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Day: April 26, 2010

Manchester City Scrape The Goalkeeping Barrel

The last couple of days must have been filled with conflicting emotions for Gunnar Nielsen. The twenty-three year old Faroese goalkeeper became the first person from his home island to play Premier League football when he stepped in to replace Shay Given during Manchester City’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal on Saturday, but today he could be forgiven to starting to wonder what his club think of him. He managed a clean sheet during his fourteen minutes on the field at The Emirates Stadium, but the injury to Given was sufficient for City to request an emergency loan for another goalkeeper until the end of the season. Perhaps predictably, considering the state of play in the race for the fourth Champions League place, this request has been met with a degree of controversy, not least because the Premier League’s rules on emergency loans are practically non-existent. The league’s rules state only that a player can be signed at this point at the “absolute discretion” of the league itself, but there seems to be no absolute definition as to what this “absolute discretion” actually is. Manchester City currently have what could be described as five first choice goalkeepers. Shay Given, as we know, injured, and the man that could have been described as their second choice, Joe Hart, is on a season-long loan at Birmingham City and cannot be recalled. Their...

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The Monday Morning Link Emporium

We know how you feel. We share your pain. It’s Monday morning, and you’re sitting in front of your monitor, bleary-eyed and holding a cup of coffee with the consistency of molasses in your shaky hands. With that in mind, every Monday morning from now on we’ll be bringing you six of the best football articles from the outside world over the last couple of weeks or so, to help you put off that first spreadsheet for a while. Just don’t blame us if your boss catches you, and if you happen to come across anything that you feel would be appropriate to be shared with the rest of the world, just email us from the “Contact” page on the site. – European Football Weekends follow Lewes to Hampton & Richmond Borough for a tense last day of the season in the Blue Square South and finds that the news that the third from bottom team in the table might not be getting relegated this season anyway doesn’t make the occasion any less tense. (European Football Weekends) –  Equipment geeks might be interested in the new Mitre Tensile, the ball that the journeymen and cloggers of the Football League and Scottish Premier League will be smacking into car parks and rivers next season. And, yes, it will be adorned with the colouring of the clubs, as has been the...

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