Posts made in November, 2012

Nothing To See Here: Should Chelsea Apologise For The Clattenburg Affair?

By on Nov 22, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 5 comments

Today has been a busy day in the office for Chelsea Football Club. On the one hand, Rafael Benitez has been confirmed as the new interim manager of the club after the sudden (yet completely unsurprising) departure of Roberto Di Matteo, whose luck ran out following Tuesday nights thrashing at the hands of Juventus in Turin, but the bigger headlines in tomorrow...

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Madness, Or Something More Calculated? The Inevitable Early Departure Of Roberto Di Matteo

By on Nov 21, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 1 comment

If there is one aspect of the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo that actually does retain the capacity to startle, it’s the numbers. Di Matteo is the ninth Chelsea manager to have left Stamford Bridge in the nine years to since Roman Abramovich bought the club. This is a higher managerial turnover than the club had in the first seventy years of its existence, a...

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Bolton Wanderers’ Long March Back

By on Nov 20, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 0 comments

It has become something of a cliché in recent years to suggest that the Football League Championship is rather more difficult to fall into than it is to get out of in an upwardly direction. There is a swathe of clubs in this division who have found this out to their cost, and amongst those currently experiencing this is a club that spent thirteen of its previous...

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Six Ways To Make Football Manager More Realistic. Probably.

By on Nov 19, 2012 in Latest, Opinion | 8 comments

Like the passing of the seasons, there are some dates in the football calendar which have come to be sacrosanct. The first Saturday in January? Must be the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup. The last day of August? You may wish to seal yourself into a concrete bunker for the day, because it’s the last day of the summer transfer window. So it is nowadays as...

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The Continuing Stagnation Of Leeds United

By on Nov 19, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 1 comment

This being Leeds United, of course, it was always never particularly likely that the takeover of the club by the Bahrain-based Gulf Finance House (GFH) group was going to be completely straightforward. As the winter evenings continue draw in, this groups purchase of the club remains seemingly perpetually on the point of being completed, while on the pitch the teams...

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