Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Martin Gleeson scores for Wigan in the 2010 Grand Final, the year before his 18-month ban for a positive drug test

Ian Herbert: The most vulnerable lads are the likeliest victims of rugby's drug culture

COMMENT: The physique of a player now, compared with when the sport turned pro, is extraordinary

George Ford scores a try during England’s 55-35 win over Franc

Six Nations 2015: George Ford's flair gives England much-needed magic dust

COMMENT: Others would have remained consumed by his failures. Ford simply put the demons away

Former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent David Duckenfield leaves the coroner’s court in Warrington

Hillsborough disaster: How the cross-examination of David Duckenfield was a shocking landmark in the tragic saga

When it was all over you could have heard a pin drop in the light industrial unit on the outskirts of Warrington

Manuel Pellegrini’s current contract ends next summer and he is highly unlikely to be offered a new deal

Manuel Pellegrini's job at Manchester City could be safe due to lack of options

Exclusive: Brendan Rodgers won't leave Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti doesn't fit the bill

Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, breaks past Aleksandar Kolarov, Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis, of Manchester City, to the delight of the Nou Camp

Brilliant, beautiful Lionel Messi gifts an 'I was there' moment against Manchester City

It was the viewpoint, high up in the gods, which most accentuated the sense that you were bearing witness to something beyond the bounds of normality, the essence of which El Pais captured with its headline “Que no pare nunca” (“He never stops”), above an image of Lionel Messi. Bacary Sagna was on the ground beneath his feet, grabbing at his shirt as he accelerated by.

Pep Guardiola (centre) watches Barcelona against City on Wednesday night

Manchester City's desired 'style' means it is Pep Guardiola all the way

The club are acutely aware that there are very few potential replacements for Manuel Pellegrini who would fit their very specific criteria

Barcelona vs Manchester City preview: Manuel Pellegrini’s charm offensive reveals a man on the ropes

Pellegrini's career could be on the line at the Nou Camp

Barcelona vs Manchester City: We owe fans historic performance, says Yaya Toure

Toure missed the first leg because of suspension

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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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