Sport Hove into view: Sami Hyypia’s Brighton were chastened by a commanding Southampton display in a friendly last week

Former Liverpool star returns to English football against Sheffield Wednesday

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 17 December 2013

Villas-Boas sent packing by Spurs after dismal display

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola resigns as manager of Watford

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as manager of Sky Bet Championship club Watford.

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola quits Watford: Italian resigns in 'best interests' of the club

The former Chelsea player took the Championship club to the play-off final last season

Dave Nugent scores from the spot in the days early kick-off between Leicester and Burnley
There’s nothing like that feeling as a manager when you’ve just clinched promotion

Neil Warnock: Why return to management? Because I’m hooked on the buzz – it’s why we keep coming back when the only certainty is the sack

Looking at the managerial merry-go-round the last few weeks, with eight managers fired in 24 days, you must wonder what keeps us coming back for more. I suppose the answer is the satisfaction you get out of it – not just winning a game, but achieving something like promotion or staying up. The buzz you get from that you can’t really put into words. The adrenalin it delivers can be addictive. That feeling you have when the whistle blows and you’ve done what you set out to do… you miss it when you’re not in the game. That is why I was tempted last week when Milan Mandaric asked me to consider taking over Sheffield Wednesday.

Neil Warnock once joked that he would take over Wednesday and try to get them relegated

Neil Warnock rules himself out of the running for vacant Sheffield Wednesday job

The former Blades boss admits taking over the Owls would be too divisive and that it's time to 'put myself to bed'

Sheffield Wednesday’s Connor Wickham (second left) scored both goals in the defeat of Leicester

Championship round-up: Connor Wickham pegs back Leicester while Harry Redknapp enjoys reunion with Bournemouth

Leicester City saw their three-point lead in the Championship evaporate as they were beaten by managerless Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough while Queen's Park Rangers won 3-0 over Bournemouth. On a dramatic evening the bottom three clubs – Wednesday, Barnsley and Yeovil – all won, two of them having sacked their managers at the weekend.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 3 December 2013

England dismiss Australia’s attempt to stir up trouble

Neil Warnock once joked that he would take over Wednesday and try to get them relegated

'Blade' Neil Warnock in running to rescue Sheffield Wednesday

Neil Warnock once joked if he ever became Sheffield Wednesday manager he would do his best to get them relegated, instead he may become the man tasked with keeping the Championship club up.

Neil Warnock makes a point on the touchline at Leeds

Neil Warnock surprise candidate for vacant Sheffield Wednesday managerial position despite links with rivals United

Former Sheffield United manager is coveted by Wednesday chairman

Chris Wood fires a shot at goal during Leicester's 3-0 win over Millwall

Championship Round-Up: Leicester go top thanks to Millwall victory while Burnley suffer defeat at Huddersfield

Elsewhere there were wins for Blackpool and Yeovil while Barnsley's 3-0 defeat to Birmingham sees David Flitcroft sacked

Joey Barton praised after QPR snatch draw against Reading

The midfielder equalised 12 minutes from time

Damian Martinez has joined Sheffield Wednesday from Arsenal on a one-month loan

Transfer news: Arsenal prospect Damian Martinez joins Sheffield Wednesday on one-month loan

21-year-old is regarded as a star of the future at the Emirates

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

Danny Mills and Howard Wilkinson will both form a part of Greg Dyke’s commission

Danny Mills and Howard Wilkinson among those selected for Greg Dyke's unlikely new England task force

FA chairman's effort to revitalise national game starts with commission short on stardust

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 30 January 2015
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee