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David Moyes & The Cult Of The Football Manager

David Moyes & The Cult Of The Football Manager

By on Apr 22, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

The axe, which had been glistening in the background at post-match press conferences for much of this season, finally made contact with David Moyes’ neck this morning. Moyes’ departure from Old Trafford was a most modern managerial sacking. Trailed on social media, the lead item on the lunchtime news this afternoon, and with considerable excitement...

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Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

Pilgrim’s Progress: Plymouth’s Run To The FA Cup Semi-Finals, 30 Years On

By on Apr 12, 2014 in History, Latest | 0 comments

This weekend, Sheffield United will take to the pitch at Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final against Hull City as representatives of the third tier of English football. It’s uncommon but not completely unheard of for clubs from this level to get this far in the competition, although none has ever made the final itself, with the last club to get this far being...

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Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

Assem Allam’s Pyrrhic Name Change Poll Victory

By on Apr 8, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 2 comments

There are, of course, lies, damned lies and statistics. It’s worth pointing out before we go any further that the decision of the owners of Hull City AFC to poll their supporters over their desire to change the name of the club to “Hull Tigers” from the start of next season was never terribly likely to have an effect upon FA’s upcoming...

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The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

By on Apr 3, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

It is more of an FA Cup word than a Champions League word. But there’s no denying that during their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich this week, Manchester United were “plucky.” The FA Cup analogy is not entirely inappropriate. I’d missed the meetings where everyone was told that United were in for the sort of walloping Arsenal and Tottenham have almost patented in big...

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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

By on Apr 3, 2014 in English League Football, Latest, Opinion | 11 comments

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is...

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Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

By on Apr 1, 2014 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

It is little wonder that Scotland’s Mainstream Media (SMSM) get a hard time when, aside from any perceived Celtic/Rangers/Old Firm bias, they make such elementary errors. The Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) interim results revealed operating losses of £3.6m between July 1st and December 31st 2013, which the Daily Record and the Herald newspapers called...

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks”  – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

By on Mar 31, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results....

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The Uncrowned Prince

The Uncrowned Prince

By on Mar 30, 2014 in European Club Football, History, Latest | 0 comments

The memories of football fans, laced as they often are with a solid lack of sentimentality (at least we pretend they are), often leave little room for reminiscing about big money players who should have made it big, but didn’t. Believe me, I’m far from alone in this regard. Indeed, I’ve got the “him? ach, he was rubbish” sneer down to a...

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