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The simple reason why Southgate is succeeding where past England managers failed
The Three Lions’ most successful coach since Alf Ramsey has received some recent criticism for his selections.
Watching English media cover their team through Irish eyes can be baffling - but it's far from an anomaly
Gareth Southgate has endured strong criticism of late for his approach to games.
Ronaldo only has himself to blame for ignominious Man United departure
The Red Devils confirmed the star’s departure on Tuesday evening.
Groundhog day at the Aviva
It was another disappointing night for Stephen Kenny as Ireland suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Norway.
Has Cristiano Ronaldo changed or is it football that has moved on?
The Portuguese star has come under fire recently after refusing to come on against Tottenham.
Is the old Matt Doherty back?
The Irish star has started the last two Premier League matches for Tottenham.
Amber Barrett interview epitomises why sport matters
The Ireland striker paid an emotional tribute to the victimes of the Creeslough tragedy after the game.
For the first time, Liverpool will face Man City more in hope than expectation
Jurgen Klopp has been forced to reformat his side to deal with their depleted energy levels – the visit of City may come too soon for them.
Why Man City's beautiful brilliance is bad for football
Pep Guardiola’s side were far too good for their biggest rivals last weekend.
Man United's tactical dilemma ahead of City showdown
Is it too big a risk for Erik ten Hag to play both Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes against the reigning champions?
Contrasting treatment of Kenny and Southgate shows football is more than just a results business
The reactions to the two managers are a window into their respective national team’s psyches, writes Paul Fennessy.
Is too much made of Ireland's lack of Premier League starters?
There were just two top-flight regulars in Stephen Kenny’s team to face Scotland.
Erling Haaland battle will be the latest test of Nathan Collins' true potential
As one of Ireland’s brightest hopes faces the most devastating striker in the Premier League, just how high is the Leixlip native’s glass ceiling?
Premier League fails to grasp football's true purpose with decision to postpone games
All of the weekend’s football in England has been called off, but other sports will play on.
Crazy summer spending exposes the Premier League for the TV show that it is
Premier League clubs spent almost £2 billion between them over the summer.
Perception matters as Brendan Rodgers finds passing of time could soon leave him behind
With Leicester City in a rut, games against Manchester United and Brighton this week provide stark reminder of how quickly tide can turn.
Cristiano Ronaldo dilemma contains echoes of Roy Keane's infamous Old Trafford exit
The Man United star was dropped for last Monday’s match with Liverpool.
Erik ten Hag already showing signs of struggle amid the Man United omnishambles
Can the former Ajax manager find success in a dysfunctional sporting strucutre?
No hiding place for Steven Gerrard as pressure intensifies at Aston Villa
Gerrard’s Villa started with a terrible loss to promoted Bournemouth, and he is under scrutiny having stripped Tyrone Mings of the captaincy.
Will the gamble of buying Erling Haaland backfire for Man City?
The Norwegian striker is unlike any other forwards City have signed,
Ireland's man of the match wants more
21-year-old Nathan Collins shone in his side’s draw with Ukraine.
History is likely to repeat itself on Sunday, but don't rule out final-day drama
While Manchester City and Liverpool would both be worthy Premier League champions, there could yet be a faller at the last, writes John Brewin.
Clubs embrace chaos as survival fight reaches a dramatic conclusion
Everton, Leeds United and Burnley all face relegation with varying degrees of consequence waiting for them.
Gerrard has failed to inspire at Aston Villa but surely he will avoid relegation catastrophe?
“I’m concerned about Villa every minute of every day and I’ll continue to be concerned and focused for every minute moving forward.”
Ten Hag's power will only diminish from this point, it's why he must be decisive
Time is already against the new Manchester United manager if he is to be successful at Old Trafford, but so much is still out of his hands.
Do Pep and Klopp really need a Treble to surpass Ferguson's achievements?
Man City and Liverpool meet in the FA Cup semi-final, and it will see one club’s hopes of matching United’s historic success of 1999 come to an end.
Believe the hype - Sunday's showdown could ultimately decide the title race
Man City host Liverpool in a top-of-the-table clash, with both sides in superb form.
England tried to destroy Beckham, now United fans must stand by Maguire
Hearing Old Trafford back their captain could also be the catalyst for a turning point in what has been a disastrous 10-month spell in his club career,
Ireland's most-talked-about hot prospect delivers on the big stage
Troy Parrott came off the bench to rescue the Boys in Green and prevent a familiar failure.
How the Super League, Smith-Rowe and status quo fuels simmering rivalry
Aston Villa host Arsenal tomorrow with the Villa Park hierarchy knowing they must halt Gunners’ Champions League charge.
The patronising commentary around Roy Keane needs to stop
The Corkonian made headlines again for his criticisms of Man United after their defeat by City.
Is Roman Abramovich the most influential figure in Premier League history?
The Russian oligarch announced he was selling Chelsea earlier this week.
Has Man United's Cristiano Ronaldo gamble failed?
The Portuguese star has shone individually, but his team are going backwards.
To succeed as a manager, Roy Keane must show that the perception is not the reality
The Man United legend reportedly turned down the chance to become Sunderland manager earlier this week.
Frank Lampard is a risky appointment for Everton - but anyone else would have been a risk at such a messy club
The Chelsea hero begins live on Merseyside with a Cup tie against Brentford tomorrow.
Does Matt Doherty have a future at Tottenham?
The Ireland international impressed after coming off the bench against Leicester in midweek.
5 Irish players that could make a Premier League breakthrough in 2022
Evan Ferguson and others close to getting game time in the top flight.
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Liverpool and others are effectively being punished for their high vaccine uptake
A high number of fixtures in England have been postponed owing to Covid outbreaks.
Can Steven Gerrard become a great manager?
The Liverpool legend makes his return to Anfield as Aston Villa manager this weekend.
There's just one obvious candidate for Premier League player of the season so far
Mo Salah has been in blistering form for Liverpool.