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Day: January 14, 2009

John Lawless Is A… Well, Draw Your Own Conclusions

John Lawless is a Liverpool supporter. In fact, he’s more than a Liverpool supporter. He started his professional career at Liverpool as a trainee, although he didn’t make the grade at Anfield. After that, he went on to play in an FA Trophy final for Burscough, had a stint as a full-time player in the Welsh Premier League for TNS, before playing for Colwyn Bay. Last summer, he signed for Unibond League Premier Division side Marine. This was something of a homecoming for Lawless, who comes from Marine’s home city of Liverpool. Marine have had a decent season so far and currently sit in fourth place in the Unibond League Premier Division – a play-off spot – with a place in next year’s Conference North looming large on the horizon. Now, however, this promising midfield player has had his contract terminated by Marine on account of his own childish behaviour, both on and off the pitch. Marine play in the suburban outpost of Crosby, on the northernmost edge of Liverpool. I was a regular visitor to Rossett Park whilst living as a student there in the early 1990s. It’s a small, friendly club who, in the early 1990s, briefly came close to achieving greatness. They reached the FA Trophy Final in 1992, made the Third Round FA Cup a year later and won the Unibond League championship in 1994...

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Tony Adams Will Not Win “Manager Of The Year”

Portsmouth’s 2-0 at Bristol City in the FA Cup papered over a couple more cracks in what is rapidly becoming a disastrous season for the Hampshire club. The Premier League table remains kind to them – they have won just once in the last two months in the Premier League, and some of those matches have been against eminently beatable opposition – and they seem to be perilously close to being in a position of financial meltdown, losing players left, right and centre. They lost Harry Redknapp earlier in the season (a subject we’ll return to later), though the jury is still out on whether this is necessarily a bad thing for them or not. Most troubling of all for them, however, is that they have an individual running the show who manages to combine, within his personality, none of the attributes that would expect a prospective employer would look for when looking to hire the manager of a football club, whilst displaying (and having displayed) several character traits that make one wonder aloud as to his suitability for the role. Be truthful now: how many of you expect Tony Adams to be successful as Portsmouth’s manager? A quick review of their season so far doesn’t offer much by the way of consolation. One mught have expected them to challenge for a European place this season off the back...

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