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Jermain Defoe: I always knew Eddie was a leader and now I’d like to follow

The England international is back where it all began at Bournemouth, reunited with Eddie Howe – who ‘used to kick people’ – and raring to go again It does not take Jermain Defoe long to roll back the years after walking back into a pocket of Dean Court. It was here where it all started for a raw, tenacious teenage striker looking to make his mark on loan from West Ham United in October 2000. He scored on his debut against Stoke…

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Premier League at 25: fans from all 47 clubs on their best and worst memories

Fans from the 47 clubs to have competed in the league reminisce about legends such as Paulo Wanchope, Duncan Ferguson, Juninho and Jay-Jay Okocha Best moment: For all the rage of the last year (or two, or three, or four depending on if and when the stasis finally broke you), we have been rather blessed during the Premier League era. We have won the league at White Hart Lane, a ground that was demolished with Arsenal having…

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Premier League clockwatch: Watford v Manchester City and more – as it happened

Chelsea and Spurs are streets ahead of the rest; Liverpool and Manchester City are in the Champions League; the relegated teams were relegated for a reason; Harry Kane wins the golden boot; and Arsenal have defensive issues to sort 5.03pm BST Anyway, thanks all for your company and comments; we’ll be back shortly with the end of La Liga. 5.01pm BST So I guess that’s a season. Snivel. Chelsea and Spurs are …

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Vodafone pulls out of £20m naming-rights deal for West Ham stadium

• Telecoms company abandons plans to sponsor the London Stadium • Breakdown of talks over terms of deal, not over HMRC investigation Vodafone has abandoned plans to sponsor the London Stadium in a £20m deal, dealing the latest blow to the venue’s troubled conversion to West Ham United’s home. The company was believed to be on the verge of a six-year deal to take on the naming rights, several years after the London Legacy Development Corporation, the publicly …

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Philippe Coutinho’s deep impression underlines importance to Liverpool | Sachin Nakrani

Positioned in a different role, the Brazilian was again outstanding in the win at West Ham and showed why they cannot contemplate selling him this summer As Philippe Coutinho departed from the pitch on a warm afternoon in east London, his 89th‑minute substitution met by raucous applause by those who filled the away end, he was embraced by Jürgen Klopp. Nothing surprising there given the frequency with which the Liverpool manger hugs his players but this one felt a little…

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West Ham v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Latest action from the 2.15pm BST kick-off at the London Stadium Jürgen Klopp explains why he’s never doubted Daniel Sturridge Email daniel.harris.casual@theguardian.com | Tweet @DanielHarris 4.11pm BST So, that’s that – but do join Simon Burnton to see grown adults cry. Related: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: Premier League – live! 4.09pm BST So, Liverpool need one more win, at home to already-relegated Middlesbrough, to secure their…

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Tottenham missed ‘key moment’ in loss to West Ham, says Pochettino – video

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reflects on a missed ‘key moment’ on Friday after watching his side lose 1-0 at West Ham. The result at the London Stadium means Spurs failed to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea and all but ends their title bid with just three games of the season remaining Tottenham suffer capital punishment as West Ham dethrone ‘kings of London’ Continue reading…

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Tottenham failed to seize ‘key moment’ at West Ham, says Mauricio Pochettino

• ‘We were missing a little,’ says Spurs manager after 1-0 defeat • Slaven Bilic revels in ‘deserved’ win – ‘you can’t beat the feeling’ Mauricio Pochettino lamented Tottenham Hotspur’s inability to seize the opportunity that they had to spook Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, saying his team’s 1-0 defeat by West Ham on Friday night suggested they lacked the instincts of champions. Related: West Ham derail Tottenham’s title bid with Manuel Lanzini’s goal Related: Tottenham suffer capital punishment as…

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Slaven Bilic’s future as West Ham manager hinges on last two home games

• Matches against Tottenham and Liverpool key to whether Croat will stay in job • West Ham have been outplayed by the top clubs at home so far this season Slaven Bilic’s future at West Ham United will be determined by how his team performs against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night and Liverpool on Sunday week in the final two home matches of the season. The club’s hierarchy has watched Bilic’s team labour at the London Stadium since…

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Harry Kane urges Tottenham to give Chelsea a Friday fright by closing the gap

• Spurs can cut Chelsea lead to one point by winning at West Ham • Chelsea not in action until Monday at home to Middlesbrough Harry Kane has called on Tottenham Hotspur to take advantage of the scheduling of Premier League fixtures and increase the pressure on leaders Chelsea by beating West Ham United on their first trip to the London Stadium on Friday night. With Antonio Conte’s side not in action until Monday evening …

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Adrián and Jack Butland star as Stoke City and West Ham hit stalemate

Stoke City and West Ham United shared the spoils in a goalless draw, as Jack Butland kept his first clean sheet since his return – and in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate. The Potters reached the 40-point mark but they had no joy in an attacking sense, as Saido Berahino was denied a first goal for the club by Winston Reid’s fine block and Adrián’s terrific save. Related: Sunderland relegated from Premier League after defeat by Bournemouth Related…

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Newcastle tax investigation includes Moussa Sissoko and four other players

• HMRC case thought to be focusing on payments made to agents • Deals for Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé and Sylvain Marveaux also looked at The investigation into suspected £5m income tax fraud in football is focusing on payments relating to five players’ transfers to Newcastle United, including those of Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cissé, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, according to sources close to the investigation. HM Revenue and Customs, which conducted an extensive raid on Newcastle’s and West Ham…

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Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham blues show creative gifts can get lost in dugout | Richard Williams

The story of Italian’s past decade provides an illustration of the difficulties experienced by so many creative players who set out to translate their talents to the manager’s role Gianfranco Zola left the manager’s job at Birmingham City on Easter Monday, the local paper said “with dignity”. His decision acknowledged the implications of supervising only two victories in 24 matches and he was praised for turning up to explain himself rather than slinking out of the back entrance. The manner of his…

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‘Moyes out’ – Sunderland fans round on manager during West Ham draw

• Significant supporter unrest at Sunderland for first time this season • ‘They were to be expected. You have to take it’, says Moyes David Moyes felt the heat of significant supporter unrest for the first time this season as the Sunderland stands echoed with chants demanding the manager’s sacking during the 2-2 draw with West Ham . The anger directed at Moyes was all the more alarming as his rock bottom side turned in…

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Late Fabio Borini goal earns Sunderland draw with West Ham

Slaven Bilic sometimes becomes so frustrated with his West Ham players that he resorts to breaking dressing room tables during half time team talks. The Croatian jokes that he sources replacements at Ikea so the visiting team bus may well have had to take a detour via the Swedish emporium’s Gateshead super-store on its journey to Newcastle airport on Saturday night. Related: Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with hammering of Bournemouth Related: …

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West Ham board gives Slaven Bilic vote of confidence after Hull defeat

• Board releases statement saying they have ‘100% faith’ in manager • West Ham are six points clear of relegation zone after defeat to Hull West Ham say they have “100% faith” in manager Slaven Bilic and his ability to lead the club. In the wake of a 2-1 loss to Hull which leaves the Hammers six points off the drop zone with eight games left, the club’s hierarchy moved to back their…

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester City to move for Kingsley Coman?

Today’s tittle-tattle is in your town tonight A photo of a beaming Riyad Mahrez holding one thumb aloft features on the front page of Spanish daily Sport. The Leicester playmaker has apparently made it his “objective” to secure a move to Barcelona , but tellingly there seems to be no great indication that the Spanish side are hugely interested in bringing him to Camp Nou. Worryingly for Arsenal fans, Hector Bellerín also gets a mention, with the full-back …

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How it feels to have made one appearance in the Premier League

Established stars speak about top-flight football the way we talk about office jobs but players with one appearance remember just how surreal and exciting it is By Stephen Tudor for The Set Pieces , part of the Guardian Sport Network When Premier League legends describe what it’s like to play at the highest level they usually reduce it to cliché, like you or I would if we were detailing our work environment on…

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Bournemouth’s Joshua King hits hat-trick in thriller with West Ham

The jubilation on the touchline said it all, as Eddie Howe was mobbed by Joshua King, who wheeled away after scoring a hat-trick to earn Bournemouth a much-needed first win this year. King and Benik Afobe both missed first-half penalties before the Norway striker scored his ninth, tenth and eleventh goals of the season in a character-building home win against West Ham United, that lifts the …

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FA Cup, Premier League and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Millwall and Lincoln are in the mood for further upsets, José Mourinho has a tactical teaser at Chelsea and Rangers at risk of Old Firm derby embarrassment The FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday is a fitting way for Neil Harris to celebrate two years in charge of the club he loves. Regardless of the result, the club have been upwardly mobile under Harris, the club’s all-time record goalscorer. Harris …

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Antonio Conte says his Chelsea players will not slip up in title race

• ‘We will fight to stay on top of the league. I trust my players to do this’ • Chelsea beat West Ham 2-1 to restore 10-top lead at top of the table Antonio Conte has insisted he has complete trust in his players not to squander their lead at the top of the Premier League after Chelsea re-established their 10-point advantage at the top with an impressive win at West…

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West Ham turned down Chinese offers for Andy Carroll, says Slaven Bilic

• Bilic says Chinese Super League clubs ‘fell in love with Andy’ • Optimistic striker will be fit to face Chelsea on Monday Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham United dismissed offers from the Chinese Super League for Andy Carroll, claiming manager and player “didn’t talk about it at all”. Reports had linked Carroll, 28, with a move to the far east during their winter window, which closed this week. But Bilic said …

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André Ayew pounces to earn West Ham hard-fought draw against Watford

West Ham took a deserved point after dominating the second half against a cautious Watford side too keen to sit on an early lead. A Troy Deeney penalty in the third minute was cancelled out by André Ayew with 17 minutes remaining after superb work by Michail Antonio. The winger, who was the Hammers’ best player, had his day spoiled however when he was sent off in the dying stages. Related: West Brom’s …

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West Ham’s Slaven Bilic charged by FA after hurling microphone in anger

• Manager also appeared to abuse referee after West Brom’s late equaliser • Bilic charged with improper conduct and could get touchline ban Slaven Bilic, the West Ham United manager, has been charged with improper conduct following the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, the Football Association has announced. Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action Continue reading…

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West Brom’s Gareth McAuley denies West Ham a comeback win at the last

West Bromwich Albion secured a stoppage-time goal to rescue a 2-2 draw in Stratford. West Ham United felt Nacer Chadli’s early goal should not have stood and were unhappy one of their own efforts was disallowed – but they appeared to have secured a fourth win in five games with goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini. However, Gareth McAuley forced a late equaliser to earn the visitors a point. A groin injury had ruled Andy Carroll out of a …

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José Fonte’s swift return with West Ham to St Mary’s to provoke mixed response

The former captain’s uneasy departure will ensure a frosty reception in some quarters but it is different from a return such as Saido Berahino’s to West Brom It is almost exactly two years since the former Southampton centre‑back Dejan Lovren first returned to his old stamping ground with his new club, Liverpool, and was greeted by chants of “You’re just a shit José Fonte”. Fonte was a Saints idol back then, a model…

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