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Jermaine Beckford: English football’s possible saviour

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TO BEGIN I would like to point out that there are fewer footballers I dislike more than Jermaine Beckford.

He made his name playing for Leeds United, the main local rivals of my team, Huddersfield Town and I was at Elland Road last season when he reacted worse to being substituted against Southampton than any player I have seen.

But this season he has the opportunity to revolutionise the way Premier League sides recruit their players. Read the rest of this entry »

Brazil and North Korea paper over cracks

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ON DAY five of the World Cup the tournament finally produced a game that managed to be both evenly matched and satisfactorily entertaining.

Three goals! Three actual goals! From different sides!

All three goals (assuming you believe Maicon, who has previous, meant it) were in fact just like watching Brazil.

A grown man cried at his national anthem, as though his life depended on it. Which it might have done.

Dunga wore a funny coat, which was possibly meant for a lady, but made him look like a camp tugboat driver.

What more could a football supporter want?

But the thirteen games prior to Brazil v North Korea were mainly drivel and emblematic of a worrying trend in world football. Read the rest of this entry »

Mourinho attempting to tick ego-boxes

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REAL MADRID will finally unveil José Mourinho as their new manager on Monday after agreeing compensation with Inter Milan.

Despite Inter being owed £13.5million under the terms of Mourinho’s contract, club president Massimo Moratti settled for a deal worth between £6 and 7million.

Even though Mourinho is probably the best manager of his generation, this deal means Real Madrid have spent considerably less on him than they did on Jonathan Woodgate. Read the rest of this entry »

Peterborough Fry up an odd choice

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PETERBOROUGH UNITED yesterday confirmed the appointment of Mark Cooper as their new manager to replace Darren Ferguson, who was sacked last week.

Ferguson was sacked, sorry left by mutual consent, despite signing a new four-year contract in July, after leading Posh to back-to-back promotions and taking them to the second tier of English football for only the second time in their 75-year history.

This is not the first example this season of a club sacking a manager, only months after great success. Read the rest of this entry »

You can’t beat a lower league pie

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THE football season finally kicks off this weekend with the start of the Championship, League One and League Two.

Only with ridiculous levels of spending have Manchester City raised any doubt about who will be in the Premier League’s top four, after two seasons in which the top six clubs were the same.

The football league suffers no such problems. Read the rest of this entry »