Mourinho unraveling along with his team

Of course, for Chelsea, the red alert has been sounding for a while now, if only in response to a number of startling micro-crises; the form, or utter lack thereof, of Branislav Ivanovic, the dropping of John Terry, the continued antics, and subsequent fallout, of Diega Costa. There are more, too. But now, as Chelsea […]

Quietly, Monk is thriving in the top job

As Ronald Koeman’s Southampton leapfrogs Manchester United into third place on the table, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea retake the outright lead in the Premier League title race, and Sam Allardyce lauds his side’s magnificent improvement on last season’s equivalent points total, the stage for commendable managers is getting increasingly crowded. These men and their efforts are, […]

The 2014/15 Premier League So Far Awards

Certainly, it would be a misstep to construct too loquacious a narrative while only a third of the way through this current Premier league season. Even more misguided would be to conduct a fictitious awards ceremony at this point; it would be silly in the extreme to do this, to figuratively present some small, gold-plated […]

Jekyll or Hyde for the Hammers

West Ham were convincingly beaten by Southampton on Saturday, despite going 1-0 up through Mark Noble’s deflected opening strike. Onlookers may have been unsure as to how much possession this new Saints side would demand, and how much the new, attackingly-minded West Ham side would be happy to secede, but these questions were answered quickly. […]

The Opening Premier League Weekend: 5 Talking Points

Van Gaal and Manchester United should be offered no sympathy for a lack of creativity Most Red Devils fans will take Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Swansea as a good omen, keeping in mind David Moyes’ 4-1 victory over the Welsh team on the opening day last season. Van Gaal however will not be one […]

A Tale of Two Clubs

Two mid table clubs. Both of them had landmark seasons last term. Both are helmed by exciting, young managers, playing vivacious attacking football. With the hopes of improving further on last season’s achievements, the objective was to strengthen the squad during this transfer period or, at the very least, to keep the successful unit from […]

The Great Leap Backward

A few months ago I wrote an article that looked at Liverpool’s remarkable improvement this season, which I paralleled with Southampton’s progress this term that, though less dramatic, was nonetheless impressive. It was titled “The Great Leap Forward”. In it, I also postulated whether Southampton, building on the solid, mid-table foundation they established this season, […]

The Defence of Sam

After taking in West Ham’s 3-1 defeat of Southampton on Saturday, their fourth consecutive victory, and a match in which they allowed their first goal in five games, it struck me as the time to praise Sam Allardyce. Since they occupied the second relegation position five matches ago, Allardyce has persuaded the Hammers to draw […]