Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish looks to evade Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel and Emre Can during an impressive display in the FA Cup sem-final. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Xavi Hernandez is one of those players of whom people say: he makes the game look easy. He’s also the first one to argue that it’s not really like (...)

European Central Bank  president Mario Draghi: the Euro’s decline is a repercussion of the European Central Bank’s bond-buying spree and growing expectations of a US interest rate rise. Photograph: EPA

The euro has fallen to a near 12-year low against the dollar, as the repercussions of the European Central Bank’s bond-buying spree and growing expect(...)

Shay Given produced a vintage display to keep Aston Villa level in the first half of their FA Cup fifth round tie with Leicester City. Photograph: Seán Dempsey/AFP Photo

Aston Villa 2 Leicester City 1Tim Sherwood made an instant impact at Aston Villa when he left his seat in the directors’ box to address the players a(...)

Shay Given rolled back the years with an outstanding save to deny Matty James during Aston Villa’s 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Leicester City. (Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 2 Leicester City 1This was supposed to be a watching brief for Tim Sherwood but the new Aston Villa manager was never going to be able to (...)

Tim Sherwood: Tipped to take over at Villa

Aston Villa are determined to bring in a long-term successor to Paul Lambert rather than a firefighter until the end of the season and Tim Sherwood i(...)

Aston Villa have sacked   manager Paul Lambert. Photograph: Oli scarff /  AFP/  Getty Images

Paul Lambert has been sacked by Aston Villa after a disastrous run of results that has seen the club slip into the relegation zone. Lambert, who was a(...)

 Branislav Ivanovic celebrates with his team mates after scoring Chelsea’s winner in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. (Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2Branislav Ivanovic’s rocket gave Chelsea a crucial 2-1 win at Aston Villa — despite the hosts ending their 11-hour goal drought(...)

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(...)

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud  lifts the ball over Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan  during the  Premier League  match  at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0Another win for Arsenal and with it the growing sense that this will be another season in which they at the very least qualify (...)

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 (...)