Torres: How Does Roy Solve A Problem Like Fernando?
Torres: How Does Roy Solve A Problem Like Fernando?

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 point with Ferguson’s ‘Torres is the biggest cheater ever, EVER’ […]

Should Fabio Capello Still Be England Manager? Of Course.
Should Fabio Capello Still Be England Manager? Of Course.

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 week, titled ‘Fabio Capello has lost his players and now […]

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

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) he was linked with the Manchester United job in 2002 […]

Can Liverpool Challenge for Fourth?
Can Liverpool Challenge for Fourth?

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 place and a (very fortunate) cup treble, Benitez’s Champions League […]

Why It Was Time For Rafa Benitez To Leave
Why It Was Time For Rafa Benitez To Leave

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 helped re-establish Liverpool as a European force who could consistently […]

Have Arsenal Really 'Turned The Corner'?
Have Arsenal Really 'Turned The Corner'?

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 Cesc Fabregas’s penalty will reflect Arsenal’s glorious rampage to the […]

Will Chelsea Win The Title?
Will Chelsea Win The Title?

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 were still walking their admittedly impressive tightrope, though never far […]

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

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 his manager, expressing his ‘views’ to present a-fan’s-view-that-conveniently-supports-that-of-his-boss. Carlos Tevez’s […]

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

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 and people in the game, including ‘Arry (who would of […]

Just Why Are Liverpool Still Losing?
Just Why Are Liverpool Still Losing?

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 hasn’t. Liverpool’s continued struggles share similarities with those of the […]

Half-Forgotten Gems – Arsenal’s Other Title Triumph
Half-Forgotten Gems – Arsenal’s Other Title Triumph

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) – but that aside, Manchester United stayed atop of the […]

Liverpool v United: Problem Areas Add Up To Fascinating Contest
Liverpool v United: Problem Areas Add Up To Fascinating Contest

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 names and people: this is about bragging rights, this is […]

Manchester Derby – Two Days On: Deconstructing the Wreckage
Manchester Derby – Two Days On: Deconstructing the Wreckage

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 from “The Greatest Manchester Derby in the History of Anything […]

Arsenal Fans Can Have No Excuses And Scholes’ Indian Summers
Arsenal Fans Can Have No Excuses And Scholes’ Indian Summers

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”. Of course it was ill-advised – he must have Ashley […]

Kakutagate – Fact and Fiction
Kakutagate – Fact and Fiction

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 lot has been written, blogged, said and alleged – some […]

United’s Berba Necessity
United’s Berba Necessity

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 arises, that summer, to buy a young starlet from France, […]

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

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 Moor and White Hart Lane. Just one problem with that […]