Referees and The Confirmation Bias
Referees and The Confirmation Bias

Referees. Eh? Who’d be one? Not me anyway. I watch football, play football, love football but would never want to put myself in the position that thousands of well wishing men & women do. They are vital to the function of the sport and a good referee can make a […]

Michael Carrick Shouldn't Play for Manchester United
Michael Carrick Shouldn't Play for Manchester United

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written, the reason being that the most recent discussions on football have left me dispassionate. I didn’t care about the World Cup bids and their destinations and don’t talk to me about current football fashion issues. If anything the last few weeks have […]

The (Actually Touchable) Untouchable Frank Arnesen
The (Actually Touchable) Untouchable Frank Arnesen

The sporting director role, it just doesn’t work in English football does it? Except it does, well did; very recently in fact. Chelsea’s double winning side of 2009/10 had a sporting director and his name is Frank Arnesen, the only other man besides Roman Abramovic a Chelsea employee dare not cross. Arnesen has […]

Play Up Bolton, Bolton Play Up
Play Up Bolton, Bolton Play Up

In late October this website asked, Why no praise for West Brom? West Brom then promptly went on to win one more point in the following games. It is with that lesson that I must apologise to any Bolton fans if their team suddenly goes on a slide but it cannot […]

The ‘Last Man Back’ Fallacy
The ‘Last Man Back’ Fallacy

Over the Weekend and over the season there have been numerous fouls that, taken purely on fact, have been the same but have resulted in differing punishments. I refer to the ‘last man’ foul, or denial of a ‘goal-scoring opportunity’ to quote FIFA’s rules. The punishments meted out in these […]

Winning, the Liverpool Way
Winning, the Liverpool Way

After the draw at St. Andrews I contended that Liverpool needed to change the way they played to get results. They were too narrow, with no pace and their full-backs went nowhere. It led to a dour game of football and a nil all draw that kept Liverpool in the […]

Football Manager 2011 Review
Football Manager 2011 Review

Football Manager 2011 (FM) is released this Friday in Europe and tentatively dated the 16 of November in the US. A Football Management ‘simulator’ you are put in charge of basically any club of your choice in a ridiculously realistic setting. Playing Football Manager can often be like taking a […]

The Top 5 Transfers of The Season, so far
The Top 5 Transfers of The Season, so far

Following on from the post yesterday detailing the 5 worst transfers of this quarter old season, now it is time to look at those who have excelled at their new club. However, I must also explain how I’ve come to my decisions so that a few obvious omissions may be […]

Top 5 Transfer Flops of the Season, So Far
Top 5 Transfer Flops of the Season, So Far

With a quarter of the season now passed, it is as good a time as any to reflect on the players and teams who have excelled and disappointed. First up are the transfers that have not met with expectations or values this season. In evaluating a players performance after 10 […]

The Curious Case of Football Contracts
The Curious Case of Football Contracts

I’ve had it with your negative comments, I can’t take it. I quit! Still here? Why? I quit didn’t I? Oh, that’s right I’m on one of those football contracts, the most bizarre of conventions in modern sports. Of course fixed term contracts are not unique to football but in […]

Replacing Rooney: 6 Options
Replacing Rooney: 6 Options

Ever since the news broke there was a palpable sense of disbelief amongst fans, the media and Blogs. We awaited hearing from the men at the centre of the story and we got that hearing today. It appears that Sir Alex Ferguson is as shaken by this news as we […]

How Will The Glazers Leave United?
How Will The Glazers Leave United?

Today Liverpool FC went through a complicated court procedure to resolve their ownership. Their biggest rivals, Manchester United, have not had the problems that have engulfed the beleaguered Anfield club but nevertheless have issues with their ownership. The Glazer takeover of Manchester United has created friction between the club’s support […]

Not That Type of Player
Not That Type of Player

“The referee’s done his job, it’s a sending off, but Taylor’s not a malicious player.“ “Ryan isn’t that type. It’s so ironic he’s involved because he’s such a genuine kid. It’ll be devastating for him.” “There was no malice in Nigel’s challenge and Nigel is not that type of lad.” […]

Is Steve Bruce The New Premier League 'Wheeler-Dealer'?
Is Steve Bruce The New Premier League 'Wheeler-Dealer'?

Yesterday’s result at Anfield has seen a lot of chatter around this and other Blogs, mostly negative and mostly about Liverpool. However, two teams played yesterday and after an odd set-back (for my money you kick a ball when it’s still you’ve taken the free-kick) Sunderland were Liverpool’s equals. Steve […]

Can Man City (finally) Replicate Chelsea's Success?
Can Man City (finally) Replicate Chelsea's Success?

As the teams take to the pitch in Eastlands on Saturday two teams will meet who have a very similar ownership structure and transfer policy. Whilst Chelsea have stopped their mega-spending they did attempt to assemble a squad of the best players at any cost after their initial take over, […]

The EPLtalk Beginner's Guide to Tactics
The EPLtalk Beginner's Guide to Tactics

Following on from the Gaffer’s suggestion for articles to use as resources one of the key elements of a Football match are the Tactics each team employs. Unfortunately for converts the terminology can be impenetrable – 4-4-2 & 4-3-3 are just random numbers and with two teams lining up it […]

UEFA Champions League Preview – Part 2
UEFA Champions League Preview – Part 2

After a goal strewn Champions League opener (unless you were at Old Trafford) highlighted the quality on show in the world’s Elite club competition. The games in Group A were a particular highlight. Tonight see’s the rest of the competition kicking off and provides me with another opportunity to embarrass […]