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Villa are relegation candidates

When Aston Villa lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, their manager’s reaction was telling. At least, said Paul Lambert, they had worked hard. Given that last season Villa had the seventh-highest wage bill in the league, owner Randy Lerner may feel entitled to more than hard work. After a lucky 1-1 draw against Swansea, Lambert said: “We are not in a relegation fight”. As they are four points off the drop zone and averaging less than a point a game at home, others may feel differently.

Metropolitan Police rule out SAS role in Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed deaths

Scotland Yard began a so-called 'scoping' exercise to assess the credibility of allegations that the couple were murdered by a member of British special forces

Martin Jol has admitted Fulham will need to be cautious when they take on Crystal Palace tonight

Fulham manager sacked: The mixed emotions of football fans calling for their gaffer's head

Other than in politics, I can’t think of any other field where I would wish being fired upon another

Mohamed Al Fayed unveils a statue in tribute to Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson is HIStory: Controversial statue removed from Fulham stadium Craven Cottage

The tribute to the late singer was not well loved

Scotland Yard to assess fresh claims over death of Princess Diana

Detectives say they are 'scoping' the information and 'assessing its relevance and credibility'

Paolo Di Canio leads Sunderland out against Fulham tomorrow

Premier League: Sunderland v Fulham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The Stadium of Light

The Fulham Jaguars? New owner Shahid Khan has 'no intention of messing' with the club's name

Suggestion came after Hull City officially added Tigers to their name

Fulham takeover: New owner Shahid Khan pays tribute to Mohamed Al Fayed

New Fulham owner Shahid Khan believes renaming the Riverside Stand after Mohamed Al Fayed would be a fitting tribute to the Egyptian.

Mohamed al-Fayed agrees sale of Fulham to Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shalid Khan

Mohamed al-Fayed's 16-year association with Fulham come to an end tonight after the Egyptian agreed a deal for the sale of the club to Shahid Khan.

Scandal: Just how corrupt is Britain?

Rotten banks, dodgy cops, MPs on the fiddle. A conference on public life has evidence to topple long-held assumptions

A view of Fulham's Craven Cottage

Fulham in profit and debt-free

Fulham are clear of debt after owner Mohamed Al Fayed converted loans totalling more than £200m into shares in the club. The club have released limited figures from their financial report for the 2011-12 season, which included an operating profit of £1.2m.

A view of Fulham's Craven Cottage

Mohamed Al Fayed converts loans into equity making Fulham debt free

Fulham have plans to increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000

New owners of Harrods pocket a £100m dividend

The Qatari owners of Harrods, the world-famous London department store, have paid themselves a whopping £100m dividend in their first full year of ownership after the retailer posted record annual profits.

A £100m payday for owners of Harrods

Qatari royals pick up huge divi for first full year as retailer's profits hit new high
<b>Graham Taylor (1990-1993)</b><br/>
<b>CLUB RECORD:</b> Led Lincoln to the Fourth Division title, and Watford all the way from the bottom tier to a second-placed finish in the top flight. Also took Watford into an FA Cup final, and finished second in the league with Aston Villa in 1990.<br/>
<b>ENGLAND:</b> England were knocked out by hosts Sweden in the group stages of Euro 92, ending a solid start to Taylor's reign. He was pilloried for replacing Lineker with Alan Smith in the second half against the Swedes before the team crashed to a 2-1 defeat - leading to the headline 'Turnip Taylor'. Taylor then lurched from crisis to catastrophe, allowing a documentary filmmaker to follow England's failed 1994 World Cup qualifying campaign, and seeing his side beaten by USA in Boston in summer 1993. There was nowhere else to run other than for his notice after going a goal down to San Marino seconds into the final qualifying game, even though England won 7-1.<br/>
<b>Played</b> 38<br/>
<b>Won</b> 18<br/>
<b>Drew</b> 13<br/>
<b>Lost</b> 7

England can exceed expectations at Euro 2012 predicts former manager Graham Taylor

Former England manager Graham Taylor believes Roy Hodgson can help England exceed expectations at Euro 2012 following his appointment in the top job.

Reubens in £25m swoop on Battersea heliport

The Reuben Brothers, who amassed a £6bn fortune through property and internet interests, have bought London's only licensed commercial heliport for about £25m. David and Simon Reuben bought Battersea's heliport from Andrew Davis, the former chief executive of the bust hotels group Von Essen. Mr Davis bought the heliport through the separate Von Essen Aviation company for £50m in 2007.

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