A “Hughes out” banner is held by Stoke fans at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Coventry City 2 Stoke City 1 Jack Grimmer’s winner left Stoke boss Mark Hughes on the brink after Coventry dumped the Potters out of the FA Cup. Def(...)

Stoke gave Ireland a six-month deal in the summer when his four-year €16m contract expired, and another one in December to take him through to the season's end.

It could just be the latest brainwave of the competition’s marketing department – you know how they are always trying to breathe new life into the FA (...)

 Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be without Pedro and Victor Moses against Burnley. Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Saturday Brighton (3) v Man City (11) Jose Izquierdo is unlikely to receive his international clearance in time to make his Brighton bow. The winger(...)

Fans show their appreciation before Pablo Zabaleta’s last home game at the Etihad. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the endearing things about Manchester City, even in their present incarnation as global-scale wealth squanderers, is that every few years a pla(...)

Stephen Ireland of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales at Croke Park. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

He is injured, of course, so the question does not really arise but just for the sake argument, how many more than 39 players would Martin O’Neill hav(...)

 Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland suffered a broken leg in training on Tuesday   morning. Photograph:   John Walton/PA Wire

Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland suffered a broken leg in training, the Premier League club have announced. The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland inter(...)

Martin O’Neill seemed exasperated over the fitness of Everton’s Aiden McGeady. Photograph: Inpho

While the Jack Grealish saga rumbles on, the fitness of Martin O’Neill favourite Aiden McGeady is probably at least as pressing a concern for the man(...)

Mame Biram Diouf scored in the 83rd minute to steal Stoke City a point against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Stoke City 2 Mame Biram Diouf headed home a late equaliser as Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to S(...)

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in action with West Brom’s Craig Gardner. City look a different side when the midfielder is firing on all cylinders. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

As a declaration of presence, as a reminder of a forceful personality – even as a motto – Yaya Touré’s statement on Monday night following Manchester (...)

The FA Cup semi final win against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium was a breakthrough moment for Given  and Villa. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images

In the car from the train station, it starts. Unintentionally, it’s a bit heavy. How was Saturday, then? It is a standard question to put to a footbal(...)

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