Hughes ruled out as new Villa manager after leaving Fulham

Mark Hughes is not expected to be appointed the new Aston Villa manager despite having exercised the break clause in his two-year Fulham contract last night to make a surprise departure from the club.

Juventus appoint Antonio Conte as new manager

Former midfielder Antonio Conte became the latest in a long line of coaches tasked with trying to revive the fortunes of once mighty Juventus today.

Massimiliano Allegri labels Jose Mourinho 'pathetic' and insecure'

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has labelled Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho "pathetic" and "insecure".

James Lawton: Even the West Ham gang of three showed more class than Abramovich

The temptation to rage was limited. Abramovich had, after all, long ago stripped away any mystery over hisintentions and still less his style

Muted send-off for Ancelotti as Abramovich prepares to strike

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Round-up: Warnock rejects rumours of 'big-name' QPR replacement

Neil Warnock has moved to end talk linking him with a move away from newly-promoted Queen's Park Rangers, following speculation that the club's directors were poised to appoint a big-name replacement.

Manchester United tipped off about De Rossi's availability

The representatives of Roma's gifted central midfielder Daniele de Rossi are understood to have made Manchester United aware of his availability next season, as he contemplates removing his family from the city where his father-in-law was murdered and he is now understood to be the victim of a blackmail campaign.

Unaffected by England talk, Chelsea's rock was as solid as ever for his club

Fabio Capello may have become a John Terry fan again, but those Chelsea supporters sitting in the Matthew Harding stand at Stamford Bridge have never lost faith in their man. Capello is to reinstate Terry as England captain for next week's game against Wales, but to many Chelsea supporters he should never have lost the job in the first place.

Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar 'walked home' after error

Distraught Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar walked home from the San Siro to give himself time to think after his minor error helped give Bayern Munich a 1-0 first-leg win in their Champions League last 16.

Montella takes over from Ranieri at Roma

Roma have appointed Vincenzo Montella as their manager until the end of the season following the resignation of Claudio Ranieri.

Vincenzo Montella replaces Claudio Ranieri at Roma

Vincenzo Montella admitted that to one day coach Roma would be a dream come true - and that day has arrived sooner than he or anyone else could have imagined.

Claudio Ranieri exit will not damage takeover bid insist Roma

Claudio Ranieri quitting as coach of AS Roma and violent fan unrest will not put off an American consortium from trying to buy the indebted Serie A club, Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno said today.

Stop Lionel or it could get messy

Arsenal must apply constant pressure if they are to upset Barcelona while Spurs will look to wing it against Milan

Adriano wins Italy's Golden Bin award again

AS Roma striker Adriano won Italy's infamous Golden Bin award for a third time after again being voted Serie A's worst player by fans.

Less noise, more football: Benitez's plan to outdo Jose

The form of Eto'o means Rafa has already got one over on Mourinho and he is promising all-out attack. But with Tottenham on the horizon, don't be surprised if and when he reverts to type, writes Pete Jenson.
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