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

Ferguson 'will be the key' to choosing his successor at Old Trafford, says Gill

In part two of an exclusive interview, Manchester United's chief executive says there's no date for manager's retirement but praises McClaren's foresight and calls Mourinho 'a winner'.

Campbell hits out at England omission

Sol Campbell believes he missed out on a place in Fabio Capello's World Cup squad because the Italian simply does not like him as a player.

West Ham line up Grant as sacked Zola faces a fight for compensation

It was all over in a matter of minutes when West Ham sacked Gianfranco Zola yesterday but the repercussions are likely to rumble on for months to come. The Italian was put out of his misery with a bullet at breakfast time in a brief meeting with the club's vice chairman Karren Brady.

Every national squad needs a player of his class

When he picks up the newspapers this morning to find that potentially the biggest international comeback since David Beckham's is no longer a secret, we must only hope Jamie Carragher does not change his mind.

Notable British managers to coach abroad

Former England manager Steve McClaren is on the verge of winning the Dutch championship with FC Twente.

Capello: 'This is best for the whole team'

Terry promises to focus 'on being best possible player' after list of unsavoury revelations forces manager to sack him as England captain

Megson denies Samuel bust-up reports

Bolton boss Gary Megson has described suggestions of a recent bust- up with Jlloyd Samuel as "scurrilous" and designed to cause problems.

Rooney says England must improve

Wayne Rooney believes England have a lot of improving to do if they are to stand a chance of lifting the World Cup in South Africa next year.

Steve McClaren: I survived ultimate failure. Now I fear nothing

Two years since he left England under a raincloud, the former national manager is enjoying his day in the sun, topping the Dutch league with FC Twente. In an exclusive interview, he tells Sam Wallace how he rebuilt his life, and why he won't rush back to the Premier League

McClaren signs new Twente deal

Steve McClaren has signed a 12-month extension to his contract at FC Twente which ties him to the Eredivisie leaders until 2011.

Strachan set to become Middlesbrough boss

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was today finalising his move to appoint Gordon Strachan as the club's new manager.

Capello ponders Heskey-Defoe debate

England manager Fabio Capello admits he has "more or less" made up his mind over whether to play Emile Heskey or Jermain Defoe in tomorrow night's crucial World Cup qualifier against Croatia at Wembley.

Beckham not seeking Croatia revenge

David Beckham has denied that England will be driven by revenge when they host Croatia in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Wednesday.

Defoe set to replace Heskey for England

Striker's fine form has convinced Capello to play him alongside Rooney for Slovenia match in a switch from usual starting line-up
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After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

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A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

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