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Hull have made their first signing since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, turning George Boyd's loan deal into a permanent contract.

Alex McLeish is not liked by fans

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner laments 'worst year in a generation'

Aston Villa's season verged on the disastrous, according to chief executive Paul Faulkner.

Alex McLeish is not liked by fans

Alex McLeish sacked by Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has been sacked, just 11 months after taking charge at Villa Park.

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Slaven Bilic appointed as coach of Lokomotiv Moscow

Slaven Bilic has been appointed coach of Lokomotiv Moscow from next season after they beat off competition from the Premier League for his signature.

Norwich’s Grant Holt finished the season with 15 Premier League goals
Norwich captain Grant Holt scored a hat-trick for his side, his 17th of the season

Aston Villa slump to Norwich defeat at Carrow Road

Norwich 2 Aston Villa 0

Emile Heskey will be out of contract in the summer

Emile Heskey expecting Aston Villa exit

Striker Emile Heskey is resigned to leaving Aston Villa this summer after not being offered a new contract - and defender Carlos Cuellar's days at the midlands club could also be numbered.

Adebayour equalised for Spurs from the penalty spot at around the hour mark

Villa dash Tottenham's Champions League chances with scrappy draw

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Alex McLeish says the players have let down their club and profession

McLeish grapples to regain control after trio's fracas

The Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has branded the actions of three of his players caught up in a nightclub fracas a "slur" on the club.

James Collins was one of the players involved

Aston Villa trio Fabien Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins disciplined over nightclub fracas

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the behaviour of Fabian Delph, Chris Herd and James Collins in an incident at a nightclub earlier this week is a "slur on the club".

Darren Bent will miss England's friendly with Holland

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent could be fit for Euro 2012

Alex McLeish thinks there is little chance of Darren Bent returning to action for Aston Villa this season - but he could be ready for Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson

West Brom begin making plans for Roy Hodgson departure

Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed that West Brom have contingency plans in place should they need to find a replacement for head coach Roy Hodgson.

Stiliyan Petrov, who has recently been diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Stiliyan Petrov voted Aston Villa's players' player of the year

Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov, who is currently sidelined because of acute leukaemia, has been voted the club's players' player of the year.

Defiant Richard Dunne can save Aston Villa

WBA 0 Aston Villa 0

Richard Dunne repels a West Bromwich raid in yesterday’s 0-0 draw

Captain Dunne steadies Villa's fast-sinking ship

West Bromwich Albion 0 Aston Villa 0: Republic of Ireland defender returns early from injury to help bale out his troubled team

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

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The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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