Stoke manager Mark Hughes. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Chelsea’s initial discussions aimed at securing a permanent successor to José Mourinho have led them to consider the credentials of Mark Hughes as ma(...)

Guus Hiddink will begin his second interim stint, having taken charge for three-and-a-half months in 2009. Photograph: Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho was sacked as the Chelsea manager yesterday afternoon because of a “palpable discord with the players”, according to the club’s technic(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (left) and assistant manager Roy Keane react during the Uefa Euro 2016 draw in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: PA.

Euro 2012 was not Irish football’s finest hour, but it did leave us with one golden legacy. Once you’ve suffered the experience of being the worst-per(...)

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Italy coach Antonio Conte  knows his “spark of creativity” will  be a threat. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

They may have beaten Germany on the way to qualifying, but the Republic of Ireland’s record of just one win in 20 previous competitive games against E(...)

Italy’s Matteo Darmian (C) celebrates his goal with Eder (L) and Marco Verratti during their Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbaijan at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Three more nations claimed places at Euro 2016 on Saturday with Italy, Belgium and Wales all ensuring they will be present in France next summer. Ital(...)

Juventus players celebrate at the end of their Serie A match against Sampdoria at the Marassi Stadium in Genoa to win their fourth successive league title. Photograph: Reuters.

Juventus landed a fourth successive Serie A crown, and their first under coach Massimiliano Allegri, with four games to spare by winning 1-0 at Sampdo(...)

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri with Carlos Tevez and Kingsley Coman at the club’s training Centre in Vinovo near Turin. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon believes progress beyond Monaco into the semi-finals would re-establish Juventus “among the best teams in Europe” as the Italian clu(...)

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took partic(...)

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring on his debut against Lithuania at Wembley. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Harry Kane will make his first England start in tonight’s glamour friendly with Italy – an opportunity manager Roy Hodgson believes the striker fully (...)

Italy Antonio Conte has received death threats from  Juventus fans over the injury picked up by   Claudio Marchisio. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Italy coach Antonio Conte has received death threats from angry Juventus fans who blame his training methods for the injury that will probably rule mi(...)