Sullivan and Gold up stake in West Ham to 60 per cent

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have revealed their intention to eventually allow supporters to invest in the club after they increased their stake to 60 per cent. The pair, who previously owned Birmingham, took control of the Hammers in January when they bought it from Icelandic group CB Holdings.

Sullivan and Gold increase West Ham stake

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have today increased their stake in the Barclays Premier League club to 60%.

James wants to manage Portsmouth

Portsmouth's administrator has revealed David James has offered himself as a candidate for a management role at the club following Avram Grant's departure.

Grant emotional after Portsmouth exit

Avram Grant described his decision to step down as Portsmouth manager last night "as one of the most difficult" of his career.

Pompey offer deal to core players

Portsmouth confirmed yesterday that new contracts have been offered to the England goalkeeper David James, defenders Hermann Hreidarsson and Ricardo Rocha and the veteran forward Kanu.

Grant looks set for Portsmouth exit

Portsmouth are stepping up efforts to give their squad a "firm base" next season, but manager Avram Grant looks set for a switch to West Ham.

Grant hopes to deliver parting gift to the fans who adore him

Portsmouth manager hails Cup run as more impressive than his exploits with Chelsea

Ancelotti draws on the memory of his cup final with Capello

"You ain't got no history," is the chant directed at visiting Chelsea fans at Anfield, Old Trafford and other grounds, and it is one that hits home. Roman Abramovich's money has bought many trophies to the club in the past six seasons, including three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and two Carling Cups, but the 100 years that preceded 2005 were generally lean ones.

Mullins grateful for his shot at final redemption

The Pompey defender can atone for Cup suspension with West Ham four years ago

West Ham line up Grant as sacked Zola faces a fight for compensation

It was all over in a matter of minutes when West Ham sacked Gianfranco Zola yesterday but the repercussions are likely to rumble on for months to come. The Italian was put out of his misery with a bullet at breakfast time in a brief meeting with the club's vice chairman Karren Brady.

The West Ham manager contenders

Following the news that Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as manager of West Ham, the search for his replacement has begun.

Zola sacked as West Ham manager

West Ham today sacked Gianfranco Zola after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

FA Cup final: Death and glory

As Portsmouth prepare to meet mighty Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend, lifelong fan Ian Burrell wonders how his beloved club became so brilliant – and so broke

O'Hara's broken back leaves his Wembley hopes in the balance

Portsmouth's FA Cup hopes received a setback yesterday when Jamie O'Hara revealed he could miss the final because he is playing with a broken back.

Beating United was key to title says Ancelotti

Chelsea coach Ancelotti insists their league double over Manchester United held the key to Chelsea's first Barclays Premier League title in four years.

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