Sport Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

Mark Robins says he realised he really wanted to be a manager after overseeing a 5-1 home defeat

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner quits following dismal run

The 66-year-old was in his second spell at the League One strugglers

Lower speed limits help tackle the causes of congestion – leading to more regular journey times

Green campaigners welcome 60mph motorway speed limit but motoring groups say it will confuse drivers

EU air pollution rules have forced the move to reduce speed on sections of certain roads

Booted and spurred: ‘World class’ James O’Connor en route to 22 points

London Irish 22 Worcester Warriors 9: James O’Connor takes all the points for Irish against wan Worcester

Warriors let slip their chance to close gap on rest of the field with crucial defeat

Barnsley 1 Coventry City 2 match report: Sky Blues pull off second half comeback with last minute winner

Goals from Franck Moussa and Leon Clarke helped Coventry comeback from a goal down to triumph late on

Christmas and football go hand in hand. But for once I can take a back seat this year

Neil Warnock: This year I can tuck into my Christmas dinner guilt-free at last

After an early lesson, I’ve monitored my food and drink every Christmas for 48 years - until now

Protesters have been very vocal about the so-called 'bedroom tax'; here pictured outside the LibDem conference

One third of disabled people asking for help with ‘bedroom tax’ have applications rejected

Critics say there is a ‘postcode lottery’ for grants meant to protect the vulnerable

Liverpool Santa Dash tries to break world record as Christmas charity fun runs take place across country

Organisers in Liverpool called for 10,000 people to attend in a bid to beat their Las Vegas rivals

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane

Former Labour minister Denis MacShane pleads guilty to fraud over £13,000 Parliamentary expenses

Court hears how money was used to fund trips to Europe under banner of 'research and translation' work

A camera crew fims a scuffle between police and miners at a demonstration at Orgreave Colliery, South Yorkshire, during the miner's strike, 2nd June 1984 - All police forces in England and Wales have been asked to search their files over claims that officers altered witness statements

Battle of Orgreave: Police forces asked to search files over 'altered statements'

Bitter clashes with picketers came at height of 1984 miners' strike

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary expressed serious concern that S. Yorkshire police was still failing to prioritise child grooming investigations (picture posed by model)

Senior officers 'still target other crimes above child grooming'

Approach 'varied significantly' across the force's four districts  - Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham

The Crawley Town manager Richie Barker is just 38 but has a catalogue of qualifications

Life Beyond the Premier League: Crawley Town’s Richie Barker prizes coach education, and right now he is learning fast

It is often said a manager learns more in the bad times than the good, in which case Crawley Town’s Richie Barker is currently receiving a fast-track education.

Toby Flood revived Leicester’s fortunes in the last quarter

Premiership: Tigers and Saints equally matched in slips and sins

The good and bad was served up in 19-19 draw at Welford Road

Wayne Rooney says there is no pecking order with his ‘great friend’ Robin van Persie

Wayne Rooney's return to form delights Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

The England striker scored twice in the Champions League this week

George North will make his Premiership debut for Saints

Weekend Preview: Exeter hope to avoid being blinded by the stars of Saints

Chiefs seek unlikely win at Northampton as England prospects grace Twickenham

Aston Villa player Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Capital One Cup second round match between Aston Villa and Rotherham

Capital One Cup draw: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert happy with Tottenham tie

Manchester United play Liverpool in one of a number of all Premier League ties

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