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New dad Harry Kane enjoys week to remember

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London (AFP) New dad Harry Kane admitted his hat-trick in Tottenham's win against West Bromwich Albion completed one of the best weeks of his life.

Kane's wife Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Ivy, last weekend and the England striker celebrated the new addition to the family in memorable fashion.

New dad Harry Kane enjoys week to remember

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London (AFP) New dad Harry Kane admitted his hat-trick in Tottenham's win against West Bromwich Albion completed one of the best weeks of his life.

Kane's wife Kate gave birth to the couple's first child, daughter Ivy, last weekend and the England striker celebrated the new addition to the family in memorable fashion.

Former England manager Graham Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Former England manager Graham Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor died on Thursday at the age of 72 after suffering a suspected heart attack.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Former England manager Taylor dead at 72

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London (AFP) Former England manager Graham Taylor has died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 72, his family announced on Thursday.

Taylor made his name as the mastermind behind Watford's rise to the English top-flight in the 1980s and also enjoyed a successful spell as Aston Villa boss before spending three years as England manager.

Villa’s Bruce has to settle for draw on Birmingham return

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce remains unbeaten as Aston Villa manager but his side were unable to get the better of one of his former clubs Birmingham City as their Championship match ended 1-1 on Sunday.

Bruce, who played for Birmingham and had a six year stint as manager before upping sticks in 2007, has so far guided Villa to two draws and a win since replacing Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked after a poor start to their second tier campaign.

Villa’s Bruce has to settle for draw on Birmingham return

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce remains unbeaten as Aston Villa manager but his side were unable to get the better of one of his former clubs Birmingham City as their Championship match ended 1-1 on Sunday.

Bruce, who played for Birmingham and had a six year stint as manager before upping sticks in 2007, has so far guided Villa to two draws and a win since replacing Roberto di Matteo, who was sacked after a poor start to their second tier campaign.

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Pochettino demands no more Spurs lows after highs

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London (AFP) Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur players to demonstrate their growing maturity when they face West Brom on Saturday in the wake of their impressive victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Pochettino's side ended Chelsea's run of 13 successive league victories by extending their own winning run to six games and moving up to third place, seven points adrift of the leaders.

Pochettino demands no more Spurs lows after highs

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London (AFP) Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur players to demonstrate their growing maturity when they face West Brom on Saturday in the wake of their impressive victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Pochettino's side ended Chelsea's run of 13 successive league victories by extending their own winning run to six games and moving up to third place, seven points adrift of the leaders.

Midlands Chinese takeover: After Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City sacking how are WBA, Aston Villa and Wolves faring under new ownership?

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Birmingham City fans pinching themselves at being seventh in the Championship table with limited resources and finally rid of controversial owner Carson Yeung came back to reality with a bang this...

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Midlands Chinese takeover: After Gary Rowett’s Birmingham City sacking how are WBA, Aston Villa and Wolves faring under new ownership?

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Birmingham City fans pinching themselves at being seventh in the Championship table with limited resources and finally rid of controversial owner Carson Yeung came back to reality with a bang this...

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FA Cup 3rd Round: Stam returns to Old Trafford, Chelsea and Liverpool handed easy draws

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Championship side Reading will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, the defending champions, in the 2016-17 FA Cup third round.

West Ham will host Manchester City in the all-Premier League ties, while Everton will take on Premier League champions Leicester City.

Villa appoint Bruce as Di Matteo successor

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London (AFP) Aston Villa appointed Steve Bruce as the Championship side's new manager on Wednesday, the struggling second-tier English club confirmed.

Bruce, 55, replaces Roberto Di Matteo at the helm of a team who were relegated from the Premier League last season and who are now languishing in 19th place in the Championship.

Villa appoint Bruce as Di Matteo successor

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London (AFP) Aston Villa appointed Steve Bruce as the Championship side's new manager on Wednesday, the struggling second-tier English club confirmed.

Bruce, 55, replaces Roberto Di Matteo at the helm of a team who were relegated from the Premier League last season and who are now languishing in 19th place in the Championship.

Championship: Struggling Giants Aston Villa Appoint Steve Bruce As New Manager

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Championship strugglers Aston Villa have named ex-Birmingham City player and coach Steve Bruce as their new manager just over a week after Roberto Di Matteo was given the elbow at Villa Park.

The 55-year-old Bruce left Hull City in the summer after taking them back to the Premier League. Indeed, the former Manchester United defender has returned four sides to the top-flight in his managerial career, more than anyone else.

Troubled Aston Villa sack Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Roberto Di Matteo was sacked by Aston Villa on Monday after just 12 matches in charge of the troubled Championship club.

Di Matteo was hired by Villa's new Chinese owner Tony Xia in June and the former Chelsea boss was expected to lead his side into the Premier League.

Villa are playing in the second tier for the first time since 1988 following last season's relegation, but they have struggled to show any improvement under Di Matteo despite splashing out on several expensive new signings.

5 Premier League players that are the surprises of the season so far

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The big Premier League clubs get all of the attention. Between what matches are televised on important channels, and the players included in the PFA Team of the Year, the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, & Liverpool usually dominate the limelight. Nevertheless, there are players from other teams in England's top tier that should receive high praise.

From Tottenham’s star youngster to Man City’s new boy: Grading our JF60 top 10 Premier League young players of 2015/16

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The #JF60 is our annual special feature on Just Football, scouting and reviewing the best young talent across Europe's major leagues. Later this weekwe'll be releasing our Class of...

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Need a low-cost left-back, Liverpool? Free agents: 13 footballers your club could still sign for free

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It's the stuff of nightmares – your star player gets injured in a friendly against Andorra and you've only got callow youth players as back up. After the scrapping of the emergency loan system, free...

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De Laet leaves Leicester for Aston Villa

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London (AFP) Belgian defender Ritchie de Laet has left Premier League champions Leicester City for a move across the Midlands to Championship side Aston Villa, it was announced on Tuesday.

De Laet, 27, has arrived at Villa Park on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, having helped Leicester win the Premier League title last season as well as being a member of the Middlesbrough team that gained promotion to the top flight while on loan to the north-east side.

Report: Newcastle United and Aston Villa place £5m bids for DeAndre Yedlin

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Another round of rumors are swirling around the Deandre Yedlin.

It has been reportedthat both Newcastle United and Aston Villa of the English Football Championship have placed bids of£5 million for the Tottenham fullback, who is seeking regular first team football this season.

Giventhe deep depth chart of Tottenham at right back and following last year's successful loan spell at Sunderland, a move seems inevitable for the U.

Newcastle United

Aston Villa To Challenge Newcastle For Midfielder

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The Mirror is reporting that Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has been given £25M to spend by the Aston Villa owner Tony Xia and one of his targets is Tom Cairney of Fulham who Newcastle were also interested in. It seems that Villa are close to tying up a deal for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri [...

Aston Villa Missing Star Player Against Newcastle?

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On Wednesday the Mail reported that Aston Villa's star player Jack Grealish was involved in a late-night party at a Birmingham hotel where nitrous oxide (laughing gas), which is inhaled through balloons, was found in his room. This is the latest in a number of reports of Grealish off-field incidents and his behavior is less [.

Championship

Newcastle Goalkeeper Comes Across As A Good Professional

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Matz Sels cost Newcastle £5M from Gent in the summer as Rafa Benitez brought in another goalkeeper with both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot recovering from ACL knee injuries. Matz started the season as first choice, but had a few dodgy moments and after the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa he was replaced by Karl [.

Bruce starts Villa reign with draw; Norwich top Championship

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce began life as Aston Villa boss with a fortunate 1-1 draw at home to Wolves in their Championship clash on Saturday.

Bruce, who is Villa's fourth full-time manager since Paul Lambert was shown the door in January 2015, at least saw his side climb out of the relegation places but Wolves will be kicking themselves for not taking a hatful of chances.

Bruce starts Villa reign with draw; Norwich top Championship

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London (AFP) Steve Bruce began life as Aston Villa boss with a fortunate 1-1 draw at home to Wolves in their Championship clash on Saturday.

Bruce, who is Villa's fourth full-time manager since Paul Lambert was shown the door in January 2015, at least saw his side climb out of the relegation places but Wolves will be kicking themselves for not taking a hatful of chances.

Official: Roberto Di Matteo Sacked By Aston Villa After Disastrous Start To Life In The Championship

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After just 124 days at the helm, Roberto Di Matteo has been sacked as Aston Villa manager this morning.

It would appear that Saturday's 2-0 away defeat against Preston was the final straw, with Di Matteo departing with just one Championship win to his name in his 11 games in charge.

MANAGERIAL NEWS: @AVFCOfficial part company with Roberto Di Matteo >> https://t.

Chelsea legend rejects Aston Villa transfer speculation

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Just come out of training at @impactmontreal & a million messages & trending on Twitter saying I was in Birmingham today

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Aston Villa send scouts to watch non-league starlet against Liverpool

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Aston Villa are among the Football League clubs monitoring the progress of Chester FC youngster Sam Hughes, according to the Chester Chronicle. The West Kirby-born 19-year-old is having a stellar...

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Aston Villa send scouts to watch non-league starlet against Liverpool

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Aston Villa are among the Football League clubs monitoring the progress of Chester FC youngster Sam Hughes, according to the Chester Chronicle. The West Kirby-born 19-year-old is having a stellar...

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Aston Villa Settle Twitter Spat With ‘Social Media Grudge Match’ Against Virgin Trains XI (Photos)

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Having found themselves embroiled in a (very) minor Twitter spat a couple of months ago, Aston Villaopted tosettle their beef mano a mano by sending a represetative XI to square off against Virgin Trains' works team.

It all began in the wake of Roberto Di Matteo's sacking in October, when Virgin seized their chance to engage in some corporate-approved social media banter with Villa.

Random: Aston Villa and Virgin Trains Get Into Lighthearted Twitter Spat Over Villans’ Current Travails

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Poor old Aston Villa have endured a terrible start to the Championship season after being relegated from the top-flight earlier this year. Despite spending a huge amount of money on players this summer, the Villans find themselves 19th in the division, with a second successive relegation a definite possibility.

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Ex-Spurs and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood invades Swindon dugout

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@MonsieurSavage So many retweets.. Here is Sherwood looking dejected on the bench. Swindon manager is in the hat on the left. #FACup...

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Tottenham’s DeAndre Yedlin linked with £3m move to Aston Villa

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Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin is a £3m transfer target for Aston Villa, according to the Daily Telegraph. The 23-year-old is reportedly...

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Report: Aston Villa considering move for DeAndre Yedlin

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Another club has reportedly joined the pursuit of DeAndre Yedlin.

Yedlin is reportedly attracting interest from Championship club Aston Villa, who is weighing a move for the 23-year-old Tottenham fullback, according to the Telegraph.The fee being reported is£3 million ($3.95 million) as Villa needs a new right-back.

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Video: Chelsea coach Jody Morris show his touch hasn’t deserted him at Aston Villa

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EFL Cup: Jores Okore Scores Laughable Own-Goal As Aston Villa Beaten 3-1 By League Two Giants Luton (Video)

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Though they battled bravely, plucky little Aston Villa ended up tumbling out of the League Cup at the first hurdle with a 3-1 defeat against League Two behemoths Luton Town on Wednesday night.

Villa pushed hard from the off and actually nudged themselves ahead through Jordan Ayew in the 13th minute but Luton came haring back to win as a 66th-minute own-goal from Jores Okore sealed the Championship side's fate.

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Spurs 2-0 Villa: Five Lilywhite Observations

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From the sublime of the markedly, almost scarily professional dismantling of Chelsea, to the pointedly less sublime of an FA Cup 3rd round win against lower league gubbins. This looked every inch the performance of reserves that was advertised in the trailer.

1. First Half Snoozing

The first half was marvellously soporific stuff, as players, fans and the viewing public alike settled in for a gentle Sunday afternoon nap.

Aston Villa and West Ham competing to sign Carl Jenkinson

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Aston Villa and West Ham United are among the clubs competing to sign Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson on loan, according to the Birmingham Mail....

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Monday Kickoff: Rodriguez, Reus, Copa Libertadores and more

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The weekend proved a dangerous one for managers, while several stars could miss time over the international break.

James Rodriguez is dealing with a calf strain that could keep him out of action for Colombia'sWorld Cup qualifiers against Paraguay and Uruguay. (REPORT)

The Copa Libertadores is set to expand to 44 teams after opting to awardtwo more qualifying spots to Brazil and one more apiece to Argentina, Colombia and Chile.