Category: Premier League

West Ham United: Here Comes The Moyes

Not that anybody who’s perusing this afternoon’s news headlines will likely care too much, but there is an alternative narrative to the recent career of David Moyes. Received wisdom has it that, over the course of the last four years or so, Moyes has become one of football’s familiar bywords for failure who somehow keeps finding himself in work. He failed at Manchester United. He failed at Real Sociedad. He failed at Sunderland. Why on earth, received wisdom asks us, should that recent run end at West Ham United, where an expensively assembled squad is still, in November, playing...

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West Bromwich Albion & The Peter Principle

Yesterday afternoon, Huddersfield Town defeated West Bromwich Albion by a goal to nil at Galpharm. This wasn’t an especially surprising result in any respect. Huddersfield are still playing as though fired by the momentum that took the club into the Premier League in the first place, whilst Albion’s seven previous seasons in the Premier League have wavered between middling anonymity with the occasional flirtation with the top end of the bottom end of the table, so it perhaps shouldn’t surprise us that they’re having something of a wobble at the moment. The full-time whistle brought a not entirely unsurprising...

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The Importance of Being Everton

Last weekend’s heavy home defeat at the hands of Arsenal sealed the fate of Ronald Koeman and ended his time in charge of Everton. His departure from Goodison Park is one of the least surprising of the season so far. With almost a quarter of the season played, the Toffees sit in third from bottom place in the Premier League table, with no signs of improvement over the last couple of weeks or so, and with the players available at his disposal the problem feels like one that can be rectified before a difficult start to the season turns...

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Design Classics: The Goodison Road Stand

For all of the occasional claims to the contrary, English football has become very adept at shedding its traditions in recent years. Badges and colours have come and gone, stadia which a more enlightened society might have protected as listed buildings have been bulldozed, and the media has successfully turned a joke that football started in 1992 into a truth, of sorts. At some levels, though, tradition remains whether the game’s great reinventors like it or not, and one of the great remaining traditions of the game in this country occurs shortly before kick-off at Goodison Park, in Liverpool...

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Pet Peeves: The Premier League Plinth

It is a fair enough criticism to suggest that we here at Twohundredpercent can have a tendency to eulogise the past a little. It wasn’t all great, of course. The facilities were in a state of collapse, hooliganism stalked the game like a dark shadow, and the football was, as often as not, terrible. It’s difficult, however, not to be seduced by the images of the past, of the shots of huge terraces, seething masses of humanity that swayed with the motion of the match. That human element to football, however, seems to be on the wane, and it...

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