Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Roy Hodgson wants to continue as England manager for another two years beyond next summer

Roy Hodgson keen to stay on as England manager until 2018

Hodgson is understood to be ready to lead the Three Lions to the World Cup for a second time, despite the disappointment of Brazil last year

Vincent Kompany looks on from the stands
David Silva celebrates his goal
The Hillsborough disaster took the lives of 96 Liverpool fans

Hillsborough police ‘told to pin blame on Liverpool fans’

Officers directed to gather evidence of fans’ drinking before disaster, former inspector tells inquest

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini future: Manchester City manager comes out fighting and insists City not 'desperate' for Premier League title

The Chilean is under pressure following defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers

Manuel Pellegrini future: Why Manchester City could turn to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers if Pellegrini is dismissed

The Liverpool manager will be the first option after Pep Guardiola, writes Ian Herbert

Greg Dyke’s plan to allow Premier League side to form B-teams was mocked but may still have legs

Greg Dyke's dream alive with lower league clubs open to facing top B-teams

Smaller continental sides enjoy the TV revenues that come with playing the  B-teams of elite sides

A view of the gates outside Anfield

Liverpool turn a profit for first time since 2008 and 19 per cent rise in revenue

Reds go from £49.8m loss to small pre-tax profit

England coach Peter Moores watches his team’s latest hopeless performance in Wellington

Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value

Conor Murray was a step ahead of England at the Aviva Stadium

Ireland vs England comment: Question marks hang over Stuart Lancaster's World Cup plans after Six Nations defeat

Joe Schmidt's Ireland look ready for the World Cup, while England still have multiple questions to answer and issues to resolve

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own