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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 »

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England are a mere distraction to the main event

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AFTER all the hype the World Cup has finally begun, but France v Uruguay, the first match most people will have watched, was very, very dull.

Yet I, and presumably most other people, persisted with the game between two teams we do not really care about.

And this is the essence of the World Cup. 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 »

Pulis incident shows the need for suits

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I HAVE long been an advocate of football manager’s wearing suits.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez are all week-in week-out suit wearers and for me this is reason enough for all managers to follow suit.

But as the truth emerged from the Tony Pulis/James Beattie dressing room scuffle, Pulis showed once and for all why suits are the only outfit for any serious manager. 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 »