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

Mark Robins

Mark Robins appointed manager of Huddersfield

The 43-year-old joins from Coventry

Huddersfield’s Sean Scannell rounds Anthony Knockaert of Leicester

Adam Le Fondre eager for starting role at Reading following recent run of goals

Striker wants to shake off the 'super-sub' label

'Ere, giz us a job? Primary school head bans children from using improper enunciation

Was this the social engineering of a middle-class teacher?

Huhne faces jail after he admitted lying to avoid a speeding penalty

Nervous Lib Dems search for MP with a clean past to replace Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne formally stood down as an MP today – and will shortly lose his Liberal Democrat membership.

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Michael Appleton left to take charge at Blackburn

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Rodgers points to homegrown talents Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen as proof the best players may be on Liverpool's doorstep

Hendre Fourie won eight caps for England from 2010 to 2011

Former England international Hendre Fourie told he can remain in country

Visa was cancelled after Fourie retired

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Police investigating the murder of a church organist who died after he was attacked on Christmas Eve say they still do not know why he was killed.

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Union tries to stop Fourie's deportation

Retired England flanker to be sent back to South Africa in 60 days as his visa is no longer valid

'Secrecy' of social workers makes them look ‘idiotic’ Social workers must ‘explain more’ after Ukip case

Social workers must be more willing to explain their decisions to the public because a culture of secrecy is allowing sensible rulings to be seen as “random and idiotic”, according to the policy expert who carried out the Government’s independent review of the profession.

John Curtice: Mid-term loss for the Tories has proved Ukip’s gain

The principal electoral development of 2012 was the advent of mid-term blues for the Conservatives. The party began the year well, with a narrow lead over Labour, one secured the previous month thanks to David Cameron’s European veto.

Voters have deserted the Conservatives in 2012, during a punishing year for the party

Tories lost a fifth of their voters in the last year, poll reveals

Voters deserted the Conservatives during a punishing year for the party as it dropped almost one-fifth of its electoral support, The Independent’s latest poll of polls can disclose.

Poll claims Ukip support has reached new high at 15%

Support for the UK Independence Party (Ukip) has reached a new high of 15%, according to a new poll.

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