Four Tips For Helping Premier League Footballers Handle The Recession
Four Tips For Helping Premier League Footballers Handle The Recession

From an extravagant Russian billionaire to the post-peak stripper living paycheck to paycheck, the economic crisis has affected all.  At some point, the recession will even reach the insular world of Premier League footballers.  To help these normally fiscally free dandies adjust to these more responsible times, here are four […]

Premier League Should Emulate Major League Baseball’s Wage Structure
Premier League Should Emulate Major League Baseball’s Wage Structure

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore rejected the notion of a salary cap, suggested by UEFA. “If you say 60% or 50% can be capped on wages, what it really does is absolutely lock in the natural order,” he told BBC Radio Five’s Sportsweek programme yesterday. “It would help the […]

Juande Ramos and Rafa Benitez Were Both Wrong About Robbie Keane
Juande Ramos and Rafa Benitez Were Both Wrong About Robbie Keane

Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos, formerly of Tottenham, criticized Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for giving up on Robbie Keane after half a season. “You can’t tell me Robbie will not score goals at a top club,” Ramos is quoted as saying in The Sun. “He is a top player and […]

Are Manchester City Really Destroying Football?
Are Manchester City Really Destroying Football?

FC Copenhagen chairman Stale Solbakken suggests that Manchester City’s spending will ruin football. “The amounts of money that have been mentioned are incredible,” Solbakken told Ekstra-Bladet. “I think that such incredible sums will take part in destroying football. “They are creating too big a mental distance between what we call reality […]

Who Will Cash-Strapped Chelsea Sell This Summer?
Who Will Cash-Strapped Chelsea Sell This Summer?

Chelsea announced a £65.7m loss for last year, a staggering sum, particularly as it marks an improvement over the loose-pursed past.  Though the tangible sum is less, the impact will be felt more, after Roman Abramovich as billionaire Roman Abramovich potentially lost the bulk of his fortune.  Abramovich’s woes have […]

Premier League Clubs Can’t Afford to Be Patient With Managers
Premier League Clubs Can’t Afford to Be Patient With Managers

The firings of Tony Adams by Portsmouth and Big Phil Scolari by Chelsea brought the total number of clubs that have changed managers this season to seven, and the number of managerial changes to eight.  That turnover rate seems quite high and quickly cycling managers seldom leads to success.   […]

Who Would You Rather See Relegated: Tottenham or Newcastle?
Who Would You Rather See Relegated: Tottenham or Newcastle?

It’s two-thirds of the way through the season, and purported big clubs Newcastle and Tottenham remain entrenched in the relegation rumble. Newcastle sputtered amid boardroom confusion, after the departure of manager Kevin Keegan.  Tottenham played woefully under Juande Ramos and their squad has flat-lined after an early revival from Harry […]

Could Andrei Arshavin Be Arsenal’s Defensive Midfielder?
Could Andrei Arshavin Be Arsenal’s Defensive Midfielder?

Arsenal’s weaknesses have been prevalent in a season more perilous than any under the Wenger regime.  Arsenal have neither an experienced nor a competent holding midfielder.  Their central defense has been inconsistent.  Incompetent moments at the back have cost them points.  As of right now, they are the favorites to […]

Will Robert Kraft Purchase Gillett’s Share of Liverpool?
Will Robert Kraft Purchase Gillett’s Share of Liverpool?

 American billionaire Robert Kraft may make a £270m bid for George Gillett’s 50 percent share of Liverpool. “We haven’t ruled it out completely,” Kraft told Sky Sports News. “But I’m worried a little bit. I want to be able to win whatever we do. But there are no rules in […]

Should Manchester City Refocus Their Mega-Spending Efforts Domestically?
Should Manchester City Refocus Their Mega-Spending Efforts Domestically?

Manchester City’s new ownership sent chairman Garry Cook, brimming with billions, to build a super-club capable of Champions League qualification.  The club’s £91m bid for Kaka was a noted fiasco, but, as details have emerged, that’s hardly been their only activity. City reportedly made an equally irresponsible bid for Spain […]

Arsenal Should Recall Armand Traore From His Portsmouth Loan
Arsenal Should Recall Armand Traore From His Portsmouth Loan

Arsenal have a flawed squad, abundant injuries and a pint-sized transfer budget.  To compete for the top four they must supplement themselves, and apparently must do so cost-effectively.  A simple measure, and one which would cost nothing, would be to recall Armand Traoré from his loan at Portsmouth. Traoré primarily […]

The Premier League Horror Hair Starting XI
The Premier League Horror Hair Starting XI

This team would win neither titles nor plaudits.  But, they certainly would entertain.  They may even possibly scare small children.  Without further delay, here is the most follically challenged/enlightened team in the English Premier League. Manager: Joe Kinnear (Newcastle) Joe Kinnear is old school and tempestuous, his hair coincides.  It’s […]

Are Manchester United’s Second-Tier Players the Key to Their Success?
Are Manchester United’s Second-Tier Players the Key to Their Success?

Fans, pundits and fellow players considered Kieran Richardson lazy, inadequate and many other unfortunate synonyms when he was at Manchester United.  He made only 41 league appearances in five seasons at the club, scoring just two goals.  Richardson’s £5.5 signing seemed at the time a misguided move by Roy Keane […]

Five Facts to Explain Fulham’s Premier League Resurgence
Five Facts to Explain Fulham’s Premier League Resurgence

One year ago, Fulham was arguably the worst team in the Premier League not named Derby.  The club showed little holiday spirit, sacking Lawrie Sanchez just four days before Christmas.  New manager Roy Hodgson needed a great escape, scraping to 36 points and safety on the season’s final day. This […]

Football Transfer Twaddle: Defoe, Arteta, Toure and Pennant
Football Transfer Twaddle: Defoe, Arteta, Toure and Pennant

After accepting a sordid envelope with £20m for “Lass” Diarra, Portsmouth rejected shrewd dealer Harry Redknapp’s £30m overture for Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Peter Crouch.  Pompey then lessened Defoe’s value markedly, by announcing they would sell him for a fair price. “It looks like Jermain wants to go,” Portsmouth […]

Tony Cascarino: Footballer, Pundit and Poker Junkie
Tony Cascarino: Footballer, Pundit and Poker Junkie

Poker is all about competition.  Its rush stems from the risk, reward, guile and ultimate satisfaction from conquering an opponent and, of course, the money. It sounds an awful lot like professional football, so it’s not a great surprise that footballers would peruse the top poker sites or know where […]

The Race to Replace Sir Alex
The Race to Replace Sir Alex

Neither a flying pizza nor a kick in the shin could fell him, but Sir Alex Ferguson is 66-years-old.  He will retire at some point.  Manchester United manager for 22 years, Ferguson’s teams have won 10 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League Finals.  His run must, […]

Would A Salary Cap Combat Debt?
Would A Salary Cap Combat Debt?

  FA chairman David Treisman mentioned introducing a salary cap, to combat the “very tangible dangers” of the current financial climate.  Premier League clubs have a combined £3 billion of debt.  But, is wage expenditure really the most prominent issue? Yes, players make an absurd amount of money for wearing […]