Sport Sir Alex Ferguson’s presence at most United games has cast a shadow over David Moyes

It has been suggested that the former manager's presence is making is difficult for David Moyes

New head coach Rene Meulensteen (left) with fellow Dutchman Martin Jol at Fulham's training ground

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

Iran and South Korea qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

South Korea lost but still progressed to next summer's tournament

Mike Phelan alongside Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United announce assistant Mike Phelan is to leave the club

Moyes era starts as Ferguson’s men told to go

Ronaldo finally found the back of the net against the Netherlands - scoring twice

Cristiano Ronaldo leads angered Portugal players against the critical press gang

Resentment at media criticism helps inspire Bento's side to the brink of semi-final place

Cristiano Ronaldo has looked in excellent form during training

Misfiring Portugal in urgent need of Ronaldo's fireworks

After a creditable but ultimately fruitless performance in their opening match of Euro 2012 against Germany, the requirement for Portugal is simple when they face Denmark in Lviv. A win is imperative, "so we'll only need to depend on ourselves," as Nani put it.

Cristiano Ronaldo has looked in excellent form during training

Misfiring Portugal in urgent need of Cristiano Ronaldo's fireworks against Denmark

Captain must rediscover his hot streak against Denmark to avoid elimination

Jol defended his club's ambition

Martin Jol glad he spurned Manchester United chance

Fulham manager Martin Jol admires Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson - but is relieved he did not take up the post as his assistant.

Jonny Evans keen to end goal drought

Jonny Evans has abandoned the idea of practising a goal celebration for when he eventually breaks his Manchester United duck.

<b>MARTIN O'NEILL</b><br/>
Former Celtic boss O'Neill is strongly linked with the Sunderland post whenever it becomes vacant but has yet to actually make the move to Wearside. After nearly 18 months out of the game, however, the Northern Irishman may be ready to re-enter the fray and is odds-on with some bookmakers to take the role.

Job is O'Neill's to turn down, but Hughes waits in the wings

The job of Sunderland manager is Martin O'Neill's to turn down with Mark Hughes, the other preferred candidate, forced to wait to discover whether the Northern Irishman sees the Stadium of Light as the platform on which to end his 16-month hiatus from football.

Steve Bruce was sacked by Sunderland after taking 21 points from a possible 81

Sunderland position is O'Neill's to turn down

Mark Hughes second choice if Irishman decides to further delay return to dugout

<b>MARTIN O'NEILL</b><br/>
Former Celtic boss O'Neill is strongly linked with the Sunderland post whenever it becomes vacant but has yet to actually make the move to Wearside. After nearly 18 months out of the game, however, the Northern Irishman may be ready to re-enter the fray and is odds-on with some bookmakers to take the role.

Martin O'Neill and Mark Hughes top Sunderland list of targets

Sunderland have begun making contact with candidates to replace Steve Bruce as manager, with Martin O'Neill at the very top of their list.

United winger Bebe out for six months

Manchester United winger Bebe could be sidelined for up to six months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Portugal Under-21s in Slovakia on Tuesday night.

Portugal hope Ronaldo can fulfil his lust for glory on national stage

A lack of silverware has left La Liga's goal king feeling he has a lot to prove, starting tonight against Norway

Carlos Queiroz confirmed as Iran manager

Former Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz today signed a three-year deal to take charge of the Iran national team.

Carlos Queiroz six-month ban is overturned

Former Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has had his six-month ban for allegedly disrupting an anti-doping testing session before last year's World Cup lifted on appeal.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee