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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.

Jol doubts Hughes' ambitious plan

Mark Hughes' idea of ambition at Queen's Park Rangers has been questioned by Martin Jol, the man who succeeded the Welshman at Fulham.

Head master: Clint Dempsey nods home Fulham’s opening goal

Fulham look to future after announcing record profits

Fulham today posted record profits of £4.8million for the past financial year.

First Night: W.E., Venice Film Festival

So Wallis Simpson was a victim – and Madonna can direct

Camilla al-Fayed bags Issa

The daughter of Mohamed al-Fayed has acquired Issa, the clothing label favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge for an undisclosed sum.

Retail Empire: Al-Fayed's back: online

Mohamed al-Fayed is to return to shopping with a new online retail empire.

Villa reel from shock rejection but Hughes is still an option

Martinez opts to stay at Wigan so Villans may reconsider and move for former Fulham manager

Fulham appoint Martin Jol as manager

New Fulham manager Martin Jol cannot wait for the chance to have another crack at the Barclays Premier League and will waste no time in adding to his squad at Craven Cottage.

Jol shares my vision, says Mohamed Al Fayed

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed insists Martin Jol is at Craven Cottage for the long term.

My Weird Week on La Croisette

Cannes Diary

Diana still turning heads as Fayed show hits town

Even by the standards of Cannes, a festival that trades on spectacle and the bizarre as much as it does glamour and celluloid, the events of yesterday afternoon veered closer to big-top farce than anyone expected.

Al Fayed heads for Cannes to promote Diana documentary

Brad Pitt, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Robert De Niro will walk down the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens this week. But the latest addition to that glittering roll-call of talent is less celebrated.

Al Fayed set to join stars at Cannes Film Festival

Brad Pitt, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Robert De Niro are set to wander down the Cannes Film Festival’s red carpet next week.

The Business On... Mohamed al Fayed, Owner of Fulham Football Club

Didn't he use to own a rather famous shop?

Zamora on song as Holloway's men suffer bad day at Cottage

Fulham 3 Blackpool 0

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.

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