Glasgow Connection in Premier League Grows With Norwich City
Glasgow Connection in Premier League Grows With Norwich City

With Norwich City’s remarkable promotion to the Premier League under the stewardship of Paul Lambert, it will raise the number of Premier League managers born in and around Glasgow in Scotland to seven. If Nottingham Forest are successful in the play-offs, Billy Davies will make that number eight. At the […]

Time For Man City to Stamp Out Munich Chants
Time For Man City to Stamp Out Munich Chants

Editor’s note: Back story: The Telegraph reported that after yesterday’s one-nil win by Manchester City against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, some City supporters reportedly began chanting ‘Who put the ball in the Munichs’ net’ to Yaya Toure, who scored against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final. The ‘Munichs’ […]

A Tale of Two Manchester Football Clubs
A Tale of Two Manchester Football Clubs

As the Manchester clubs line up against each other this weekend, we shall be viewing two very different clubs. One aspirant, the other dominant. Whatever the result, City have a hell of a long journey to walk before they can even see the lofty peak that United currently inhabit. I […]

How Spurs Are Like England
How Spurs Are Like England

As I was watching Spurs play Real Madrid, the missus wandered in the room and sat down. She knows little about football and could care less about it. But like all Geordies, she knows the basics having been weaned on Newcastle United’s bitter tears along with mothers milk. Without paying […]

Why The FA’s Respect Campaign Is A Waste Of Time
Why The FA’s Respect Campaign Is A Waste Of Time

The Respect campaign is five years old this season, so how’s that going? Well, it depends on how you judge such things. The view of the players, as voiced by players union head Clarke Carlisle is that behaviour of players has improved and that there is simply more focus on those […]

Javier Hernandez: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Javier Hernandez: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The art of being a striker is, of course, largely about scoring goals or at least, setting them up for someone else. However, that is achieved in many different ways. Some strikers are battering rams, some are more creative types but Javier Hernandez must currently rank as one of the […]

And Now For Something Completely Different: Scottish Football
And Now For Something Completely Different: Scottish Football

I live in Scotland. Or at least I do for the next five days, after which I shall be living the life of a landed aristocrat in the Norfolk broads as I move to a big old country thatched house with some land and a mooring for a boat. I’ve […]

What Liverpool Should Do With King Kenny
What Liverpool Should Do With King Kenny

Liverpool fans are rightfully delighted with what Kenny Dalglish has done for the club since he replaced Roy Hodgson. An unbeaten run has seen them climb the league and perhaps just as important, Dalglish has imbued everyone with a sense of positivity and tradition. The whole place seems happier and […]

Barcelona Bore Me To Death
Barcelona Bore Me To Death

I’m writing a piece for www.football365.com today about Barcelona which, in essence expresses how frustrating I find their football; how, though it is technically brilliant, it just doesn’t stir my football passions. I find it quite clinical and cold while admittedly highly skilful. OK, it’s the sort of football some […]

Chelsea’s £75m Transfer Window Spend Smells Of Desperation
Chelsea’s £75m Transfer Window Spend Smells Of Desperation

So Roman Abramovich has decided its time to start spending money again, has he? About time too, many Chelsea fans might say. The press have seen this as indicative of him being prepared to rebuild Chelsea again. Seventy five million quid is certainly a big financial commitment but the problem […]

Andy Gray and Richard Keys: Instant Karma Got You
Andy Gray and Richard Keys: Instant Karma Got You

The sacking and resignation of Sky’s Andy Gray and Richard Keys for what has been branded all across the media as ‘sexist behaviour’ raises many interesting questions. Reports of a culture of bullying and intimidation featuring Gray and Keys have been detailed by people who worked around them. They appear […]

Darren Bent is Exactly What is Wrong With English Football
Darren Bent is Exactly What is Wrong With English Football

Darren Bent is what I call a stupid English footballer. It’s not a reflection on his intelligence per se, though I’m pretty sure he’s no educated sophisticate. Here is a decent player, not exceptional but decent. But he has a small football brain. He hangs on the shoulder of the […]

How English Football Is A Contradiction
How English Football Is A Contradiction

Football can be a form of torture, seemingly designed to twist your blood into knots, defying any logic and contradicting even the wisest pundits and fans. If Roy Hodgson had just lost to Manchester United and Blackpool there would be a full-throated cry from most Liverpool fans to get him […]

Venky’s Are Turning Blackburn Rovers Into a Laughing Stock
Venky’s Are Turning Blackburn Rovers Into a Laughing Stock

Have you ever been to Blackburn? I have. It’s like many old Lancashire mill towns, a little bit grim, a little bit run-down and definitely not like either Milan or the Brazilian resort of Florianopolis and it’s certainly not a regular haunt for wealthy Brazilians. And yet the football club […]

Why Dimitar Berbatov Is a Football Artist
Why Dimitar Berbatov Is a Football Artist

There are some footballers who we can all agree about. Lionel Messi, for example. There can’t be any serious observer who would think he’s over-rated. But such unanimity is very rare in football. Split opinion is much more common and when it comes to Dimitar Berbatov, rarely can a player […]

Newcastle Supporters Deserve Better Than Asinine Mike Ashley
Newcastle Supporters Deserve Better Than Asinine Mike Ashley

There is almost unanimous outrage at the dismissal of Chris Hughton. From a football point of view it looks unsustainable, all the more so when instability and hysterical appointments have been the reasons behind the decline Newcastle over the past ten years but also because by any same measure Hughton […]

Would You Rather Be Ferguson or Ancelotti Right Now?
Would You Rather Be Ferguson or Ancelotti Right Now?

Which of these records sounds the superior one to you? Played 14, Won 7, Drawn 7, lost 0 Or Played 14, Won 9, Drawn 1, Lost 4 Ok, those of you not drunk will have spotted that these two records amount to the same amount of points. But I think […]