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In Barclays Premier League chat, one often hears the assertion that a team is ‘too good to go down’.

Posted: March 17th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Managerial Philosophy

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I had an idea a few years back that it would have been interesting for Formula One drivers to change cars at the end of every season. I thought it would have been fun to have seen the reigning World Champion joining the team that finished bottom of the Constructors’ Standings the previous season, and [...]

Posted: March 9th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Going Fourth

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If we accept the well-know and oft-used adage that in football, “you’re only as good as your last game”, then Arsenal have every right to be considered world beaters right now. The way they dismantled Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s North London derby, was a sight for the sore eyes of Gunners’ fans who’ve shed more [...]

Posted: March 2nd, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Much Too Young

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In 1979 “Too Much Too Young” was a smash hit song in the UK. It was produced and released by a band called “The Specials”, and if you’re wondering what any of this has to do with the Barclays Premier League, please feel free to read on. Current Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’ services reportedly cost [...]

Posted: February 24th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Clash of the Titans – rivalry rooted in shipping lines

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In my humble opinion there are four things to know before this Saturday’s massive Premier League clash between the two titans of English football – Manchester United and Liverpool. Four issues that make the game all the more tantalizing for long-suffering fans of the beautiful game: 1) It is Manchester United v Liverpool – is [...]

Posted: February 10th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Tackling the art of a perfectly-timed tackle

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When I was 14, I played for my Sunday-football side against the Ipswich Town Youth Team at a Navy base in East Anglia. They were a year older than us and quite a bit bigger and better. Ipswich were coached by the club’s chief scout Ron Grey, whose mere endorsement could make or break youthful [...]

Posted: January 27th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Doing What Comes Unnaturally

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Manchester City versus Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday is not a title decider. Having said that, should Spurs lose, their putative aspirational fire will be all but extinguished. There’s nothing like starting an article with a few big words to get everyone on their toes. Tottenham Hotspur’s title hopes (if they were ever truly made manifest) [...]

Posted: January 21st, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

The Sparky that Lights the Fire?

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I am wondering the extent to which Michael Jackson was responsible for Mark Hughes’ appointment as the new Queens Park Rangers manager. If this sounds a little strange, let me explain. In April 2011, Fulham’s owner Mohamed Al Fayed unveiled a statue of the deceased pop icon outside the club’s home ground, Craven Cottage. Jackson [...]

Posted: January 13th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

2012 Australian Open Preview

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In these financially unsettling times everyone is looking for a safe haven for their money, which is why the bookmakers have made Novak Djokovic the firm favourite to retain his title in Melbourne. The 24 year-old Serb is 11/8 to win. Djokovic stunned Britain’s Andy Murray in the final last year and went on to [...]

Posted: January 12th, 2012 in Commentary | Read More »

Vintage

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2011 has been an extraordinary year in the world of sport, and if anything, 2012 looks all set to top it in terms of action, excitement, and the human drama that can lift our spirits and crush our souls in the blink of an eye. When Santa asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I [...]

Posted: January 6th, 2012 in Commentary,Football,Other Sports | Read More »

Rack and Opinion

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Opinions are divided on whether sports television presenters should have opinions or not. My opinion is that I don’t really have an opinion on the issue. In my opinion though, presenters should be facilitators, drawing the opinions out of studio guests who have played football at the highest level and lifted actual trophies as opposed [...]

Posted: December 30th, 2011 in Commentary | Read More »

That Which We Call A Rose….

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Turkey is traditionally served at Christmas in certain parts of the world – don’t ask me why. It has something to do, apparently, with geese becoming too expensive and chicken being a delicacy in yesteryear. In any event, it is eaten across the UK on Christmas Day and everyone seems to enjoy it. Although turkey [...]

Posted: December 23rd, 2011 in Commentary,Football,Other Sports | Read More »

More talented and more human: Rory McIlroy vs Tiger Woods

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“Tiger’s work ethic has always been tremendous, and his mindset as well. But I think Rory (McIlroy) has more pure talent. I have always said that, of the guys I’ve played with, Rory has the most talent. I see him winning lots of tournaments and lots of majors.” (7th December)

Posted: December 9th, 2011 in Commentary,Golf,Other Sports | Read More »

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