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Who could replace Arsene Wenger: The Outsiders

With the media circling around Arsene Wenger like a wake of vultures waiting patiently for the club to react to the club’s indifferent form; seemingly every journalist has put forward their suggestions as to who should take over from this legend of the game – I thought I’d join the party and put forward some more ‘alternative’ suggestions. Read More »

Pressure for success at Arsenal

Arsenal approach their FA cup 5th round tie with nothing to win and everything to lose, even a comprehensive victory over Non-League giant-killing Sutton United will not change the mood of the gunners faithful. Read More »

What’s the Story with Barcelona?

A longstanding debate in literary circles argues there is a finite number of stories to be told. Some say that number has long since been reached. Every newly published novel, film, or other fictional work simply retells a pre-existing tale. There is nothing original remaining to be contributed. Read More »

Rafa, Toon, and a Football Manager’s Many Roads

Robert Frost celebrated individuality and choice with his poem The Road Not Taken. In our result-driven myopia, football fans see managers who arrive at success from unexpected origins as emulating Frost’s spirit, ignoring that they are all seeking to climb the same mountain but have merely been forced to travel back roads to beat traffic, as it were. Read More »

Managers need to be shown more respect

With all the money and expectation in the modern game, football managers are under more pressure than ever. Over the last few weeks I have been shocked at how certain players, fans and journalists have treated managers and feel it’s time a little more appreciation is shown to the men brave enough to take on the roles. Read More »

Wenger Doesn’t Deserve the Bum’s Rush

We love to put sporting heroes on a pedestal, if for no other reason, knowing the opportunity will inevitably arrive to tear them down. Such is human nature. Manchester United’s two thirty-five-year-olds, Michael Carrick and Zlatan Ibrahimović, can back me up on this. So, can their captain, Wayne Rooney, and he’s only thirty-one. Year after year they put up with naysayers, reading ... Read More »

Why Paul Merson owes Marco Silva an apology.

Last night Marco Silva pulled off another tactical masterclass. His Hull City team for the second time in a week got the better of a Manchester United side worth 8x the value of his Hull squad. This has left more egg on the face of armchair pundit Paul Merson, who refused to give the former Olympiakos manager a chance before ... Read More »

A pedestrian start to Bruce Arena’s second stint in charge of the USMNT

Somewhere amidst Sunday’s sporting cornucopia, which included Manchester United’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth round victory over Wigan, the NHL’s second go-round with its four-division three-on-three All Star mini-tournament, the NFL Pro Bowl, and WWE’s Royal Rumble, the United States Men’s National Team played to a nil-nil draw against Serbia in the international friendly marking Bruce Arena’s return as manager. Read More »

Meet Herve Renard, the French coach dominating African football

The impact of French managers on African football can never be over emphasised. From the days of Claude Leroy, Pierre Lechantre, Philippe Troussier and even Henri Michel, it is a proven fact that French tacticians thrive excellently on the continent. But none can compare to the exploits of current Morocco coach, Herve Renard. Read More »

Zidane’s The Man

Real Madrid’s record-breaking 40-game-unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Sunday evening when the Spanish giants found themselves losing their lead, the game and their streak to surprise title contenders Sevilla. Read More »

Hope Powell: The first woman to nearly coach a male team

Hope Powell loved the game, felt the game, and loved participating inside of the game. There is nothing overrated about the ex-England coach, but I wonder if she would have gotten the position as a League Two manager? A question that lost its luster back in 2009 was, ‘would Hope Powell be managing League Two Outfit – Grimsby Town?’ Footballers ... Read More »

British managers have best job security in Europe.

British clubs are among the most patient in keeping with their manager, a new UEFA study has shown. It’s surprising, wth four managers having already lost their jobs in the Premier League season, one would assume England’s top tier is the most ruthless when it comes to job security, with Swansea already having three faces at the helm and it is ... Read More »

The Sack Race: Fair or not?

The Premier League’s managerial sack race has kicked in over the last month or so and there have been plenty of articles outlining where everything went wrong for the likes of Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan – perhaps it’s time to look at whether or not they actually deserved to lose their jobs so mercilessly at the season ... Read More »

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