The Sport Matrix: Monday 14 October 2013

Baines seeks to capitalise on Cole’s England absence

Leon Clarke scored twice against Sheffield United at Sixfields Stadium

Coventry City 3 Sheffield United 2 Match report: Clarke double sends United to rock bottom

“Mr Blue Sky” was the uplifting choice of music as the teams stepped out at Sixfields on Sunday but for managerless Sheffield United the gloom deepened. Forty-eight hours after David Weir’s dismissal, the Bramall Lane club hit rock bottom in League One, ending the weekend at the foot of the table after their eighth defeat in 11 matches.

Ex-Sheffield United manager David Weir

Time for Steel City to show mettle

With Wednesday winless and United sacking David Weir Sheffield is desperate, writes Simon Hart

David Weir: The former Everton defender was only appointed in June

David Weir cut by Sheffield United after just 13 games following disappointing start

Sheffield United sacked manager David Weir yesterday following the club’s disappointing start to the League One season.

Football fans escape from being crushed in the stands at Hillsborough Stadium

Expert suggests police videos of Hillsborough disaster may have been edited, inquest hears

It also emerged that 74 more police statements are suspected of being altered than was originally believed

Gary Madine celebrates scoring for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine jailed for 18 months for attacking fans

Mr Madine was found guilty of causing Mr Beresford actual bodily harm and causing Mr Hall grievous bodily harm

Barrass, left, goes goal-poaching as the Stoke goalkeeper Dennis Herod fumbles the ball in August 1948

Malcolm Barrass: Robust stalwart of postwar Bolton

In the 1953 Cup final the man he was marking, Stan Mortensen, played one of his best games

Mark Halsey gestures at Shinji Kagawa

Neil Warnock: Managers are only after one thing if they’re nice to refs - that vital decision

Warnock's World: If I’d made as many mistakes as you I’d not be reffing

Gary Madine celebrates scoring for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine found guilty after assaulting a supporter of his own team

23-year-old was involved in the incident at the Paris Bar in Sheffield on a night out

Kyle Walker and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has learned from his mistakes after 'hippy crack' incident

Walker was revealed to have inhaled the legal high nitrous oxide during the summer, with pictures published before England's match against Ukraine leading the Spurs boss to claim he had 'failed to set an example'

The new co-owner of Sheffield United is the first member of Saudi Arabian royalty to invest in English football

Rotherham 3 Sheffield United 1 match report: Blades lack royal approval

Sheffield United's Saudi co-owner demands instant improvement after derby defeat

A view of Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United

Saudi Arabian investor Prince Adbullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz al Saud buys 50 per cent of Sheffield United with task of Premier League return

Stake sold to the grandson of King Abdulaziz for just £1 but with the agreement of a top flight return as soon as it's practical

Stephen Ireland

Transfer news: Stoke City complete loan deal for Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland

The midfielder has been a disappointment ever since he burst onto the scene at Manchester City

Hodgson praised Spurs, Everton and Liverpool for giving opportunities to youngsters

Roy Hodgson fears for future of top English talent

England manager bemoans tendency of clubs like Tottenham to buy seasoned foreigners because the young English players cannot gain experience

Liverpool men admit staging ‘crash for cash’ insurance scam

Suspicions raised after ‘injured’ passengers seen running across dual carriageway to pub

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