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Written on 7 Apr 2014 | No Comments

There are thirty four days to go in this years Premier League and I’ve got to admit, as a Liverpool fan, I am starting to crack under the pressure.
I started the season bathing in optimism and why not? After all we’d had a good year under Rodgers, bettering our previous year’s position by one place and playing some delightful football at times. Top four was a real possibility in the 13/14 season.
So what the BLOODY HELL is this? Five games left and we’re top. TOP! In what alternative universe have …

Written on 6 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Having seen Manchester United struggle this season, plummeting from champions to 7th place, I have been wondering whether the squad that Moyes left (his low-budget Everton side) is actually superior to the United side he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson. Looking at this year’s league table, you would say that this is the case, but I’ve decided to look into it further and compare the two squads position by position.
A fairly easy choice for me. De Gea is probably one of the best shot-stoppers in the league, if not the …

Written on 3 Apr 2014 | No Comments

BBC sport this morning writes former club captain Stuart Pearce is set to become the new Nottingham Forest manager on July 1st after he initially turned down the offer from Chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi in the wake of Billy Davies’s dismissal as Forest boss.
Al-Hasawi would of wanted him in immediately of course but this seems a shrewd move by the former Coventry and Newcastle left back, if he comes in now with 7 games to go of the regular season it gives him limited time to impress any changes in tactics, Forest are seventh in the …

Written on 3 Apr 2014 | One Comment

Manchester United’s performance in the Champions League has sparked the usual reactions both positive and negative from supporters and foes alike. Looking at the performance as a whole, let’s take a look at what united did right and perhaps what needs to be done if the red of Manchester is to do what seemed almost an impossibility only 48 hours ago.
As an avid Manchester United fan, I have been bemused at the level of performance the players of Manchester United have been producing. The easy option is to blame the …

Written on 3 Apr 2014 | No Comments

It’s a big question which will be answered by England manager Roy Hodgson prior to this year’s World Cup in Brazil. There are an array of candidates that could make the England 23 man squad making this one of the hardest decisions for any football manager on the planet. England face a tough task to progress to the Round of 16 in Brazil as they have to play 2006 World Cup champions Italy, 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.
We will go through the certainties …

Written on 1 Apr 2014 | One Comment

When the sacking of AVB was confirmed lots of reports flew around linking all manner of managers to the, what is seemingly more of an ejector rather than hot seat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Top names were linked and after Tim was appointed as Head Coach in December on an 18th month deal that hasn’t really stopped, even Ruud Gullit has popped up out of oblivion and suggested Levy has been round Van Gaal’s house and the deal “is done”.
Looking at it now after Tottenham’s recent heavy defeats by Liverpool and Chelsea not …

Written on 30 Mar 2014 | No Comments

“I think we’ve played a very good side and it’s the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time”. This was David Moyes’s immediate response after the 3-0 defeat at the hands of their city rivalries Manchester City and it speaks volumes of how far Manchester United have fallen under the management of David Moyes and his coaching staff. It wasn’t so long ago that Manchester City were aspiring to be at the standard that Alex Ferguson had …

Written on 26 Mar 2014 | 2 Comments

Yet again Arsenal’s season has begun to crumble around them. Following the devastating defeat at Chelsea and dropped points against Swansea on Tuesday night Arsene Wenger’s team now sit six points behind the league leaders. Arsenal fans are all too familiar with this scenario, however this season seemed different and the sustained title challenge from the Gunners came as a surprise to both pundits and fans.
Arsenal’s inability to perform in the big games this season has been their downfall. The humiliating defeats they’ve received at Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool …

Written on 26 Mar 2014 | No Comments

A season is a long time in professional football. Ask David Moyes. 
Little over a year ago, as the Everton side he built in his own image comprehensibly beat title challenging Manchester City two nil at Goodison Park, he looked every inch the Fergie in waiting. 
Prowling the touch line as the seconds ticked down towards the final whistle, this was a manager rallying his troops from the sideline, heading every ball, making every clearance, living every second. It wasn’t hard to see why, 3 months later, football’s most famous knight chose …

Written on 25 Mar 2014 | No Comments

Up and down the country, from Premier League to Non-League, referees are blamed for poor decisions constantly. But in my view, a large proportion of referee errors could be resolved by having more pro-active, courageous linesmen. We see it all too often – the man in the middle having to give decisions he cannot even see, right in front of the nose of his linesmen. After all, these assistants are there to help the referee, and cover all angles.
The key thing for me, is educating linesmen to adopt a more …