Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney  has endured a poor season in front of goal. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

In fairness to Louis van Gaal, amid all the scrutiny of his team’s performances and Wayne Rooney’s diminishing output, he was not being wildly disres(...)

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall has died aged 69. Photograph: PA

Everton’s greatest-ever manager Howard Kendall has died at the age of 69. Kendall won the title with the club as a player in 1969 as part of the famou(...)

Ireland’s Alan Browne scores the third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Rep of Ireland 3-0 Lithuania The Republic of Ireland under-21s have taken an early lead in their Uefa Championship qualification group after t(...)

Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold, Dante and Josuha Guilavogui  react after their side lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, with Robert Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

One of the phrases we reach for increasingly often is football’s “bubble”. This is not in the innocent sense of West Ham and Upton Park; rather, it(...)

Steven Reid of Ireland during the Uefa Euro 2008 qualifying match between Germany and the Republic of Ireland at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

After a career spanning 17 years, encompassing 10 different operations, former Irish international Steven Reid will retire at the end of the season, o(...)

Bournemouth are promoted as Championship winners after Watford could only draw 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Derby County 0 Reading 3 Derby saw their play-off hopes crushed by out-of-form Reading who ended a run of four Championship defeats by pulling (...)

Brendan Rodgers’s side lost 4-1 at Arsenal on Saturday to leave Champions League qualification a remote possibility. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Brendan Rodgers has said the FA Cup represents Liverpool’s last realistic chance of success this season and warned their involvement will be over wit(...)

Swansea City’s Kyle Naughton is carried off after picking up an injury during the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Swansea defender Kyle Naughton has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.Naughton was hurt during Swansea’s 3-1 Barclay(...)

Mr Donegan, who is from Shanballymore near Doneraile in north Cork is in a “critical but stable condition” at Walton neurological hospital after suffering serious head injuries. Photograph: Facebook

The British soldier who was charged in connection with the assault of Cork man Stephen Donegan in Liverpool is due to appear before Liverpool Crown Co(...)

Damien Duff will be playing in the League of Ireland this summer. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

He’d said it before, but not like this - Damien Duff will be joining a League of Ireland team, and he’ll be doing so within two months. The former Bla(...)