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Author Archives: tyduffy

Four Tips For Helping Premier League Footballers Handle The Recession

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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 … Continue reading

Premier League Should Emulate Major League Baseball’s Wage Structure

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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 … Continue reading

Juande Ramos and Rafa Benitez Were Both Wrong About Robbie Keane

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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 … Continue reading

Are Manchester City Really Destroying Football?

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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 … Continue reading

Who Will Cash-Strapped Chelsea Sell This Summer?

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Who Would You Rather See Relegated: Tottenham or Newcastle?

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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 … Continue reading

Could Andrei Arshavin Be Arsenal’s Defensive Midfielder?

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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 … Continue reading

Will Robert Kraft Purchase Gillett’s Share of Liverpool?

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 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 … Continue reading

Should Manchester City Refocus Their Mega-Spending Efforts Domestically?

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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 … Continue reading

Arsenal Should Recall Armand Traore From His Portsmouth Loan

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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 … Continue reading

The Premier League Horror Hair Starting XI

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

Five Facts to Explain Fulham’s Premier League Resurgence

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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 … Continue reading

Football Transfer Twaddle: Defoe, Arteta, Toure and Pennant

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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 … Continue reading

Tony Cascarino: Footballer, Pundit and Poker Junkie

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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 … Continue reading

The Race to Replace Sir Alex

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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 … Continue reading

Would A Salary Cap Combat Debt?

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  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? … Continue reading