Martin Hardy

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

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Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes

David Moyes: New manager would do well to heed Sir Alex Ferguson's first words at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson became manager of Manchester United 27 years ago, and that now feels like a completely different age.

Nicolas Anelka

Signing Nicolas Anelka is a risk, and if West Brom think he is a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku, they could be in trouble

The former Chelsea striker has returned to the Premier League, but is far from the peak of his powers

Gonzalo Higuain

The signing of Gonzalo Higuain signals an end to the stagnation at Arsenal

The arrival of the Real Madrid striker is more than a statement of intent, he is the right player for the Gunners

Aroune Kone

Newcastle look to trump Everton to signature of Wigan striker Arouna Kone

Magpies set to open talks over £5m transfer

PSG manager Laurent Blanc admits interest in Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye

The Magpies set a price of £30m on the France international

Kinnear's appointment as Newcastle's director of football sent shock waves through the club

Joe Kinnear insists he is 'head and shoulders' above every other director of football in Premier League

Former manager also claims he was at Wimbledon for 10 years

Wilfried Bony

Transfer news round-up: Swansea in chase for £20m Wilfried Bony and Tom Ince

Swansea City are prepared to spend almost £20 million on the forward Wilfried Bony and the midfielder Tom Ince.

Newcastle's away kit, with its controversial sponsor, appears to be of slick design

Newcastle players WILL wear club shirts after Wonga row

Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse considered their position following the news that the money-lending company would become club's main sponsor

Ashley has only guided Newcastle to one top ten finish

Martin Hardy: Three months is a long time at Newcastle United - a club where so much happens but nothing ever changes

Desire for change still stirs in the Tyneside air after six years under ownership of Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley took control of Newcastle United in 2007

Exclusive: Mike Ashley ready to sell Newcastle – for £267m

Owner is facing renewed calls in the North-east to end his six-years in charge at St James' Park

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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz