Sport Juan Mata made an impressive debut for Manchester United

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

Aston Villa will not rush manager appointment

Aston Villa will not be rushed into making a decision over who will replace Gerard Houllier as manager.

Mark Hughes denies Fulham departure is linked to Villa job

Mark Hughes' departure from Fulham has "no connection" with the vacant Aston Villa hot-seat following manager Gerard Houllier's departure, Press Association Sport understands.

Houllier's Villa Park departure confirmed

Gérard Houllier stepped down as Aston Villa manager last night. The move was expected as an agreement on a settlement package had already been reached.

Fulham claim place in Europa League

Fulham have qualified for next season's Europa League through the Fair Play League.

Football in Brief: Fulham set fair for Europa League place

Fulham are in pole position to gain a place in Europe next season through Uefa's Respect Fair Play ranking. Uefa announced that three countries have earned the fair play spots in the Europa League next season – Norway, England and Sweden.

Mark Hughes denies talks of Fulham exit

Mark Hughes has dismissed reports questioning his future as Fulham boss by declaring he will remain at Craven Cottage next season.

Kenny Dalglish and Mark Hughes praise in form Luis Suarez

Kenny Dalglish and Mark Hughes were united in their praise of Luis Suarez after another virtuoso performance from the Uruguayan inspired Liverpool to a crushing 5-2 victory at Fulham.

Mark Hughes targets top-half finish for Fulham

Fulham manager Mark Hughes has backed his players to achieve a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Owen Coyle wary of Fulham attacking threat

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has warned his side they will come up against one of the more dangerous forward lines in the Barclays Premier League when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight.

Mark Hughes confident of Fulham survival

Mark Hughes believes Fulham are on the brink of guaranteeing their survival in the Barclays Premier League for another season.

Mark Hughes dismisses Bayern Munich link

Mark Hughes today admitted it was "flattering" to be linked with the Bayern Munich job following reports he was their number one target to replace Louis van Gaal.

Mark Hughes defends Michael Jackson statue

Mark Hughes today insisted Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed had earned the right to erect a statue of Michael Jackson at Craven Cottage.

Hughes: I'm proud of my transfer record at Eastlands

Mark Hughes has defended his transfer record at Manchester City, insisting he brought three of their best players to the club. Hughes will return to Eastlands for the first time since he was sacked just over a year ago, when his current club Fulham face City tomorrow.

Gudjohnsen closes in on Fulham deal

Mark Hughes has revealed Eidur Gudjohnsen is on course to secure a permanent contract at Fulham.

Mark Hughes: This time the victims are being put first

Yesterday's statement by Scotland Yard will be seen as an admission that their first investigation was a failure. The force accepts that it wrongly told a number of individuals that their details did not appear on material seized from Glenn Mulcaire when in fact they did. Yesterday they informed them that their phones may have been hacked.

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