The disease of me

Claudio Ranieri has been sacked and Gary Lineker is reportedly devastated. Lineker shouldn’t feel embarrassed for shedding a tear over the Leicester City manager’s sacking. A whole host of ex-players, managers and pundits took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the state of English football. What is happening to our beautiful game? Well, if…

Pep Vs.Press

The Setting: a typical Man City press conference. Journalists pepper Guardolia with loaded questions. Pep responds by breathing heavily into the microphones as if he were Luke and Leia’s  father. As he listens to the question he squints his eyes while simultaneously pulling his face apart as if he were the physical manifestation of the…

If Ronaldo had done that.

It’s time to retire a non-sensical football cliché. When a less high profiled footballer does something amazing, you’ll often here something along these lines: ‘If Messi did that, we’d be talking about it for weeks.’ ‘If Ronaldo did that we’d be talking about it for years.’ So when Everton’s Tom Davies scored a cute chip against…

Poppy-Gate

Gareth Southgate was a poppy-patterned bandana short of looking somewhat ridiculous on Friday. He elected to wear two poppies, just in case anyone had considered accusing him of a lack of patriotism. While Southgate is of course entitled to pay his respects in any way he sees fit, the double poppy ensemble did feel somewhat over…

Philosophy or No Philosophy? That is the question.

Jose Mourinho is a short term strategist. He plays to win, so when he doesn’t there is little for him to fall back on. He doesn’t seem particularly attached to a style of play nowadays, unless you consider parking the bus to be a style. I like to think of it as an anti-football philosophy….

There’s No Place Like Home.

West-Ham’s home form hasn’t been too smart so far this season. A home fixture against proverbial strugglers Sunderland offers the Hammers an opportunity to get things going at the Olympic Park Stadium. However, a word of warning to the headline writers; a home victory no matter how convincing could be a false dawn. You simply…

A War on Pointless Punditry.

Former Arsenal defender and now pundit (though I use the word loosely) Martin Keown, says Liverpool turned in their worst performance of the season so far in Monday night’s 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United. I would argue that it was in fact Martin Keown that turned in the worst punditry performance of the…

Woe is Wilshire. Shame on Shearer.

Watch the clip above from MOTD Week 8. Alan Shearer is analysing Bournemouth’s win over Hull. I use the word analysing loosely. Shearer and the MOTD crew have inadvertently compiled a series of clips where Jack Wilshire (32) becomes increasingly infuriated by his new team mates. Wilshire faces a new challenge without the support of…

Rooney should do a Torres.

Another game another chance to bash Wayne Rooney. Small pockets of England fans booed the record goal scorer against Malta on Saturday evening. It wasn’t so long ago that press and pundits were lauding Wayne Rooney’s sideways pings. That was until England (not Rooney) underperformed at the Euros, and Jose Mourinho rightfully explained that Rooney’s…

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…