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Over the last decade the continental way of managing clubs in the form of having a football director, a transfer committee, and a head coach who has to utilize whatever squads are put under his disposal has caught up with a lot of the English premiere league and the championship clubs. It usually entails a combination of executives with varying degrees of football knowledge making decisions on buying and selling players. This has more often than not proved to be unsuccessful with the glorious examples of failure being Aston Villa, …

Due to the competitive nature of the Premier League, there are now more ‘derby’ matches than ever before. While the traditional local derbies are still popular, rivalry fixtures have become much more important as these play a key role in the fate of the title race. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all feature highly in this list of the top five top flight derby matches but there are also others that may catch you by surprise. Here are our selections:

Manchester United vs Manchester City
One of the most important clashes …

The 2015-16 Premiership season is almost upon us, I will have a lot at each team and access what they have done thus far and what they possibly still need to do to achieve their target.
I shall split this into 3 parts, the first part being the hypothetical bottom seven, including the three promoted sides, and the four teams who survived the drop, (positions 14-17th), in the Premiership last season.
Bournemouth (Last season – 1st in the Championship)
The only times I have had to mention Bournemouth before the 2014/15 season was …

After a career spanning 20 years, Kevin Phillips retirement from the game today leaving many a football fan in admiration of his career.
Phillips, who turns 41 this summer, burst onto the scene for Watford at the tail end of the 1994/95 season scoring 24 goals in nearly 60 appearances for the Hornets. A big money move to Sunderland saw him score over 100 goals in just over 200 games for the Black Cats where he became the first Sunderland player to score over 30 goals in a season since the …

Winners

Wigan – Bayern Munich, Barcelona and… Wigan. Wigan’s victory at the Etihad this weekend puts them into the semi-finals of the FA Cup and allows them to make a boast that very few clubs across Europe are able to make: they beat Manchester City on their own turf. Despite misfiring slightly with Owen Coyle, Dave Whelan seems to have an eye for a superhuman manager. Following Roberto Martinez’s heroics in last season’s FA Cup final was going to be no mean feat, but Uwe Rosler has set about copy-and-pasting the …

Anybody with half an eye on this seasons Premier League will know its been terrifically exciting and probably the most open its ever been. The entire bottom half  are within 8 points of one another and everyone in the top half has something to play for whether it be an Europa League position, champions league spot or aiming for the title itself which means every game is vital. So what better time to step up and give some outstanding performances, and who amongst others have been doing that? ENGLAND PLAYERS.
We’re …

Now its time to review the fortunes of three more clubs Man City, Newcastle and Sunderland. All can look forward to drama with one being the potential Champions, another striving for that wonderful European land and the other just trying to stay afloat. We start with the former champions:
Manchester City
Roberto Mancini achieved a  mediocre everything : results , table placings and  Champions League campaigns that often ended in tatters. Yet it became clearer and clearer that many sections of the press admired this rather impatience and often sulky looking individual. …

So yet again another Premier League manager has lost his job after a some what humiliating defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion. The first manager casualty occurred when Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has his contract terminated that shocked the football world after 3-1 defeat at the Hawthorns. I believe that it was very harsh on Hughton who in my view, and many Magpie fans, did his job successfully.
The big one in terms of Albion fans happened to Mick McCarthy following a damaging rout at home with the final …

With Sunderland slumping to yet another defeat at the hands of West Brom on the weekend, it leaves them bottom of the Premier League with only a point all season. The thoughts of many Black Cats fans will certainly be to sack manager Paolo Di Canio and on Sunday the 22nd Sunderland sacked Di Canio after just 13 games in charge.
When Sunderland announced the appointment of the Paolo Di Canio as first team manager in March, opinions were divided among fans at the Stadium of Light, as well as the …

I don’t know if I am alone in my thinking on this one but I will make this prediction. Paolo Di Canio will be out of a job before the end of the season.
Having been dramatically and successfully parachuted in to save the club from relegation last season his impact looks now like nothing more than the traditional new manager syndrome. The effort that got the club through those final few games is not enough over a 38 game season.
In response to that Paolo has gone out and drafted in …