English Football

The Premier League is to blame for England - but not in ‘that’ way 5

There is a certain type of Englishman who, if given the opportunity, will blame foreign people for everything bad happening in his life.  If he loses his job, it’s because of a Polish immigrant, if his wife leaves him, it’s because of a handsome Italian, and if his national football team is eliminated in the(…)

Sherwood’s Tottenham tenure a symptom of British football’s amateur interior 4

The worst kept secret in football was finally let out of the bag today, and Tim Sherwood was removed as Tottenham’s manager by Daniel Levy. The reasons for Sherwood’s removal have been discussed at length on this site over recent weeks and so there’s really no reason to revisit them, but what is worth comment(…)

A pundit review from 2012/13 1

Most of you will have reached your saturation points with end of season reviews, but let’s try to fit one more in - here’s a run down of who impressed/depressed us on the broadcasting front - in no particular order and limited to the ex-player community: Alan Hansen The trouble with Hansen, is that he’s(…)

Top 5: Underperforming players in the Premier League

Top 5: Underperforming players in the Premier League 0

Good players playing badly, or at least performing at a level far beneath their ability. There’s no particular order, because they’ve all been as bad as each other. Matthew Etherington Prior to this season, what was the one redeeming feature of Stoke City? Their wide play. Say what you want about the physicality Tony Pulis’(…)

English football ready to sidestep issues yet again 0

The BBC’s David Bond reports this morning that ‘football’s governing bodies are considering the introduction of cultural lessons for foreign players as part of a series of measures to tackle the recent increase in racially related offences in the English game’. Apparently, that will be one aspect of the ‘English Football’s Inclusion and Anti Discrimination(…)

A managerial merry-go-round in the Premier League

A managerial merry-go-round in the Premier League 0

Remember the days of yore where football fans would spend the summer playing a very special fretting game. Hoping their star players wouldn’t leave for pastures new, and whether the newcomers would be able to replace them. Now a new pastime has developed; the pastime of managerial swapsies. In the past week we’ve seen Brendan(…)

The press hurts English football more than any manager ever does

The press hurts English football more than any manager ever does 0

If you think that English under-achievement is the most predictable aspect of this Summer’s European Championships, then you’re wrong - it will be the press’ hysterical over-reaction to whatever our national team do in Poland and Ukraine that will be most familiar. Roy Hodgson had been England manager for about four hours by the time(…)

Four things we’ve learnt - Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Blackburn, Man City. 6

Tottenham might as well never turn up at Old Trafford It’s like watching the same game every year. Tottenham start brightly, pass the ball around well, have one or two half chances that they waste, concede a sloppy first goal, and then completely surrender. Pundits and journalists have been quick to point at the absence(…)

4 things to expect from the new season: Man United, Everton, Arsenal & Newcastle

4 things to expect from the new season: Man United, Everton, Arsenal & Newcastle 5

Ashley Young will turn into one of the best signings of the season What is it that limits Nani to being just a good player rather than a great one? Over-indulgence and inconsistency of supply into the box. How many times does he pass over a crossing option in favour of one more step-over? That’s(…)