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QPR submit fresh plans for training ground

Despite spending millions, Fernandes is leading QPR back to the Championship. Credit: PA

QPR have submitted a revised planning application to build a new training ground at Warren Farm in Ealing, the club have announced.

Rangers hope to get the green light for the fresh design after encountering problems since the scheme received approval in December 2013.

A decision regarding planning consent is expected in the summer.

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said:

This is a vitally important project for the club and one in which I will have a hands on role.

We are working closely with Populous and Ealing Council to ensure QPR has a state-of-the-art facility that brings the First Team, Academy and Community together in a unique hub.

QPR has always been a club that takes pride in its local community and we will ensure that bond is strengthened with this exciting move to Warren Farm.

– Director of football Les Ferdinand


Fabregas says Mourinho has 'edge' over Arsenal boss

Cesc Fabregas believes Jose Mourinho has an "edge" that goes above any other manager he has worked with in football, including Arsene Wenger.

Fabregas enjoys winning the Premier League title on Sunday. Credit: PA

The Chelsea midfielder woke up on Monday morning celebrating his 28th birthday and a Premier League title victory three games before his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge comes to an end.

It's a dream that Fabregas failed to fulfill during seven seasons under Wenger at Arsenal, and he has singled out Mourinho's winning mentality as a decisive factor in Chelsea's triumphant season.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Spanish international said:

He knows how to manage a team and how to get the best from you. That’s what you want from a manager, 100 per cent. He can motivate a player every three days. Not easy when you play 60 games a season, trust me.

Everyone thinks that we have a big squad, but we don’t. We’ve used 22 players, some of them from the under-21s, so it’s not easy and he actually is doing a fantastic job.

He just loves winning. I’m not saying other managers I’ve played under don’t, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with. The mentality shows in every single training session or game. I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career.

– Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas


Wenger explains where Arsenal lost the title to Chelsea

Arsene Wenger refused to make any bold predictions about his in-form Arsenal side despite the Gunners breaking the 100-mark for goals in all competitions this season.

Wenger is already eyeing a better title challenge next season. Credit: PA

Arsenal swept aside Hull City 3-1 on Monday night to increase Steve Bruce's side's relegation fears and make Wenger's men favourite to claim second spot in the Premier League behind champions Chelsea.

But asked if he believed Arsenal would be ready to challenge for the title next season, Wenger added:

Ask me in August - give me a little breather. I'm not a prophet. Football is unpredictable. No one knows how strong teams will be at the start of the season. What is important is to start strong.

What is at stake now is to finish second. If we maintain our run we will do that and then the FA Cup final.

We gave everything to come back into the title. There were a few turning points - the first was not starting well the season. Another was Chelsea at QPR when they didn't drop points. They were very consistent. They lost only two games.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Players rally in support of Jimmy Greaves after stroke

Jimmy Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 games for England Credit: PA Wire

The world of football has rallied around former England legend Jimmy Greaves after he suffered a severe stroke on Sunday.

The former Tottenham, Chelsea and west Ham striker's agent thanked the "thousands" of people who have wished his client, now in intensive care, a speedy recovery.

Amongst the messages for the 75-year-old were those from fellow former England players, including Sir Geoff Hurst, Gary Lineker and his former TV co-host Ian St John, who is said to be "devastated" at the news.

Greaves was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on 13 May at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane.

Stuart Bingham wins snooker world championship

Stuart Bingham has beaten Shaun Murphy 18-15 to win the Betfred snooker World Championship at the Crucible.

Stuart Bingham has claimed snooker's biggest prize after 20 years of trying Credit: PA Wire

The 38-year-old from Basildon defied all expectations to reach his first final in Sheffield, and pulled off a stunning victory, finishing with a break of 88 as his family looked on. Before the break was finished Bingham punched the air in jubilation.

The win made him the oldest world champion since Ray Reardon, who won in 1978 aged 45.

Asked to sum up what the title meant after 20 years of trying, Bingham said: "Everything. Twenty years as a pro. Blood, sweat, and tears, on the road, qualifying in places like Prestatyn and Malvern, places like that.

"Everything rolled into one, so many family and friends backing me, it's just been unbelievable."

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