Tag: Football League

Football League Review: History Repeating Itself At QPR?

Towards the end of February 2001, Queens Park Rangers appointed Ian Holloway as their new manager in the hope that he would be able to salvage something from a fairly dismal season in what was then known as Division One of the Football League. He was not conspicuously successful. Following his appointment on the twenty-sixth of that month, his team could only manage one further win in the league that season, against Tranmere Rovers, the only team who would finish below Rangers in the table that season. It would take Holloway three seasons to get the club back into...

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Football League Review: Nipping At Their Heels

At the start of this season, the appointment of David Wagner by Huddersfield Town was considered one of the more innovative of the summer. A former assistant to Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, Wagner is one of European football’s new bright young things, and it didn’t take long before bigger clubs were sniffing around him after this team’s strong start to their Football League Championship season. This faded somewhat as Huddersfield’s early season form dissipated, but yesterday afternoon they finally returned to winning ways with a win from an eventful afternoon against Bristol City. The visiting goalkeeper, Frank Fielding,...

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Football League Review: It Never Rains… 

There comes a point in the season for some supporters when one can take their foot off the pedal, a little. Indulge ourselves in a little generosity of spirit. For Newcastle United supporters, at just about any other time, Saturday afternoon’s home defeat by Blackburn Rovers was that day. Newcastle had an afternoon during which a much-rotated team couldn’t quite find the rhythm that has swept it to the top of the Football League Championship so far this season. Blackburn Rovers, who might previously have measured their time outside the division’s relegation places so far this season in minutes...

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Football League Review: No Home Comforts

Sometimes, one can only stand back and admire the optimism of those who run England’s football clubs. Last week, Wigan Athletic appointed the former Manchester United reserve manager Warren Joyce as their new man in charge, and gave him a three and a half year contract for his troubles. At the time of writing, twelve of the ninety-two managers of the Premier League and Football League have been in their respective positions for longer than three and a half years. The odds, with the best will in the world, are not in Joyce’s favour, and that’s before we take...

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Football League Review: The Slenderest of Margins

After six minutes had been played at The American Express Community Stadium yesterday afternoon, the Norwich City goalkeeper Michael McGovern mis-controlled a routine back-pass and was muscled off the ball by Glenn Murray, who rolled the ball in off the post to give Brighton & Hove Albion the lead in their top of the table Football League Championship match. What a difference a handful of inches can make. Had Murray missed this chance, Norwich may well have tightened their defence on account of this early scare. The result might have been very different. On this occasion, however, Murray had...

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