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The Italian, who was sacked by Chievo in November, has seen his odds of becoming manager at Vicarage Road cut dramatically

Frank Lampard jokes with Didier Drogba during training for the Champions League final

Victory would crown Lampard as the king of Stamford Bridge

It is one of the signings of the Premier League era, one that ranks up there with the acquisition of Thierry Henry by Arsenal or Roy Keane by Manchester United. For all the money that has been thrown around by Roman Abramovich in the last nine years, Chelsea have probably never spent a better £11m than that which they paid for Frank Lampard almost exactly 11 years ago.

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Napoli will face 'hell of a match' vows Di Matteo

Chelsea 1 Stoke 0: After second win stand-in manager hopes Arsenal's heroics and Chelsea fans will inspire comeback

Curtis Davies celebrates his second headed goal against Watford

Hughton gives his regrouped Blues stability

Birmingham 3 Watford 0: Manager steers Birmingham into play-off places despite club's financial uncertainty

The new manager of Queens Park Rangers Mark Hughes
Neil Warnock says Premier League referees are ‘star-struck’

Hughes favourite for QPR after Warnock's sacking

Shock decision by owner Tony Fernandes ends veteran's reign following slide to 17th in the table

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Liverpool players, including Alberto Aquilani, return to training

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and £35million record signing Andy Carroll both returned to pre-season training alongside one player who was back at Melwood for the first time in almost a year.

Allardyce promises promotion 'without sounding arrogant'

Sam Allardyce has a plan for West Ham now he has arrived at the Championship club as manager. This involves promotion back to the Premier League, at the first attempt if possible but certainly before moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2014. Then it is a question of challenging for honours and qualifying for Europe.

Birmingham step up manager hunt

Birmingham are stepping up their attempts to appoint a quickfire replacement for Alex McLeish, who will be unveiled as Aston Villa's new manager today.

Birmingham have six managers on short-list

Birmingham have identified six targets as they step up their bid to replace Alex McLeish as manager.

Gianfranco Zola backs Harry Redknapp for Chelsea job

Gianfranco Zola has claimed Harry Redknapp would be a success if appointed Chelsea manager.

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.

West Ham hope to appoint British manager

West Ham expect to appoint a British manager to replace Avram Grant, co-owner David Sullivan has claimed, ruling out a potential return to Upton Park for fans favourite Paolo di Canio.

Where did it all go wrong? Five areas that doomed the hapless Hammers

West Ham's board made a host of errors – from hiring Grant to signing McCarthy – that led to their demise

Grant focusing on critical period for West Ham

Avram Grant's future at West Ham may continue to be the subject of intense speculation, but the Israeli remains fully focused on dragging his side off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
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Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape