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Barking Blondes: Harry Redknapp, pugs and Valentino, Notebook

Barking Blondes: Harry Redknapp, pugs and Valentino

The only time we have ever expressed an interest in football was when we discovered Harry Redknapp’s bulldog Rosie was related to our own bulldog, Matilda. We spent a pleasant morning with him at his then footie club comparing notes.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 27 January 2013 at 4:00 am

MOTD: Football’s back and ready to kick some balls, Football

MOTD: Football’s back and ready to kick some balls

Saturday will be an exciting day. This weekend our country will erupt into a frenzy of colour and song; sometimes profound, often crass. Football will once again reign supreme.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Friday, 17 August 2012 at 1:50 pm

Roy Hodgson appointed England manager: Today’s press reaction, Football

Roy Hodgson appointed England manager: Today’s press reaction

Fabio Capello was once mocked up as a donkey, Steve McClaren was the Wally with the Brolly, Sven-Goran Eriksson was stitched up by the Fake Sheik, Glenn Hoddle was compared to Mystic Meg, Graham Taylor was a turnip. How will Roy Hodgson be portrayed?

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 at 2:18 pm

Why the pressure is on Roy Hodgson to perform at Euro 2012, Football

Why the pressure is on Roy Hodgson to perform at Euro 2012

When it was assumed Redknapp would be given first refusal on the England job, there was a consensus that this summer’s European Championships would represent a tournament without pressure. Roy Hodgson will not be afforded that luxury.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 30 April 2012 at 1:36 pm

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

Barking Blondes: Harry Redknapp and the alien object, Notebook

Barking Blondes: Harry Redknapp and the alien object

Harry Redknapp has agreed to see us. Not to discuss the finer points of accountancy or the flat back four system, but the best way to clean between wrinkles. Bulldog creases. The BBC sports team are baffled that we have managed to get an interview for our radio show while they are still putting in bids. Like us, Harry is concerned about the breeding credentials for bull breeds.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 4 March 2012 at 12:00 am

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

Did Capello fail to understand the English ways, or did the English fail to understand him?, Sport

Did Capello fail to understand the English ways, or did the English fail to understand him?

Fabio Capello’s time as the manager of England is over and many in the country are breathing a huge sigh of relief. To say the Italian divided opinions is an understatement as he seemed to be living on borrowed time ever since the World Cup debacle. But did the Italian fail to understand English football as many have suggested, or was it simply the other way round?

By | Sport | Thursday, 9 February 2012 at 3:06 pm

Managerial Methods: Harry Redknapp gambles on Manchester City mind games, Sport

Managerial Methods: Harry Redknapp gambles on Manchester City mind games

There comes a time in any title race when performances alone aren’t enough to steal a march on a rival and a manager must try something else in order to gain an edge.

By | Sport | Thursday, 19 January 2012 at 12:03 am

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