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Arsenal fans tell Stan Kroenke club ‘feels like an investment vehicle’

• Fourteen supporter groups unite to express dismay at owner• Fans want problem of ‘soulless’ Emirates Stadium to be tackledSupporter groups have united to express their dismay at the way Stan Kroenke is running Arsenal and urged the American owner to …

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Leicester emerge from chaos ready to write new Premier League story | Stuart James

Efficiency with transfers and a commitment to youth are signs of renewed ambition from the club who did the impossibleIt says much about the way that Leicester City are operating these days that their transfer plans extend well beyond this window. Forw…

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Leicester confident of sealing Youri Tielemans deal as player flies to England

• Leicester negotiating with Monaco over fee for midfielder• Player hopes to train with Premier League club next weekLeicester City are confident of completing the club-record transfer of Youri Tielemans after the Belgium international flew to England …

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Leicester on verge of signing Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle for £30m

• Forward close to becoming Leicester’s second summer signing• Newcastle set to make £28.5m profit from Pérez transferLeicester are on the verge of signing Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle for around £30m. It is understood the 25-year-old striker has been gr…

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‘We’ve got five farmers’ – Cardiff Metropolitan University prepares for the Europa League

Cardiff Met will make history when they take on Progrès Niederkorn on Thursday and coach Christian Edwards is hoping the Luxembourgers will underestimate his studentsWith an important training session soon due to get underway at Cardiff Metropolitan Un…

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‘It’s a perfect fit’ – Steve Cooper intent to be successful the Swansea way

Former England Under-17s coach talks about the challenge of managing senior players for the first time, his football philosophy and his dad being a Cardiff City fanSteve Cooper has been coaching for a couple of decades, held the pro licence since the a…

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‘It’s a perfect fit’ – Steve Cooper intent to be successful the Swansea way

Former England Under-17s coach talks about the challenge of managing senior players for the first time, his football philosophy and his dad being a Cardiff City fanSteve Cooper has been coaching for a couple of decades, held the pro licence since the a…

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Aston Villa target loan move for Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu

• Other clubs monitoring Welshman’s availability• Villa’s John Terry knows Ampadu from Chelsea trainingAston Villa are interested in signing Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan from Chelsea if the 18-year-old becomes available this summer. Ampadu, who p…

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Daniel James joins Manchester United a huge prospect but with work to do

Flying forward was devastated when a move to Leeds collapsed but a remarkable FA Cup goal for Swansea changed everythingGraham Potter is not the sort to get carried away but as the questions about Daniel James kept coming, and the realisation that ever…

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Swansea fill managerial vacancy with England Under-17 coach Steve Cooper

• Cooper led under-17s to World Cup win in 2017• Mike Marsh, a former Liverpool coach, expected as No 2Steve Cooper is to become Swansea’s manager in a bold move by the Championship club. Cooper, who has never been in charge at first-team level and is …

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Aston Villa to sign Anwar El Ghazi from Lille for £8m after successful loan

• Villa trigger option to buy 24-year-old from French club• Former Ajax player follows Jota as second summer signingAston Villa will complete the signing of Anwar El Ghazi from Lille in the next 24 hours after triggering the option to buy the 24-year-o…

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Manchester United set to seal £15m signing of Swansea winger Daniel James

• James having medical after fee rising to around £18m agreed• Wales international to be Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first signingDaniel James is set to become Manchester United’s first signing of the summer after Swansea City accepted a fee that could rise …

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Stiliyan Petrov: ‘I’m back to full fitness and would love to be a manager’

The Aston Villa legend will support them against Derby in Monday’s Championship play-off final and, having recovered from leukaemia, is looking for a return to the gameIt was 11 years ago but Stiliyan Petrov makes it sound like yesterday. He knows exac…

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Tyrone Mings: ‘I couldn’t turn down the chance to learn from John Terry’

The former mortgage adviser jumped at the chance to work with Terry at Aston Villa and says he has helped refine his gameTyrone Mings never asked for much when he joined Aston Villa on loan from Bournemouth at the end of January. “My hopes for myself w…

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Frank Lampard describes rumours over Chelsea job as an ‘easy link’

• Derby manager says focus is solely on play-off final• ‘We’ve got a game coming up and they’ve got a manager’Frank Lampard will hold crucial talks with Mel Morris, the Derby County owner, about the club’s future in the wake of Monday’s Championship pl…

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Graham Potter to leave Swansea for Brighton manager’s job

• Compensation figure over £2m agreed between clubs• Potter to take three of his backroom staff with himBrighton & Hove Albion are poised to confirm the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager. After spending the last five days deliberati…

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West Brom want Chris Hughton talks over manager’s job after play-off exit

• Hughton was sacked by Brighton on Monday• West Brom considering other options including JokanovicWest Bromwich Albion plan to meet Chris Hughton next week to discuss the possibility of him becoming their manager. Hughton is out of work after surprisi…

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From Anfield ‘89 to Agüero in 2012: five other final-day title finishes | Stuart James

As Manchester City and Liverpool gear up for the Premier League finale, five previous last-day title winners relive the tension and the euphoria of their big triumphsState of play going into the final day Derby were top but played their last league gam…

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Villa Park will be ‘rocking’ for play-off derby with West Brom, says Dean Smith

• West Brom-born Smith is a lifelong Aston Villa fan• Villa manager says their opponents are favouritesAs a lifelong Aston Villa supporter Dean Smith knows his history. “I’m not sure about that,” the Villa manager replied when asked whether Saturday’s …

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Brendan Rodgers hails Liverpool ‘dynamic’ as Reds pin hopes on Leicester

Leicester’s manager says Liverpool have been transformed since his Anfield spell as he looks to do them a favour when he takes his revitalised Leicester to the EtihadSunday marks five years to the day since Liverpool blew a three-goal lead at Selhurst …