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  • Welbeck out of FA Cup final, England games

    Welbeck out of FA Cup final, England games

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    Welbeck out of FA Cup final, England games

    Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will miss Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa due to a knee injury, manager Arsene Wenger told a press conference on Wednesday. …

  • Aston Villa owner Lerner vows to stand down

    Aston Villa owner Lerner vows to stand down

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    Aston Villa owner Lerner vows to stand down

    Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner will stand down as chairman this year if he cannot sell the Premier League club, he said in a British newspaper interview published on Wednesday. Lerner, who bought Villa in 2006, has been looking to sell the club for just over a year and has come under criticism from supporters over a perceived lack of investment. Speaking ahead of Villa's appearance against Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday, the 53-year-old American said he would walk away if he fails to …

  • Real Madrid players 'ignoring Bale' says Wales coach

    Real Madrid players 'ignoring Bale' says Wales coach

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    Real Madrid players 'ignoring Bale' says Wales coach

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has rallied to the defence of forward Gareth Bale by accusing his Real Madrid team-mates of deliberately ignoring him on the pitch. Bale, 25, has endured a difficult second season in Madrid, coming under fire from fans and the media, and lost a key ally on Monday when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as manager. Bale came in for particularly sharp criticism after Madrid's loss to Juventus in the Champions League semi-finals, but Coleman said the focus on the former …

  • Howe, Mourinho named managers of year in England

    Howe, Mourinho named managers of year in England

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    Howe, Mourinho named managers of year in England

    Eddie Howe of Bournemouth and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho have been honoured at English football's League Managers Association (LMA) end-of-season awards ceremony. Howe who led Bournemouth to promotion from the Championship, was named Manager of the Year, while Mourinho was named Premier League Manager of the Year for steering Chelsea to a league and League Cup double. …

  • Lerner says will stand down as Villa chairman

    Lerner says will stand down as Villa chairman

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    Lerner says will stand down as Villa chairman

    (Reuters) - Aston Villa's American owner Randy Lerner will stand down as club chairman whether or not he manages to sell the club, he said on Wednesday. Lerner, 53, has been trying to sell the club he bought in 2006 for some time and is looking for between 150-200 million pounds ($231.21-308.28 million). "Happily, we've not been relegated but I haven't gotten it nearly right enough." Villa finished one place off relegation from the Premier League, three points ahead of the bottom three …