Ireland manager Martin O’Neill agreed a new deal to stay on as manager until the 2020 European Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been many cases in Irish sport of managers getting new contracts just before things went wrong at a major tournament in a way that made it (...)

Jamie Vardy could return to the Leicester City team for the Saturday evening trip to play Manchester United. Photograph:   Scott Heppell/PA Wire

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated) Bournemouth (16) v Man City (5), 12.30pm - Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League Jermain Defoe could retain his p(...)

Pep Guardiola gestures during the  match between Manchester City and Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, on May 13th, 2017. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

Pep Guardiola has admitted Barcelona and Bayern Munich would have sacked him if he had achieved similar results to those of his disappointing first se(...)

Despite his acknowledgement of Derry’s many problems in 1961,  the place enters Nairn’s imagination, describing it as “one of the most unexpected and paradoxical of our cities. For every hundred Englishmen who know York and Chester, how many know Derry?” Photograph: Getty Images

When the renowned architecture writer and broadcaster Ian Nairn visited Derry more than 50 years ago, the title of his essay was both concise and refl(...)

 Manchester United manager José Mourinho: “If we progress in the competitions we will be in trouble in May.” Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Luke Shaw is fighting to convince José Mourinho of his worth, with the left-back likely to be left out of Manchester United’s squad for Thursday’s Eu(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Brady is on the verge of leaving Norwich. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

On a day when the biggest actual transfer the Premier League could muster was Mauro Zarate’s €2.5 million move to Watford, the handful of Irish playe(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger clashes with fourth official Anthony Taylor before being sent to the stands. Photograph:  Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Arsène Wenger is braced to receive a touchline ban after being charged with misconduct by the English Football Association following his altercation (...)

Southampton defender Jose Fonte  has made 19 appearances this season but did not feature in any of Southampton’s six Europa League matches. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

West Ham United are in advanced talks to sign Southampton’s José Fonte, although Slaven Bilic may have to beat off competition from clubs including We(...)

Dimitri Payet: he will be fined for refusing to play in the 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

West Ham United have rejected a second bid from Marseille of around £20 million for Dimitri Payet, with the co-chairman David Sullivan adamant the wa(...)

Supporters walk to the London Stadium ahead of West Ham United’s home match against Watford, which they lost 4-2. As Billy Bonds said this week, whatever the London Stadium is, “it isn’t a football ground”. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Ten o’clock, Wednesday night, and those who got away quickly are already in the Bow Bells pub on Bow Road, east London. The TV screen is relaying the (...)