Special report: Fans at Premier League matches are being treated worse than ever – PSR could be to blame

Football fans increasingly feel like they are at the bottom of the priority list in the sport they love Shortly after 5pm on a Friday afternoon earlier this month, Chelsea published an urgent travel update on their website. With around 24 hours to go until kick-off of their match against Manchester City, the club was … Read more

Eddie Howe is safe, but an FA Cup run would save Newcastle’s season

Eddie Howe has described Newcastle’s season as ‘challenging’ – PA/Bradley Collyer Newcastle United have always expected this season to be much more difficult than the last, but as we head into spring, Eddie Howe desperately needs another FA Cup win to avoid the season turning into regret and an anti-climax. Newcastle has been in danger … Read more

Sir Jim Ratcliffe: I took over Man Utd to dethrone Man City and Liverpool

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has outlined his vision to “dethrone” Manchester City and Liverpool by returning Manchester United to the top of world football within three years. In an hour-long briefing at his Ineos headquarters, Ratcliffe also discussed using state funding for major regeneration around Old Trafford and said he had yet to make a decision … Read more

Manchester United are formally closing in on Newcastle for Dan Ashworth

Dan Ashworth is contractually obliged to spend almost two years on gardening leave – Getty Images/Serena Taylor Manchester United are preparing for a compensation battle with Newcastle over Dan Ashworth after finally making a formal approach for their highly-rated sporting director. Newcastle announced in a statement on Monday afternoon that Ashworth had formally begun a … Read more

Dame Sarah Connolly on Zarqa Al Yamama, the new opera that brings together the Arab and Western worlds

Composer Lee Bradshaw, Dame Sarah Connolly and soprano Reemaz Oqbi (handout) In the ornate Goldsmiths’ Hall near St Paul’s, one of Britain’s finest opera singers, Dame Sarah Connolly, performs an excerpt from a new work. As her powerful voice fills the room, busts of George III and George IV stare on and chandeliers filled with … Read more

David Moyes and West Ham have an uneasy marriage – can both do better?

David Moyes’ contract at West Ham expires at the end of the season and both parties have shown little intention of agreeing a new contract – Steven Paston/PA Wire These are strange days at West Ham United. Seventh in the Premier League, in the last 16 of the Europa League and with a very experienced … Read more

The figures that show that Arsenal are better than last season

The arrival of Declan Rice has changed the face of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal – Reuters/John Sibley Could a team two places lower in the Premier League, with fewer points and fewer goals scored than at the comparable stage of the previous campaign, have improved? It sounds unlikely, but evidence is mounting that this is true … Read more