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Big Weekend for the FA and Premier League

I’ve been in Miami Beach the last few days on business attending another search engine marketing conference, so I haven’t had a chance to write many blog posts this week. Just my luck, too, because it’s been a hectic week in the football world.

For me, I’m in favor of Fabio Capello being appointed as the new England manager. I almost got my prediction correct of who would become the new England boss back on November 22nd except I picked the other Italian manager, Marcello Lippi.

However even with a world-class manager set to take the stage, I have concerns. First and foremost, the new manager will help England tactically but the game is rotten from the top down and I’m concerned that the current FA board don’t have the vision necessary to change the entire system from the kids level all the way up to the national level.

Second, it looks like Stuart Pearce is going to be picked as Capello’s number two for England. While Pearce has done well with the under-21′s, I would have much preferred a more tactically astute number two. Gianfranco Zola, for example, would have been perfect.

This weekend, meanwhile, is going to be a massive one for the Premier League with Man United against Liverpool and Arsenal versus Chelsea. My wish, though, is that both of these games end up being entertaining and without controversy. It’s been ages since a Man United against Liverpool match was exciting and a close encounter. Arsenal against Chelsea is usually more entertaining and it’ll be interesting to see how Avram Grant handles the pressure of a big match especially since his first one in charge resulted in a loss to Man United at Old Trafford.

I’ll return to regular blogging on Monday. In the meantime, behind the scenes, EPL Talk is gearing up for a complete redesign of the website and blog. More details to come next week but be prepared for big and exciting new changes.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to Big Weekend for the FA and Premier League

  1. Andy B says:

    I think Capello’s the disciplinarian England have been crying out for:

    http://www.footballitaliano.tv/fab-choice-for-england-295/

  2. Unoriginal_Name says:

    My understanding of the situation is that Pearce is the number 2 due to concerns of the FA board about not having somebody English in the lineup.

    If the article you link is correct, it’s at least good to see Capello does think enough of Pearce that he would want him to be that guy.

    I think this is the right choice ultimately. That isn’t stopping English managers from screaming bloody murder though -> http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/7143259.stm

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