Sport Happy days: Steve McClaren has accentuated the positive in lifting Derby County into promotion contention

Rams manager is regarded more as a messiah of the East Midlands than the 'wally with a brolly' of his England days

Glenn Hoddle

Harry Redknapp gives backing to Glenn Hoddle to succeed Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach

The Young Lions endured a disastrous European Championships

Down and out Craig Dawson scores from the spot
Alan Pardew Signed a new eight-year deal in September, when Newcastle were 10th

Alan Pardew faces sack should Newcastle go down

Alan Pardew is aware that relegation to the Championship could end his time in charge at Newcastle United.

England manager Roy Hodgson

Montenegro v England: Steve McClaren says tonight is a 'defining game for Roy Hodgson'

Defeat for England tonight would seriously dent aspirations of reaching the 2014 World Cup

Steven Taylor first called his dad and told him he was in the England squad

Recalled Newcastle defender Steven Taylor 'would run through brick walls' for England

Newcastle defender rewarded for best spell of career with return to the national squad

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill joins backroom staff at QPR

Former Nottingham Forest manager agrees short term deal

Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates breaking Gerd Müller’s record

European round-up: Messi's marvellous year... two goals in Barça win breaks Müller record

Argentine magician strikes twice to reach total of 86 for 2012 and smash 40-year-old mark while Falcao hits five in La Liga for first time in 10 years

Substitute David Villa, back after a broken leg, struck Barça’s winner

Round-up: David Villa helps Barça stay unbeaten

Barcelona went four points clear at the top of La Liga and remained unbeaten after coming from behind to edge out 10-man Seville 3-2 with two late goals.

Steve Cotterill: Forest's new Kuwaiti owners said the manager did not fit with 'their vision'

Ferguson Jnr in frame as Nottingham Forest sack Steve Cotterill

Darren Ferguson is the early favourite to be the next Nottingham Forest manager after Steve Cotterill was sacked yesterday.

Slaven Bilic has an earring, a rock band and a law degree

The Last Word: Magnificent Bilic shows it is still a macho man's game

It is all about the dude within.

Simon Kelner: If Roy thinks it's all over, he can always read a book

I don't know whether we are supposed to find it more remarkable that Roy Hodgson is a devotee of the novels of Martin Amis, or that Amis is a keen follower of football, but even in our flattened-out, pick-and-mix culture, it did seem a little peculiar to hear the man regarded as Britain's greatest novelist discussing Hodgson's predilection for the long-ball game.

Sport on TV: We are in alien territory if the England manager is successful

As the comedian Al Murray said on How To Be England Manager (BBC4, Wednesday): "The Americans must have an alien in a warehouse somewhere who could manage the England team." Given that winning a tournament is about as likely as the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it could turn out a happy coincidence.

Roy Hodgson (left) and Gary Neville (centre) speak to Glen Johnson during an England training session atthe Etihad Stadium yesterday

Hodgson makes a sunny start – with Neville's assistance

England in bright mood under their new manager as coach puts his boots back on

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic appointed as coach of Lokomotiv Moscow

Slaven Bilic has been appointed coach of Lokomotiv Moscow from next season after they beat off competition from the Premier League for his signature.

Fabio Capello at his first England press conference

England managers: What they said at their first press conference

Roy Hodgson was yesterday unveiled as the the new England manager. During his press conference, he talked of his delight at being named as manager and his ambitions for the Three Lions.

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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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