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…

Costa’s Behaviour Justified Amid Conte Madness

Diego Costa is an enigma. More than that, he is a cult in his own right. But love him or hate him, you cannot deny the quality of the Chelsea striker is there.  For three years, he was the spearhead of the London sides attacks. He was the combative bully that Chelsea had come to…

Will Morata Be Made In Chelsea? 

To be presented with the news that Alvaro Morata was switching Spanish land for Stamford Bridge must have had Chelsea fans drooling.  The 24-year-old hitman has sealed a deal which sees him replace the dispensed-with services of Diego Costa. A fine warrior striker with cult status seems less than endearing to Antonio Conte, who has…

Fellaini HAS To Go!

He was the first marquee signing of the David Moyes era at Old Trafford and a midfielder whose physicality and intelligence were the reasons he was bought in 2013 for £27 million. Marouane Fellaini is an unpopular figure by all accounts. During his early months at United, he was made a scapegoat – most notably…

Have United Blown The Title Race Open? 

  A tactical masterclass from Jose Mourinho against former team Chelsea provided enormous positives that will be felt in Manchester and indeed the capital. Under fire before kick off for dropping the talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic and starting scapegoat Marouane Fellaini, his selection was not only justified, it was tactically brilliant. Just the sort of move the…

Defiant Wenger Faces Final Showdown

Exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage has effectively become part and parcel of the Arsenal season. The are, by now, firmly out of Premier League contention, with the FA Cup a source of solace rather than a reflection of the ambition at the North London side.  The early season acceleration has now fully…

Ranieri’s Sacking: A Reaction

Just nine months after guiding Leicester City to an unprecedented Premier League title, Claudio Ranieri finds himself being shut out of the club at which he will forever be a legend. In a cruel twist of fate, it is the climax to a season long curtailed by expectations of what would follow on from that…

What Next For Steven Gerrard?

Steven Gerrard’s decision to call time on his Los Angeles Galaxy career has cast further question on his ability to carry on as a footballer. Now, at the age of 36, he stands at a crossroads. His time in L.A can be considered reasonably successful. Although he expressed a disappointment at failing to win the MLS…

Football’s Gay Attitudes – Welcoming or Overzealous?

It may be 2016, but the Premier League is still eagerly awaiting the announcement of a current day professional of the men’s game that he is gay; an announcement many believe is simply a matter of ‘when’ as opposed to ‘if’.  Justin Fashanu was the league’s first openly gay player, and Thomas Hitzlsperger came out…

Do the Tigers Already Have Their Next Manager?

The depletion of Hull City’s contingent, both on the pitch and off it, has been an unfortunate tale riddled with difficulty that has led to an assumption that come May they will be bound for the Championship. With just 14 fit players, and a fledgling caretaker manager, there was little place for optimism. Yet Hull…