Sport Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane look set to become the new coaching staff of the Republic of Ireland national team

The pair have been confirmed as the new management team

City squander two-goal buffer against Fulham

Manchester City 2 Fulham 2

Return of the outsider: Michael Owen

Despite his prolific goalscoring for Liverpool, Michael Owen was never idolised by the fans at Anfield. He returns with Manchester United tomorrow, older and less mobile perhaps, but still a man for the big occasion, writes Ian Herbert

Ireland relishing French test

Sean St Ledger has warned France's superstars they are in for a battle if they are to squeeze past the Republic of Ireland into next summer's World Cup finals.

Hughes expecting tight Premier League battle

Mark Hughes expects the battle for Premier League honours to be more keenly contested than ever this season.

Zabaleta's sending-off keeps City dreams grounded

Wigan Athletic 1 Manchester City 1

Hughes: It was an obvious penalty but these things happen very quickly

Manchester City took another small step in their plans to break the grip of the Premier League's big four yesterday but, while they failed to beat Wigan Athletic, Mark Hughes, their manager, said that the invincibility of the traditionally dominant clubs was slipping more than ever.

Kilbane the water carrier finally has place at top table

There is always another demand, that is the nature of this life of his, but then the best measure of Kevin Kilbane is found in his willingness. His career is a triumph of presence, of being wherever he is needed and then never shirking from trying to offer the best of himself. So at Hull's training ground on Friday, he met each new round of questioners with a disarming smile and generosity of spirit that said all you needed to know about the soul of this austere player.

Filipovic backs Ireland for play-off success

Montenegro boss Zoran Filipovic has backed the Republic of Ireland to emerge from the play-off lottery to reach the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Given on best behaviour for century duty

Republic goalkeeper wins 100th cap knowing a booking will mean play-off suspension

Given hits out after Barry taunts

Manchester City 'keeper Shay Given has hit out at the reaction of the Aston Villa fans towards Gareth Barry on his first return to the midlands club.

West Ham embarrassed by City's striking riches

West Ham United 1 Manchester City 3

James Lawton: Owen displays edge in class that money just can't buy

Owen reassured United that they may still have a vital edge over their noisy neighbours

Chelsea ease to 3-0 win over Tottenham

Chelsea 3 Tottenham 0

Old boy finds love and savours revenge

"I want you to know that the level of verbal intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable. And the lack of support and understanding from my management has left me with no option but to get my cape and go."

Hughes tips Ireland as future Manchester City captain

Mark Hughes has tipped Stephen Ireland as a future Manchester City skipper.

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