Paul Merson

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Marco Silva’s Watford have enjoyed a very good start, but not much more than that so far. Photograph: Reuters

Ambitious, astute, broodingly handsome, compared, inevitably, to Jose Mourinho: Portugal’s latest managerial tyro is, according to a report in these p(...)

Guest speaker and former professional boxer Frank Bruno on stage at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images for One Zero

Frank Bruno cracked his standard one-liner early into the interview. It was a deep, sub-baritone “heh, heh, heh, heh, heh”. Then everyone replied in u(...)

AP McCoy will talk to Paddy Power at the One-Zero 2017 conference on Tuesday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Monday, October 16th Results: Kuehne and Nagel, Netflix. Indicators: Irish goods exports and imports (Aug); Euro zone balance of trade (Aug). Tuesd(...)

Joey Barton:  was suspended for 18 months after having been found to have placed some 1,260 bets between 2006 and 2013. Photograph: Martin  Rickett/PA

The FAI has no plans, it would seem, to follow the FA’s lead by giving up sponsorships from bookmaking firms with the association declining to commen(...)

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with the Premier League trophy. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Ciao Claudio, says sausage-maker After Claudio Ranieri’s sacking the consensus was that there’s no loyalty in football any more – to which more a few(...)

Des Lynam, from Ennis, Co Clare, presented Grandstand on BBC from 1979 to 1991. Photo: BBC

Strange things happen at night on Twitter. Sadly for the world, that includes executive announcements by the commander-in-chief of the United States. (...)

Harry Arter in action in the internatonal friendly against England’s Jamie Vardy   at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A week ago everybody, it seems, was laughing at Jeff Stelling and Paul Merson wondering aloud on Sky Sports what possible reason there could be for H(...)

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been criticised for not adding to his squad by former players. It has now been 12 years since he won the English Premier League title with the London club. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters.

As Claudio Ranieri contemplated the next stage of the title race, the manager of the most implausible challengers in the English Premier League era ma(...)

Leicester’s Jamie Vardy of whom Paul Merson said: “If I was on ’oliday and I was reading a Ladybird book and that was the story, you’d put the book down Jeff, you’d put the book down.”  Photo:  Nigel French/PA Wire.

Humility is, of course, a highly commendable trait and, as a nation, with just a sprinkling of exceptions, like Louis Walsh, we’re generally that way (...)

Croatia’s players crowd around referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after he awarded a penalty against them for a foul on Fred. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

And we’re off. “Is it not over yet?” asked a heathen yesterday, but to be honest, it did feel like the build-up to it all began when Methuselah was a (...)

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