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Who should bat at three for England?
England captain Joe Root has spoken in the last couple of days about the pressing need for England to secure someone to bat at number three in the line-up. In the last test, Ben Stokes deputised, but I can't see that continuing. And before, that, Moeen Ali has had his stint at the top end...
Why the new Tottenham Hotspur shop is a cause for concern News Spurs Stadium
Being in the unique position of being a Spurs fan, and an NFL fan, I have much to look forward to when the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium is finally completed. It should be easy enough to travel to watch NFL games on a regular basis, and if there ends up becoming a franchise in London,...
Who’s the Premier League manager of the season so far?
So, we're over a third of the way into the 2018-19 Premier League season, and whilst some teams have disappointed, some have shown some surprising amounts of quality. And with the managers' at the helms of these clubs, who can be on the shortlist for the Manager of the Season award at this early stage?...
Are the ECB selectors getting lucky? Ben Foaks
Two tests down in Sri Lanka, and England have won the series. Once again, the batting has been okay, but not much better than that. A major theme recently has been that within the batting line-up, one big innings from one player has saved the blushes of the rest of the team. In the first...
Why the victory against Newcastle doesn’t mean he’ll be Jose-ved
I've read a lot about how the last gasp victory for Manchester United at the weekend against Newcastle had saved Jose Mourinho's job as manager. Yes, they scored three pretty late goals, and yes, it was reminiscent of the kind of character which was always abundant in the Fergie days. But when one analyses the...
An assessment of the newly promoted Premier League clubs
It's always interesting to see the newly promoted teams in action, in the first few weeks of the season - to see the new players which make up their teams, and to see the type of football that they each play, and bring to the league. Only a few years ago, however, the process of...
Why the new UEFA club competition could be a disaster
Recently, UEFA have announced that they will be introducing a new 32-team competition to go alongside the Champions League and Europa League from the year 2021. Presumably, this decision has been made in order to accommodate teams that would never usually gain qualification into the two established competitions. One can almost see why they have...
Why Mauricio Pochettino isn’t quite as ‘magic’ as most people think
Three games into the new Premier League Season, and Spurs were in a cluster of teams at the top of the table who had a spotless record. Everything, to the outside, and even within certain inside eyes, looked rosey again, and there were even murmurs of another title 'challenge' (for want of a better word,...
The real reason why England fans dislike International breaks
It is of no subtlety that fans of football, and in particular, teams in higher tier leagues, dislike International breaks, and can't wait for the domestic season to resume. For these fans, these two weeks feel like much longer, with little football of any interest on, and even less that matters in the grand scheme...
England cricket selectors: A waste of time?
At the time of writing, England have just beaten India in the fourth test of their five match series, leading 3-1. Now, no matter what happens in the final match, England will have won this series, against the number one team in the world. However, not even the most deluded England fans will believe that...
Cook’s Retirement: The end of a struggle for England?
How about a positive England Test Cricket fan? Yes, it does sound almost unbelievable. Most will be looking at Alistair Cook's retirement from International Cricket as a worry for a number of reasons. The lack of experience of the current crop against top sides will be pointed out all the more by the media. But...
Is sport changing from a hobby, to a commodity?
Even just a couple of years ago, watching live sport was relatively simple. Although a subscription was required, it was well known within the community that if one wanted to watch any mainstream sport, then a Sky Sports subscription would pretty much cover it all - or at least, it was the only place to...