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Although Roberto Mancini’s tenure at Manchester has included more successes than failures, yesterday’s 3-2 defeat at of bitter rivals Manchester United provided more evidence that he cannot take them to the next level.
Mancini has undoubtedly aided the transition from rich Premier League club to perennial title challengers, but however much City fans protest, the spending during this time cannot be overlooked. Of course the fact that Mancini (by and large) commands the respect of these global superstars shows he does have admirable managerial qualities, getting young men with more money …

As I sat in the stands of the Chelsea Man City game I saw Benitez come out of the tunnel as everyone knows he came out to a chorus of hatred that (even though he won’t admit it) will have hit him hard. To rub in the hatred even more there was a lovely one minute standing ovation for King Robbie. Against Fulham on Wednesday Benitez came out to complete silence and right on the sixteenth minute the Chelsea fans once again got to their feet.
In my opinion before the …

When Chelsea’s billionaire owner slipped his hand into his back pocket and rustled around for the loose change that would prise Fernando Torres away from Liverpool in January of last year, he can scarcely have imagined that we would all be here, almost two years and two managers later, still waiting for the striker to deliver on the promise of his potential. Here was a proven Premier League goal machine, a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain, a man who seemed – at certain times in his Liverpool …

For the 3rd team in 3 seasons Chelsea have had to look for a new manager. This time one lucky man was selected for the job: Benitez. Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez was selected to be the interim Chelsea manager until the end of the season. However the Chelsea fans do not like the idea that much as most of them still think of him as a Liverpool manager. Luckily for Benitez that does not matter for now as he does have the job of defending Champions League Champions.
Even though …

While David Moyes and Everton have been rightly lauded for their performances this season, many have overlooked the efforts of Steve Clarke and West Bromwich Albion. Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea has ensured that the West-Midlands club’s days of slipping under the radar are numbered.
With the patronising tag as the season’s “surprise package” just as Newcastle were dubbed at this stage last season, Steve Clarke’s side currently occupy fourth position and are only five points off top spot.
In comparison to last season’s overachieving Newcastle side, West Brom’s accomplishments so far …

Yesterday Mark Hughes’s QPR lost  3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Southampton in the game dubbed “El Sackio” in the press,  Hughes looked defeated and his team looked clueless, how long before Tony Fernandes has to admit defeat and sack the clearly out of his depth Welshman.
The inevitable banners and placards were out yesterday asking for “Harry to come save them” will only continue to put pressure on the under achieving former Wales, Blackburn and Man City gaffer.
After heavy investment in the summer QPR are the only team in the four …

Although they are hardly the most aesthetic team in the Premier League, and divide the opinions of football fans nationwide; one thing Stoke City cannot be accused of is lacking is a gameplan. Like them or lump them (excuse the pun) it does not take a long time to fathom their approach to football. Set-pieces, crosses and a rigid shape from a robust back four and midfield when defending are their mantras. Stoke are dubbed pragmatic and unpleasant at a comparable rate, but no-one accuse them of lacking a philosophy …

After three and a half years, of goals, highs, lows and quotes Ian Holloway relationship with Blackpool has ended.
It seemed like a match made in heaven. Ridiculed rent-a-quote manager takes over ridiculed football club with two stands, what could go wrong?
In the beginning, nothing. “We both look better in the dark,” was Ian Holloway’s metaphorical take on himself and the town. And as soon as he arrived his team started to look better on the pitch. Holloway the revelling underdog devised a 4-3-3 system built round Charlie Adam, that placed …

On the weekend, I watched Manchester United outplay Arsenal at Old Trafford, winning 2-1. The close score-line does not reflect the nature of the game, as United put the ball in the net numerous times only to be ruled offside, missed a penalty, and spurned many good goal scoring chances. Rafael and Valencia exposed Podolski and Santos down the right side of the pitch, and van Persie’s movement and finishing was excellent. Podolski and Cazorla struggled to make an impact (despite Cazorla’s wonderful last minute goal), Walcott was ineffectual when …

Win less in 9 games this season, Rangers are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and rumours coming out of Loftus Road is that if Rangers don’t beat Reading in next Sunday’s home game Hughes may be dismissed before the away game at Stoke the following week.

Members of the QPR board have lost patience the with the Welshman as Rangers have 3 points so far and at this stage last season QPR were sat in 10th position on 12 points. Fernandes is desperate for his appointment to be …