West Ham complete a stunning deadline day flurry

David Gold and David Sullivan aren’t taking any chances this season. On transfer deadline day, that breathless last-gasp scramble, the West Ham co-owners have orchestrated a stunning flurry of deals, all completed before the final gong rang. Whether it was signings that had lingered uncompleted for weeks or surprise transactions that emerged from the deadline […]

For City, Toure’s is a damaging absence

The results don’t lie. Yaya Toure has been absent from Manchester City’s line up in 5 of the last 6 matches. City have failed to win all 5. Though 2 of those 5 matches were against top-end rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, the other 3 were against bottom-half Burnley, Hull City and Everton. It’s difficult to […]

Why Kevin Nolan is bad for West Ham

It’s only natural for those jaded and rubicund devotees to think they know better. They’re the ones who shell out a small fortune every weekend. They’re the ones who’ve been to every home game since 1962, they’re the ones with the modest collection of vintage match day programs, and they’re the ones with the indoctrinated […]

Hatem Ben Arfa: The Mercurial Misfit

As Alan Pardew’s mire deepens, as each limb is sucked down into the sticky, black tar pit, the relentless croaking that surrounds him during his final moments comes from the scores of furious magpies that encircle his treacly grave, perched on spidery branches. Their squawking is the soundtrack to his demise, and they shriek as […]