Hard on Hartley? Hardly!

Dylan Hartley may have some room to be aggrieved at being left out of the Lions squad that are preparing to tour the country of his birth, no less than a month after captaining England to a second successive Six Nations title. Further to his chagrin, his deputy in hooker duty,  Jamie George, will get…

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…

Haye v Bellew: A Post Fight Analysis 

It was the easiest thing in the world to completely write off Tony Bellew coming into this fight with David Haye. For all his trash talk and the enormity of the drama that led to it, it was Haye’s supremacy over the years that had led to belts at cruiserweight and heavyweight. This certainly gave…

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…

Ageless Zlatan walks his own way… Again

Though a hugely influential and popular figure in world football for the past 12 years, there has always been speculation of whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic could cut it in the Premier League. Having won titles in Spain, Italy, France and Holland, plus numerous individual accolades, the big Swede finally made it over the Channel to join…

Wales improve… But England march on

This was almost a Grand Slam final in its own right. Wales, a point to prove after a stuttering win over Italy. England, unbeaten in 15 games and current holders of the 6 Nations Grand Slam title. The stage was set for the showdown that would have enormous bearings on the winners of the title. …

The Superbowl LI Review

Legendary. Lord of the Rings. PatriOT’s. Just three headlines that attempted to sum up the rollercoaster that was Sunday’s SuperBowl showpiece between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at the NRG stadium in Houston, Texas.  But how do you try and sum it up? This was a game that created so much history for…

Six Nations inspection: France & England 

Eddie Jones’ troops open the defence of their Six Nations crown this weekend by welcoming France to Twickenham. Les Bleus have been the subject of much reconfiguration since a 62-13 demolition job by New Zealand at the World Cup in 2015. Thierry Dusatouir is one of a number of key names to have departed the…

China go football mad; but are they aiding it?

It has not escaped the notice of every footballing country on the planet that China are fast becoming a major influence in the transfer market. Whether it is transfers that have gone through, or rumours flooding the back pages of the latest publications, chances are the Chinese Super League is embroiled somewhere.  From the outset,…

End of the road for Rowdy Ronda?

The hype had been built to astronomical sizes. She had been itching at her opportunity to get back into the ring for over a year. 48 seconds later, Ronda Rousey has some serious questions to answer.  Against Amanda Nunes, the women’s bantamweight champion, she simply, had no answer to the onslaught that came from Nunes….

Pardew’s Pain, Palace’s Plight

Alan Pardews sacking marks the end of one of the London clubs biggest love affairs. As a player with Palace, he was a commanding midfielder, appearing for the side to the FA Cup final loss to Manchester United in 1990, and amassing 128  appearances.  He returned to South London in January of last year from…