2010

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Rangers: The Future Is As Murky As Ever

This weekend the News of the World reported that the Andrew Ellis takeover of Rangers was back on, this time from funding from the almost inevitable Russian tycoon, in the form of Vladimir Antonov. The ‘paper quoted a “source close to” Antonov who claimed the deal was “99% complete”. This apparently came as news to Rangers who immediately denied any knowledge, and indeed to Antonov who also denied that any contact had been made, though he didn’t deny an interest. At the moment it seems likely to be yet another red herring in the ongoing Rangers saga, but for all the denials there is some plausibility to the idea that Ellis and Antonov might have teamed up. Antonov has the cash and is searching actively for a football club in which to invest it.

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August 18, 2010
Ian

Liverpool: Truths, Half-Truths & Downright Lies

“I want Rafa to stay,” screamed the headline in the Daily Mirror on April 24th this year. The thrust of the story was that a potential bidder for Liverpool FC had reached “a crucial stage” in negotiations with Tom Hicks and George Gillett to buy the club. The bidder had “been granted access to the…

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August 17, 2010
Mark

Motherwell vs Cardiff City: Venue – Hamilton Sheriffs Court

There was something about the loan transfer of Craig Bellamy from Manchester City to Cardiff City that was always going to cause a fuss. Cardiff’s financial travails have been well documented on this site before. Having already been hit with a Football League transfer embargo in December of last year, in March 2010, the club…

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August 17, 2010
Ian

Fabio Capello & The Tabloid Pack Mentality: Fatuous Expectation And Poisonous Condemnation

So it is that the love affair between the British press and the Italian comes to an end. England’s friendly match against Hungary last week was what it was – a team in transition playing a mediocre team in a pre-season friendly match – but there was no way that Capello could “win” this match,…

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August 16, 2010
Ian

Match Of The Day 2: The Murray Era

Well, I confidently suggested that the seemingly ubiquitous Colin Murray was the ideal fit for the BBC’s ‘Match of the Day 2’ and its more relaxed view of the weekend’s football, and that Adrian Chiles would be “Adrian Who?” before long. Was I right? At the end of this Sunday’s first show, I wasn’t sure….

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August 16, 2010
Mark

Match Of The Week: Wigan Athletic 0-4 Blackpool

After all the pre-season optimism, a lot of scales fall from the eyes of football supporters by five o’clock on the opening day of the season. On Saturday afternoon, however, it was Wigan Athletic supporters rather than those of Blackpool that had pause for thought at just how arduous the coming nine months could be…

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August 16, 2010
Ian

Next Manager After The Next Manager After Capello Will Be An Horrendously Overpaid Foreigner, Says FA

The successor to Fabio Capello’s successor as England manager is certain to be an overseas coach, the Football Association revealed this evening. Speaking exclusively to twohundredpercent, a source within the FA said “Everybody just now thinks they want an English manager in charge of the England national team. And so do we at the moment, so…

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August 15, 2010
Ian
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