Gareth Bale celebrates ending his goal drought against Levante. Rarely has a celebration caused such a fallout. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Rarely has a goal celebration been scrutinised so closely. Last Sunday, Real Madrid laboured to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Levante in La Lig(...)

Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool directs his players as Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini appeared ready to fight for his job as he faced the media following fresh criticism and speculation over his(...)

Manuel Pellegrini: despite winning the Premier League and English League Cup in his first season at Manchester City, the prevailing view is that he has failed to improve the team. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

Manuel Pellegrini has the final 12 matches of Manchester City’s season to save his job, with the manager needing to defend the Premier League title o(...)

Bayern head coach Pep Guardiola has not committed to the club past 2016. Photograph: Ahmed Yosri/AP

German champions Bayern Munich have repeatedly signalled their desire for a contract extension with coach Pep Guardiola but the Spaniard seems in no r(...)

Brian McCarthy has worked with the Ireland team since 2003, but has decided to pursue a new challenge in Sydney. Photograph: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

It started simply enough. Brian McCarthy was a school teacher and volunteer coach in Kerry who, inspired in his own youth by the genius of players lik(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is congratulated by manager Manuel Pellegrini. Photograph: Peter Powell/Epa

Manuel Pellegrini hailed Sergio Agüero as “one of the best players in the world” after the hat-trick that allowed Manchester City to come from behi(...)

 Pep Guardiola oversees Bayern Munich  training   ahead of their Uefa Champions League Group E match against Manchester City at Allianz Arena. Photograph:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has stated no Bayern Munich player wants to join Manchester United despite the deposed champions having been interested in Thomas Müller(...)

The weekend before last, the two teams who contested last year’s Champions League final met in the German Cup Final in Berlin. FC Bayern agains(...)

Pep Guardiola: “I still have not managed to form the team according to my vision. It is after all my first year.” Photograph:   Marc Mueller

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola took his season title tally to four when his team clinched the German Cup on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Borussia D(...)

Bayern Munich coach  Pep Guardiola issues instructions  during the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid at the  Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Photo:  Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty

It is at times like these when, for a manager, the world can seem a dark place. As methods are pilloried, tactics crucified and past glories forgot(...)