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Premier League Review: Swept To One Side

The fetishisation of the football manager is a very modern phenomenon. This season so far has been all about the men on the sidelines who patrol their technical areas like caged tigers, from the fawning over Pep Guardiola to the character assassination of David Moyes to the extent that the players have seldom been able to get a word in edgeways, but this weekend’s Premier League matches demonstrated the shortcomings of becoming over-dependent on the apparent wisdom of such a small group of elders. For the media, yesterday afternoon’s match between Chelsea and Manchester United was all about one...

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Football League Review: Newcastle Plus One?

There has an air of finality concerning Newcastle United’s ascent to the top of the Football League Championship. A win at Barnsley last midweek was enough to send Rafael Benitez’s team to the top of the table, a position that was further reinforced one minute after three o’clock yesterday afternoon ahen Ayoze Perez scored the fastest goal in the division so far this season to tee up a three-nil demolition of an underwhelming Ipswich Town. Perez added a second goal with seventeen minutes to play, with the third coming from Matt Ritchie. This was Newcastle’s fifth win in a...

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Birmingham City: Taken Over At Last

“Birmingham City takeover saga drawing to a conclusion” ran the Birmingham Mail newspaper headline. “A sale looks increasingly imminent,” the article claimed. “Blues…director Panos Pavlakis returned to Hong Kong…at the start of the week…that in itself is significant,” it added. “Sources” confirmed: “The fact he jetted back shows we could be coming down to the nitty-gritty.” And it was noted, with weapons-grade understatement, that: “The process has been drawn out a little longer than hoped for.” The Mail’s take on the takeover. On 15th May 2014. The saga has now drawn to a conclusion, leaving the two major clubs...

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The Strange Case Of The Nottingham Forest Takeover

When Nottingham Forest were acquired by the Al Hasawi family in 2012 following the sudden and unexpected death of Nigel Doughty, dissenting voices were quickly hushed. Under the ownership of of the ultra-wealthy Kuwaiti family, Forest would be returned to their former glories, the sun would shine over the River Trent, and the doubts and financial insecurities of the past would become nothing more than distant memories. Reality, however, has an unfortunate way of interrupting dreams, however, and any remaining Forest supporters who had remained in denial over Fawaz – the arm of the family charged with the task...

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Podcast 76: FIFA 17, Pro Evo 17 & Rocket League

Many apologies for the slight delay in getting this week’s podcast out to you. One illness has been replaced with another in the King household, so this time I’ve taken a little time out to get some proper rest. You wouldn’t want me to topple over dead now, would you? (“Well yes, actually” is not really an acceptable answer to this question, by the way.) But I digress. This week’s 200% podcast is on the subject of video games. Now, I know we covered that a few weeks ago, but that episode was really about the games of the...

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