Category: Latest

Sutton United’s Day In The Sun

The intersection at which practical reality and morality meet isn’t always a comfortable place to be parked. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, one non-league football club has been scooping up levels of attention not usually seen by clubs of its size. Sutton United, of the National League, take on Arsenal at Gander Green Lane on Monday evening in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. With Arsene Wenger now tottering after Arsenal’s threashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, an extra, extra frisson has been added to a match that has...

Read More

FA In The “No Confidence” Vote In The FA

The debate on the House of Commons’ lack of confidence in the English Football Association (FA) took me back to some grim trade union conference days. In conference halls dominated by a Trotskyist political far-left, debates were repetitively tedious. Delegate-after-delegate would rail against “this vicious Tory government,” (even after Labour’s 1997 election victory, in the more deranged cases). The first speech would make ALL the required points in support of a motion and the subsequent dozens would offer nothing new, merely allowing the speakers to report to their branches (Socialist Workers’ Party, not union) that they had played their...

Read More

Podcast 84: Managers Having A Bad Day

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast comes back to another of our favourite subjects: managers. Those strange beasts who prowl the touchlines, only ever half a dozen games from the sack. Two managers who have been having a bad time of things recently have been Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger. What on earth has been going on at Crystal Palace recently, and what will happen should Arsene Wenger come to the end of the line at Arsenal? This week, we have a look at both of these situations, as well as a glance at the betting list for Wenger’s potential replacements....

Read More

Leicester City’s Intractable Position

Seldom these days does the FA Cup actually feel like it is offering something of critical importance, but on Tuesday night it certainly felt as though Claudio Ranieri needed Leicester City’s three-one win against Derby County in their FA Cup Fourth Round replay more than most managers need a win in this particular competition at this particular time of year. Make no mistake about it, May 2016 feels like a long time ago. The ribbons on Leicester’s extraordinary Premier League title win are looking tatty to the point of dilapidation already, and off the back of four successive defeats...

Read More

The Curious Case of Rangers’ “Relegation”

A curious Scottish court case involving Rangers is barely news, given the events of the last decade. But the latest is, if you’ll forgive the descent into impenetrable legalese, a “doozy.” The case’s central question looks simple. Were Rangers “relegated” in the summer of 2012? And the question remains the same, for the knee-jerk reactors out there, even if you avoid the interminable new/old club argument about Rangers (as I so intend). Even, indeed, if “the gambling industry is still acting as if Rangers is the same club,” as was suggested in court. However, this central question proved far...

Read More