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Fulham schoolboy raises thousands for Philippines

Olympian Sir Chris Hoy offers 11-year old Charlie some last minute tips. Credit: Mikael Buck/UNICEF/PA Wire

An 11-year-old London boy has raised thousands of pounds for children affected by the Philippines typhoon.

Charlie Simpson from Fulham was so upset by news of last month's disaster that he decided to organise a 40km (25-mile) sponsored bike ride.

He even had some expert advice on the eve of his challenge, with Olympian Sir Chris Hoy taking part in a training ride with Charlie.

It took Charlie just under four hours to complete the challenge in Fulham's South Park, accompanied by his dad Dan Simpson and 12-year-old friend Sophia Ground.

The schoolboy has so far raised more than £4,000 for Unicef's Philippines children's emergency appeal, which will help them provide emergency food, water and medicines to those in need.

Tottenham clash with Fulham: 'No game is easy'

Fulham's players will be out to impress their new manager Rene Meulensteen tonight and Kyle Walker knows it would be foolish to write the west London club off:

It will still be difficult. No game is easy. It's a London derby. They are fighting for things just like we are fighting for things.

We need to dig in like we did against Manchester United on Sunday, show enthusiasm and desire that we want to go out and win and if we do then I think we will get the result.

– Kyle Walker


Tottenham 'out for revenge' when they take on Fulham

Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker says his team will be out for revenge when they take on Fulham in Wednesday's derby at Craven Cottage.

At the turn of the year, Spurs looked certainties for Champions League qualification. But their form dropped towards the end of the campaign and, once again, Arsenal just pipped them to fourth position for the second successive season.

Kyle Walker Credit: Press Association

Kyle Walker said: "Last season when Fulham came to White Hart Lane they beat us, so we owe them something for that. I don't like losing any game, but I think that game was the turning point from last season."

Tottenham provisional squad to face Fulham

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is a major doubt for Wednesday's game against Fulham, as he struggles with a groin problem. Midfielder Christian Eriksen, defender Danny Rose and striker Harry Kane are all out.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has to decide whether to keep faith with forward Roberto Soldado, or recall Jermain Defoe.

The Tottenham provisional squad is: Lloris, Friedel, Gomes, Archer, Walker, Naughton, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dawson, Kaboul, Fryers, Sandro, Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho, Lamela, Lennon, Townsend, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Adebayor, Defoe, Soldado.

Fulham facing 'massive challenge' in Premier League

Fulham sit three points from safety, but have a difficult home fixture against Tottenham on Wednesday.

It's a massive challenge. But when you're faced with a challenge like this it comes down to making sure you get the basic things right.

You need to stay mentally strong and make sure the fans are getting behind the team. We need to make sure the players are mentally strong and believe.

– Rene Meulensteen

Fulham can stay in Premier League, says new manager

Fulham's new manager Rene Meulensteen says he is is confident the team can stay in the Premier League. Martin Jol was sacked after six consecutive defeats, bringing an end to a two-and-a-half year spell at the club.

Martin Jol (left) with Rene Meulensteen Credit: Press Association

Rene Meulensteen's previous experience as a manager is very limited. His previous roles came at Brondby and Qatari teams Al-Gharafa and Al-Sadd. However, he insists he is up to the challenge:

"I know what is required at the top end of the Premier League. This is a different challenge with different pressure. This is making sure you realise the need to keep three teams below you. Don't even speak about getting into the top six, top 10, whatever it is.

"You need to make sure you close your ranks, and you make sure you start winning again."


Jol sacked

Martin Jol. Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Fulham manager Martin Jol has been sacked, after yesterday's 3-0 loss to West Ham marked their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.

The club thanked Jol for his efforts over the past three years - but said that fans deserved better results than they'd had this season.

Head coach Rene Meulensteen will take up the reins.

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