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Champions League
Ode to Diego Simeone
12:00 Saturday 16th March 2019

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle reluctantly. He’s even more reticent about booking players. All that paperwork, I guess. Whatever his reasons, Kuiper’s forbearance makes for a fluid game. Juventus began their Champions…

Managerial News
Managing expectations
18:00 Thursday 22nd March 2018

Alan Pardew looks like the cool uncle who used to slip you alcohol and let you have drags of his cigarettes at family parties.  He looks like the kind of guy who would go into the lingerie section in Selfridges in December and buy two…

Championship
Middlesbrough: 5 potential candidates to replace Garry Monk as manager
16:05 Sunday 24th December 2017

There was an element of surprise to the news that Garry Monk has been sacked by Championship side Middlesbrough (also sacked the following day was the losing manager in the weekend tie with Boro, Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal).…

Football
Match Report: Newcastle United 3-0 Stoke City (Newcastle Fan's Perspective)
21:09 Sunday 22nd April 2012

I seem to have a standard opening to every single post I write, which usually consists of a comment about the dreamland my team is currently in, a remark about the players we somehow have been able to aquire and finally I'll probably say that…

Football
Welcome to England Andre Villa Boas
18:22 Monday 15th August 2011

Andre Villa Boas described Stoke's Britannia Stadium as "One of the most difficult places to visit in the Premier League" and was seemingly content with a point but disappointed his Chelsea side couldn't find a winner.Chelsea were thwarted…

Football
Stoke need 5 star players to hit the big time
21:12 Thursday 30th June 2011

Stoke City have gradually improved every season in the top division. Yeah, last season they didn't improve their points tally or league position, but they never looked in trouble of losing their league status, and they  improved the personnel…