Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Malky Mackay (left) and Dave Whelan shake hands at the DW Stadium

Malky Mackay is appointed Wigan manager: Scot claims to have learnt from text errors after Latics move risks backlash

Championship club inserts break clause in new manager’s contract, with FA still investigating racist and sexist messages

Louis van Gaal looks on from the touchline

Louis van Gaal: the liberal, the enemy and... err, the poet

‘O, Louis’ is the plaintive title of a Van Gaal biography published tomorrow. Ian Herbert looks at what it tells us about the Manchester United manager

Daniel Sturridge injury latest: Brendan Rodgers ready to buy a striker as setback rocks Liverpool

The England international has not played since 31 August

Manchester United are winning the off-field battle... even if their exploits on the pitch are not yet up to scratch

The club are still among the world's most popular, explains Ed Woodward

Scotland’s Shaun Maloney (second left) is a key member of Gordon Strachan’s squad

Scotland vs England: Gordon Strachan's brothers in arms have Scots smiling

Domestic game may be in dire straits but national side are united –and beginning to flourish

'Looking Up' - Sunderland fans watch from the Roker Park terraces in 1996

Standing up for football's bygone world before the Rupert Murdoch billions

COMMENT: Only two countries - Brazil and China - make watching football more prohibitive

Shaun Maloney (left) and Charlie Mulgrew celebrate the winner
FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Ian Herbert: An England boycott won’t work - but this could still become Fifa's Salt Lake City moment

It sounds like the moment for England to boycott Fifa, don’t you think? World football’s governing body has managed a whitewash so breathtaking in its execution that it even managed to twirl the man hired to investigate it, to borrow a phrase from the lexicon of sportswriting’s dark arts.

A Liverpool football club supporter looks at floral tributes and memorabilia to Hillsborough

Hillsborough disaster inquest: Ground commander breaks down in court as he recalls tragic day

A morning of grim evidence saw footage of former Superintendent Roger Greenwood frantically motioning to the Leppings Lane crowd to move back

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and John Terry enjoy last weekend's defeat of Liverpool

Chelsea finances: High-flying Blues set to announce record £20m profits thanks to sales of David Luiz and Juan Mata

The sales of Luiz and Mata, plus TV deal income, also mean league leaders bring in biggest turnover in Abramovich era

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game