Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

The Sport Matrix: Friday 03 January 2014

Solskjaer insists he is playing long game at Cardiff

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to remain at Cardiff City for “the long, long term” after being unveiled as the Welsh side’s new manager yesterday.

The former Manchester United forward replaces Malky Mackay, surprisingly sacked by owner Vincent Tan (right) last Friday after leading the club to promotion just months earlier.

“What is important is continuity and stability,” Solskjaer, 40, said. “I want the players to express themselves. I go into this with eyes open and want the fans to be proud of us on the pitch. I will only ask my players for 100 per cent. I felt I needed to be back here [in the UK] and want to stay for the long, long term.” MORE

Adebayor fit for Emirates return

Emmanuel Adebayor has declared his availability for Tottenham’s FA Cup trip to Arsenal tomorrow after being carried off during the New Year’s Day win at Manchester United. The Togo forward took a full part in training and should start against his former side at the Emirates. MORE

Mata seeks clarity over Chelsea role

Juan Mata’s agents have sought assurances from Chelsea that the Spanish midfielder remains in the club’s plans. The 25-year-old has struggled for a regular place in the first team this season and reacted badly to being taken off at Southampton on New Year’s Day. MORE

Fergie quitting has cost us, says Evans

Jonny Evans has admitted that the “magnitude” of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United has been underestimated. “As a player I probably didn’t realise the magnitude until I stepped back and looked at it from the outside,” the defender said.

England captain rejoins Gunners

Casey Stoney has joined Arsenal Ladies for a second time as the club rebuild after the departure of Steph Houghton. “It’s a great feeling,” the England captain said. “I’m looking forward to getting stuck in. It is another challenge for me to become part of a side rebuilding.” MORE

Testing time ahead for the long game

The success of the current Ashes series in Australia has masked the current troubles facing the Test format of the game around the world. Support is dwindling, leading to doubts over the staging of the World Test Championship. MORE

Murray cautious over Melbourne

Andy Murray is reluctant to predict how far he will get in the Australian Open after only just returning from injury. “I have no idea,” he said. “I wouldn’t like to say whether I’d be happy reaching the second week. I’ll see how the next 10 days go.” MORE

Gloucester tie down stars to new deals

Charlie Sharples and James Simpson-Daniel are among five players who have signed to stay at Gloucester amid doubts over the future of Freddie Burns. Meanwhile, Wales’s Jonathan Davies is likely to miss the Six Nations owing to a lack of fitness.

Manning ready for reunion with Colts

After undergoing neck surgery that could have ended many a player’s career, quarterback Peyton Manning has enjoyed a stellar season with the Denver Broncos. He could now cap it with a play-off against his former side, the Indianapolis Colts. MORE

Young guns to keep an eye on this year

The coming 12 months will doubtless uncover a plethora of new stars on the sporting landscape. Our correspondents pick out the youngsters to watch in 2014.

Kevin Garside

Vincent Tan’s tango in Cardiff shows how little he cares about the commodity in which he has a controlling interest. Mackay’s sacking sat with the hauteur with which he tossed a century of tradition into a skip. MORE

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'