have confirmed manager Paul Hart has left the club after just five games in charge.

Hart sacking shocks Fahim

The Portsmouth chairman Sulaiman al-Fahim said yesterday he opposed the decision taken by the club's new owner Ali al-Faraj to sack manager Paul Hart. Fahim, who is chairman of the club and still owns a 10 per cent stake, said no one from the club consulted him on the move, and revealed he only found out when it was announced on the club's website.

Grant clear favourite for Portsmouth job

Avram Grant is the clear favourite to succeed the sacked Paul Hart as Portsmouth manager.

Hart considering offer to stay at Portsmouth

Sacked Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is considering an offer to remain at the club as technical director.

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Dailly proves quite a catch for Charlton

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Slow progress in Newcastle sale means Ashley's reign drags on

Club delays preparations for new season as bidders creep towards making offers

Coppell's departure mourned by Reading

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