Might The Fab Four Become The Super Seven?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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19 Responses

  1. jon says:

    There was never a big four. Throughout the past 15 years it has always been Manchester United and other. WIth the other being either Chelsea, Blackburn or Arsenal. And thats what it will forever be MANUTD and other………..

  2. buck says:

    It will be very interesting to see what happens to Manure when the old drunk retires.

  3. RJP says:

    you’re gay jon

  4. Jarrod says:

    7 teams competing for honors…that’s the way it should be. Until some team actually breaks the barrier and manages to stay in that fourth spot, however, it will still be Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

  5. Ian says:

    I wouldnt be surprised to see 80 points flat winning it this season

  6. JoeB says:

    So Jon, are you ignoring the facts that from 1994-5, Man Utd have finished third three times, and both Liverpool and Newcastle finished second twice? If you’re going to be a biased moan u fan at least get your facts right.

  7. Tim Vickerman says:

    @jon – I think the league positions for the last several years will show you there very much is a ‘Big Four’ that have been dominating the Champions League money.

    It would be lovely to think that the Premier League is opening up but it isn’t. The top 3 are already, as expected, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. Liverpool have been poor but can they continue being this bad? Somehow ‘top 3 clubs at Christmas same as expected’ doesn’t make an interesting headline.

    On another note, did anyone hear the vile Garry Cook banging the table and defending the sacking of Hughes? Makes me think fondly of Peter Kenyon…

  8. Harry Barracuda says:

    It’s the big two:

    Man Utd, hundreds of millions in debt.
    Liverpool, hundreds of millions in debt.

    They’re both going down the toilet.

  9. MikeyD says:

    Buck, RJP, Harry … do lighten up, manu and pool may go down … it had happened before but it won’t be becos of going bankrupt, both clubs are worth more than their debt so all that will happen is that the owners take a $hit and sell off the clubs to a new owner. Hopefully not another American or Arab sheikh (just judging from recent EPL ownership history).

  10. Jez says:

    MikeyD: I thought this was a website where we come to avoid the type of people who use the term ‘EPL’. Let’s keep it that way, eh?

  11. ejh says:

    Before the Premier League’s formation and after: comparative figures.

    (Note sure what (i) was about…)

  12. ejh says:

    Bad tags on my part, probably!

  13. mick says:

    “Harry Redknapp is a highly respected manager”

    ROFL – never wins anything, always leaves clubs poorer than when he joined but has loads of Cockernee barra boy journos eating out of his hand and perpetuating myths like this one.

    Just an ugly Terry Venables really.

  14. Gervillian Swike says:

    Whatever Jon’s motives were up there, he’s probably factually correct. It’s rare that we have a three-horse race for the title, and Man United have finished in the top two in 15 of the last 18 seasons. Both Newcastle’s and one of Liverpool’s two runners-up spots were in seasons where Man United won the league, so it’s usually the case that if you finish ahead of them, you’ll be champions. That’s why the four Champions League places seems excessive – not just in England, but anywhere.

    Not sure if this will come out as a proper link, but you can cut and paste it into your browser if not anyway:

  15. Adam says:

    @mick Spot on, Redknapp is as overrated as they get.

  16. Micky F says:

    Really couldn’t give a stuff. The day the entire Premier League collapses under the weight of their collosal debts will be a great day for English football.

  17. Paul says:

    @mick – (Harry Redknapp)’…. never wins anything, always leaves clubs poorer than when he joined’

    Eh, FA Cup with Pompey two years ago and a manager only spends what he’s allocated by the Board. He won’t overspend with Levy!

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