Tag: England

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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The Deflation of England’s Big Sam

At the very moment that this is being written, we do not know whether Sam Allardyce will be able to cling onto his position as the manager of the England national football team. Superficial readings of the case against him do not make for great reading. Allardyce has been caught red-handed, giving implied approval to breaking FA rules concerning the third party ownership of players, a practice which has been described more than once as being akin to “modern day slavery”, and further injudicious comments do little to present an image of a manager who has grasped that this...

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Podcast 70: A Post-England BigSamCast

Due to other commitments, we’re a little late with this weekend’s podcast, but we got there in the end. We didn’t have too much of a plan for it, but settling down to watch the first World Cup qualifier of the Sam Allardyce vintage, we though that his first match would be a good topic of conversation. And considering his love – which exists solely and entirely in my own mind – of the gala pie, it also gave me the opportunity to pull out Fred Dinenage getting very excited about a very long egg, during the late 1970s....

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Sam Allardyce: England Manager

With a wave of a magic wand filled with money, the decision was made. Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. There were a couple of of late kinks that delayed his ascendency to this poisoned chalice. Signing a contract was reportedly delayed by wrangling over money, whilst there was a mild social media panic this afternoon when Steve Bruce, who’d also been interviewed for the job, suddenly resigned as the manager of Hull City. This, however, turned out to be a false flag which had more to do with the chaotic state of that club at the moment...

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Video of the Day: Netherlands vs England, October 1993

There’s no way of sugar-coating this. Regardless of the media’s sunny viewpoint towards them following their win on Saturday against Germany, England will take to the field to play Netherlands at Wembley with an appalling historical record against the Dutch team. England have only beaten the Netherlands five times in their entire history, and only two of these wins have come since 1969. Indeed, should they fail to win this evening’s match it will be more than twenty years since they last managed a win against the Netherlands, with that win being, of course, the four-one trouncing at Wembley...

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