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Aston Villa receive ‘significant investment’ from billionaires

Nassef Sawiris is estimated to be worth £5.2bnWes Edens is the co-owner of Milwaukee Bucks basketball teamAston Villa will receive “significant investment” from NSWE, a company controlled by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, the Championship c…

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Marcelo Bielsa sets modest target for first season as Leeds manager

• Argentinian cited as big influence by Pep Guardiola • On Leeds: ‘Not a great idea to make big statements of intent’Marcelo Bielsa did not make any rash promises on being installed as Leeds United’s 21st managerial rethink since dropping out of the Pr…

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Football League fixtures: Lampard’s Derby kick off season at Reading

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds host Stoke City in openerVilla start at Steve Bruce’s former side Hull CityFrank Lampard’s first competitive game as Derby manager will kick-off the Championship campaign. The former England midfielder, who took over at the Ram…

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Leeds United confirm appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as head coach

• Former Argentina coach appointed on initial two-year deal• Bielsa: Offer to manage in England ‘impossible to turn down’Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as their new head coach on an initial two-year contract.The 62-year-o…

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Aston Villa reach agreement with HMRC over £4m tax bill

• Villa pay £500,000 with £1.2m expected by the end of week• Xia admits it has been ‘a very difficult’ two weeksAston Villa have reached an agreement with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs over a £4m tax bill.The agreement will allow the club, who miss…

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Championship clubs feel the strain as financial gap to Premier League grows

• Accounts reveal 19 of 24 clubs made losses in 2016-17 season• TV revenue still tiny compared with latest Premier League dealThe Championship continues to be a financially punishing league, with 19 of the 24 clubs having made losses in 2016-17, accord…

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Aston Villa miss £4m tax bill deadline as chief executive is suspended

• Championship club risks facing a winding-up petition• Owner Tony Xia confronts wider financial issuesAston Villa have been thrown into financial turmoil and face the threat of being served with a winding-up petition by HMRC, after the Championship cl…

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Frank Lampard: “The opportunity at Derby County is a great one” – video

Frank Lampard has been unveiled as the new manager of Championship side Derby County. The former England and Chelsea midfielder has promised to be his own man, not a clone of any of the successful managers he has worked with in the past. The 39-ye…

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Frank Lampard: “The opportunity at Derby County is a great one” – video

Frank Lampard has been unveiled as the new manager of Championship side Derby County. The former England and Chelsea midfielder has promised to be his own man, not a clone of any of the successful managers he has worked with in the past. The 39-ye…

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Ipswich Town appoint Paul Hurst as new manager on three-year contract

• 43-year-old leaves Shrewsbury and thanks League One club• Shrews chairman had accused Ipswich of an ‘illegal approach’Ipswich have confirmed the appointment of Paul Hurst as their new manager in place of the departed Mick McCarthy.Hurst has left Shre…

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Slavisa Jokanovic in prime position to enhance Fulham’s playing options

Craven Cottage in need of more variations as club prepare for top-flight football after four years in the ChampionshipSlavisa Jokanovic opted for some sporting cross?pollination when asked whether, after two and a half years of battles won and lost, Fu…

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Aston Villa face task of keeping Jack Grealish after Wembley agony | Ian Malin

No 26 did not deliver destiny for Villa in Championship play-off final, and now Steve Bruce has problems preparing for another promotion tiltSurely football’s gods would not deny Aston Villa this time: 26 May was the 36th anniversary of the club’s…

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‘It’s a dream come true’: Gareth Bale on his Champions League wonder goal – video

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has described his spectacular bicycle kick against Liverpool in the Champions League final as a ‘dream come true’. The Welshman also hinted that he may be considering a move from the Spanish club during the sum…

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Fulham players react to winning Premier League promotion – video

Fulham players give their reaction after Tom Cairney’s goal gave his side a 1-0 victory against Aston Villa in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Despite being reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining, the south-west London side were able t…

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Fulham’s scintillating football set to invigorate tired Premier League | Ben Fisher

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side play the kind of front-foot football that makes them welcome Championship play-off winnersThe deafening sound as Fulham celebrated promotion under the Wembley arch gave a whole new meaning to white noise, for Slavisa Jokanovic’…

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Fulham promoted to Premier League after play-off win over Aston Villa

Sometimes the stakes can be too high in a match; in others, the sheer importance brings the best out of it. This was one of the latter occasions, as Fulham held on to a slender advantage under a second-half barrage to claim their place in the Premier L…

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Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final – live!

Championship play-off final updates on the game at WembleyDrills, travels and tactics: the keys to Jokanovic’s Fulham successAnd feel free to email John or tweet him @JohnBrewin_ 4.02pm BST Team news: Our @SkyBetChamp #PlayOffFinal starting XI and subs…

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Drills, travels and tactics: the keys to Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham success | Paul MacInnes

‘The Manchester City of the Championship’ take on Villa in the play-off final with much to thank their Serbian manager forWhen Neil Warnock described Fulham as “the Manchester City of the Championship” he was not talking about the transfer fees. Fulham…

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Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce seeks solace on pitch after torrid few months

Both of the manager’s parents have died this year beating Fulham in the Championship play-off final might provide a little respiteWhen Steve Bruce is asked whether work on strengthening the team will start immediately if Aston Villa win promotion to th…

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Bouncebackability: a word coined for the play-offs that fits them perfectly

The best preparation a team can have for a play-off final is the experience of losing one the year beforeBy Richard Foster, author of The Agony and the EcstasyIain Dowie coined the word bouncebackability in the 2003-04 season when describing how his Cr…