Author Archives: Chris McQuade

Referees and The Confirmation Bias

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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 … Continue reading

Michael Carrick Shouldn't Play for Manchester United

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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 … Continue reading

The (Actually Touchable) Untouchable Frank Arnesen

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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 … Continue reading

Play Up Bolton, Bolton Play Up

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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 … Continue reading

The ‘Last Man Back’ Fallacy

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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’ … Continue reading

Winning, the Liverpool Way

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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 … Continue reading

Football Manager 2011 Review

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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 … Continue reading

The Top 5 Transfers of The Season, so far

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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 … Continue reading

Top 5 Transfer Flops of the Season, So Far

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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 … Continue reading

The Curious Case of Football Contracts

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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 … Continue reading

Replacing Rooney: 6 Options

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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 … Continue reading

Blackpool V Manchester City – LiveBlog

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After the emphatic win for Everton, we continue our discussion over to the match of the Haves and the Have Nots. Blackpool V Man City EPLtalk Live Blog

How Will The Glazers Leave United?

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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 … Continue reading

Not That Type of Player

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“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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

The EPLtalk Beginner's Guide to Tactics

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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 … Continue reading

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UEFA Champions League Preview – Part 2

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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 … Continue reading