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We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

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We Need To Talk About Financial Fair Play… Again

Was it just a matter of striking coincidence or was there something more in the timing of a story in the Daily Mail which stated confidently that “Rivals” are “ganging up to ban City” with a challenge over the blue half of Manchester’s attempts to comply with regulations meant to limit the extent to which sheikhs, oligarchs and other ne’er do wells have started to pour money into some football clubs? After all, as these words are being written, the expensively assembled teams of Manchester City and Chelsea...

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The Madness Of Leeds United Takes Several New Twists

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The Madness Of Leeds United Takes Several New Twists

Well, at least the supporters of Leeds United can take a crumb of comfort from the fact that, after twenty-four hours that has been their club become the laughing stock of the entire Football League, they have a team and a support of which they can till be proud. At Elland Road this afternoon, a crowd of more than 31,000 people saw Leeds put Huddersfield Town to the swird by five goals to one, a first league win since the middle of December and one which keeps the team on the fringes of the pack chasing for a place in the play-offs in the...

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Referee! You Got It Wrong… Again!

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Referee! You Got It Wrong… Again!

A couple of recent refereeing decisions have attracted Mark Murphy’s attention and, spotting an opportunity to have a gratuitous dig or two at Sam Allardyce and others, he thought he’d attract your attention too. The Dick Emery Show was a staple diet of my early 1970s TV viewing and amongst the Emery characters which proves that the past truly is a foreign country was an improbably-named skinhead called Gaylord, whose catchphrase was “Daaad, I fink I got it wrong again.” Gaylord’s voice has been my personal soundtrack to two particularly...

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Leeds United: The “Manager-Eater” Takes Pole Position… Or Does He?

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Leeds United: The “Manager-Eater” Takes Pole Position… Or Does He?

So the ongoing saga of the take-over of Leeds United has taken another few twists and turns this week, and now nobody on the outside of the matter seems to have the first clue what, exactly, is going on at Elland Road. It had been widely expected that a purchase of the club by the Sport Capital group, fronted by the millionaire Andy Flowers and the current club’s managing director David Haigh would be done and dusted by now. Since the end of November, it had seemed as if their takeover of the club was all but a done deal. Over the last...

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“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

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“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

I had assumed that the strange whirring noise I heard the other day was one of the mini-tornadoes that has added to Southern England’s recent weather woes. Now I wonder if it was Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby spinning in his grave so violently as to trigger storms across what cynics might consider United’s main catchment area. There was a scene in the 2011 BBC TV film United, about Jimmy Murphy’s post-Munich spell as Old Trafford boss, where Busby made a speech to Football League secretary Alan Hardaker which poetically summarised...

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How does Australian football build a future beyond Del Piero

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How does Australian football build a future beyond Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero is no Mario Jardel. This is definitely a good thing. While the mention of the Brazilian’s short-lived stint in Australia still causes Newcastle Jets fans to break out in a cold sweat, Del Piero’s two seasons Down Under have been anything but an easy pre-retirement pay cheque. Granted, the Italian hasn’t won anything with Sydney FC to date and nor does he look likely to this season, but Del Piero has often carried the Sky Blues through poor performances and coach Frank Farina’s win percentage would look significantly worse...

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