Sport Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino could choose to leave the club after the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese on Wednesday

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

Ryan Giggs diverts the ball into his own net

Ryan Giggs claims Manchester United 'did not have that little bit of luck' against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup

The Red Devils trail 2-1 after the first leg before the return at Old Trafford

Patjim Kasami scores a header to give Fulham victory over Sunderland

Sunderland 0 Fulham 1 match report: Pajtim Kasami Martin Jol's hunch as he stuns Sunderland

Despite making 10 new signings, Paolo Di Canio's side come away with nothing

Paolo Di Canio celebrates during Sunderland's victory over Newcastle in the Premier League at St James' Park

Paolo Di Canio deflects praise to Sunderland's 'warrior' players

The Black Cats beat Newcastle at St James' Park

Fire ends bid by 200 swingers to break group sex record in Sweden

An attempt by 200 swingers in Sweden to break the national record for group sex has been thwarted after a fire ripped through the nightclub that was due to host the steamy gathering.

Sunderland’s Craig Gardner fouls Fulham’s Ashkan Dejagah to concede a penalty during Saturday’s Premier League game

Sunderland 2 Fulham 2: Martin O'Neill asks for penalty consistency with team on cusp of relegation fight

Two penalties were awarded in match at the Stadium of Light

Steven Fletcher scored twice more for Sunderland on Saturday

Steven Fletcher 'worth every penny' for Sunderland

Wigan Athletic 2 Sunderland 2

Joe Hart: City goalkeeper defended his actions that led to United’s late winner in Sunday’s derby

Joe Hart calls for response from Manchester City

Champions were beaten by Sunderland in their last outing

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill defends out-of-sorts Sunderland

Martin O'Neill has defended shot-shy Sunderland - but warned that they are not “too good” to get drawn into a relegation scrap.

Roy Hodgson issues orders to Andy Carroll before extra time last night

Rio Ferdinand critical of Roy Hodgson's management of England at Euro 2012

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Roy Hodgson's management at Euro 2012, claiming the England boss underused his younger players and was too defensive in his tactics.

Barry relishes new freedom ... for as long as Mancini lets it last

Manchester City may have played some captivating football en route to leading the embryonic Premier League table with six points and seven goals from two games, but the suspicion is that, when he studied the table yesterday morning, Roberto Mancini looked at the goals-against column and frowned. Two goals against is two too many.

Sparkling Silva polishes up City as Sneijder drops United hint

Balotelli and Dzeko both on target in 3-0 win over Inter while Mancini says Bellamy could join Celtic

City rule out trading Tevez for Eto'o

Airticity XI 0 Manchester City 3: Mancini seeks missing pieces for Champions' League campaign while third-string side labour in Ireland

Adam Johnson warns of Premiership power shift

Adam Johnson has warned Manchester United that Manchester City could soon become the leading club in the city.

Walcott beats Johnson to England winger role

Fabio Capello is expected to bring Theo Walcott back into the England team for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland tomorrow as he opts for a 4-3-3 formation with Darren Bent as the centre-forward.

Talking a good game... footballing quotes of the season

From Fergie and Balotelli to Keys and Gray, everyone had their say. Phil Shaw pulls together the most memorable mots of 2010-11
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