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Martin O’Neill set to be appointed Nottingham Forest manager

• O’Neill left Republic of Ireland job last November• Former Forest player poised to replace Aitor KarankaMartin O’Neill is poised to become the new manager of Nottingham Forest in a move that would return him to the club where he won two European Cups…

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Kit Carson’s car crash leaves the search for justice with nowhere to go | Daniel Taylor

Alleged victims may never get the answers they seek about former coach who was set to face trial for child abuseOf all the many unanswered questions, there is one that leaps out in particular: why, 15 minutes before he was due to start the first day of…

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Shelvey playing on while Pogba can’t shows FA must allow a second look | Daniel Taylor

Referees know they can make a mistake on a bad tackle when they see an incident in a flash and it’s a cop-out not to punish serious fouls on the basis of video evidenceWe all make mistakes. Even us football writers, as difficult as it may be to believe…

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Manchester United’s old rites of passage built some characters but broke others | Daniel Taylor

The stories Gary Neville and Robbie Savage tell of 1990s initiations can be seen as lads being lads but it is time the club admitted that in some case the culture damaged livesAs Gary Neville will be able to testify, making love to Clayton Blackmore in…

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José Mourinho just the latest casualty in Ed Woodward’s failing regime | Daniel Taylor

Manager did not help himself but the man in charge, the owners and the players at Manchester United have to share the blameIf you ever needed to know what a mess Manchester United have made of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps we can start with the …

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Police investigate allegation of historical racist abuse in Chelsea youth set-up

• Police understood to have talked to former staff member• Inquiries relate to alleged abuse during the 1980s and 1990sPolice have been brought in to investigate allegations that black players in Chelsea’s youth system during the 1980s and 1990s were s…

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How can a sport worth billions spend just a pittance on fighting racism? | Daniel Taylor

As Herman Ouseley announces his impending retirement from Kick It Out after 25 years, a game that can gift Richard Scudamore £5m can surely fund the campaign properlyIt is probably a measure of the man – and the fact he would never draw attention to th…

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Why should someone like Raheem Sterling be seen as ‘fair game’? | Daniel Taylor

Stan Collymore argues that nothing will be done about abuse of Sterling because nothing ever is, but if there was more diversity in the newsrooms it might shape the thinking differentlyBefore going into football journalism full-time I spent a few years…

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Crunch time for Newcastle fans desperate to see return of human touch | Daniel Taylor

The fact the protest scheduled for the Wolves game was postponed because it could ‘jeopardise the potential sale’ by Mike Ashley shows how much Newcastle supporters want changeApologies if this may sound terribly cynical, but when Mike Ashley announced…

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Manchester United do not need miracle to reach top four, says José Mourinho

• Manager believes gap can be closed by end of December• United are 16 points off top, eight points behind top fourJosé Mourinho has retracted his claim that Manchester United now need “a miracle” to finish in the top four, but opted against making any…

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Sol Campbell makes it tricky for himself but it should not have been this hard | Daniel Taylor

Macclesfield’s new manager doesn’t necessarily realise how he comes across sometimes but it is absurd that having eight BAME managers out of 92 feels like a minor breakthroughMoss Rose was once described as the kind of place from where only a misanthro…

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Sound of Dario Gradi’s silence in Barry Bennell affair is deafening | Daniel Taylor

‘Mr Crewe’ was suspended from football two years ago and all sorts of new detail and claims have emerged. All that can really be said is there are more questions than answersMore in hope than expectation, I contacted Dario Gradi a few days ago to ascer…

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to leadWhat would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has qu…

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England fans’ stag-do mentality deserved a snub not players’ applause | Daniel Taylor

England’s away following is neither as racist nor as violent as it used to be but the scenes in Seville did the country down and Gareth Southgate and co could have taken a standWe appear to be in that period now that could probably be described as the …

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Former Crewe coach Paul McCann found not guilty of sexually abusing player

• McCann was Barry Bennell’s assistant at Crewe• Cleared of four charges relating to late 1980sPaul McCann, formerly Barry Bennell’s assistant at Crewe Alexandra, has been cleared of four specimen charges of indecent assault after being accused of repe…

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Gareth Southgate’s young side continue adding to their list of firsts | Daniel Taylor

England manager and his burgeoning team have passed through several barriers already and now they have an away win against a top sideAs Gareth Southgate reflected on the most striking result of his two years as England manager – and the considerable ev…

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Enjoy Eden Hazard while you can lest Real Madrid land their man | Daniel Taylor

Chelsea should try to keep the Belgian but the Spanish giants usually get their targets. At least Hazard is lighting up the Premier League for one more seasonThey don’t bother putting stars on Real Madrid’s shirt to signify all the times they have accu…

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Michael Carrick: ‘Depression over a game sounds extreme but I felt in a very dark place’

The Manchester United coach talks about the guilt that gripped him after the 2009 Champions League final, guiding young players though pitfalls and dishing out rollickingsMichael Carrick tells a story about the first time he encountered Sir Alex Fergus…

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Will Newcastle ever truly be set alight under the Mike Ashley regime? | Daniel Taylor

When will the generations of supporters too young to remember the thrill of a championship chase under Kevin Keegan see their club emerge from all the stagnation and drift?In happier times for Newcastle United, it probably summed up the club’s ambition…

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Time for Southgate to end waiting game and give Phil Foden a chance | Daniel Taylor

Gareth Southgate has been hoping Phil Foden would get more action at Manchester City but that will not happen soon so why not call him up for England now, with Euro 2020 in mind?Phil Foden has left enough positive impressions in the formative stages of…