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Celtic, Rangers & a Superscoreboard Fact-Check

Last Friday on Glasgow Radio Clyde’s daily Superscoreboard (SSB) phone-in show, a simmering feud between two outspoken football pundits spectacularly boiled over. One was Chris Sutton, a “straight-talking” presence on the BBC’s Saturday afternoon Final Score (FS) programme and BT Sport’s Scottish football coverage. The other, Derek Johnstone, a “straight-talking” SSB presence and a Glasgow Evening Times newspaper columnist listed on professionals’ social network site LinkedIn as “TV Pundit, Glasgow Rangers.” Sutton scored 86 goals in 199 Celtic appearances from 2000 to 2006. His “straight-talking” shtick is wearisome. Not as wearisome as BBC colleague Alan Green’s whingeing controversialism, though...

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England’s Dreaming: A Post-Allardyce Fallout Warning

There is a point at the heart of the conversation concerning the now confirmed departure of Sam Allardyce from the position of England manager after just sixty-seven days that is worthy of consideration: nobody really cares. Sure enough, football loves nothing more than a good argument. If I may push my Saint button and pull my Greavsie lever for a moment, it is a game of opinions. And there will be debates about the continuing over-involvement of agents in modern professional football, about whether a manager should be sacked for injudicious comments or for discussing the circumvention of FA...

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The Deflation of England’s Big Sam

At the very moment that this is being written, we do not know whether Sam Allardyce will be able to cling onto his position as the manager of the England national football team. Superficial readings of the case against him do not make for great reading. Allardyce has been caught red-handed, giving implied approval to breaking FA rules concerning the third party ownership of players, a practice which has been described more than once as being akin to “modern day slavery”, and further injudicious comments do little to present an image of a manager who has grasped that this...

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Football League Review: The Return of the Murray

If they closed their eyes for just a moment, it must have felt like old times. A crowd in excess of thirty thousand people, a tight, competitive game against familiar opposition, for a short while on Saturday evening Aston Villa supporters might have been forgiven feeling as though they’d been asleep for a couple of years and awoken to find themselves back in the Premier League. The problem with dreams, however, is that we always wake up from them, and the rudes awakening that Villa supporters received came in the form of forty-five minutes of football during which all...

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Premier League Review: Fortune – Always Hiding

There wasn’t a great deal of booing when the full-time whistle blew at the Olympic Stadium earlier this afternoon, although the biggest single reason for this was most likely because there weren’t that many home supporters still present when the referee put it to his mouth. Say what you like about the ham-fisted nature of the arrangements now surrounding West Ham United and their new home, but on the evidence of this match at least the exits are still working properly. At the very start of the season, West Ham United’s lack of ignition was something of a mystery....

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