KIERAN SHANNON: Positive approach pays dividends for Guardiola

The setting was the wine lands of South Africa, the sport rugby, but it could just as easily have applied to soccer in Manchester and Ireland, or to Gaelic football, especially in Ulster.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Prima donnas, introverts, and defining the greats

For a media working off morsels to understand what really makes Jim Gavin tick, his keynote presentation at the HPX High Performance Conference back in October, when everyone from Maslow to Mandela to MLK got a mention, was rightly considered revelatory.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The trouble for Alan Dillon was that he was no trouble

Dillon remained underrated both inside and outside his own county, right up until he announced his retirement yesterday morning, writes Kieran Shannon

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