George Best, tackled: Immortal
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  • July 12, 2014, 01:00

Given all the ink previously devoted to George Best you’d be forgiven for thinking there was little new to be added to the subject, yet Duncan Hamilto(...)

In the highly competitive corporate world, the notion of wanting to be second, rather than first, appears counterintuitive. This book celebrates the j(...)

Jose Mourinho: “A fantastic coach,” the usually genial and laid-back Carlo Ancelotti once seethed. “But I’m not going to discuss his character.” Photograph: Getty Images

What a loathsome individual Jose Mourinho can be. And what a shallow game this media lark is when not only his extreme behaviour is excused, but th(...)

Alan Pardew received the toughest managerial punishment in Premier League history yesterday but still emerged from a English Football(...)

Thomas Hitzlsperger  has become one of the few high profile sportsmen, and the first well-known German footballer, to publicly reveal that he is gay. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters.

Retired German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, dubbed Der Hammer, has earned widespread praise after becoming Germany’s first professional footballer (...)

Roy Keane believes that Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert “control and power” at Manchester United. Photograph:  Phil Cole/Getty Images

Roy Keane believes Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert “control and power” at Manchester United despite retiring as manager in the summer.The Repub(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant Roy Keane during last night’s training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A pal of mine was at a sports conference not so long ago sitting beside a predecessor of Martin O’Neill at both Celtic and Aston Villa. Dr Jozef Vengl(...)

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill at yesterday’s Republic of Ireland training session at Gannon Park, Malahide. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

What impressed you about Martin O’Neill?“Obviously, his knowledge of football, his hunger, his desire, his track record, the way his teams play, the w(...)

New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Let history record that we, Martin O’Neill’s first audience as Ireland manager, failed him. He came armed, not so much with gags but with wry observat(...)

 Martin O’Neill when  manager of Leicester City in 1999.

His office at the Aston Villa training ground almost four years ago: Martin O’Neill’s rapid, considered responses shift seamlessly from looking ahead (...)