Bayern Munich’s coach Pep Guardiola (left) with  Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini.  Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

For Manchester City, it feels as though the announcement that Pep Guardiola will take charge in the summer is the culmination of a four-year process. (...)

Everton manager Roberto Martínez has been heavily critical referee recently. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

One curious aspect of Louis van Gaal’s struggle has been the way in which he has often seemed to acknowledge that his critics have a point. Van Gaal’s(...)

Jürgen Klopp: “Going to Wembley is the best thing you can do in football.” Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp has described a cup final appearance at Wembley as the “best thing you can do in football” but said the prospect of an all-Merseyside co(...)

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson with manager Eddie Howe after his Premier League hat-trick against West Ham in August at Upton Park. Not long after the player joined Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel in succumbing to a season-long injury. Photograph:  Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

There was a change in tone. Sadness moved into the voice of Jean-Marc Bosman when he reflected on the times he enjoyed most in football, which came lo(...)

Conor McManus and the Monaghan team celebrate with the Anglo Celt cup in the dressing room after they won the championship. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With the shape and format of the GAA’s senior intercounty football championship due to be discussed next weekend, association president Aogán Ó Feargh(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks to the audience after receiving the Ballon d’Or from acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed s(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has overseen John Stones’s development into a world-class player. Photograph: Reuters.

Roberto Martinez has denied having a verbal agreement with Romelu Lukaku, John Stones or any Everton player that they can leave this summer and insis(...)

Jamie Vardy: it will be a surprise if the old rules don’t still apply. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

They left Leicester’s 0-0 draw with Bournemouth until last on Match of the Day on Saturday night – presumably once they took out all the cut-away shot(...)

 Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: “The last time we faced ‘the biggest game of the season’ we failed miserably. That was Watford. We haven’t won a point since then, so this is even bigger than Watford.” Photo:  Ian MacNicol/Getty images

Around 30 miles separate Sunderland from Middlesbrough and, as it stands, there is a division between the two football clubs. Around 40 miles separa(...)

Mesut Ozil: “Without a doubt, Mesut has been the player of this season so far,” says his Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott. Phogograph: John Walton/PA

Eye contact. According to Theo Walcott, it is all that Mesut Ozil needs. Once the Arsenal playmaker has locked on, the creative sparks fly. It is the (...)