Sport Sean Dyche celebrates with Burnley players after the win at Blackpool

The Premier League is so tantalisingly close for Burnley supporters that they have already started dreaming of trips to Anfield, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge next season – and it is all thanks to Sean Dyche.

The Sporting Week Ahead (23/03/13)

Today

Chris Hafa’ufia scores one of the Exiles' three tries

Round-up: Flood reigns over Exeter endeavour

Toby Flood booted Leicester up to second place in the Premiership when he landed four penalties as the Tigers edged Exeter 12-9 in a kicking contest in Devon.

Skipper George Skivington to stay with London Irish for three more years

Former England Saxons captain George Skivington has extended his contract with London Irish.

Gus Poyet turns down potential bonus of £1.5m at Reading to remain at Brighton

The manager held talks with the struggling Premier League side

Gus Poyet is the favourite

Eamonn Dolan backed to take Reading job full-time despite Gus Poyet talk

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy says caretaker can keep Royals in the Premier League

Jessie J had her hair shaved off for Comic Relief, raising £500,000

Jessie J to headline AllStarz Summer Party in Reading this summer

Singer Jessie J has unveiled her first live date of the summer, months after disappointing fans by postponing her sell-out tour.

Gus Poyet has become frustrated by Brighton’s financial limitations

Gus Poyet on verge of Reading job as Brighton take £2m pay-off

Uruguayan has met with Russian owner and could be in place for Arsenal match

Gus Poyet saw his stock rise further with last weekend’s FA Cup win against Newcastle United

Gus Poyet emerges as favourite for Reading job amid reports Brighton manager has held talks

The Brighton manager's odds of replacing Brian McDermott have been shortened

Clockwise from top left: Nigel Adkins, Michael Appleton, Roberto di Matteo

Number of managerial sackings 'embarrassing' say LMA boss following sacking of Michael Appleton at Blackburn

Richard Bevan accuses football of becoming 'arrogant'

12.	Michael Owen - £40.5m

Michael Owen - factfile

The former Liverpool and England striker has announced his retirement

Nemanja Vidic applauds United’s victory over Reading

Manchester United 1 Reading 0 match report: United happy winning ugly says Chris Smalling after 15 point gap opens up

United lead City by a huge margin with only a few games to go

The Sport Matrix: Monday 18 March 2013

Ireland scrape past Italians to claim first Grand Slam

Manchester United 1 Reading 0 match report: Wayne Rooney lifts low-key United to open up a 15-point gap

Reading seven points from safety as they fail to halt leaders' seeming stroll to 20th League title

Rio Ferdinand pictured in Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Chelsea

Premier League: Manchester United v Reading match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Christian Benteke of Aston Villa shoots past Stephen Kelly of Reading to score their first goal

Premier League: Aston Villa v QPR match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Villa Park

elsewhere in football
Sport
Yossi Benayoun (left) and Joey Barton
One of the former QPR team-mates calls the other 'stupid'
Sport
Frank Lampard is presented as a New York City FC player
TRANSFER TALK New York City FC midfielder hopes the past 13 years of good behaviour have helped forget his part in a drinking binge
Sport
Patrick Vieira is a youth coach at Manchester City
COMMENTJack Pitt-Brooke: The club's youth team coach took his players off the field after clashes during a pre-season friendly in Croatia
Sport
England players trudge off after their dismal exit from the World Cup
Labour claims a ‘moral obligation’ to abide by £50m spending requirement
Sport
GALLERY Incredibly, it might not actually be the worst football strip ever released
Sport
TRANSFER ANALYSIS The arrival of Rodriguez and Kroos at the Bernabeu could spark an exodus - so which ones could be heading to the Premier League?
Sport
ANALYSIS A look at the most expensive frontlines at Europe's giants
Sport
Jeremy Mathieu
TRANSFER TALK Doubts raised as to whether the signing from Valencia is good value for money
Sport
Bryan Robson said England are 'way off' winning a major tournament
And he also believes it will take time before any world-class players emerge
Sport
A view of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium
IN DEPTH Manchester City offer cheapest season tickets whilst Arsenal remain the most costly
Career Services

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little