Broaden retrospective punishment at this time of refereeing need 3

People who talk incessantly about refereeing performances are dull.  In fact, the broadcast media’s tendency to focus on officiating controversy at the expense of actual game analysis is very tiresome.  Endless slow motion replays of potential handballs, the continuous ‘I think this, I think that’ of whichever ex-player pundit happens to be in the studio(…)

Muting football managers for the sake of purity 0

Allow me to daydream briefly. Completely unrealistic though it may be, imagine a football world with silent managers. Press-conferences, outbursts and refereeing truthing have become such staples of the game, that it’s impossible to conceive of a world without them.  Because football is the dominant sport in England, a lot of the content which fills(…)

Chelsea’s appeal of Nemanja Matic’s suspension needs to fail 13

Chelsea have appealed the red card given to Nemanja Matic over the weekend in the hope of overturning the suspension that currently rules him out of the league cup final. Anyone who has ever played football - at any level - has some sympathy for Matic.  Whilst the decision to send him off was unquestionably(…)

Sam Allardyce, excuses, and failure to own responsibility 6

At 12pm yesterday, it would have taken an impressive effort for any Premier League manager other than Jose Mourinho to be this morning’s talking point.  The modern game loves a soap opera, and the Portuguese’s appearance on Goals On Sunday has already been transcribed by several national newspapers. Yes, really. But then came Sam Allardyce…(…)

The dying art of football commentary 3

“One nil…” Sometimes the less a commentator says, the more memorable his contribution to a game can be.  That’s why David Coleman and his famous goal-call are still revered well into his retirement.  It was a signature, but it was also very organic. On any given weekend, there are dozens of different football matches broadcasted(…)

Manchester United, Kyle Walker, and fanciful transfer chatter 2

The Mail have published a story this morning that claims that Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is of interest to Manchester United and will be one of Louis Van Gaal’s targets over the Summer. Not to be cynical, but the number of players who are supposedly ‘on Van Gaal’s list’ seems to double by the week.(…)

Time for Chelsea to move on from Gary Cahill 1

Before launching into what will almost certainly read like a hindsight-assisted hatchet-job, it’s worth noting that Gary Cahill has become a far better centre-half than he was expected to be. Go back to his days at Aston Villa - or even his first eighteen months at Bolton - and you would have assumed that the(…)

Tottenham vs Fiorentina: Discussion

Tottenham vs Fiorentina: Discussion 1

Tottenham will resume their Europa League campaign tomorrow night after nine days’ rest that they sorely needed.  Last week, they travelled to Anfield off the back of an impressive, yet draining, derby win over Arsenal and they never looked quite right during any stage of their 3-2 defeat to Liverpool. There were fleeting moments of(…)

« Older Entries Newer Entries »