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Written on 22 May 2018 | Comments Off on Arsenal make mess of identifying Arsene Wenger’s successor before opting for safe choice

Arsenal look set to appoint Paris Saint-Germain’s departing manager Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s replacement, but the Gunners didn’t even have the Spaniard on their radar until 10 days ago, says the Telegraph.
Mikel Arteta was believed to be the frontrunner to become the next Arsenal manager before Emery edged his way ahead of his inexperienced countryman. So, what happened?
Arsenal got cold feet over Arteta
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta was set to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager this summer, after Massimiliano Allegri opted to stay at Juventus and Julian Nagelsmann …

Written on 15 May 2018 | No Comments

Gareth Southgate will announce his 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup on Wednesday, 16 May.
It’s a bold choice from the England manager, particularly as there is still the FA Cup final to take place between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday 19 May.
The England camp currently has a number of players injured or just back from injury, such as Adam Lallana, Andy Carroll and Phil Jones. Naming the final squad before getting a number of players together to see where fitness levels are at is certainly an interesting call.
Southgate’s …

Written on 15 May 2018 | No Comments

West Bromwich Albion will be plying their trade in the Championship next season and expectations for the new season are varied among fans, with a lot hinging on what the squad will look like and who the new manager will be. With recent results going the way they have, and the whole atmosphere rejuvenated at the club under Moore, the case is getting stronger for him to remain as manager. A crucial part of judging whether promotion is a realistic expectation to have for next season, is which players stay …

Written on 15 May 2018 | No Comments

Now that the inevitable has been confirmed after the long delay, West Bromwich Albion can focus all of their attention on the season that lies ahead in the Championship. There are a number of factors to consider that will adjust reasonable expectations for that campaign, and the recent upturn in results has increased said expectations exponentially, particularly if a significant number of those at the club remain. Since that isn’t likely to happen, the expectations one should have are unclear. The man at the centre of the revolution is Darren …

Written on 27 Feb 2018 | No Comments

Irrespective of the league position, that is whether West Brom will stay in the Premier League or drop to the Championship, Jonny Evans will be a player in demand in the summer.
If the Baggies survive, and it is a big ‘if’, they will have a better chance of selling their star defender at a reasonably high price, with Arsenal and Manchester City likely to reignite their interest.
However, if they fail to prevent the drop, the Baggies risk losing Evans for just £3 million. Put it simply, Evans has a reported clause in …

Written on 6 Sep 2017 | No Comments

“(Joe) Hart made a few mistakes, especially when coming out for the ball. He is an important goalkeeper. We probably didn’t expect so many mistakes from an England international…”, (Source: eurosport.co.uk). These were the words of Torino Chairman Urbano Cairo back in May when talking of goalkeeper Joe Hart’s unsuccessful season long loan stint at the Italian side in the 2016-17 campaign. The much maligned England number one is now back in his native country after signing for West Ham United this summer on another season long loan from Manchester …

Written on 2 Sep 2017 | No Comments

Whilst watching some of the European qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup, the tedium of UEFA’s qualification process becomes glaringly apparent when compared to how the associations of other parts of the world deal with the issue.

England defeat Malta: a result that was known as soon as the draw was made over two years ago
 
CONMEBOL simply have 10 South American teams fight it out within one group.  Meanwhile, the countries in the confederations of North America, Africa and Asia have to earn the right to play in their respective …

Written on 16 Jul 2017 | No Comments

In a shocking turn of events, yesterday Romelu Lukaku has completed a move to Manchester United after months of speculation that he was on the verge of a move back to Chelsea. The Belgian comes to Old Trafford for £75m with £15m in add ons signing a 5 year deal, which has to make him as the main striker for the club going forward. He completed his medical over the weekend and then the deal was officially confirmed by the club a short while later. Chelsea matched the offer and …

Written on 5 Jul 2017 | No Comments

For the 2016/17 Team of the Season I have decided to go with a 4-3-1-2 formation that to an extent could actually play as a 4-3-3. This is as teams are season by season moving away from the traditional 4-4-2. The likes of Eden Hazard, Phillippe Coutinho and Romelu Lukaku did not make it, which will surprise some, but let’s look at the players that make the cut.
Goalkeeper
Tom Heaton (Burnley) – The 2016/17 season gave Heaton his second attempt to show us what he was about in the top division …

Written on 5 Jun 2017 | No Comments

Liverpool’s transfer activity will be highly scrutinised after scraping 4th place in the league and getting into the qualifying stage of the Champions League. Manchester City for instance have already purchased Bernardo Silva from Monaco and have apparently tied up a deal for Benfica’s keeper Ederson for a huge £34.7m.
This has prompted a social media meltdown from Liverpool fans, though the 2016/17 season has just barely concluded. The transfer window does not officially reopen for a month, but that does not mean business cannot be done now. So let’s have …