Martin Hardy

Martin Hardy is a football reporter at 'The Independent'.

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Olivier Giroud has scored 11 goals in his last 14 games

Newcastle vs Arsenal: Arsene Wenger insists Olivier Giroud is the Premier League's best striker

It was the contribution of the Frenchman on Saturday that drew special praise from the Arsenal manager

Dick Advocaat takes Sunderland to West Ham looking for only their second league win of 2015

Dick Advocaat was sounded out about the Sunderland job three weeks ago

For three weeks Gus Poyet had been living on borrowed time

Dick Advocaat arrives at Sunderland: Five things for the Dutchman to address to avoid Premier League relegation

A new boss has been installed at the Stadium of Light. Here Martin Hardy looks at things in his in-box

Dick Advocaat will be handed a short-term contract to keep Sunderland in the Premier League

Sunderland turn to Dick Advocaat after running out of patience with manager Gus Poyet

Sunderland will turn to Dick Advocaat to save their season after sacking Gus Poyet as manager today.

Gus Poyet reacts with dismay as his Sunderland side go down 4-0 at home to Aston Villa

Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 4: Gus Poyet clings on despite fans’ growing anger at Sunderland shambles

In the stands sat Roy Keane, caught on camera assessing the continued mess Sunderland have sunk into since he resurrected the place

Ashley Young celebrates the winner for Manchester United against Newcastle

Is the Gus Poyet project ripping at the seams? Sunderland manager pens open letter

Sunderland have lurched from ordinary to poor form and pressure is mounting

Bradford’s Phil Parkinson, right, singles out the travelling fans after beating Chelsea

Bradford vs Sunderland: 'Our win at Chelsea saved FA Cup,' claims Bantams boss Phil Parkinson

TV's no-show for today's game is a poor reward for our efforts, believes manager

Peter Crouch scores a late equaliser against Newcastle
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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing