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Your guide to all the departures since the season started

Ashley Giles, talking to the media: 'When I was a player I always gave you guys something to write about, rightly or wrongly

Ashley Giles feels 'thicker skin' will help in his new role

Former England spinner confident that he has learnt from his many experiences and coaches

Zaha suitors create a dilemma for Palace

Crystal Palace are divided over whether to sell Wilfried Zaha this month, because a move by the player to Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur could damage their promotion prospects.

Pep Guardiola

'Yes, I would like to come back': Pep Guardiola announces intention to return to work... but where?

The former Barcelona manager has been linked with Chelsea and PSG

Sale’s Danny Cipriani kicked well against Toulon on Saturday

Cipriani finds hope for Sale in Mitchell's special experience

Sale's biggest crowd at the Salford City Stadium they moved into last summer witnessed a fifth loss in eight home matches but the Sharks' obdurate effort against the highly-paid, much-travelled Toulon spared them any hairdryer treatment from their new-old coach John Mitchell or the spectators.

Diamond delight at Sale’s first league win

The Sale chief executive, Steve Diamond praised his side’s resilience after they ignored the distraction of the club’s off-field difficulties to defeat London Irish 21-9 last night.

Blackburn Rover manager Henning Berg

Blackburn Rovers opt for untried former fan favourite Henning Berg to lift the gloom

The Norwegian Henning Berg, who won the Premiership title with Blackburn Rovers in 1995, was appointed as the club's manager last night, ending their prolonged search for a replacement for Steve Kean, who left the club in late September.

Roy Hodgson inspects the pitch at the National Stadium in Warsaw

No drugs, booze or room service: FA gives out code of conduct

The Football Association has issued a new, wide-ranging code of conduct, that covers everything from what players can say on Twitter, how long they are permitted to play video games and whether they can order room service at team hotels, which will be given to every footballer called up for the national team.

England can have no more excuses for international failure

England skipper Steven Gerrard has admitted there will be no more excuses for national failure following the move into St George's Park.

Editorial: Maybe better to stick to the limo, Roy

There must surely be something admirable about a public figure able to use public transport without affectation. The England football manager's decision to travel by Tube to Arsenal's Champions League match against Olympiakos is, therefore, to be applauded.

Martin Allen has thought better of his old fire-breathing style of management – and Gillingham are firing

Allen turns from a raging Mad Dog into a canny old pussycat

Fire-breathing management style has gone – and it works at Gillingham, says Glenn Moore

The former England coach Brian Ashton is wanted by Sale

Sale keen for Brian Ashton to team up with Danny Cipriani

Sale, brimming with ambition ahead of the new Premiership season after making significant strides on and off the field, are hoping to tempt the former England coach Brian Ashton back into big-time rugby.

Matt Le Tissier shows he still has the skills

The coaches have got it all wrong, says Le Tissier

Former England forward launches a new talent school to bring on the next generation of flair players . He talks to Pete Jenson

Ian Thorpe, Australian five time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, left, giving swimming lessons to The Independent journalist Kevin Rawlinson at Tooting Bec Lido in London

The Thorpedo assesses The Independent's front crawl 'technique'

Reporter Kevin Rawlinson has a swimming lesson with five times Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Ian Thorpe

Dick Advocaat celebrates return to PSV with 4-2 win over Ajax in Dutch Super Cup

PSV coach Dick Advocaat and captain Mark van Bommel celebrated their return to the club with a 4-2 victory over champions Ajax to claim the Dutch Super Cup.

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Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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