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Watford & The Doctored Letter

The headlines may well turn out to be worse than any eventual sanction that the club faces, but there can be little question that those headlines are very damaging indeed, and that the ultimate matter of what happens next to Watford Football Club after the revelations made in the Daily Telegraph this morning is out of the club’s hands. The Telegraph reported that, when the club transferred its ownership from Giampaolo Pozzo to his son Gino in the summer of 2014, a forged document – a letter from the HSBC Bank – was used to prove to the Football...

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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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