Sunderland’s Adam Johnson has largely been used as a substitute since Dick Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet. Photograph: Scott Heppell/AP Photo

Dick Advocaat will wait until next week before telling Sunderland whether he wants to remain in the manager’s chair for next season or retire. Althou(...)

Poland international Arkadiusz Milik (centre) has come into his own after joining Ajax Amsterdam on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: Reuters

He scored twice again last Saturday, Robert Lewandowski. Bayern Munich may have been 2-0 ahead at Werder Bremen, and on the way to Bayern’s sixth cons(...)

Dick Advocaat has been announced as Sunderland’s head coach until the end of the season. Photograph: PA

Sunderland have appointed Dick Advocaat as head coach until the end of the season, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.The 67-year-old Dut(...)

Gus Poyet has been fired as manager of Sunderland. Photograph: PA

Gus Poyet has parted company with Sunderland after the club decided to fast-forward plans to replace him in the summer.The Uruguayan’s sacking ends an(...)

Gus Poyet is set to be sacked by Sunderland after taking charge of his final training session. Photograph: Getty

Gus Poyet took what seems certain to be his final training session on Monday morning at Sunderland’s weekday headquarters, the Academy of Light.When t(...)

Louis  FitzGerald’s Anglo loans were secured against well-known pubs, including The Stag’s Head and Kehoes  as well as the Arlington Hotel in Dublin. Photograph Joe St Leger

Louis FitzGerald, the publican and hotelier, has refinanced his empire with the support of Broadhaven Credit Partners and AIB. Mr FitzGerald’s busines(...)

Roy Keane: The focus on the Alex Ferguson feud, the sport’s most tiresome quarrel, suggested that recent signs of a genuine softening in Keane’s thinking and perspective were deceptive. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

What’s your favourite Roy Keane story? Is it Robbie Savage’s voicemail, John Hartson’s crisps or Abba on the bus at Sunderland? Is it the one about th(...)

Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane back at Old Trafford. ‘Ferguson never turned up. I thought that was out of order. He called me a few days later to apologise.’ Photograph: PA Wire

Roy Keane pulls no punches in his new autobiography, The Second Half, criticising owners, managers and players, but also having regrets when backed(...)

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn and Kildare Partners, which is backed by billionaire Ellis Short, have completed the refurbishment of a high-spec offi(...)

 Ellis Short: His private equity firm, Kildare Partners, recently raised a $2 billion fund to invest in Europe. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Kildare Partners, which is backed by billionaire Ellis Short, has bought two of the biggest shopping centres in the North for £135 million (€170 milli(...)