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Football League Review: Eleven & Out For Di Matteo

It wasn’t, of course, supposed to be like this. Relegation from the Premier League, new ownership and a new start in the Football League Championship was supposed to be a clean break for Aston Villa, an opportunity to rebuild, to rid the club of the ghosts of the recent past, to actually start enjoying the football again. After eleven matches of the new season, however, things are starting feel troublingly familiar for the club’s supporters. The team has won one of its first eleven matches of the season. It has managed to acquire ten points, so far, and sits...

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Premier League Review: …And The Spurs Go Marching On

Most outsiders will likely consider it to be a corner turned, but supporters of Tottenham Hotspur know from long and bitter experience that, for much of the last half-century, corners being turned have tended to mean that any portrait of the club’s season was being etched by MC Escher. Two years ago, it was putting five goals past Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Last year, it was a swashbuckling performance against Manchester City. This time around, City arrived in London with a flawless record of six out of six in the league, but there were reasons for Spurs supporters...

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Podcast 74: The BigSamCast 2 – The BigSammening

Well, that was over as quickly as it arrived, wasn’t it? Sam Allardyce’s 67 days in charge of the England team are the subject of this week’s Twohundredpercent podcast. Are managers fundamentally living at the shifty end of the trustworthiness scale? Is there anybody that could actually make a decent job of running this team? What will this decision mean for Ginsters’ share value? Perhaps one and a bit of these questions will almost certainly be answered during this evening’s podcast, as we bid farewell to the statistically most successful England manager of all-time. We hope that this will...

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Celtic, Rangers & a Superscoreboard Fact-Check

Last Friday on Glasgow Radio Clyde’s daily Superscoreboard (SSB) phone-in show, a simmering feud between two outspoken football pundits spectacularly boiled over. One was Chris Sutton, a “straight-talking” presence on the BBC’s Saturday afternoon Final Score (FS) programme and BT Sport’s Scottish football coverage. The other, Derek Johnstone, a “straight-talking” SSB presence and a Glasgow Evening Times newspaper columnist listed on professionals’ social network site LinkedIn as “TV Pundit, Glasgow Rangers.” Sutton scored 86 goals in 199 Celtic appearances from 2000 to 2006. His “straight-talking” shtick is wearisome. Not as wearisome as BBC colleague Alan Green’s whingeing controversialism, though...

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England’s Dreaming: A Post-Allardyce Fallout Warning

There is a point at the heart of the conversation concerning the now confirmed departure of Sam Allardyce from the position of England manager after just sixty-seven days that is worthy of consideration: nobody really cares. Sure enough, football loves nothing more than a good argument. If I may push my Saint button and pull my Greavsie lever for a moment, it is a game of opinions. And there will be debates about the continuing over-involvement of agents in modern professional football, about whether a manager should be sacked for injudicious comments or for discussing the circumvention of FA...

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