Sacha Gaydamak has been giving his side of the story as Portsmouth sink deeper and deeper into the mire, but how reliable are his recollections? Mark Murphy has a look at what he has been saying.
Category: The Ball
The tragedy of the Togo team at the African Cup of Nations has inspired a mountain of nonsense in the European press. There are, however, serious questions that need to be asked about why matches were scheduled to be played in the Angolan region of Cibanda.
The cold air that is whistling through football isn’t solely as a result of the recent wintry weather. HMRC are on the move, and their aim is to recoup taxpayers’ money from football clubs that haven’t been paying their bills.
Owen Coyle has been receiving plaudits all season. He has refused to break the bank at Burnley and kept his faith in many of the journeymen that got the club into the Premier League. Then, though, he went and blew it, and another little piece of the romance of football died on the inside.
There’s high excitement at Twohundredpercent Towers tonight as this week’s “Shit Shot Mungo” features the triumphant return of that Japanese goal-scoring machine (literally), The Goalinator. And this time, as manager Gary Burns finds out about the full power of The Goalinator to his cost.
During the summer, Southampton came quite close to tkaing a sponsor’s name. As Neil Cotton reports, the relationship between company patronage and football isn’t as simple as saying “companies bad, tradition good”, but where should we draw the line in the sand?
A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, and Rob Freeman has been looking at ways that football could clean up its financial act once and for all in 2010 with five eminently implementable rule changes that would improve the game for all of us.
Manchester United are considering a bond issue to cover the ongoing issue of servicing their massive debt. Has the sould of Old Trafford already left the building, though?
Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Leeds United this afternoon. Could the time be right for a club from outside of the top two divisions to get to an FA Cup final for the first time? Much will depend on whether they can – or will – hold onto Jermaine Beckford.
Stevenage Borough are flying high while Cambridge United are unexpectedly floundering, and with Stevenage’s rivals at the top of the table, Oxford United, frozen off for the second match in a row, it was a golden opportunity for the Hertfordshire club to hit the top of the Blue Square Premier table.
Portsmouth are due in court in February over an unpaid tax bill. The club states that HMRC are being unfair, but is this merely more bluster to cover up the fact that their club is hopelessly insolvent, and even if they get through this, how might they cope with relegation?
2009 was the year in which the wheels constantly threatened to come completely off football’s financial wagon without actually doing so. Mark Murphy takes a look over the great and good of the last twelve months and wonders how they – almost – all managed to get away with it.
Peterborough United came from 4-0 down to manage a draw against Cardiff City yesterday, a result that said something about the spirit of their team and about the shortcomings of a Cardiff City team which is trying to think of itself as a Premier League club in waiting.