Sport Key man: Wes Hoolahan has starred in the Norwich midfield this season

There is more than one way to skin a cat; and to stay in the Premier League. The Canaries of Norwich City have adopted a different method this season from last, and been equally successful so far in teasing some of the fat cats while staying out of trouble. Yet it is a more dangerous approach, which makes an encounter like this afternoon's at home to Sunderland of heightened importance.

Sam Wallace: Wilshere's made his mark but spare a thought for the luckless eleven of 'unfulfilled England'

They faded away early, or at least before their time. Some perennial underachievers, some drifted off for no obvious reason. Injury did for most them

The 21-year-old whose Chelsea career is over before it began

Mourinho identified him as a major prospect, but injury has forced English defender Sam Hutchinson to retire

Zola furious at owners' plan to trade players behind his back

Gianfranco Zola's relationship with the owners of West Ham United appeared strained beyond repair last night, when he spoke of his deep frustration at being undermined over transfer policy.

Zola furious over West Ham transfer dealings

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has hit out at joint-owners David Sullivan and David Gold for undermining his position after he discovered about the club's transfer dealings in the newspapers.

Collison sings the praises of popular idol Zola

To be playing in the Premier League with one of your idols as the manager might faze many young men, as might the current rumours that a new owner could immediately sack him. Jack Collison has taken it in his stride, just as he has most things while establishing himself in the West Ham and Wales midfield this past year.

Sam Wallace: While Ashton's injury is terribly sad it's also just one of the game's chance acts

It is ludicrous to hold players and clubs responsible for football's random outcomes

Bowyer's bright form deepens gloom for Zola

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PFA fear Ashton could take legal action against Wright-Phillips

Players' chief Gordon Taylor is hopeful that Dean Ashton will not need to resort to taking legal action against former England team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips after the West Ham man was forced to announce his retirement today.

Dean Ashton retires from football

West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton today announced his retirement from professional football.

Ofsted brands child services 'inadequate'

A council issued an apology to children and parents yesterday after inspectors labelled its attempts to look after its most vulnerable young people "inadequate". Dean Ashton, head of children's services in Cornwall, resigned ahead of the Ofsted report.

Child protection in Cornwall condemned

Cornwall County Council has been condemned by Ofsted inspectors for failing to protect the most vulnerable children.

Gradi back nurturing careers at Crewe

One of the game's outstanding coaches is back in the dug-out today, though he would rather be on some windswept Astroturf, developing a promising young talent.

Towering Torres makes up for Liverpool's flaws

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Franco completes West Ham switch

West Ham have completed the signing of Mexico international striker Guillermo Franco.

Dave Hadfield: An easy year to pick the Super League 'Dream Team'

I can’t remember it being easier to pick the Super League Dream Team. I’m just not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

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