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Written on 25 Apr 2014 | No Comments

With the season nearly over, it’s about retaining Football League status at the foot of League Two and on Saturday, there is a huge game at Adams Park this weekend as Wycombe Wanderers (21st) entertain Bristol Rovers (22nd).
With both clubs on 47 points and lingering above the drop zone on goal difference, it’s going to be a nervy affair for both clubs which neither will want to lose. Both teams go into the game with just one win in their last ten games and hovering dangerously above the relegation zone …

Written on 23 Apr 2014 | No Comments

“They should be ashamed of themselves” the words of Manchester United legend Roy Keane are strikingly true. But this isn’t just true of the players, but also of the whole club, in particular chief executive, Ed Woodward.
Woodward was of no use to United’s fallen manager in the transfer market, the infamous failures to sign a string of high profile players such as Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines among others were his fault, and it is his job to sign players. Yet the public blame lies solely at the door of …

Written on 23 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Rumours are flying around that David Moyes wont be the last Premier League manager dismissed this week, It said that Daniel Levy is concerned about his current managers behaviour and may act soon to stop the squad having a full on mutiny before the season is over and the reputation of the club being further tarnished.
When Levy gave the (then) likeable Sherwood an 18 month contract everyone thought maybe Levy was being brave andgiving an inexperienced coach a chance, after some poor results and some very divisive press interviews it …

Written on 23 Apr 2014 | No Comments

TWELVE months ago, it was tears and tantrums at Griffin Park, home of Brentford, where on loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta’s last minute penalty miss rebounding off the bar cost Brentford an automatic place in this season’s Championship and the club was deflated after their Play Off Final defeat against Yeovil at Wembley two weeks later meaning the Bees would start the 2013/14 campaign in League One.
But twelve months on, Brentford clinched promotion to the Championship with another penalty, this time though, with Trotta on the bench, it was on …

Written on 22 Apr 2014 | No Comments

So the Chosen One becomes the Last One and the hunt is on for the New One. Being objective, should David Moyes have gone? The argument that says yes is pretty compelling but from a football public relations point of view, what is less interesting isn’t whether he should go but the manner in which he departs. Getting rid of senior personnel is seldom pain-free but the less messy you make it, the better.
We are used to seeing Manchester United do things very, very well; from winning silverware and attracting …

Written on 22 Apr 2014 | No Comments

On an overcast Easter Monday David Moyes was sat at home on his day off. He wasn’t stuffing his face with chocolate, nor was he nursing a hangover from a heavy Sunday in the pub. He was in fact, like the tenacious hard-working manager he is known as, hunting for the crucial eggs that would transform his squad over the course of the summer and resurrect Manchester United to their perch-knocking off status they’ve held so proudly for the last two decades.
Meanwhile however, with murmurings amongst the most respected British …

Written on 22 Apr 2014 | No Comments

News reached as far here in Dubai that the chosen one David Moyes was less than 24 hours from the sack on Monday evening.
It was then confirmed Tuesday morning that the 50 year old scot was going to join the 2.2 million unemployed in the UK.
You could argue that it’s not a surprise that the former Preston and Everton boss was dismissed after United worst season in almost three decades, the Red devils will now miss out on Champions League football for the first time since 1995 and are in serious danger …

Written on 21 Apr 2014 | No Comments

I decided to have a look at the Soccer Saturday Pundits this week.
The dynamic between the 4 ex pros (Merson, Le Tissier, Thompson and Nicholas) and presenter Jeff Stelling is superb, with just the right amount of comedy to go with the football analysis every week. They’re the Likely lads, all still pinching themselves as to how they landed first as footballer s and then at the cushy jobs at Sky.
I turned on today in the middle of them discussing Spurs and all of the signings they made last year …

Written on 16 Apr 2014 | No Comments

For football fans, the weekend ended with the thrilling Liverpool and Manchester City six pointer…and captain Steven Gerrard’s tears.
Liverpool fans overcame all possible emotions within those enthralling 90 minutes. First the sadness of Hillsborough tragedy anniversary; the silence; the goosebumps at kickoff; the anticipation of how the game will flow; then the elation after Raheem Sterling sidestepped the City defence to open the score; the dream of title; the shrill and stretching of vocal cords after 2-0; the skepticism of holding on; the ‘pinching myself’ at half time; the edginess …

Written on 16 Apr 2014 | No Comments

Leicester City will be playing Premier League football next season after a ten year absence, and I’m writing about the key factors that has led to the Foxes success this campaign.  First of all, the team spirit from Nigel Pearson’s men this season has been absolutely tremendous on and off the field. The boys in blue will never give up, scoring a good number of late goals at home and away from home to keep gathering precious points towards promotion.
This coincidently has a correlation towards a famous saying commonly …