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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…

Goalkeepers Are Different: Was Klopp Right To Field His Third Keeper?

Goalkeepers Are Different: Was Klopp Right To Field His Third Keeper?

By Bill Thomas It’s very much part of Jurgen Klopp’s schtick to portray himself as an eccentric, the slightly mad footballing professor, so it was no real surprise…

Trouble At The Palace

Trouble At The Palace

By Bill Thomas Even by the hair trigger standards of all too many Premier League chairmen, Steve Parish’s sacking of Frank de Boer just four games in seems like…

Spent Forces: Now That The Mad Spending Spree Is Over, Which EPL Teams Will Prosper?

Spent Forces: Now That The Mad Spending Spree Is Over, Which EPL Teams Will Prosper?

When they come to write the full history of the Premier League in years to come, it seems likely that the summer of 2017 will be pinpointed as the precise…

Who Will Win The EPL Title? It’s Never Too Early To Speculate

Who Will Win The EPL Title? It’s Never Too Early To Speculate

By Bill Thomas The last ball in the Premier League season has barely been kicked but already, 19 football clubs turn their gaze nervously towards what’s coming their way…

The Imperious One: Can Conte Repeat His Domestic Feats In Europe?

The Imperious One: Can Conte Repeat His Domestic Feats In Europe?

By Bill Thomas The final “Super Sunday” of the Premier League season is looking like anything but with the bulk of the season’s big issues long since settled.  Only…

TV Times: Are Television Companies Ruining The English Premier League?

TV Times: Are Television Companies Ruining The English Premier League?

By Bill Thomas I think we can be pretty confident that it’s not going to change now, but that doesn’t make it right. What’s that? The scheduling…