Analysing Allardycez

Everton’s 1-0 win over Newcastle hauled them to eighth place in the table and continued a sense of stability that had been missing during Ronald Koeman’s disastrous start to the season and David Unsworth’s brief stint as caretaker. While Sam Allardyce has no doubt assured the Toffee’s of their place in the Premier League, he…

Chasing City: What do the best of the rest do now?

Ever since the 6-0 demolition job Manchester City imparted upon Watford at Vicarage Road, there was a constant sense that their march to the crown was a one team procession. So it proved, as defeat for Manchester United saw the sky blue side of Manchester crowned champions with a 16 point cushion over their red…

Liverpool the Victors – and the Villains

Liverpool directed another night of European theatrics to batter Manchester City’s hopes of taking a European dream of their own back to the Etihad. Mo Salah, almost inevitably, generated the onslaught from the men in red that saw three goals plundered in thirty minutes. Despite the Egyptian going off with a groin injury that is…

Saints Sack Pellegrino

Southampton have parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino, with the south coast side sitting one precarious point above the relegation zone. A 3-0 defeat to Newcastle was evidently the final straw for the board, as Pellegrino’s contribution to their cause is drawn to a halt. A rescue job is now on the hands of his successor,…

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…

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…

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, with…

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…