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Ed Woodward’s defining flaw was he lacked the football knowledge to independently evaluate the merits of prospective coaches and players. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

In a reflective mood as he prepares to leave Manchester United at the end of the month, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward recently mused on ‘sliding(...)

Bournemouth manager Scott Parker hugs Dominic Solanke after Monday evening’s win over QPR. Photograph: John Walton/PA

QPR 0 Bournemouth 1 Dominic Solanke’s 18th goal of the season gave Bournemouth a 1-0 victory at QPR and put them top of the Sky Bet Championship(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace denied Ireland a famous win in Portugal in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Thursday’s result means nothing to Ireland, yet the game means everything to Irish soccer. For Cristiano Ronaldo it is another night under the bright (...)

 Stephen Kenny will hope to have Adam Idah available for Saturday’s clash with Azerbaijan. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Adam Idah and Jason Knight are doubts for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku after coming down with a fever. Both players retur(...)

Stephen Kenny has named a 26-man Ireland squad to play Azerbaijan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The depth of Ireland’s goal scoring problem is reflected by the selection of 28-year-old Wigan Athletic striker Will Keane. “Will has been qualified (...)

Derby County are set to be hit with a 12-point penalty for administration. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Derby’s administrators have offered hope to the club’s supporters and say they are confident of finding a buyer by the end of the year. But they warn(...)

Wayne Rooney’s Derby are set to face a 12-point deduciton after confirming the appointment of administrators. Photograph: Alex Morton/Getty

Derby have been docked 12 points by the English Football League, sending them to the foot of the Championship, after confirming the appointment of adm(...)

Chris Hughton’s Nottingham Forest are bottom of the Championship afetr four games. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty

For starters, let us cut Chris Hughton a slice of nostalgia. He may relish some soulful nourishment from the past given where he is at present. It is(...)

England’s Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring against Scotland during an 1996 European championships group stage match  at Wembley. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images

David Beckham has assumed the role as the people’s prince of England, gliding through his middle years as a pleasantly handsome and immaculately turne(...)

Gareth Southgate will need his captain Harry Kane to be at his best for England this summer. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Of all the football trends nobody saw coming, the most significant for Euro 2020 must be the emergence of England, a nation of 56 million people which(...)

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