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Daniel Sturridge insists Chelsea are united

Daniel Sturridge has insisted Chelsea are not a "divided unit" under Andre Villas-Boas.

Avram Grant will be 'happier' than any other time if his side avoid relegation

Avram Grant takes charge at Partizan Belgrade

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Hayden Mullins: 'I remember riding our luck and sitting there at half-time, everybody thinking that this could be our day'

Mullins aiming to cash in on Chelsea uncertainty

Chelsea entertain Portsmouth today in a repeat of the 2010 FA Cup final, when only a single goal separated the teams on the Wembley pitch. Off the field, the chasm between the two clubs – then and since – has been as wide as Portsmouth Harbour.

Michael O'Neill led Shamrock Rovers into the Europa League

O'Neill confirmed as new Northern Ireland manager

Michael O'Neill intends to "restore a sense of belief and pride" in the Northern Ireland national side after being appointed on a two-year contract by the Irish Football Association.

Nicolas Anelka: At 32, the France striker hoped to end his career at Chelsea but may depart in January

Anelka to make decision on move by Monday‎

Shanghai Shenhua expects Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will make a decision by Monday over whether to join the Chinese Super League club.

Caretaker Kevin Keen hopeful of landing West Ham job

West Ham caretaker manager Kevin Keen believes he has served his apprenticeship and hopes to be considered for the job on a permanent basis.

Avram Grant given 'best possible conditions' to succeed at West Ham says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady insists former manager Avram Grant was given every opportunity to succeed by the club in their failed bid to preserve their Barclays Premier League status.

Paolo Di Canio would 'give everything' for West Ham

Former West Ham forward Paolo Di Canio believes he is on the brink of securing a coaching position in England next season - and said he would "give everything" if he ended up at Upton Park.

Kevin Phillips gives backing to Birmingham boss Alex McLeish

Kevin Phillips believes it is vital for Birmingham's future that Alex McLeish remains as manager even if they are relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

West Ham party fracas sparked by supporter's 'racist' insult, says Ba

West Ham United striker Demba Ba described yesterday how a supporter screamed at him and issued racist insults during Monday night's end-of-season dinner at a London hotel.

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