Valencia’s new coach Gary Neville poses with his jersey during his presentation at the Mestalla Stadium last week: the former Manchester United defender is the eighth member of United’s 1996-97 squad to be appointed as a head coach. Photograph: Heino Kalis/Reuters

Last week, Alex Ferguson issued a communiqué to Sky Sports News, wishing his former player Gary Neville well in his new role as head coach at Valencia(...)

Gary Neville is admired in Spain where  Manchester United made quite an impact. Photograph: EPA

Valencia’s players had thought for a few weeks now that Neville might one day become their coach. What they didn’t expect was for it to be Gary. Phi(...)

A dejected Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo head back to the centre circle after Juventus score during the  Champions League semi-final first leg  in Turin. Photograph:   Michael Regan/Getty Images

Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent for accusing Real Madrid’s players of not passing to him, insisting: “It would have been better if(...)

Plot 216 in St Mary’s cemetery, Kensal Rise: Patrick O’Donnell’s long-neglected resting place

London, Wednesday Over in the corner by the railway line, he lies, unmarked. From beyond the green metal fence you can hear the rattle of the Bakerloo(...)

The two playmakers of El Clasico, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, will be the focus of fans at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the cliches first: a country will come to a standstill tonight. Real Madrid versus Barcelona stops Spain. According to legend, and a fair am(...)

Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan will continue to produce outstanding online radio content for The Irish Times.

The Irish Times today announced the signing of an extended contract with the Second Captains team who provide The Irish Times Second Captains Podcast;(...)

Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Premier League against Arsenal. Photograph: by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Arsene Wenger had described him as “an Arsenal man”, but Robin van Persie celebrated his goal at Old Trafford yesterday like a Manchester United-suppo(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Andre Villas-Boas has accused Chelsea of playing “invisible” football and lacking style or identity since the days of Jose Mourinho as he prepares (...)