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The prime minister faced fresh accusations of cronyism after it was revealed that his hairdresser appeared in the New Year Honours List last week

Brian Viner: 'The English compensate by being unequivocally, boldly kissy in emails'

The casual social kiss has become the blight of a middle-class Englishman's life. Across the Channel they know precisely what to do, in fact they even have different rules depending on what region you're in, but here we continue to vacillate between the peck on one cheek and the peck on two, with the consequence that even close friends can end up performing an awkward little comedy of manners, with the bloke lurching forward for a second kiss just as the woman turns away to say hello to someone else, or vice versa.

World Cup bid is key for West Ham

The chances of West Ham United moving to the Olympic Stadium after 2012 could hinge on the success of England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018. The club's new owners David Sullivan and David Gold are keen on the idea of relocating to the £537m stadium in Stratford, only three miles from their current home Upton Park. Such a move is fraught with difficulty, not least the £100m cost of converting the stadium into a viable football ground.

Sullivan buys West Ham in deal that makes 'no sense'

Former Birmingham owner admits new club is struggling to avoid relegation and saddled with £110m debts

West Ham statement on takeover

David Sullivan has acquired 50 per cent of West Ham United and with immediate effect will have operational and commercial control of the football club.

Sullivan and Gold complete Hammers takeover

Former Birmingham owners David Sullivan and David Gold have completed their takeover of West Ham.

Glenn Moore: Given a level playing field, such a coach would get results

It is two decades since Cherie Lunghi graced our TV screens as "The Manageress", coaching and picking the team at a struggling Football League club, but the prospect of a female manager taking over a real professional team is only marginally less remote.

Could the manageress shatter football's grass ceiling?

After success with the England women's side, Hope Powell is now attracting interest from the men's game

Richards resigns from World Cup bid team

Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards has thrown England's 2018 World Cup campaign into disarray by resigning from the bid board.

Inside England's 2018 campaign – how the votes are won

Despite savage criticism in Britain, and consequent radical restructuring of the team, the home bid is still winning support around the world

Dein hired to boost 2018 World Cup bid

Former Arsenal chief ends exile by taking lobbying role in restructured England team

Out with the Gold, in with the Yu suits Birmingham

Chinese whisper is that Blues will spend £40m – but they won't sign superstars

Benitez puts Black Cats in the doghouse

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Bruce blast for 'shafting' from Brady

Steve Bruce last night accused Karren Brady, the managing director of Birmingham City during his six years as manager, of "shafting" him over a proposed new contract before he left St Andrew's two years ago and of selling a player against his wishes.

Yeung promises McLeish £40m for January spree to help avoid drop

Birmingham's new owner says 'yo-yo club can one day be one of the best in Europe'

Gold hopes to remain at Birmingham after takeover

The co-owner of Birmingham City, David Gold, is waiting to hear whether he still has a future at St Andrews but has not ruled out moving on to another club.

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