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Roy Hodgson and humble pie, Football

Roy Hodgson and humble pie

I think that Roy Hodgson’s appointment infuriates so many of us because it shows us what we really are: we are outsiders, peering up at football’s elite.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 30 April 2012 at 10:45 am

What’s the best age to be an England manager?, Sport

What’s the best age to be an England manager?

Harry Redknapp said last week that the England manager role is “an older man’s job”. Is he right?

By | Sport | Monday, 19 March 2012 at 12:03 am

Why is the lifespan of an England shirt getting shorter?, Sport

Why is the lifespan of an England shirt getting shorter?

The FA were forced to defend the decision to change the England home kit this week after it was confirmed that the national team will be wearing a new shirt when they take on Holland at Wembley at the end of the month.

By | Sport | Sunday, 19 February 2012 at 5:01 pm

Roy Hodgson for England: A club of one, Sport

Roy Hodgson for England: A club of one

To argue against Harry Redknapp for England is akin to arguing in favour of bankers bonuses. While somewhere in both arguments lies some complicated logic, the chances of being heard above the the sonance of popular opinion are minimal. But here goes.

By | Sport | Monday, 13 February 2012 at 4:46 pm

Capello plays The Departed: From drama to high farce, Notebook

Capello plays The Departed: From drama to high farce

Fabio Capello’s managerial career best makes sense to me when I think about that Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller, The Departed. The Departed is one of my favourite films, and Capello’s career is one of the most impressive that any gaffer could want. But, in my view, they both share the same flaw: they are mostly magnificent until their closing stages. (I apologise here for spoiling the plot for anyone who has not yet seen The Departed: if you haven’t seen it, and you wish to, please skip the next paragraph.)

By | Notebook, Opinion, Sport | Monday, 6 February 2012 at 1:23 pm

John Terry: How Sarah Palin got it right, Notebook

John Terry: How Sarah Palin got it right

It’s been a notable week for the loss of titles: first Fred Goodwin, formerly a knight of the realm, and now John Terry, formerly captain of England. The news has only just broken, but it seems as though the attention around his July 9 trial – for the alleged racial abuse of QPR defender Anton Ferdinand – proved too much of a distraction for the FA leading into this summer’s European Championships.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Sport | Friday, 3 February 2012 at 2:23 pm

Athleticism not technique the brand a new England generation should perfect, Sport

Athleticism not technique the brand a new England generation should perfect

The FA have set Spain as the example they must follow to be successful, but as Capello has discovered, it’s a long term ambition in a job that demands short term results.

By | Sport | Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 1:31 pm

England aren’t the ‘Unofficial World Champions’, Japan are – and North Korea could be next, Sport

England aren’t the ‘Unofficial World Champions’, Japan are – and North Korea could be next

Despite England’s impressive victory over Spain, Fabio Capello’s men cannot be crowned Unofficial World Champions as the title was not Spain’s to lose.

By | Sport | Monday, 14 November 2011 at 4:16 pm

Five reasons why Wayne Rooney’s ban is a good thing, Sport

Five reasons why Wayne Rooney’s ban is a good thing

In the months before a big tournament, England players begin to resemble pieces of delicate china perching precariously on the edge of the mantel piece. Now we can all stop worrying.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 October 2011 at 3:01 pm

Football Chat: Manchester rivals, Gary Cook, Fabio Capello and why Kenny Dalglish is wrong, Sport

Football Chat: Manchester rivals, Gary Cook, Fabio Capello and why Kenny Dalglish is wrong

Sure the season is a long one and the Premier League is only four matches old but would you really want to bet against one of the Manchester clubs not winning the title?

By | Sport | Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at 11:34 am

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