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It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Santiago Bernabéu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest’s giant, dirty goalpost of a Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river. You already know the implausible story arc: the rise from provincial obscurity, the glory, and the fall from grace; the laser-guided mind and electric ego...

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Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

It is little wonder that Scotland’s Mainstream Media (SMSM) get a hard time when, aside from any perceived Celtic/Rangers/Old Firm bias, they make such elementary errors. The Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) interim results revealed operating losses of £3.6m between July 1st and December 31st 2013, which the Daily Record and the Herald newspapers called “the seven months to the end of last year/2013.” And this from a media which spent weeks trumpeting Rangers manager Ally McCoist’s annual salary as £826,000 when this figure appeared in RIFC’s first full accounts, over big blue letters stating “For the 13 month period to 30 June 2013.” So it wasn’t as if the SMSM had no elementary errors from which to learn. Meanwhile, the results boosted Rangers fans’ campaign to have potential benefactor Dave King’s money installed at Ibrox. This from fans whose hatred of former benefactor David Murray has inspired an unofficial rebranding of the club’s Murray Park training facility as “Auchenhowie.” Learning from past errors is obviously not all-the-rage in Scotland. RIFC directors took comfort from RIFC’s reduced operating losses, from last year’s headline-grabbing £1m-per-month to £600,000-per-month. Rangers’ “enemies” took comparable comfort from the “material uncertainties” over RIFC’s ability to operate “as a going concern.” Most Rangers fans have recoiled in horror at both. Rangers are, of course, far from the only football club to put a “spin” on ghastly...

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results. You can hear the interview for yourself by clicking here – or there is a transcript of it here – but here are, for the benefit of those amongst you that are unwilling or unable...

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The Uncrowned Prince

The memories of football fans, laced as they often are with a solid lack of sentimentality (at least we pretend they are), often leave little room for reminiscing about big money players who should have made it big, but didn’t. Believe me, I’m far from alone in this regard. Indeed, I’ve got the “him? ach, he was rubbish” sneer down to a fine art, whenever someone asks me about a player who falls into the “shoulda made it” bracket. Mention the name Gianluigi Lentini, however, and we have what is often referred to as a game changer. When we...

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Manchester United vs Manchester City: A Personal View

As the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford this evening, the strangest feeling came over me. Prior to the match, if you’d asked me, I’d have probably said that I wanted Manchester City to win this match. It’s a reflex reaction to twenty years of unprecedented success from Manchester United – the taste of schadenfreude can be prove to be surprisingly enduring – and the lingering residue of the idea that Manchester City are the underdogs in these fixtures, an idea that became throughly ingrained in my psyche over the thirty years or so of my football watching life up to the point at which Abu Dhabi United took over the ownership of the club. I had become angry at Manchester United. First of all, though, let’s get the flip-side of what this is all about out of the way. Manchester City were excellent this evening, brushing their city rivals aside as an elephant might do a mosquito. Always in control of the tempo of the game, they started the brighter of the two teams to devastating effect with a goal after forty-five seconds and, whilst Manchester United did occasionally fizz when they got into something approaching attacking positions, ultimately is was a more than comfortable win which demonstrated – as if their resounding win in the converse fixture at The City of Manchester Stadium earlier this season hadn’t...

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