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Mark Hughes is the forgotten man of the Premier League

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The manager. A man who is the front and centre of every team, the fall guy if things go wrong, the celebrated one if success comes a knocking. There is, however, one man who is performing beyond expectations who is flying well and truly under the radar. That man is Mark Hughes, an understated, former Manchester United forward, bringing top ... Read More »

The Stoke Model: What all promoted clubs should look to follow


Stoke City may not glitz and glamour of Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United but they have enjoyed several seasons in the top-flight and in the last two seasons have finished in the top-half of the table Read More »

The Relegation Battle

In what is fast becoming the most exciting and absorbing relegation battle in the Premier League since, uh, the last one, five (possibly six) teams are battling it out to avoid the drop. Wolves Let’s start at the bottom with Wolverhampton Wanderers and a perfect example of why being trigger happy with your managers does not normally end well (take note ... Read More »

Match Report: QPR 2-1 Arsenal (QPR Fan’s Perspective)

Pride, passion and commitment- three key ingredients for any successful football team. Three ingredients that have been lacking from QPR performances this season. However, yesterday, the QPR players rose to the occasion and demonstrated just what they are capable of when they put their mind to it. Previous home victories against Liverpool and Chelsea came with a degree of good ... Read More »

QPR vs Arsenal Preview: (An Arsenal Fan’s Perspective)

Arsenal will be looking it to make it 8 wins on the bounce, as they make the short trip to Loftus Road to take on a relegation-threatened QPR side. The hosts in 18th place, and with only 1 win in the last 6 games, will be looking to reprise the result of their last home game, when they overturned a ... Read More »

The Premier League Relegation Battle Hots Up

With only nine games left to go in the Barclays Premier League Season (ten for Bolton and Villa) the relegation battle is shaping up nicely, with five teams vying to keep their place in the division. Wolves, Wigan and Bolton currently occupy the relegation places with QPR and Blackburn just above them. Just six points separate all five teams in ... Read More »

Match Report: Barnet 2–2 Dagenham & Redbridge (Barnet Fan’s Perspective)

It was 20th taking on 24th in League Two, as Barnet played hosts to Dagenham & Redbridge in a relegation six-pointer. Although it ended up two goals apiece it was by no means a thriller, with some desperate defending at times. Neither team really attempted to play the ball on the ground, particularly in the closing stages and it was mainly scrappy ... Read More »

Building A Club To Stay In The Premier League

With the season drawing to a close the 3 promoted teams are experiencing varying degrees of success in their quest to maintain their Premier League status. Norwich and Swansea have been a credit to the division this season, currently 11th and 14th respectively. The duo have been built on good financial footing under two hungry young managers in Paul Lambert ... Read More »

Managerial Merry-Go-Round

Approaching the final stages of the 2011/12 season a number of chairmen have decided that the man that was originally the ‘right’ man for the job, is now the wrong man. Usually you’d expect it to be the case that the men in the firing line were under pressure managers, but instead a new trend has emerged where managers doing ... Read More »

Money Well Spent Or A January Panic

January was always going to be a massive month for Queens Park Rangers, with the home faithful and football pundits expressing: “QPR need somebody who has the ability to score goals regularly.” Neil Warnock did a marvellous job with the funds and quality available to make the club a Premier League team again. However, without a win in two months and concerns ... Read More »

Match Report: QPR 3 Wigan 1 (QPR Fan’s Perspective)

They say ‘One man’s misfortune is another man’s gain’. In the case of Akos Buzsaky, he has gained from the misfortune of two men. His QPR career was seemingly over and it was looking very likely that January would see him move on to pastures new. However, a season-ending injury to Alejandro Faurlin and the sacking of manager Neil Warnock ... Read More »

Battle For Survival Hots Up

At the half way point in the season; it’s time to take a look at the teams most likely to be relegated from the Premier League. Taking a look at the league table, the position of teams and their current points total it appears that the regulation battle will likely be between five teams: Wolves, QPR, Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn. ... Read More »

Henry Homecoming: Do second spells work?

Thierry Henry, arguably the Premier League’s ultimate goal machine, is on the brink of returning to the club that made him a legend. Just weeks after Arsenal unvieled a statue of the Frenchman in typical goal-celebration-knee-slide pose speculation is reaching fever pith that Henry will be returning to the club on loan from New York Red Bulls for 2 months ... Read More »

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