Nick Szczepanik

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

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Oscar winner: Spaniard Garcia turned down more lucrative offers because he is 'fascinated' by English football

Oscar Garcia: Even Pep Guardiola had to start somewhere

Brighton's new head coach tells Nick Szczepanik he is ready for big break and, after missile attack, nothing will faze him

A young fan soaks up some history at Goldsands

Bournemouth v Real Madrid: Cherry-picking the best of opponents

Real Madrid and glamour arrive on the sun-soaked English Riviera today as Bournemouth fans snap up tickets at £60 a head

Gus Poyet’s future is unclear after he was suspended by Brighton

Gus Poyet sacked as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion while working live on BBC Confederations Cup programme

Brighton announced termination of Uruguayan's contract on their official website during the first half of Spain v Nigeria

A Bradford fan watches as his team goes on to get promoted

Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: Cup kings triumph in League Two play-off final on return to Wembley to win promotion

Three months after their 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final, Bradford City enjoyed a very different Wembley experience. They dominated the League Two play-off final to erase memories of that previous appearance under the arch and could even have won 5-0 themselves.

Gustavo Poyet: Was dramatically suspended by Brighton for alleged breaches of contract

Gus Poyet suspended by Brighton amid speculation over a switch to Fulham or Everton

Seagulls boss linked to Everton vacancy and Fulham position

Brian Kidd is all alone after David Platt walked
Zaha scored two against Brighton on Monday night

Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish: I knew Wilfried Zaha would not shirk

Wilfried Zaha could almost have been excused for taking it easy during the second half of this season, knowing that he will be a Manchester United player when it ends. But Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace co-chairman, who sold Zaha to United in January for £15m and then borrowed him back, knew that it would not happen. And Palace reaped the rewards on Monday evening when the 20-year-old winger scored the two goals against Brighton to set up a play-off final against Watford at Wembley on May 27. "We said to anybody who was interested: 'We just won't sell him unless you lend him back,' Parish said. "I knew he would come back and be himself. I know what Wilfried's like. Wilfried can sit in there and tell himself he's not interested, but once he gets on a football pitch it is just what he does. He clicks into gear and everything is natural. The more people kick him and the more they get at him the better he gets. What is he? Just 20? He's had the odd game which wasn't so great but I've never seen his effort waver for one minute."

Wilfred Zaha heads the ball past Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak to give Crystal Palace the lead

Brighton 0 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Wilfried Zaha double puts Ian Holloway back on road to Wembley

Sir Alex Ferguson may have retired, but on Monday night he once more proved himself a good judge of a footballer when his final signing, Wilfried Zaha scored the two goals that took Crystal palace into the Championship play-off final against Watford at Wembley on May 27.

Wolves manager Dean Saunders says he is the right man for the job

Dean Saunders pleads his case after Wolverhampton Wanderers limp to exit

Soon after overseeing the limp defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday that confirmed Wolverhampton Wanderers' descent from the Premier League to League One in successive seasons, Dean Saunders explained why Steve Morgan, the owner, should stick with him rather than look for a fifth manager in 15 months.

Feeling down: Dean Saunders absorbs the reality of relegation yesterday

Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 match report: Wolves crisis as they hit 'rock bottom'

Dean Saunders says rebuilding starts now after second relegation, while chairman apologises

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