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The O'Neill backlash begins

Aston Villa director accuses former manager of putting himself before the club as caretaker coach picks up the pieces

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At last, four long weeks of football reached a glorious crescendo. This, finally, was what the 2010 World Cup had boiled down to, a head-to-head battle between two teams desperate to find peak performance when it mattered most, one led by Gary Lineker, the other by Adrian Chiles. This was it. BBC 1 v ITV 1. The big one.

Sport on TV: Blessed is no peacemaker but BBC keeps calm and carries on

The BBC or not the BBC, that is the question. They invoked the spirit of "Harry, England and St George" to crush the Slovenian hordes. Now the game's afoot again, big time, so what can we expect this afternoon as we take on the Germans? Brian Blessed – and most blessed is he – shouted his Shakespeare loud enough to drown out the vuvuzela drone against Slovenia (BBC1, Wednesday) but today we might need to try a different approach. After all, Prince Harry shuffled off to meet his ex-girlfriend after the dreadful Algeria match, St George was probably Turkish anyway, and if we delve too far back into our history we might find that we actually are the Germans.

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Mackie gives 'Wee Gordon' rotten start at Boro

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Strachan aims to get Middlesbrough off to a screamer

Gordon Strachan's first game in charge of Celtic could not have veered further off the rails, a 5-0 embarrassment by the unheralded Czech side Artmedia that, in the goldfish bowl of Glasgow football, raised immediate doubts over his tenure. He failed to win either of his debut games when at Coventry or Southampton, his other managerial stopovers, which cannot inspire those of a superstitious nature at this most supernatural time of year.

Strachan wants 'something different' at Middlesbrough

Gordon Strachan has joined Middlesbrough in search of "something different" from his previous managerial experiences.

Strachan accepts Middlesbrough job

Middlesbrough have confirmed the appointment of Gordon Strachan as their new manager.

Preston give Strachan plenty to think about

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Middlesbrough delay unveiling manager

Middlesbrough are not now expected to make any announcement about their new manager over the weekend.

Strachan set to become Middlesbrough boss

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was today finalising his move to appoint Gordon Strachan as the club's new manager.

Boro aiming to replace Southgate with Strachan

Middlesbrough could have beaten Derby County 10-0 and it would have made no difference to the fate of their manager, Gareth Southgate, who was sacked two hours later to pave way for the anticipated arrival of Gordon Strachan.

Strachan favourite for Middlesbrough job

Gordon Strachan could be appointed as the new Middlesbrough manager before the weekend following Gareth Southgate's shock sacking.

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