Nick Szczepanik

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

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Storm warning: Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino faces fans’ fury

Saints fans protest with white hankies to greet Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino probably thought he had left Spanish football behind when he was announced as Southampton manager on Friday, two months after being sacked by Espanyol. But he will find that the traditional sign in Spain of fans' displeasure, the waving of white handkerchiefs, has followed him when he takes charge of the team against Everton tomorrow evening.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is resisting the urge to bring in a centre-back this month
Franco Di Santo celebrates his side's goal

Match Report: Fulham add to problems at home

Fulham 1 Wigan Athletic 1: Martin Jol worried his attacking line-up can only score once while Wigan fear the worst for Ramis

Mark Goldberg manages Bromley but will be at Boro to see his son

Mark Goldberg: The Crystal Palace fan who lost £40m finds new riches in his son's big day

He went bust at Palace but today he will share in an FA Cup dream

Kazenga LuaLua’s goal celebrations have been banned by the club doctor

Don't expect any somersaults if Kazenga LuaLua turns over Newcastle

Brighton winger has too much respect for his old club – and the acrobatic celebrations are banned

Luke Shaw has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Chelsea

Shaw shapes up as the 'new Bale'

Latest talent off the Southampton production line is already interesting tonight's opponents Arsenal

Theo Walcott scores the first of his three goals

Arsene Wenger knows real tests are to come for 'rebuilt' Arsenal

Gunners beat Newcastle 7-3 to continue rich vein of form

Theo Walcott celebrates one of his goals against Newcastle

Match Report: Perfect student Theo Walcott of Arsenal scores full marks with a stunning hat-trick in Newcastle hammering

Arsenal 7 Newcastle United 3: The Arsenal striker, currently being coached by Gunners legend Thierry Henry, scores hat-trick in a 10-goal thriller against weary Newcastle

Referees too tired to call the shots, says Sam Allardyce

Exhaustion among referees is behind an increase in officiating controversies over the hectic Christmas period, according to Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager – and difficulties in interpreting the offside law do not help.

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