Sport

Let the game of manager musical chairs begin.

Now that the football season is over, the usual roundabout of transfers will kick into life again. But it’s the manager’s market that is looking like the more interesting. Quite a few top clubs are looking for new managers this summer, and this could have a very big impact on how next season will play… Continue reading Let the game of manager musical chairs begin.

Sport

Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

That’s not to say that English fans don’t support the national team. They obviously do. You just need to look at how well attended England games are (when fans are allowed in of course). Even when it is only a friendly, England games regularly get attendances of 50,000 or more. Tournaments are also very well… Continue reading Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

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Is Solskjaer going to take Manchester United any further?

So, another cup exit for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. You do start to wonder how much longer the board will continue to back him after two and half years in the job. They will be expecting some return on their investment in him as a manager. Not only did they take him when… Continue reading Is Solskjaer going to take Manchester United any further?

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This could be an extremely fruitful season for Chelsea.

Thirteen games ago, Chelsea looked to be in a real hole. The team were not winning regularly and performances were very inconsistent. Many fans stood behind Lampard to carry on as manager, including me at least until the end of the season, but the higher-ups made the decision to remove Super Frank. Being completely ruthless… Continue reading This could be an extremely fruitful season for Chelsea.

Politics, Sport

Lockdown and football musings.

If this is truly going to be the last lockdown, we must exit slowly and methodically As the government’s target of vaccinating the top four vulnerable groups in the England was hit, the prospect of easing lockdown restrictions has been raised by many, mainly in Conservative circles. Boris Johnson has gone to great lengths to… Continue reading Lockdown and football musings.

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A footballing week in review.

Despite there being no crowds, this has been a very good season. The football season continues on as we are forced to watch from afar. It will be wonderful to be able to go to live football again whenever it is deemed feasible. But despite the continued lack of supporters at grounds, it has been… Continue reading A footballing week in review.

Politics, Sport

Tuchel is up and running and deceny returns to the American leadership.

Chelsea’s outcasts now have a second chance. That’s usually true when a new manager comes in to a club. Everyone wants to work their way into the new man-in-charge’s plans, especially if they were not playing regularly under the previous coach. Thomas Tuchel has already publicly stated he will give every player in the squad… Continue reading Tuchel is up and running and deceny returns to the American leadership.

Politics, Sport

COVID restrictions are to stay for now, and Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager.

For once, Boris Johnson has made the right decision. Boris Johnson confirmed today that England’s schools would remain closed until at least the 8th March, adding that there was not yet enough data to make a decision on taking the country back out of lockdown. This was absolutely the right call. This wave of coronavirus… Continue reading COVID restrictions are to stay for now, and Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager.

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Lampard still deserves time. Chelsea need to stand by their manager.

It’s been a poor run for Frank Lampard and Chelsea throughout much of December. Only one win in six Premier League games has seen them fall out of the top six and, for the first time, has seen serious questions raised about Lampard’s future as manager. But I think it would be a mistake to… Continue reading Lampard still deserves time. Chelsea need to stand by their manager.

Politics, Sport

The last couple of weeks in review.

To start, an apology for the recent absence. This was mainly because I was moving house and that tends to take up a lot of your attention. Also, it was Christmas and this has been a pretty rubbish year so I decided to enjoy what we could do over this festive period rather than trying… Continue reading The last couple of weeks in review.