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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.

Hodgson hopes to avoid claiming another victim

A top-half finish for the first time in the Premier League era remains the objective for 10th-placed West Bromwich Albion, yet having already accounted for two opposing managers this season, there is one statistic that Roy Hodgson, the head coach, is eager to avoid.

Paul Lambert has taken inspiration from coaches at home and abroad

Norwich manager Paul Lambert unhappy with Aston Villa speculation

Norwich manager Paul Lambert has labelled speculation linking him a summer move to Aston Villa as "extremely unfair".

Alex McLeish is coming under increasing pressure

Richard Dunne urges Aston Villa fans to lay off Alex McLeish 'for a few weeks'

Aston Villa vice-captain Richard Dunne has urged fans to put aside their grievances with manager Alex McLeish "for a few weeks" and instead support the team's bid to beat the drop.

Alex McLeish shakes hands with Bolton manager Owen Coyle

Sacking Alex McLeish would be foolish says former Aston Villa owner Doug Ellis

Former Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis believes it would be "foolish" for the current owner Randy Lerner to sack manager Alex McLeish.

Alex McLeish shakes hands with Bolton manager Owen Coyle

Under-fire Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has support of owner Randy Lerner

Alex McLeish claims he has the backing of Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner after fans called for him to be sacked after last night's 2-1 home defeat by Bolton.

Alex McLeish: 'We had enough chances to win and still have four huge battles'

Alex McLeish has confidence in Aston Villa duo Emile Heskey and Carlos Cuellar

Alex McLeish is content to put his faith in two players out of contract this summer in striker Emile Heskey and defender Carlos Cuellar for tonight's vital Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Newcastle have won respect with Champions League push says Alan Pardew

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew believes his side have won the respect of their Barclays Premier League rivals as they close in on an improbable place in the Champions League.

Darren Bent will miss England's friendly with Holland

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent begins recovery from ankle surgery

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has taken the first step on his road to recovery after ankle surgery by doing some light running, manager Alex McLeish has confirmed.

Ciaran Clark injured his head at Old Trafford

Ciaran Clark should be fit for Aston Villa despite head injury

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish expects Ciaran Clark to be fit for Saturday's crucial Barclays Premier League encounter with Sunderland.

Stoke’s Wilson Palacios (left) challenges Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor

Villa extend winless run to four matches after draw with Stoke

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Alex McLeish is coming under increasing pressure

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish confident of avoiding double relegation

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is confident he will not suffer the misery of being relegated from the Barclays Premier League for the second successive season.

Darren Bent was injured last week against Wigan Athletic

Darren Bent unsure over Euro 2012 fitness hopes

Aston Villa and England striker Darren Bent has started rehabilitation work after suffering ankle ligament damage in February but says it is too early to indicate whether he will be fit for Euro 2012.

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Aston Villa fans give a standing ovation during the 19th minute in support of club captain Stiliyan Petrov who was diagnosed with acute leukemia last week.

Stiliyan Petrov in 'amazing spirits' says Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish last night revealed skipper Stiliyan Petrov was in "amazing spirits" on his first day of treatment after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Torres ends dry spell to nudge Chelsea nearer Europe

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