Wear and Tear Wayne gives LVG a headache

For ten years, Wayne Rooney has been the constant reliability for Manchester United. As a precocious teen joining up with Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy, through arguably his glory days alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, he has sparkled as Old Trafford’s modern day golden boy. In recent months, his character is showing a…

Wear and Mersey: a tale of new chapters

The plights of ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and brief chief of Wearside, Dick Advocaat, bear similar resemblance to each other, if only in parts. Both came into clubs whose positioning was precariously between where they were expected to be, and where fortunes had placed them. Similarly, upon the realisation and arrival of their respected places…

Jamie Vardy: England calling

It is very rare for Gary Neville to suggest a 28 year old could become a big star, with such a comment reserved for a player ten years the junior of Jamie Vardy. However, this is where Vardy finds himself. Having just notched his tenth goal in as many games, in the process barging his way…

Dutch Despair: How they fell well short of expectations 

For the last twelve years or so, whenever a World Cup or a Euro’s has rolled around, predictions have been made as to who might win. Uppermost in the guesses, the name of Holland has frequently been suggested. Sadly, and somewhat unbelievably, that is not to be the case this time around as the Dutch…

Football league focus: Burton Albion

It’s something of a strange thought when one looks at the league tables and sees Burton Albion setting the pace at the top of League One. The Brewers currently sit second, having only been displaced by Walsall on October 10th, and seem like they could be starting to sustain a battle for promotion which has…

Crisis point at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho has never been the kind of manager to experience pressure. True, he has had to manage astronomical expectations – a la Real Madrid – but there has always been an indication in his mannerisms that the expectations were never beyond him. Since he came to the international fore with Porto’s barnstorming Champions League…