Is Hodgson’s move bad all round?

I don’t know why I held off writing this piece when Roy Hodgson’s move to Liverpool has been the worst kept secret since Dickie Rock removed his wig. Liverpool announced today that the former Fulham boss signed a three-year deal to become their new manager and his first task will be to convince the club’s […]

Injustice can’t overshadow England’s failure

I said yesterday that England needed to produce a credible performance to match the bold claims made by the likes of David James and Joe Cole.  They didn’t.  What they produced against Germany was as bad if not worse than the display against Algeria.  The stats might show that England had more possession and more shots […]

English need credible performance to back up confidence

For a group of players that were highly fortunate to make it out of their “easy” group it’s admirable to hear how confident England are ahead of their second round World Cup clash with Germany. First/second/third (delete as applicable) choice goalkeeper David James believes that England are the better team: …I think we’re a better […]

Athletes versus Footballers

As a talisman they don’t get much more intimidating than Wayne Rooney.  But even England’s front man seemed to wave a white flag after losing yet another fifty-fifty in last night’s dire draw with Algeria. I was set to put a tenner on the temperamental striker seeing red when it was obvious his side’s second […]

Five things: Trap, Barnes, McParland, Rio, Rooney

1. “Disgraceful” play-offs for Ireland I wouldn’t say Ireland particularly deserved to beat a tidy but unambitious Italian side at Croke Park on Saturday night but it was still a huge disappointment not to be able to hold on to a 2-1 lead for three minutes.  Mind you considering the luck that manager Trapattoni has […]

When will David Beckham go away?

If David Beckham were a rock star, he would be Robbie Williams: popular with the masses and always hogging the spotlight but doing so on the back of society’s superficial fixation rather than actual talent. It seems every few weeks the story about where Beckham is going during the Major League Soccer close season rears […]

The Bottle of Becks

THE BOTTLE OF BECKS Comedian Rob Newman ridiculed former England manager Graham Taylor in the early ninties by assuming his comical accent and uttering “we mustn’t underestimate the Estonians”.  In response to his own character assassination the funnyman countered that we must underestimate the Estonians: send out slx players, not even wearing the proper kit […]

They get knocked down

Tub thumping It never ceases to amaze me how the English media whip themselves in to an unbearable frenzy of tub thumping and misplaced optimism when England have a big match on the horizon. But in this case, the hype nearly lived up to the reality. England’s ninety minutes against France was not a display […]

Now the hard work begins

Going Dutch On the same day that England recorded their astonishing 5-1 win away to the old enemy in Germany, another international team were turning heads with an equally memorable result. While superstars such as Beckham, Campbell, Owen and Heskey spectacularly annhilated the Germans, the moderate talents of Kilbane, Dunne, McAteer and Finnan led 10-man […]

Arse-bandit or ar-saviour

How on earth…? One of my favourite passtimes since I was about 12 years old is playing football management games on the various computer platforms I’ve owned over the years. I remember starting out with the primitive Football Manager on my Atari 800XL and then I moved on to Treble Champions, Football Director and Championship […]