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Podcast 82: Never Go Back

With Nigel Clough considering the possibility of returning to The City Ground to manage Nottingham Forest at what must surely be the worst possible time, this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast takes a look at that old footballing adage that one should never go back. Is it pure nostalgia for clubs to bring back old faces, or is this where the unsentimentality of the business of football meets the more romantic notions of supporters? Some clubs appear to be serial offenders in this regard, but might this entire phenomenon just be a matter of clubs going for the popular vote when...

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AFCON 2017: The Group Stages, Round Three

Gabon 0 Cameroon 0; Burkina Faso 2 Guinea-Bissau 0 Inches. Three times Gabon were inches from being one of the most unconvincing quarter-finalists in AFCON history. Their misfortunes would normally elicit huge sympathy from disinterested observers. But they produced too many uninterested observers as they plodded their way shapelessly through matches, especially against a stodgy Cameroon. Hopeless against ambitionless, with added nerves. Nil-nil was never more appropriate. Inches, though. On four minutes, the genuinely-talented Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang mishit Denis Bouanga’s mishit-shot-turned-great-cross inches wide, 90 inches from goal. On 94 minutes, the genuinely-luckless Bouanga struck the inside of the post with...

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Millwall, The CPO, The Fans & The Journalist

It was a story that smelt off from the very start. The story of the shady arrangement to sell land immediately surrounding Millwall’s home, The New Den, has been bubbling away since September and today it was confirmed that Lewisham Council has abandoned these plans. It is a significant victory for the club, which had confirmed that it may have had to leave the borough altogether, had it gone through. Moreover, though, it is a victory for the power of protest from supporters who refused to be fobbed off by the council that seemed to hold both them and...

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Premier League Review: Forward March

Perhaps, it has rather come to feel lately, there is something about the Premier League that is ultimately destructive. The list of players and managers that have washed up on these shores and have been subsequently cast aside is a lengthy one, and perhaps we don’t pay enough attention to those who manage to make a go of it for anything like a lengthy period of time. The most extreme example of this is probably Wayne Rooney. Introduced to the pressure cooker at a tender age, Rooney is still with us a decade and a half on. He’s won...

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AFCON 2017: Seconds Out, Round Two

Group A: Gabon 1 Burkina Faso 1; Cameroon 2 Guinea-Bissau 1 Gabon took seven minutes against Burkina Faso to match their display against Guinea-Bissau. Yet though the non-boycotting locals weren’t happy, Gabon are one win from a quarter-final, in a less-dismal group than once feared. Five substitutions were injury-enforced, including Jonathan Pitroipa’s early, potentially tournament-threatening, ankle-turn. However, on 22 minutes, replacement Prejuce Nkoulma, chased a proper hoof upfield, outfought one defender, took a heavy touch to beat another and was as surprised as anyone when it rolled into the net. He celebrated by sitting on the bench to which...

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