Category: Football League

Football League Review: Aston Villa’s Slow Motion Replay

It says something for the condition of the club in recent years that the extent to which Aston Villa were swept aside by Cardiff City yesterday afternoon barely even merited that many headlines outside the cities of Cardiff and Birmingham the following day. This time last year, Aston Villa were preparing for their first season outside of the top flight in a quarter of a century with the burden of being pre-season favourites weighing heavily around their neck. Despite having finished hopelessly adrift of the rest at the foot of the Premier League in 2016, new owners and a...

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Football League Review: Seconds Out, Round One

We spend the summer waiting for it, but when it arrives it feels like a little bit of a let-down. Such are the levels of hype that some to associate themselves with the beginning of a new season in the Football League that, by the end of the first weekend of matches, it can all feel a little bit unfulfilling. For all the friendly matches in the world, the players may still be getting used to each other, whilst in the stands there is a certain sluggish feeling in the air as supporters wake themselves from their summer-long slumber,...

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Northampton Town: The Chinese Are Coming

It was two years ago that a curious story started to emerge from the lower reaches of the Football League of a stand that never got built and an amount of money that seemed to have vanished into thin air. Northampton Town had been lent a considerable amount of money, £10.25m, by its local council between the autumn of 2013 and the autumn of 2014, ostensibly for the construction of a new stand at the club’s Sixfields home, but despite several revisions to the plans for this new building, works stalled, contractors pulled out, and before too long it started...

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Morecambe: Fewer Owners, More Questions

On 23 February I posted about the complexity of the situation at Morecambe. Since then it has become a case of… Less Owners – More questions for the Shrimps. As events unwind at Morecambe and putative owners fall by the wayside, more puzzles seem to reveal themselves. The opacity of the football world and the endemic frustrations evoked support the arguments for the need for more transparency in the dealings around the game. If the club’s finances are hidden, how can fans be sure of the future stability of their club? Current events at Morecambe have provoked a number...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers: Paul Lambert & A Clash Of Cultures

Expectations weren’t especially high before a ball was kicked last August, but even despite this last season was a distinctly underwhelming one for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tentative optimism at the arrival of new Chinese owners in the Black Country was tempered by their counter-intuitive decision to hire Walter Zenga as head coach last summer, and those who held reservation over the former Italian national team goalkeeper’s suitability for the position likely felt vindicated when Zenga was removed from his position at the club at the end of October, with his team sitting in eighteenth place in the Championship table, having...

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