Bradford City’s Billy Clarke: “On paper, it’s not as hard as the last round,” says Clarke of the FA Cup tie against Sunderland after his side’s stunning 4-2 win over Chelsea in the fourth round. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty

Billy Clarke sounds settled, and that is not a glib assessment with which to begin. When Clarke’s career is reviewed, what stands out is the movement,(...)

Daniel Sturridge is expected to return to the Liverpool team for the first time since August for their Premier League meeting with West Ham at Anfield. Photograph:   Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Hull (18) v Newcastle (11), 12.45pm - Live BT Sports 1 Hull should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo (...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed he has had no contact from Arsenal regarding  midfielder James McCarthy. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed he has had no contact from Arsenal regarding Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy and that he look(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed Roy Keane’s comments as ‘complete nonsense’. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane’s claims that the Premier League club put pressure on t(...)

Roberto Martinez hopes to have James McCarthy and Darren Gibson available sooner rather than later. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Roberto Martinez says that it’s too early to tell if Irish midfielder James McCarthy will feature in this weekend’s Premier League clash with West Ham(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Assistant Republic of Ireland manager Roy Keane at a press conference at the  Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Roy Keane believes Ireland must aim now to beat all of the team’s main qualification rivals in next year’s home games after Friday night’s defeat to S(...)

Shane Long reacts to a missed chance at Celtic Park last night. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

No excuses. Scotland were the better team, creating more chances, while Ireland lacked the intent to leave Glasgow with what would have been a valuabl(...)

In Brian Kerr’s midfield: Darron Gibson. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Like so many others, I’ve been waiting with warm anticipation of tonight’s game in Glasgow, the occasion brings back nice memories of two previous vi(...)