Entrapment has won.

The next England manager appointment should go a little something like this: “Look, this guy is dodgy as f***k, but he said he knows how to get the best out of Walcott, so get over it”. The arse end of journalism stung Sam Allardyce. Seedy little men trying to sell a story at the expense…

Zlatan the wise.

A few weeks ago we posted an article on the temporary freedom Wayne Rooney was afforded for both club and country. In this article we speculated that Mourinho and Allardyce were essentially giving Wayne the rope by which he could hang himself. Or to put it nicely, giving him the benefit of the doubt until…

Better audience, better Barton?

On Wednesday night I went to the Times building for an evening with Joey Barton. It was the day of the release of his autobiography No Nonsense, and a week in which he’d been suspended by Rangers for another alleged bust up. He’d also been accused of breaching gambling rules by betting on a Champions…

Is Mourinho becoming a specialist in failure?

Is Jose Mourinho becoming the next Arsene Wenger? Is the special one about to become a specialist in failure? A bad week does not constitute a crisis, especially this early on in the  season. However, there are a few signs that Mourinho is starting to share some remarkable similarities to the Arsenal boss, a thought…

Write off Pogba at your Peril.

A month ago Thoughtful Football dissected the Paul Pogba Price tag. We came to the conclusion he was worth every penny. This of course went beyond his football acumen and into the murky world of brand equity. Then a week ago the MNF football team put together an interesting piece on his performance at the Manchester…

Bravo the Brave.

Claudio Bravo made his Premier League bow yesterday in the Manchester derby and it was pretty eventful I suppose. After two days of training, Bravo was thrown in at the deep end, a sign of the faith Guardiola has in the former Barcelona ball player. Bravo’s impact was immediate. Not only did he pass with…

Detached millionaires and angry every-men.

If you haven’t seen it, Class of 92 Out of Their League is back for a second season on the BBC. It’s a brilliant watch and I urge you to get yourself over to BBC iPlayer or Youtube or wherever it may be available. This is exquisite documentary making. Sure it isn’t as toe curling as a…

Bigger than the club? Bigger than the country?

How Rooney became bigger than club and country. It all started with an alleged transfer request. Wayne Rooney felt that Manchester United no longer matched his ambition. It turned out that three hundred grand a week would ease his deep routed anxieties about the clubs direction. This was unheard of at the time (2013/Fergie time)….