Chris Samba took a £20,000-a-week pay cut and swapped the Champions League prospects in Russia for a relegation fight with QPR because he missed his family

Christian Samba close to Russia return as Queens Park Rangers accept £12m bid

Former club Anzhi Makhachkala rumoured to want defender back after just half a season at Loftus Road

Leeds confirm £1m Luke Murphy signing from Crewe

Leeds have confirmed the signing of Crewe midfielder Luke Murphy for a reported fee in the region of £1million.

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Bafflement in Blackpool continues as club insist Paul Ince did not offer resignation

45-year-old understood to have taken training today at pre-season training base in Portugal

Neil Lennon is at the centre of celebrations after Celtic clinch the title

Celtic to play Cliftonville in Champions League qualifier

The Scottish champions play the side from Northern Ireland

Shebby Singh: Club's 'global adviser' likely to be replaced by someone from within football

Blackburn Rovers set to axe 'global adviser' Shebby Singh as club finally gets serious

In the last three months Singh's only presence at the club was his one-week flying visit to sack manager Michael Appleton

Harry Redknapp will stay at QPR and try to rebuild his squad

Championship fixture list unveiled: QPR begin at home against Sheffield Wednesday

The Hoops are looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt

Emerson Boyce and Gary Caldwell lift the FA Cup trophy at Wembley

FA Cup final to take place after the end of the Premier League season

The Wembley showpiece will be given its own day

A general view of Turf Moor, one of only three grounds used in the 1888/89 league season that is still in use today

Football League announce six opening day fixtures to mark 125th anniversary

Championship sides Burnley, Bolton Derby and Blackburn are involved

England’s Nathan Redmond despairs as Norway celebrate their third goal

England Under-21's 'did not have enough desire' says Norwegian FA chief

Peter Taylor hopes to avoid humiliation Stuart Pearce suffered with Under-21's as he prepares his side for the Under-20 World Cup

David Weir captain of Rangers lifts the Co-operative Insurance Cup after beating Celtic in the final at Hampden Park on March 20, 2011

Sheffield United appoint Everton coach David Weir as manager

The 43-year-old had been working as a coach at Everton

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Florent Malouda, William Gallas, Roque Santa Cruz and Mark Schwarzer among those placed on the 'free transfer' list

The Premier League have released an official list of those out of contract

Mark Hughes arrives at Stoke to find a club already established by Tony Pulis

The work's already done for Mark Hughes at Stoke

The Potters have stayed up and the new manager is not under pressure from wild ambition

Mark Hughes

Stoke City appoint Mark Hughes: Tony Pulis legacy brings danger as well as safety

The former QPR and Manchester City manager succeeds his fellow Welshman at the Britannia

Mark Hughes: Ex-Everton player was quick to throw his hat into the ring

Factfile: Stoke City appoint Mark Hughes as manager in three-year deal

The former Manchester United striker has returned to management

Emily Davison (1872 - 1913) is fatally injured as she tries to stop the King's horse 'Amner' on Derby Day, to draw attention to the Women's Suffragette movement

How Emily Davison and the suffragettes targeted sport to bring attention to their cause

The Derby was not the only sporting venue used to make their voices heard - golf courses, football grounds and Wimbledon were all targeted

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