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Title Race Turns Into Top Four Chase

Title Race Turns Into Top Four Chase

By Bill Thomas   Last weekend’s derby games proved every bit as crucial as they’d promised and, after City’s all too comfortable win at United, surely the…

One Country For Old Men: Isn’t It Time To Blood Some Young Managers In The EPL?

One Country For Old Men: Isn’t It Time To Blood Some Young Managers In The EPL?

By Bill Thomas   A dozen games have gone, we’re not quite a third of the way into the season and already, five teams have sacked their manager with…

The Tortoise And The Hare

The Tortoise And The Hare

By Bill Thomas   Interesting days ahead at Manchester United as we head into the proper meat of the Premier League season, now that most of the international breaks are…

Poppy Love

Poppy Love

By Bill Thomas   It’s Poppy season again here in the U.K. and, as a consequence, football clubs and supporters are desperately trying to outdo each other to…

A Nightmare Scenario..

A Nightmare Scenario..

By Bill Thomas   “Buffon rolls the ball out to Stones, he brings it out and plays into Messi coming deep to collect. Messi, beats one, beats two, sees Bale…

Financial Fair Play: Nice Idea, But Is It Fair?

Financial Fair Play: Nice Idea, But Is It Fair?

By Bill Thomas   The concept of Financial Fair Play in football has, since its inception, been a murky backwater that few really understand. Apart from the occasional derisory slap…

Shakespeare In The Dark: Two Managers Down..How Many More To Go?

Shakespeare In The Dark: Two Managers Down..How Many More To Go?

By Bill Thomas   Two down already and with plenty of others feeling the heat, this is what it’s like to be a Premier League manager in 2017, your…

No Christmas Cheer For EPL Fans

No Christmas Cheer For EPL Fans

Christmas isn’t so very far away, but closer still is the announcement of the televised fixtures over the Christmas period. The possibility of playing games on Christmas Eve has…

Gareth Barry Interview

Gareth Barry Interview

By Bill Thomas   Something remarkable happened just before the international break. Ryan Giggs’ record of 632 Premier League appearances fell, overtaken by Gareth Barry of Aston Villa, Manchester City…

Road To Nowhere: Mourinho’s and Guardiola’s Ludicrous Desire To Scrap League Cup

Road To Nowhere: Mourinho’s and Guardiola’s Ludicrous Desire To Scrap League Cup

By Bill Thomas   After talking last week about squad rotation and the idea of changing goalkeepers in particular, the League Cup remains in the news after both Pep Guardiola…