Last on MOTD: One point is good

January 31, 2008

THERE are two approaches for a football manager to take when relegation starts to look inevitable. One is to acknowledge the fact, and start planning for next season’s promotion campaign. The other is to keep talking up your team’s chances of survival even as your fans start to wonder aloud if season-ticket prices might be reduced when you drop a division. Read the rest of this entry »


Arsenal for real

January 28, 2008

OK, perhaps the Manchester United programme’s editorial team had a point after all. Read the rest of this entry »

Arsenal in disguise

January 27, 2008

“HAS fate – or have, heaven forbid, the authorities themselves – got it in for us? Why do we always seem to draw top-tier talent?”

The editorial team behind Manchester United’s programme felt like indulging in a little club-approved paranoia about the FA Cup draw ahead of today’s fourth-round tie against Tottenham. Read the rest of this entry »

Last on MOTD: Page three of the Beano

January 27, 2008

STARTLING statement of the week, on Match of the Day, from Les Ferdinand on Nicolas Anelka.

“He’s a great signing for Chelsea,” Ferdinand said. “I’m really surprised that Bolton let him go.”

I imagine the £15m transfer fee and Anelka’s desire to move to a club in the Champions League might have had something to do with it, Les. Read the rest of this entry »

Tony does the trick

January 25, 2008

I KNOW length isn’t everything, but today’s Manchester City press conference with Sven-Goran Eriksson lasted a whopping 19 minutes, well up on last Friday’s 12-minute briefing. And I’m convinced that the man to credit for that was Tony Bugby of the Oldham Evening Chronicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Red protest

January 23, 2008

THERE was almost an air of resignation about David Gill’s comments in today’s Guardian about the attack on his home by vandals. Read the rest of this entry »

So good they named it thrice

January 21, 2008

AS someone who earns his living largely as a newspaper sub-editor, I’m discovering that the well-known African football tournament taking place in Ghana right now is causing a bit of confusion. Just what am I supposed to call it? Read the rest of this entry »