Aidan “Jacko” Smith at the Hawthorns where he is kitman with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. “It can be a lot of hours,” he says. “But it’s great.”

Call it a sort of footballing fairytale and The Slipper fits quite nicely as a starting point. That, the pub in Glasnevin to be clear, is where Aid(...)

Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal:  his side face an important home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

As a boy in the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal was seduced by Tottenham Hotspur’s white shirts, by the club’s double-winning campaign of 1961 and by the(...)

Queens Park Rangers’  caretaker manager Chris Ramsey in the dug out during the away win over Sunderland.  Photograph: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Ramsey has emerged as a serious candidate to get the manager’s job at Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season, after impressing since ta(...)

Qatar club Lekhwiya’s head coach, Michael Laudruop of Denmark, has overtaken Tim Sherwood as the favourite for the QPR job. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/Getty Images

QPR may find it difficult to make Michael Laudrup their “dream manager”, according to the Dane’s agent.The Hoops, who recorded a first away Barclays P(...)

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said he believes he has found his dream manager to replace Harry Redknapp. (Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

QPR appear close to appointing Harry Redknapp’s successor after chairman Tony Fernandes suggested he has landed his “dream manager”.Redknapp, 67, step(...)

Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez is set tp return for Arsenal’s next Premier League fixture. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty Images

Chile striker Alexis Sanchez will be back in the Arsenal squad for Tuesday’s Premier League game against bottom club Leicester City as Arsene Wenger’s(...)

Sadio Mane wheels away after scoring Southampton’s late winner in their 1-0 victory over QPR at Loftus Road. (Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

QPR 0 Southampton 1Sadio Mane scored an injury-time winner to give Southampton a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory and ensure QPR began life after (...)

Harry Redknapp resigned as Queens Park Rangers manager a day after chairman Tony Fernandes tweeted there would be “no more cheque book” at the London club as the January transfer window closed. Photograph: Getty

Ended by a fall from a window. If this is how Harry Redknapp’s managerial career has been terminated, it seems quite fitting. Redknapp was alwa(...)

Queens Park Rangers head of football operations Les Ferdinand has taken temporary charge, supported by Chris Ramsey, while QPR seek a new manager. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

QPR have announced a restructuring of their coaching set-up following the departure of Harry Redknapp as manager, with Les Ferdinand named director of(...)

New England Patriots’  Malcolm Butler  makes a vital interception to deny  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette  during the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX  at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, USA. Photo: Larry Smith/EPA

For the dawn of spring, there was no sighting of daffodils, or leaping lambs, in the shattered world of Vinny Fitzpatrick. On Imbolc, the first of the(...)