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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?