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Manager bemoans another poor performance as his United side suffers second successive defeat

Newcastle's Steven Taylor is shown a straight red card last night

Manchester City 4 Newcastle United 0: Wide-eyed despondency replaces blind faith among the Toon army

The Newcastle fans had never travelled to Manchester so certain of defeat

Steven Fletcher celebrates scoring the opening goal

Premier League: Sunderland v Newcastle match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

Gap year: Despite a better season Torres needs to rediscover his best

Revamped Chelsea must show they have more than luck on their side

It is one of those quirks of football that Chelsea supporters will come to look back on the season with their worst League record for 10 years as one of the proudest in the club's long history. The year 2012 will be etched in the memory of everyone for whom blue is the colour, along with Jose Mourinho's first championship of 2005 (after a 50-year gap) and the first FA Cup win of 1970. Even Carlo Ancelotti's Double two years ago – an undeniably greater achievement – is likely to be emotionally eclipsed by the triumph that no one could deliver to Stamford Bridge until Roberto Di Matteo's under-strength team somehow beat Bayern Munich in their own backyard to become champions of Europe.

Bert van Marwijk's side stumbled out of Euro 2012 at the group stage

Divided Netherlands begin hunt for new coach after Bert van Marwijk quits

Speculation is already rife over who will replace Bert van Marwijk as coach of the Netherlands, the biggest underachievers of Euro 2012, and there are no shortage of candidates.

Gullit's crazy Chechen job 'too bizarre for words'

Ruud Gullit said his five-month stay at Chechen club Terek Grozny was so absurd he found it funny. The Dutch coach was sacked on Tuesday after poor results left Terek close to the bottom of the Russian Premier League.

Game over in Grozny: Gullit is sacked by Chechen President

The bizarre sojourn of Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit in Chechnya ended last night, as he was unceremoniously sacked as manager of the region's leading football team, Terek Grozny.

Ruud Gullit sacked by Terek Grozny

Chechnya's Kremlin-backed strongman said he fired Terek Grozny coach Ruud Gullit today after the team lost a match billed as his last chance to prove he cared more for their poor league position than bars.

James Lawton: Our game must look to NFL to finally do right by black managers

The National Football League, with more than three-quarters of its players black, can point out that 22 per cent of its head coaches are from 'ethnic minorities', up from six per cent in 2003

James Lawton: Forget the hype, Guardiola's Barça are still eclipsed by the true greats

Take at least one step back and it is hard not to believe that the Milan team of Arrigo Sacchi would have started firm favourites against Pep Guardiola's Barça

Gullit relishing Russian challenge at Terek Grozny

Ruud Gullit says he is looking forward to the challenge of leading Terek Grozny after being unveiled as the Russian club's new manager.

Ruud Gullit says Holland/Belgium is the 'fun bid'

Holland/Belgium kicked off the 2018 World Cup presentations today by telling FIFA members that "small is beautiful" and theirs was the "fun bid".

Touré: Beating the 'little teams' is all that matters

City defender insists draws against top sides will be enough for club to clinch a Champions League place

Spoils are shared in Manchester

Mancini rejects criticism of tactics after City and United divide the spoils in derby

Footy Shorts: Millwall fan faces life ban

Millwall will ban for life the hooligan fan who chased Watford's Lloyd Doyley around the pitch yesterday – while another Lions supporter has been arrested for attacking the pitch invader, writes Alistair Grant. The first fan, a member of the armed services, invaded The Den pitch and pursued the right-back Doyley, who ran in the opposite direction before the supporter was bundled off the pitch by a steward and Lions striker Neil Harris. The man then scuffled with security staff and other Millwall fans, including a 41-year-old man who has been arrested on suspicion of assault. Millwall said the first fan will be charged with entering the field of play and is set to be banned for life. The club will also file a report to the FA, who are set to investigate the arrests in the latest hooligan probe to involve Millwall. The incidents happened 11 minutes after Doyley had been booked for a late tackle in front of fans of Millwall, who were losing 2-0 at the time – they lost the match 6-1.

Gullit to lead Dutch World Cup bid

Former world player of the year Ruud Gullit has been named president of Holland and Belgium's bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

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