Sport David Moyes has said he hopes to know more on the transfer of Cesc Fabregas in the next few days

David Gill has stood aside for group managing director Richard Arnold as well

David Gill has overseen a decade of dominance at Old Trafford since first taking up his role in 2003

After decade in charge, David Gill to step down as Manchester United chief executive

Sir Alex Ferguson offers high praise for departing chief executive

The Swansea players celebrate Michu’s opener
Rio Ferdinand

Fan gang went to Rio's home

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed he was confronted by a gang of hooded fans during contract talks with the club eight years ago. The group turned up outside the player's house to demand that he signed a new deal.

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand reveals confrontation with gang of hooded Manchester United fans

'United boys' wanted centre-back to sign new contract

Diary: Foxy's defence – the meeting was pure coincidence – has the ring of verity

Even at this 11th hour and 59th minute, is it too late to save Dr Liam Fox? With the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell due to report to the PM today on Foxy's friendship with Adam Werritty, pray God someone instantly alerts Sir Gus to this rebuttal of the damaging charge that, in Mr Werritty's company, he met with the American director of a private equity firm with commercial links to the Ministry of Defence. The good doctor insists this pow-wow in a Dubai restaurant came about purely by chance – and before cynics sneer and sneerers sin, there is a compelling precedent for such a defence.

Chelsea: we are 'strong' despite £70m losses in Double season

Club heavily in the red last year but happy to press on with planned multimillion outlay on striker Torres

Sam Wallace: Eight years in and Abramovich has reverted to his original strategy – splashing the cash

Talking Football: When the dust has settled on most of Abramovich's big decisions at Chelsea you can just about see the cold, hard logic. But it is harder this time

Abramovich offers cash backing for Ancelotti

Roman Abramovich has assured Carlo Ancelotti that his job is safe for now in the wake of Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday that has left them with 10 points from the last 11 games. Ancelotti will also have the funds to bid for Benfica defender David Luiz this month.

Ex-Chelsea boss Peter Kenyon wins damages

The former Chelsea FC chief executive Peter Kenyon has accepted £20,000 damages over a claim he had allowed his judgement to be influenced by a "catfight" involving his girlfriend. Mr Kenyon and Chelsea FC plc brought libel proceedings over a story in the Daily Mail in September 2008.

Huang pulls out of takeover as bank's frustrations grow

Kenny Huang, the Hong Kong businessman who led the first and arguably most credible bid to take over Liverpool, last night ended his interest in the club.

Gartside: 'Capello is still right man for England'

Key FA board member gives support to manager who remains keen to stay in job

In search of a polite kind of rebellion

How is the Coalition playing in the Tory shires? Paul Vallely finds out – after a tetchy start

Sam Wallace: A righteous anger that was hitherto absent

Punishing people on the basis of their private lives is a tricky business indeed

Ronaldinho shows Ferguson what he has been missing

Rejuvenated Brazilian was a transfer target the United manager failed to land

Chelsea almost debt free

Roman Abramovich has all but wiped out Chelsea's £340m debt, according to financial figures released by the Barclays Premier League leaders.

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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

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, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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

Comedians share stories of depression

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?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
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