Tim Sherwood attempts to kick the match ball during his last game in charge of Aston Villa, against Swansea at Villa Park in the English Premier League, before being sacked by club owner Randy Lerner. Villa lost the match 1-2. Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA.

May Day 2010. Aston Villa awake this morning lying fifth in the Premier League. Villa are level on points with Tottenham, who are fourth. The goal (...)

Ballydoyle ridden by Joseph O’Brien on the way to winning the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes. Photograph: PA

Ballydoyle continued her progression with a dominant victory in the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes. The beautifully-bred Galileo filly was se(...)

Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from football. Photograph: PA

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has announced his retirement from football. The former West Ham, Leeds and Manchester United central defen(...)

Thierry Henry is earning €5.6million as a football pundit on Sky Sports. Photograph: Getty

Oh, Thierry. It wasn’t meant to be this way. How did we get here? What happened? And is there a rewind button? Eight months into that giddily well-rem(...)

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(...)