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Harry Maguire:  became the world’s most expensive defender  when Manchester United signed him for a reported fee of €86m from Leicester City.  Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

In May, Ed Woodward asked Leicester City how much they wanted for Harry Maguire and was told €86 million. On Monday, the master of negotiation complet(...)

Patrick Honohan was governor of the Central Bank of Ireland from 2009-2015. Photograph: James Forde

The prospects of Kilmacud Crokes in the approaching Leinster semi-finals. A home defeat of the Irish football team by Norway, despite an early penalty(...)

Ravel Morrison has signd a one-year contract with Sheffield United. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty

Sheffield United have signed forward Ravel Morrison on a one-year contract. Former Manchester United prodigy Morrison, 26, impressed Blades boss Chri(...)

 Wilfried Zaha: has been a major reason why Crystal Palace retained their Premier League status in recent seasons. Photograph:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Ron Noades used to enjoy telling the story about the day a tearful Ian Wright pleaded with him to accept Arsenal’s offer for his star striker in Septe(...)

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane during Nottingham Forest’s Championship game against Derby County  at the  City Ground in February. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

If there is one story that sums up Martin O’Neill’s inability to win over his players at Nottingham Forest it probably goes back to a prosaic game at (...)

  Robbie Brady  scores Ireland’s second goal. Photograph; James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s team bus breaking down on the way to the stadium wasn’t the most auspicious of starts to the evening, ominous even, although you would imagi(...)

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea future remains in doubt despite Europa League success. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP

You hope Maurizio Sarri enjoyed his first trophy in professional football – but this, surely, was not how he imagined it when he whiled away the hours(...)

Swansea City’s Welsh  international winger Daniel James is a target of Manchester United as they prepare to make summer signings. Photograph:   Darren Staples/PA Wire

Manchester United are confident of a successful summer in the transfer market, with Swansea City’s Daniel James one of the targets identified by Ole G(...)

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson: “It is unfair . . . to try and retain the authority you once possessed. You have to let go and let the new man and the new regime do what they think is best.” Photograph: Oli Scarf/AFP/Getty

Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, once offered this universal truth about how to behave towards a successor: “It is unfair . . .(...)

“Vinny” is surrounded by Manchester City fans. He is a legend at the club. Photograph: PA

It is 10am on an early spring day when I pull up at the electric gates of Vincent Kompany’s home. In the drizzle, the Manchester sprawl has given way (...)

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