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…

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…

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…

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…

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…