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Why Ferguson left Man United at the right time
A lot has been said about how Alex Ferguson left behind a st A lot has been said about how Alex Ferguson left behind a stagnating team – not least the subtle dig that he got out because he knew the side wouldn’t be up to it this season. But if it is true that...
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It’s been another wasted weekend for Wilfried Zaha. It’s been another wasted weekend for Wilfried Zaha. When Manchester United spent a fee that will rise to £15 million for his services last January most of us didn’t expect him to be a regular starter. But surely we envisioned him having more game time to his...
Sam Allardyce is STILL the man for West Ham
West Ham United supporters calling for Sam Allardyce’s dismissal is nothing new. West Ham United supporters calling for Sam Allardyce’s dismissal is nothing new. Some were doing it when they were in contention for promotion and having a good run in the Premiership, but this has obviously intensified in recent weeks with undoubtedly more calling...
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I’m getting fed up of writing about the impatience of chairmen and women in sacking managers, but here goes. I’m getting fed up of writing about the impatience of chairmen and women in sacking managers, but here goes. I’ll keep it relatively short – although who knows when I get going. I wrote an article nearly...
Arsenal and Man City: Closer to the title? mertesacker - ozil_1.jpg
Well, what a game that was – entertainment wise at least. And that’s what we want isn’t it? Entertainment? Well, what a game that was – entertainment wise at least. And that’s what we want isn’t it? Entertainment? Rather than a well-drilled, but stifling 0-0 draw or 1-0 win circa Series A before the 2000s?...
For Hull and Wigan, it is all about change
It is not only their nationality, business acumen, and balding and portly looks that Assem Allam and Mohamed Al-Fayed have in common, no siree. It is not only their nationality, business acumen, and balding and portly looks that Assem Allam and Mohamed Al-Fayed have in common, no siree. It’s also a disregard for followers of...
The fickle nature of football as exemplified at Spurs
The recent ‘crisis’ at Tottenham Hotspur sums up the sheer fickleness of football fans and the media alike. The recent ‘crisis’ at Tottenham Hotspur sums up the sheer fickleness of football fans and the media alike. A month or so ago, Tottenham’s new look side were drawing praise left, right and centre for the way...
Wilfried Zaha: What would Alex Ferguson say?
What is going on with Wilfried Zaha? What is going on with Wilfried Zaha? One minute he’s playing in the Community Shield in a match that David Moyes – in his first competitive game as Manchester United manager – desperately wanted to win, the next he’s no longer considered good enough for a place on...
Football news: Hodgson’s dilemma with victory for Van Persie
England’s exhibition matches against Chile and Germany over the next week can either be a chance to further crystallise the perceived starting line-up, or an opportunity to blood the fringe p England’s exhibition matches against Chile and Germany over the next week can either be a chance to further crystallise the perceived starting line-up, or...
Can Moyes’ new regime help Manchester United?
Predictions can often be wrong and meaningless. Predictions can often be wrong and meaningless. Why, if we could pinpoint the future, we could all make a fortune - and although I personally feel Manchester United will not retain their league title this season, it doesn’t mean they won’t, even if they have made a stuttering...
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The people at the Football Association are, according to Harry Redknapp, ‘clueless.’ Well, if I didn’t need reminding then my reading of a book, FA Confidential: Sex, Drugs and Pe The people at the Football Association are, according to Harry Redknapp, ‘clueless.’ Well, if I didn’t need reminding then my reading of a book, FA...
Fulham fans should get real about Martin Jol
When a new chairman or chairwoman comes into a club they often have their own ideas on how things should be run on and off the pitch, which means whoever is the manager at that point is in danger o When a new chairman or chairwoman comes into a club they often have their own...
Is the credit to Steve Harper all necessary?
Last week saw the likes of Alan Shearer, David Ginola, Andrei Shevchenko, Paulo Maldini and Franco Baresi get together to celebrate Steve Harper’s career that took in 20 years at Newcastle Un Last week saw the likes of Alan Shearer, David Ginola, Andrei Shevchenko, Paulo Maldini and Franco Baresi get together to celebrate Steve Harper’s...
Manchester United’s transfer ‘woes’ nothing new moyesmanutd.jpg
Just three league games into the new season and the knives a Just three league games into the new season and the knives are already sharpened for David Moyes. Some have voiced concern over his side’s inability to yield a goal in their last two games, but the dissenting voices are mainly to do with...
Review: The first weekend of the Premier League epl.jpg
Well, it’s here. There’s no going back now. Not for another nine months at least. Well, it’s here. There’s no going back now. Not for another nine months at least. The first day of top-flight football arrived last weekend. For some it’s the beginning of a nightmare as Sky Sports builds up every match as...
Selling Jermain Defoe is a seriously stupid move
It could all be hearsay, but if Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Jermain Defoe then they’re nuttier than a fruitcake being dipped in hazelnut coffee by the hands of David Icke. It could all be hearsay, but if Tottenham Hotspur are willing to sell Jermain Defoe then they’re nuttier than a fruitcake being dipped...
Bale, Tottenham and the Champions League bid
Many people have compared the situation that Gareth Bale and Tottenham Hotspur find themselves in with that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s own stand-off with Manchester United four years ago over a t Many people have compared the situation that Gareth Bale and Tottenham Hotspur find themselves in with that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s own stand-off with Manchester...
At what age is a player really at their peak?
It’s that time of year when the football based media is filled with stories of players supposedly harbouring for moves elsewhere or committing themselves to their contracted club. It’s that time of year when the football based media is filled with stories of players supposedly harbouring for moves elsewhere or committing themselves to their contracted...
Brighton fans should feel positive about Garcia
The loss of a well-loved manager is hard to take particularly when they have guided you in your most successful period for over 20 years. The loss of a well-loved manager is hard to take particularly when they have guided you in your most successful period for over 20 years. Brighton & Hove Albion fans...
What is the football future for Wayne Rooney?
As far as I see, Wayne Rooney’s time as a forward has run its course. As far as I see, Wayne Rooney’s time as a forward has run its course. He’s still a handful in that part of the pitch, but all too often he gets caught out by defenders bearing down on him. His...
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When the new fixtures were released for the 2013/2014 League One campaign, many Wolverhampton Wanderers fans must have been dreading it. When the new fixtures were released for the 2013/2014 League One campaign, many Wolverhampton Wanderers fans must have been dreading it. Little over a year ago they were still playing Premiership football and here...
What is England’s future after the under-21s? England football, kettle mag
A lot has been said about why England’s Under-21s failed so spectacularly at this month’s European Championships. A lot has been said about why England’s Under-21s failed so spectacularly at this month’s European Championships. Much of it has been centred on how the country’s players from all age groups are not as good as many others around...
Should Lambert have been selected for England?
Well, what do you know, another hypocritical England manager with no bottle. Yes, I am talking about current coach Roy Hodgson and his handling of Southampton striker Rickie Lambert. Despite Lambert being the top scoring Englishman in last season’s Premier League, he is seen to be surplus to requirements for the international friendlies against Republic...
Wenger’s legacy could have been so different
The pictures that came out after Arsenal had clinched the fourth Champions League spot were some of the most embarrassing I have seen for a long time. The pictures that came out after Arsenal had clinched the fourth Champions League spot were some of the most embarrassing I have seen for a long time. Players...
Have Wigan Athletic finally run out of steam?
Another season, another relegation fight for Wigan Athletic. Another season, another relegation fight for Wigan Athletic. In stature, they shouldn’t be in the Premiership, but will they defy the odds again? There’s no doubting that they can (when they are at their best on the pitch they should be in the top division and probably higher than they are...
Will Martin O’Neill ever manage at the very top?
It wasn’t long ago that Martin O’Neill was regularly touted for the eventual vacancy at Manchester United. It wasn’t long ago that Martin O’Neill was regularly touted for the eventual vacancy at Manchester United. Every time the scenario was mentioned he was almost always in the top three candidates. But since spells with Aston Villa...
Can West Ham emulate Manchester City’s success?
With West Ham United finally confirmed as the permanent tenants of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford from 2016, can the Hammers push onto the next level? Or the level above the next level? With West Ham United finally confirmed as the permanent tenants of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford from 2016, can the Hammers push...