No Point Lane for Jose and his Conspiracy Campaign

If Jose Mourinho’s in-match performance was his usual artful theater, his post-match turn had the whiff of a whodunit mystery with some B-movie conspiracy theory waffle thrown in for good measure. Despite his side conceding five goals at White Hart Lane (one win in nine league games for Chelsea now at so-called Three Point Lane), Mourinho chose […]

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Eighty Two: My first World Cup and why it was awesome

When I heard Richard Sadlier and Ken Early on @SecondCaptains talking about how their first World Cup memories were 1990, I felt very grateful that even though only five years their senior, I can still vividly recall golden moments from the 1982 World Cup. I’d only recorded eight years on the odometer at that point […]

Is there some method, somewhere, to Levy’s madness?

Unless Daniel Levy is cackling away like a madman in his 100% leather-bound office, while putting the finishing touches to Frank de Boer’s managerial contract, it seems obvious that Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino is about to leave the family-friendly south coast for a turbulent sixteen months in charge of Tottenham. I think it’s fair to say […]

Tromso victory fooling no one

An unconvincing victory over Norway’s Tromso on Thursday night did not even paper over the cracks for anyone but the most optimistic Tottenham supporters. Spurs laboured to a 2-0 victory over a team to whom Shamrock Rovers would have given a good game. While the Europa League has been a relative success for Tottenham – […]

AVB: Three strikes and out?

A lot of faith has been put in Andre Villas-Boas.  Perhaps a little unfortunate to miss out on the Champions League gravy train in May, this season he was given a squad that is probably title-challenging quality but has the lower expectations of finishing in the top four. Twelve games in to the season, it […]

Fantastic players versus the idiocy of the internet

Gareth Bale.  He’s very good you know.  He’s so good that one of the richest clubs in the world want to buy him for a world record fee.   It’s funny that for the longest time, football fans across England scoffed at the illustration of Bale as a superstar with charges of him being overrated […]

An insidious package

Defenders of Luis Suarez blame everybody but him for the challenges he faces: it’s the media’s fault, it’s Evra’s fault. It’s not – it’s Suarez’s fault. He talks about his treatment at the hands of the press, how he can’t even walk his baby. But Suarez has brought all of this on himself. Does Sergio […]

Newcastle performance is early setback for AVB

Spurs carried on much in the vein of how they ended last season – with a whimper. An opening day defeat at St James’ Sports Direct Park might not seem particularly newsworthy but for new boss Andre Villas-Boas it represented something of a setback. Much is made of Villas-Boas’ tactical nuances – the defensive high line, […]