Gordon Strachan

Fitness doubts still hang over Bale and Fletcher

There were losers all round yesterday in the aftermath of the British derby World Cup qualifier in the snow globe scene of Hampden Park on Friday night. In the wake of a 2-1 comeback victory achieved with the quick one-two of an Aaron Ramsey penalty and a Hal Robson-Kanu header 20 minutes from time, Wales manager Chris Coleman was left to count the loss of the treasured Gareth Bale to injury and the influential Ramsey to a red card to be accounted for ahead of Tuesday's crucial Group A contest with Croatia at the Liberty Stadium.

No surprises in Scotland squad

Interim Scotland manager Billy Stark has named a familiar squad for next week's friendly against Luxembourg with no surprise inclusions.

Craig Levein: The worst Scotland manager ever?

It was announced yesterday evening that Craig Levein had been axed as coach of the Scotland national team. An explanatory statement from the SFA claimed that they had made the decision "…primarily due to the disappointing results".

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Mowbray targets Europe on Middlesbrough return

After a near 20-year hiatus, Tony Mowbray, Middlesbrough's prodigal son, returned to Teesside yesterday, his challenge to lead the club back into the Premier League. His immediate short-term aim is rather more modest: to extricate the club he represented with such distinction from the Championship relegation zone.

Hagi given the Galatasary job as Koeman rules out 'small club' Boro

Galatasary yesterday appointed Gheorghe Hagi as their new coach for a second spell at the Super Lig club. The former Romania international, who played for the club for five years and coached them between 2004 and 2005, replaces Frank Rijkaard, who left the club on Wednesday.

Brian Viner: This throne is the greatest leveller

On Monday it will be 250 years since King George II died on the toilet. It is not what he would have wished to be remembered for a quarter of a millennium after his death, for he also spoke six languages, and was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle. That was during the War of the Austrian Succession, at Dettingen in Bavaria in 1743, an eventful year for the king. A few months earlier he had been present at the inaugural London performance of Handel's Messiah.