Author Archives: James

Ba and Cissé: Newcastle United’s goal machines (and, for Stoke City, what might have been)

As Papiss Cissé’s wonder strike looped over Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, Facebook and Twitter was alight with fans and pundits alike heralding it as the goal of the season. To have the audacity, let alone the ability, to attempt a … Continue reading

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Premier League manager of the season – who’s your pick?

As the 2011/2012 Premier League seasons nears its climax, the leading contenders have emerged for the coveted Manager of the Year gongs (the League Managers Association award and the Barclays Manager of the Season award). Of course, the result is … Continue reading

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Appreciating the role of the central-midfielder

Roy Keane: “Brian Clough’s advice to me before most games was: ‘You get the ball, you pass it to another player in a red shirt.’ That’s really all I’ve tried to do at Forest and United – pass and move – … Continue reading

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Why Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn will be relegated from the Premier League this season

At the time of writing, Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn prop up the Premier League table. Here is why they will find themselves in the same position at the end of the season. Wigan Athletic (P26, W4, D8, L14, F23, A50, … Continue reading

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