When it comes to the matter of offering an opinion on the likelihood of achieving success in football, (success being winning everything on offer) most participants – players and managers alike – are normally somewhat guarded in their predictions. However, Celtic manager Ronny Deila has certainly bucked that trend, with his willingness to consider the possibility of his side claiming a domestic clean sweep of silverware come the end of the season.
It’s 6 o’clock on a Saturday night and Benik Afobe has just scored 2 and set 1 up in Wolves’ 5-0 win over Rotherham at Molineux. That’s 5 in 6 for his new club. He’s the latest in a long line of young English prospects to be discarded by Arsène Wenger. Why?
Paul Lambert’s recent removal from his post as Aston Villa Manager has led to the usual debate about whether that was a fair decision, but also arising from this has been another, wider question. As far as the English Premier League is concerned, where have all the Scottish managers gone?
Arsène Wenger’s said some funny shit over the last 18 years. In 2002, Alex Ferguson said his Man United side was better than Arsène’s title-winning team. Ferguson then claimed he’d sent Wenger an apology for saying it. When asked if he’d received the apology, Wenger said:
The lure of football stats, facts and strange allegiances
Written by Darren Douglas
This week the Premier League was big news due to the announcement that Sky and BT Sport have paid £5.1bn for the rights to air live games for the 2016/17-2018/19 seasons. Many reactions emboldened the ongoing and just cause for fans to see lower ticket prices. And no wonder, football is rife with money but as in life the distribution of it tends to be top heavy. Due to this I've often been drawn to the plights and successes of the clubs aiming to punch above their weight, by maximising resources on the pitch and through the coaching staff.