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Author Archives: Michael Scallon

Torres: How Does Roy Solve A Problem Like Fernando?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

It is never surprising to hear Sir Alex Ferguson saying something ‘controversial’. Whether it’s emotional, pointless sniping at a beleaguered enemy or an attempt some kind of Jedi Mind Trick deployed to ‘psych out’ Liverpool and their players is up to you. An interesting … Continue reading

Should Fabio Capello Still Be England Manager? Of Course.

Posted on by Michael Scallon

After a successful, if occassionally indifferent 4-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday, England have won 11 successive home games. Before this game, the British tabloids were ready, knives sharpened, to cut England’s manager to pieces. In his England-Bulgaria preview last … Continue reading

Martin O'Neill Did A Solid Job At Aston Villa: No More, No Less.

Posted on by Michael Scallon

Articulate, funny and an enthusiastic celebrator of his team’s goals, Martin O’Neill is one of the most popular men in football. Having done a superb job at Leicester City, and a very good one at Celtic (despite quite heavy spending) … Continue reading

Can Liverpool Challenge for Fourth?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

The last three permanent managers of Liverpool have all overseen a familiar pattern of events. Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez all enjoyed moderately successful starts – Evans had a decent first full league season, Houllier a distant third … Continue reading

Why It Was Time For Rafa Benitez To Leave

Posted on by Michael Scallon

There can no be no denying that Rafael Benitez has done a good job at Liverpool. His ever growing number of acolytes of the Liverpool persuasion would of course point to Istanbul, Cardiff, Old Trafford and Fernando Torres. He further … Continue reading

Would Selling Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona Necessarily Be A Bad Thing for Arsenal?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

If, as is his reported wish, Cesc Fabregas is sold back to Barcelona, it would without doubt be a sad moment for the Premier League. Not only would it be a damning indictment of ‘The Best League In The World … Continue reading

Have Arsenal Really 'Turned The Corner'?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

That’s it then. Arsenal have officially turned the corner. In the same way that Eduardo’s injury, Stuart Parnaby’s dive and William Gallas’s teary outburst reflected the collapse of their 2007-08 title challenge, so Ramsey’s injury, Danny Pugh’s waving arms and … Continue reading

Will Chelsea Win The Title?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

It all looked so easy on Sunday. Despite losing the titanic battle for possession and corners, Chelsea garnered enough wherewithall to dismiss title rivals Arsenal 2-0, moving solidly to the top of the table. Arsenal were dead and buried; United … Continue reading

Is Gary Neville a 'Bootlicker' or a Legend… or both?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

Gary Neville is many things to many people: a legend; ‘a red who hates Scousers’ in the eyes of United fans; an insufferable manc in the eyes of opposition fans; and to that list you may well add ‘bootlicker’ - kissing the feet of … Continue reading

Jermain Defoe’s Five: Is He On His Way To South Africa?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

Jermain Defoe hit five goals yesterday in Spurs’ demolition – the word doesn’t seem strong enough, at times – of Wigan Athletic, but has he done enough to merit a place in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad next summer? Many pundits … Continue reading

Just Why Are Liverpool Still Losing?

Posted on by Michael Scallon

Almost everything is going wrong for Liverpool. I say ‘almost’, because last week they beat Manchester United at Anfield, and the gloom was temporarily lifted. “Liverpool have turned a corner… This will kick-start their season… etc” in the end, it … Continue reading

Half-Forgotten Gems – Arsenal’s Other Title Triumph

Posted on by Michael Scallon

February 2nd 2002 was a pretty non-descript day in the History of Football, or indeed the history of anything – Prince Willem -Alexander of Orange, heir to the Dutch throne got married, Euro-Monarchy Fans will tell you (and, er… wikipedia) … Continue reading

Liverpool v United: Problem Areas Add Up To Fascinating Contest

Posted on by Michael Scallon

There is history, here. England’s two greatest football clubs lining up on the hallowed turf of Anfield, some of the World’s greatest players are there; two of the World’s greatest managers are there; but this is worth more than simply … Continue reading

Manchester Derby – Two Days On: Deconstructing the Wreckage

Posted on by Michael Scallon

For “Collymore closing in…” in 1996, you can read “It’s Michael Owen…” in 2009. Both games were littered with brilliant goals, pathetic defending and some of the most exciting football the Premier League has seen. Now though, two days on … Continue reading

Arsenal Fans Can Have No Excuses And Scholes’ Indian Summers

Posted on by Michael Scallon

Arsenal Fans Can Have No Excuses Emmanuel Adebayor is Public Enemy Number One at the moment, partly for his stamp on Robin Van Persie, and mostly because of his goal celebration in front of the Arsenal fans. “Inciting a riot”. … Continue reading

Kakutagate – Fact and Fiction

Posted on by Michael Scallon

In the short time since Chelsea were found guilty of inducing Gael Kakuta to breach his contract at RC Lens, and banned from the registration of new players until 1st Sept 2010 – i.e. two transfer windows away – a … Continue reading

United’s Berba Necessity

Posted on by Michael Scallon

The year is 1996. The All New Manchester United juggernaut has just driven relentlessly to the Premier League and FA Cup double, sneering past the wheezing, spluttering, broken down Alfa Romeo of Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle on its way. The chance … Continue reading

“Back on track” and Canny Nani Makes The Case For The Technical Director

Posted on by Michael Scallon

United and Liverpool “Back on track” After big recent wins against Stoke and Wigan – those bastions of consistency – the general consensus amongst the pundits is that Manchester United and Liverpool are “back on track” after defeats at Turf … Continue reading