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Premier League
Do managers have rights?
19:00 Thursday 16th January 2020

What black mark on their careers do Rafa Benitez, Mauricio Pochettino, Roberto di Matteo and Unai Emery share? That’s right. All four were sacked less than a season after leading their London club to a European final. Okay, inferring…

Premier League
Rating 7 contenders to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal
08:02 Tuesday 3rd December 2019

The inevitable finally came to pass. After a mere 18 months in charge, Arsenal parted company with Unai Emery, the man they chose to succeed Arsene Wenger. The Spaniard's tenure began in a promising manner with a 20-match unbeaten…

Premier League
Will Everton dare to appoint Rafa Benitez?
14:01 Sunday 1st December 2019

Marco Silva is under intense pressure at Everton as the Toffees sit 16th in the Premier League. They were been beaten 2-0 at home by Norwich City last weekend. At the time, the Canaries nested in 20th. While the…

Premier League
Steve Bruce: When your best attackers are centre-halves
15:01 Sunday 17th November 2019

When Rafael Benitez left Tyneside in the summer and was replaced by Steve Bruce, fans were less than welcoming to their new man. With the loss of top scorer Salomon Rondon, takeover rumours which proved to be unfounded speculation and…

Premier League
How the Longstaff brothers reinstalled vigour and belief at Newcastle United
12:01 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Unless you’re the biblical Abel, you’d rather have your brother watching your back at work than someone else. Unfortunately, not many enjoy the privilege, particularly in the Premier League. Sean Longstaff is among the…

Premier League
Did Newcastle United waste money on their £40 million man?
14:00 Sunday 6th October 2019

“He’s got everything a modern-day player wants.”  Those were Steve Bruce's words following Joelinton's unveiling as Newcastle United’s new number nine. Two months on, Newcastle is in a mire and the Brazilian doesn’t…

Premier League
Is Gunners visit to Old Trafford a Premier League Top-6 eulogy?
17:01 Monday 30th September 2019

Yuval Noah Harari impressed the world as a historian with his book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. He then flexed his philosophical muscle with Homo Deus, in which he discussed humankind’s future [hopefully not so brief]. …

Premier League
Can Ayoze Perez find a way to co-exist with Jamie Vardy?
12:00 Sunday 29th September 2019

Newcastle visit the King Power today. If you predict match outcomes based on common opponents, you might not fancy the Magpies chances to nick a result. They beat Tottenham in North London and we all saw Spurs blow the early lead when they…

Premier League
Does Newcastle's spending spree reveal a penitent or persistent Mike Ashley?
09:01 Sunday 11th August 2019

Every manager who sizes up Newcastle sees the same thing. St James’ Park seats 52,405 obese or slack-muscled, pasty-skinned males sporting cheap haircuts and cheaper tats. If ever there was a time to be sexist and exclude women from an…

Chinese Super League
How has Rafael Benitez started in China?
12:01 Friday 2nd August 2019

Dalian Yifang. That doesn’t really roll off the tongue like the other prestigious positions Rafa Benitez has held, does it? Valencia, Liverpool, Napoli, Real Madrid, even Newcastle United has more allure than Dalian Yifang. The Chinese…

Premier League
Joelinton: Can Newcastle's latest Bundesliga experiment replace Rondon? 
12:00 Thursday 1st August 2019

For the second successive summer, Newcastle United turned to the Bundesliga to solve their scoring puzzle. This time, the situation is more complex. The club's record was smashed on little-known Joelinton to replace the Chinese…

Premier League
2019/20 Newcastle United Premier League preview
15:00 Wednesday 31st July 2019

Only at St James’ Park could a closed season be eventful but not that busy. Despite improving marginally in points, goals and goal difference in 2018/19, Newcastle dropped three places in the table to 13th. Shortly after the campaign…

Premier League
How will Newcastle United spend their summer?
09:01 Friday 5th July 2019

The mood on Tyneside reached its boiling point at season's end. After Newcastle United decided Rafa Benitez would not return as Magpies boss in 2019/20, fans lost all remaining hope for their dysfunctional ownership. Mike Ashley’s…

Premier League
Full Circle for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle?
08:01 Tuesday 25th June 2019

If the Christian version of God is the bona fide, that means the Devil also exists. Under those conditions, you wouldn’t have a hard time convincing me that Beelzebub runs a discount sportswear chain when not reaping souls and that Hell…

Managerial News
Is Gattuso waiting in vain on Rafa?
09:00 Sunday 2nd June 2019

When Gennaro Gattuso resigned as AC Milan manager and voluntarily forfeited the remaining salary due in his contract, observers probably reacted in one of two ways. Either they admired his sense of honour or thought he was crazy for turning…