Nick Szczepanik

Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.

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Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth, front, and Stephen Warnock of Leeds United challenge for the ball at the Goldsands Stadium on Tuesday night
An advertising board at St Mary’s spells out a prophetic message for Newcastle United coaches Steve Stone, John Carver and Alan Pardew

Southampton vs Newcastle United: Timid, lightweight, chaotic, humiliated – and it’s Hull up next for hapless Alan Pardew

If Alan Pardew lasts the week as Newcastle United manager – a big “if” after Saturday’s 4-0 humiliation at Southampton – then he will have gone half-way to proving right the suggestion in these pages last week that he had two matches in which to save his job. He must wish the visitors in the second, at St James’ Park on Saturday, were not Hull City.

John Carver and Alan Pardew

Southampton vs Newcastle: Assistant manager John Carver swears at Newcastle fans

Alan Pardew's No 2 involved in ugly exchange with fans

Southampton vs Newcastle match report: Graziano Pelle’s double piles pressure on Alan Pardew as Saints run riot

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0: Fans vent their fury at embattled Newcastle manager after  Southampton’s Italian signing makes a striking impression

Irsay has been banned from all football activities

American Football: Ban for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay clouds start of new NFL campaign

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty this week to driving while intoxicated in March

Alert Fraser Forster keeps Aide Brown Ideye at bay and Roy Hodgson happy

England goalkeeper given his Premier League chance at St. Mary's

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman watches during the friendly match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool.

How Southampton's summer transfer window turned into an unexpected revolution

The rebuilt Saints head to Liverpool to face two of the players they sold to the Reds, while a third, the injured Adam Lallana, looks on
Ian Holloway celebrates victory over Fulham

Fulham vs Millwall match report: Martyn Woolford gives Fulham that sinking feeling

Fulham 0 Millwall 1 : Fulham yet to record a point in the Championship after second straight defeat

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs in training

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Rich Arsenal could still lose players to City, warns Kieran Gibbs

Gunners have seen five first team players head to City since 2009 and Gibbs has warned Arsenal the trend could still continue

Rock on Tommy: Smith celebrates scoring Brentford’s late equaliser

Brentford vs Charlton match report: Tommy Smith relieves pain for stung Bees

Newly-promoted Brentford’s late equaliser makes Charlton pay for a series of missed chances

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam