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Harry Redknapp 'tried to get rid of Gareth Bale' during his time at Tottenham, claims Damien Comolli

The former director of football has revealed he expected to stay at White Hart Lane for life

Roger Berthoud: 'Independent' leader-writer who also wrote acclaimed biographies of Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland

Roger Berthoud was a distinguished and versatile journalist, as well as the writer of authoritative biographies of Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore. His long career started on the Daily Express in Manchester and he ended as chief leader writer for The Independent in its early days. He was liberal, pro-European, scrupulous about accuracy and fairness and sceptical of extreme views of every colour.

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MEP Nikki Sinclaire 'overwhelmed' by support as UK’s first 'sex-change parliamentarian'

MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she is “overwhelmed” by the volume of support she received after revealing herself as Britain’s first “sex-change parliamentarian” after undergoing gender reassignment surgery more than two decades ago.

Book Review: Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt, By Robert Gottlieb

The eldest daughter of a mid-19th-century Jewish courtesan – and whose father might have been one of a number of men – Sarah Bernhardt might not have been thought to have the most promising start in life, but this Parisian-born “unwanted and unloved child” went on to become the most famous actress in history.

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Rene Meulensteen appointed Fulham head coach: From cruise liner to a sinking ship, but former Manchester United assistant cannot lose in new role

Former Manchester United No 2 brought in to work with struggling manager Martin Jol

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane take Ireland training

Roy Keane sidesteps Sir Alex Ferguson questions, but warns: 'That's for another day'

The former Manchester United manager was critical of the new Republic of Ireland assistant in his autobiography

Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography destroys opposition to top the book charts

The former Manchester United boss is enjoying record-breaking book sales

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Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson plays down concern at lack of English players in the Premier League

National team woes have been placed at the door of the Premier League

Review: Empress Dowager Cixi, By Jung Chang

One of only three Chinese empresses to exercise outright power, Cixi was a survivor of Emperor Xianfeng’s harem who acted as regent for her own and her adopted son for almost 50 years. Stories of cruelty and allegations of murder have attached to her but this picture has been challenged as scholars exposed early accounts as often wildly inaccurate propaganda.

Review: Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking, By Anya von Bremzen

Billed as “The Hare With the Amber Eyes meets Julie and Julia”, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking is part memoir and part history – following the Russian kitchen from the turn of the 20th century through to the present. Von Bremzen herself moved to the USA at the age of 10, and much of the book is recounted from a distance, both of geography and of time.

Running: The Autobiography, by Ronnie O'Sullivan

While Chigwell's finest snooker player has five World Championships and scores of other tournament wins to his name, his life has undeniably had its ups and downs.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has claimed he was offered £20,000 to fix a match 10 years ago

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan asked to explain bribery comments after claim he was offered £20,000 to fix a match

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will write to the current world champion to ask for more information after latest revelation made in his autobiography

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