James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic faces an early start to next season

West Ham return to training early as they prepare for Europa League qualifiers

The tie will be Slaven Bilic's first games in charge after succeeding Sam Allardyce at the club

Jack Wilshere celebrates scoring his second

England vs Slovenia player ratings: Jack Wilshere comes of age but Phil Jones and Andros Townsend have a shocker

Man-for-man marking from the Group E Euro 2016 qualifier

Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez have left Premier League clubs to win the Champions League

Luis Suarez channels his inner Gareth Bale to win Champions League for Barcelona less than a year after leaving Liverpool

Bale left Tottenham in 2013 and headed in the winning goal for Real Madrid the next season

Ronald Koeman and Southampton could clinch a Europa League place

Southampton qualify for Europa League: Arsenal FA Cup victory means Saints reach Europe for second time in 30 years

Southampton finished seventh in the Premier League and needed Arsenal to win the FA Cup to reach Europe

Ian Baraclough’s Motherwell gained their first win at Ibrox for 18 years in the play-off

Rangers vs Motherwell match report: Darren McGregor header gifts Gers a late lifeline in first leg of Scottish Premiership play-off final

Rangers 1 Motherwell 3: The fallen Glasgow giants were initially blown away by the visitors

Stuart Dallas celebrates scoring against Fulham

Bees keep buzzing to leave Fulham fretting

Round-Up

Harry Arter (centre) celebrates with his Bournemouth team-mates during their win over rivals Middlesbrough at Dean Court

The Championship: Eight into three just won't go in the race for promotion to the top-flight

The battle for Premier League riches is tighter than ever with so many clubs in the hunt going into the double-fixture Easter weekend. James Mariner runs the rule over the contenders

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