Allardyce’s contract debacle hurting West Ham

When your manager has never felt at ease in his position, and his contract is running out at season’s end, it behoves you to take swift, effective action. Either you renew his contract, or you ensure a replacement is secured in time. What you shouldn’t do, in your privileged position in charge of a Premier […]

Could David Moyes Replace Alan Pardew?

Newcastle and Swansea drew 2-2 on Saturday, and Mike Ashley rubbed his chin as the final whistle sounded. An obscured supporter filing out of the stadium said something to Newcastle’s unpopular owner on his way past, and Ashley raised his eyebrows and smiled in that falsely-interested way you do when people you don’t know talk […]

Testing the Resilience of the Moyes Buffer

After all the crowing during the pre-season, the wave of momentum upon which Louis van Gaal surfed like a perfectly coiffured Adonis into Old Trafford has now crashed into the reef and receded back into the merciless depths. Van Gaal, spluttering and coughing up salt water, must now be frantically groping for a life preserver […]

Hangover Cure

Although almost no one will offer them comfort, it’s understandable that Manchester United fans might be feeling a little lethargic this off-season. After so many years of footballing dominance in England, last season’s harrowing ordeal was the most jarring of experiences. As the rest of the Premier League looked on, with gleefully moist palms and […]

For and Against

During the lead up to Manchester United’s game against Liverpool, a match gleefully awaited by most Liverpool supporters, and one that nearly every Red Devil fan was dreading (with, as it turns out, good reason), there was a plentiful bounty of articles in the football media comparing the two teams, and in doing that, whetting […]

Wayne, Wayne, Go Away

Media reports have stated that Wayne Rooney is well into discussions with Manchester United over a new contract, allegedly worth £300,000 a week. I would hazard a guess that a significant portion of football fans generally, as well as a fairly hefty quota of Manchester United supporters in particular, would question the wisdom of this. […]