Problems At Baggies Run Deep

Four of West Bromwich Albion’s senior players were forced to apologise for stealing a taxi in Barcelona this week, the low point of a season that seems set for doom. It began during September, which ignited a downhill slope. West Brom lost their unbeaten three game run against Brighton. After that, they then failed to…

Six Nations: No More Warrenball

The term ‘Warrenball’ has been one of the more frustrating terms to be associated with Welsh rugby. It was coined by the England backs coach Mike Smith merely months before Warren Gatland’s first venture with the British and Irish Lions in 2015. After his side’s display against Scotland, that moniker seems eradicated. Blowing away the…

Margaret Court Arena ‘should be renamed’ amid LGBT row 

Billie-Jean King has called for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed in the wake of the latest war of words between the former tennis stars.  King, who revealed her sexuality in 1981, has suggested she would not play in the Margaret Court Arena were she playing today, on the basis of the opinions spoken…

Real Madrid Power’s Starting To Fade?

It was just over a year ago that Rafael Benitez was dispatched from Real Madrid’s driving seat, in the midst of 17 wins from 25 games and within four points of the La Liga summit.  Zinedine Zidane is now feeling the heat on his collar. Given recent events, it is little wonder.  Poor Squad Performance…

United v City: Post-Match 

The Manchester derby was already billed as a ‘title decider’ even before Nicolas Otamendi stabbed home to send Manchester City 11 points clear of their neighbours.  Well might the title have been decided in the midst of Manchester City’s free flowing movement upending United’s cautious approach. It draws wonder as to how the Red’s can…

The Ashes: A Story So Far…

England are in trouble. To put it simply and bluntly.  At the close of play on the third day of the second Test, England are down 1-0 in the series, and 268 runs behind Australia with the hosts set to resume batting on day four.  Thus far, England’s batting has been discordant, and the bowling…

Post-Basel: Analysing United’s Prospects 

Manchester United trooped off the field at the close of their defeat in Basel with a situation hanging over their heads that is becoming glaringly repetitive… namely their inability to stamp their authority upon opponents that at one stage they would be able to sweep aside with regularity.   Although dominant in the first half,…

West Ham United And Bilic Separation Looks Inevitable

Slaven Bilic took to the press in the wake of West Ham’s 4-1 humbling by Liverpool in eerily pragmatic spirits. When asked if he might turn his phone off to avoid a call from club owners David Sullivan and David Gold, he responded with “I will face the situation and the consequences. I never hide” …

Neville and Giggs Aren’t Ready Yet

With the departure of Ronald Koeman, Everton are staring down the barrel of one of their worst starts to a Premier League season – and sitting in the relegation zone a mere nine games into it.  Their current demise has been built on the foundations of a poor transfer market, a failure to adequately replace…

Are Southgate’s Troops Ready For War?      

After a leisurely stroll through the qualifying process, England emerged into qualification with something of a limp. 1-0 victories over Slovenia and Lithuania ground out the final points of yet another unbeaten qualifying campaign – their fourth in a row.  The final two games are testament as to how difficult manager Gareth Southgate could find…

Bayern In Trouble Or ‘Trouble’?

It is very unlike Bayern Munich to begin their season at anything other than 100 miles per hour. True to form, they have retained the German Super Cup and are on course to emerge from the group stages of the Champions League.  Which then begs the questions as to why they have elected to jettison…

Koeman Out Of The Woods – Now To Press For Europe.

Ronald Koeman must have been red in the face when he discovered Everton were to face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in 4 of his first 5 games. It is perhaps understandable that his side were subjected to ruthless attacks and forced into defensive mode during these games.  Having negotiated these games which…