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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.

Al Fayed burned 'cursed' royal warrants

Former Harrods owner Mohamed al Fayed revealed today he had the store's royal warrants taken down and burned.

Club guide: Fulham

Title: 1,000-1 Relegation: 7-1 Sack Race: 16-1

Hughes urges Zamora to target England place

Fulham's new manager backs leading striker to improve on last season's impressive goal tally

The £50 question: can Hughes learn to live on Fayed's pocket money?

Fulham's new manager must follow Hodgson's success on a far tighter budget than he had at City

Hughes on verge of Fulham appointment

Mark Hughes is poised for a return to management in the Barclays Premier League with Fulham.

Hughes takes up Fulham challenge

Mark Hughes was in line for a return to Premier League management last night, as Fulham moved to secure his services with the season only 16 days off.

Fulham remain patient over manager situation

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed is not panicking about the club's failure to find a successor to Roy Hodgson despite the new season now being less than three weeks away.

Jol moving closer to Fulham switch

The Ajax board's failure to back Martin Jol in the transfer market has driven the former Tottenham manager close to a move to Fulham, according to a former member of the Dutchman's backroom staff at the Amsterdam Arena.

David Prosser: The watchdog with the fiercest bark?

Outlook Wallop. Another warning shot from the Pensions Regulator arrives, urging the trustees of occupational pension schemes to ensure they have contingency plans that could be implemented very quickly should the finances of their companies take a sudden turn for the worse.

Fulham expect Hodgson to stay

Fulham director Michael Cole insists Roy Hodgson is "integral" to the club.

Harrods department store 'sold'

World-famous department store Harrods has been sold, it was reported today.

Voodoo Histories, By David Aaronovitch

Any initial doubts I had that David Aaronovitch could live up to his weighty subtitle – "How conspiracy theory has shaped modern history" – were dispelled pretty early on in this exhaustive but fascinating account of the major conspiracy theories of the past 100 years. He includes the ones that we might expect – from Oliver Stone's rubbishing of the Warren Commission's report on the assassination of JFK, to Mohammed al-Fayed's theory that MI5 and Prince Philip played a part in the car crash that killed his son and Princess Diana. But Aaronovitch also takes on those other inflammatory theories that have shaped society's attitudes towards certain groups and which, he argues, have caused them great harm.

Vice principal of 'Diana' school faces porn charges

The vice principal of Diana, Princess of Wales's former school will appear in court today charged with possessing child pornography.

Britain strikes oil again – in the heart of Hardy country

The Wessex Basin is already home to Europe's largest onshore oil field, and analysis from Norwest Energy suggests more to come. Sarah Arnott reports

Harrods denies sale rumours

Harrods is "not for sale" the company said today after a media report that Mohamed Al Fayed had received an offer for the London store from a Gulf investor.

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