Mid table marvels – five bosses worthy of praise

There have been several managers that deserve praise for Herculean efforts this season. Sean Dyche’s remarkable season with Burnley, Russell Slade making Leyton Orient genuine automatic contenders, and Tony Pulis turning a doomed Palace side overnight into a viable Premiership survivor to mention but a few. But what of those that have perhaps had less […]

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Technology: Time for football to upgrade

It’s astonishing to compare what is possible in the 21st century compared to how it used to be. For instance, the way we view television is remarkable. The advent of interactive digital technology means the home viewer can select, augment and interact with what they watch in an entirely new way, and not just at […]

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Why John Terry should never play for England again

Just when you think John Terry might be going gently into the good night, he manages to find a way to put his massive ego slap-bang back in centre stage. Stripped of the England captaincy, retired from international football and slipping down the pecking order at Chelsea it seemed that JT was in danger of […]

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Season of the long knives leaves managers watching their backs

When Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio fell on his sword, he brought the number of managerial changes in the top four divisions in England to 41 for the season. Given that we’ve still another two and half months of the season to run, it looks inevitable that over half of the 92 league will have changed their […]

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Five talking points from the weekend’s football

1. Kirkland attack raises serious questions concerning the protection of players By now everyone will have seen the dreadful scenes at Hillsborough on Friday night as a Leeds fan raced onto the pitch and assaulted Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland. The image of him returning to the stand and being congratulated by those around him, whilst […]

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5 people who benefit from John Terry’s international retirement

After announcing his decision to spend more time with his – or possibly someone else’s – family, we pick 5 people who are likely to benefit from John Terry’s retirement from international football. 1. Steven Gerrard Even without the armband, John Terry liked to style himself as the de facto leader of the England team […]

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Tackling technology – is there even still an argument?

Monday night’s failure by the officials to spot Victor Anichebe’s effort cross the line brought to life a debate that had been dormant since way back in….well June, as what should have been registered as a despairing attempt by John Terry ended up denying the Ukraine a clear goal.Is there anything even still to debate? […]

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Are England better off without Wayne Rooney?

Are England better off without Wayne Rooney? Heresy? I don’t think so. Because the more I watch England the more I become convinced that the team would be better off without Wayne Rooney. Last night’s match against Moldova and Tuesday’s match against Ukraine are a chance to see what an England side could look like […]

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Why does everyone hate Michael Owen?

You’re a former European Footballer of the Year. You’re one of your country’s greatest ever goal scorers. You’ve led a trouble and scandal free life. You’re even nice to animals and children. So why do so many people hate Michael Owen? The recent volley of abuse fired at him when he attempted to engage in […]

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Five things we learnt about Hodgson’s England

1. Euro 2012 should be John Terry’s last tournament In a telling moment in the England Sweden game, Zlatan Ibrahimovic – hardly the world’s quickest footballer – accelerated past a lumbering John Terry. Last night, a lapse in his positioning was only saved by a blundering official. It illustrated just why this should be Terry’s […]

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