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Play Up Bolton, Bolton Play Up

In late October this website asked, Why no praise for West Brom? West Brom then promptly went on to win one more point in the following games. It is with that lesson that I must apologise to any Bolton fans if their team suddenly goes on a slide but it cannot […]

Bolton Look To Build On Coyle's Good Start

There are green shoots of recovery around the Reebok Stadium, after several winters of discontent under Gary Megson. With Owen Coyle’s arrival, suddenly Bolton Wanderers are playing football again and trying to win games, rather than bore teams to death and hoof it skywards. Megson’s long ball banality has no […]

Hull City Search For A Hero

In a strange yet understandable move, Hull City Chairman Adam Pearson has removed Phil Brown from his position as manager at the struggling side. It strikes me as strange as Brown has been moved on after an impressive, if limited, performance against Arsenal on Saturday. Removal after the dismal showing […]

Will Owen Coyle Take Over At Bolton Wanderers?

Well it certainly sounds like Owen Coyle will be moving the 25 or so miles to Bolton Wanderers to replace the sacked Gary Megson. After being given permission to talk to the Trotters, Coyle looks set to  become the manager of a club he served so well for two years […]

Bolton Makes Wrong Decision By Sacking Gary Megson

Watching the entertaining match Tuesday night between Bolton and Hull City, the thought crossed my mind that being the manager of Bolton Wanderers was the least desirable job in the entire Premier League. Little did I know that less than 24 hours later Gary Megson would be sacked as the […]

Megson Begins A Dangerous Game At Bolton

Ah, Gary Megson, never a manager to pass the blame on to anyone else for his own shortcomings, has decided that today he would announce that certain players are trying to destabilise the club. After watching Sundays performance, I don’t blame them, they look a team with no self confidence, […]

Gary Megson Is Unloved and Unwanted

Well you’ve got to hand it to him, Gary Megson must have the thickest skin in professional football. I’ve seen him barracked by his own fans at 4 different clubs over the years and that’s some going, even in the fickle world of the football supporter. At a Nottingham Forest […]

Bolton Slowly Sliding

  In October 1999 Sam Allardyce breezed into his office at the Reebok Stadium to take over a club at the foot of the first division table. Amazingly, he guided Bolton Wanderers to the play-off semi finals the same season as well reaching both domestic cup finals. The following season […]

The UEFA Cup: What Is The Point?

The question I am posing is looking purely at what the UEFA Cup means to clubs from the English Premier League. Judging by recent participants and how they have fared, it appears to feature very low on most Premiership clubs’ list of priorities. Before the profile of the European Cup […]

Benitez and Mowbray’s Words Fail to Show Up on the Pitch

You would think Rafa Benitez would have already learned his lesson. Instead Rafa is left to choke on more words, and a title dream lost. Before Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, Rafa reacted to Arsene Wenger’s comments that Manchester United were untouchable. “I can only talk of my team […]

The Independent Retracts Story About Gary Megson Sacking

The Independent newspaper has publicly acknowledged that it got its facts wrong in a story about the future of Bolton manager Gary Megson, which was originally published on April 8, 2008. The newspaper originally wrote that the club was “planning an overhaul in its management structure and was set to […]

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Manchester United’s Identity Has Not Been ‘Broken’ By Big Spending, It Is Being Fixed

Following the resolution of Radamel Falcao’s season-long loan switch from AS Monaco which completed Manchester United’s sixth signing of the summer, some fans and members of the media have labeled the club’s transfer spending spree as a ‘galactico’ policy. After news of Danny Welbeck’s departure to league-rivals Arsenal, former United assistant […]

World Soccer Talk Launches New and Improved Commenting System

World Soccer Talk has launched a new commenting system effective immediately to improve the options for readers who comment in our article threads. One of the aspects of World Soccer Talk that we’re most proud of is the vibrant community, where readers like you and thousands of others participate in […]

Replacing Xabi Alonso

If Steven Gerrard is the heart of Liverpool then Xabi Alonso was one of the lungs. So Liverpool just lost a lung. It’s lung-wrenching. I know they have a potential organ donor lined up (AS Roma) and that a new lung (Alberto Aquilani) could be on the way already, but what if […]

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Pellegrini: Juventus a gauge of Manchester City’s Champions League potential

Manchester City must put their “difficult situation” behind them and use Wednesday’s clash against Juventus as a test of their Champions League-winning potential, according to their coach Manuel Pellegrini. City, who have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, face the Italian champions looking for revenge following their […]