Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill at the end of the game against Italy in Craven Cottage. Photograph: Inpho

On Saturday night, at Craven Cottage, Ireland gave their best performance since Martin O’Neill became the manager. They grew into the game after a slo(...)

 Pepe Mel, West Brom’s new manager.

West Bromwich Albion’s new boss Pepe Mel could be forgiven for allowing himself a little smile when he rolls up his sleeves on Friday for his first f(...)

Chelsea’s John Terry  celebrates after scoring a goal against Southampton during their Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge. Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: José Mourinho had not counted Southampton one of the six Premier League title contenders when sizing up the division in pre-s(...)

Sunderland’s Gus Poyet during his first Premier League game as the club’s manager when his side were beaten 4-0 by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

Ever since Sunday, April 14th, this thought has nagged away. It is that too often, much too often, much too much is made of one 90 minutes. It is the (...)

Southampton’s Adam Lallana  celebrates scoring the opening goal of the Premier League game against Swansea  at St Mary’s.  Photograph: Clive Gee/PA

Southampton 2 Swansea City 0: And so the Saints go marching on, although not without a few stutters and nervy moments along the way. Nonetheless a thi(...)

 Lionel Messi opened the scoring for Barcelona’s away to  Almeria before going off injured.  Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta concedes losing Lionel Messi for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Celtic is a blow but has pointed(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has so far this summer only recruited one player, a 20-year-old striker from Auxerre called Yaya Sanogo on a free.

May 19th, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich: the end of an era, the start of another. After 26½ years in charge of Manchester United, during which he not o(...)

Neil Lennon: the title remains a priority for the Celtic boss but a good European Champions League run is also required

The recent European victory for St Johnstone over Rosenborg offered a reminder of Scottish football’s importance and a stark snapshot of how far it ha(...)

Celtic are believed to have accepted a bid from QPR for  Gary Hooper. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Celtic have reportedly accepted an increased offer from Queens Park Rangers for English striker Gary Hooper. The Scottish champions successfully fende(...)

Celtic manager Neil Lennon: “We have a great relationship with Cliftonville but once the whistle blows we will try to win the game.” Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Celtic’s defensive injury crisis ahead of their Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville at Solitude tonight has led to an early recall to acti(...)