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Mourinho Deserves No Patience

To suggest that Mourinho needs three or four more transfer windows to produce a decent team is to admit that he cannot coach the best out of the talented players he already has. Which, of course, is the crux of the matter.

Chelsea FC: Emenalo’s Woes

In the following imagined scenario, Nanu Emannuel Ugwu takes us into the mind of Chelsea’s controversial Director of Football, Michael Emenalo ahead of his club’s massive game against Mourinho’s Manchester United. Follow Nanu on Twitter @Nanu759. Stamford Bridge, London The Chelsea scouts returned late from Manchester after the […]

Adventures in Ligue 1: En Avant de Guingamp

En Avant de Guingamp is a team that has mastered the art of the cup run, electrifying fans and giving them memories to pass on to their children whilst remaining a charmingly regional outfit. In a slight deviation from regular programming, I actually spoke to a fan of the Breton club – an old friend from my Liverpool days – Liam Kelly.

Dijon FCO, Zidane & merger victims

It seems that France really isn’t crazy about sport, certainly not year round, and the half empty stadiums I’ve been witnessing when watching the games stand in testament to that. Zizou’s projection onto a national monument was a powerful gesture; here was the son of Algerian immigrants who had made it to great heights from the roughest parts of Marseilles. A symbol for the secular post-racial republic France viewed itself as. But with a new dawn, the symbol is lost, the light from a single bulb struggling vainly to hold back the flood from a star.

Gary & Phil Neville can save English football

To hear them talk about the education of young players, about the work ethic they instill in their own children, about the countless hours they voluntarily put into learning Spanish as quickly as possible, about the way they would like their teams to play and their players behave, makes one sit up and take notice. It is infectious. It makes one want to stand up and shout “preach” or “amen” as if in church. It makes one think “if this was my coach, manager or boss I would hang on every word”. Such is the passion, clarity and earnestness with which they speak about the game.

Mourinho wins in Fergie-time

Welcome to Episode 3 of Season 4! Thank you for listening to the Coshcast. If you enjoy it, subscribe right here on Itunes. This week on the Coshcast: The Premier League (apart from West Brom) delivers goals again as Watford lose to Arsenal after a first half so sinfully […]

An evening with Nwankwo Kanu

On Wednesday, August 24, Bernie and I made our way to The Midtown, a pub in Toronto that acts as headquarters for the Toronto branch of Arsenal Canada. Given his support for Manchester United, Bernie would probably have felt the slight senses of nausea and embarrassment at any […]

Thierry Henry is a terrible idea for Belgium

Listen to the latest Coshcast below, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes audio content from Arsenal’s match against Leicester last weekend. Subscribe on Itunes right here! I awoke to the news that Roberto Martinez has appointed Thierry Henry as one of his assistant coaches for the Belgian national side. “That’s a […]

Toronto FC: Scarves, Socks and Superstition

Ciarán Breen is a sports writer and multimedia journalist. Here, he reports on the rituals and superstitions Toronto FC fans have developed over the club’s decade-long history. Follow Ciarán  on Twitter. Toronto, On. — On Saturdays, Kristin Knowles packs her bag before work in the usual manner. Red […]

Montpellier vs. Angers – Match report

Some quick thoughts on the whole set-up before getting into the game proper. I didn’t think much of the Angers kit. It was a pretty straightforward white number with a thick black stripe down the sleeve and black cuffs. It wasn’t offensive, but looked a little drab next to Montpellier, who have orange in their colours and thus immediately look more exciting. It was, however, made by Kappa, so points for that, and the socks were excellent.

Athletic Bilbao: A season to remember

Ben Jarman is a freelance football writer with a soft spot for Spanish football, and a an understandable interest in one of Europe’s most interesting clubs, Athletic Bilbao. In this piece, he tells us about the Basque side’s magnificent season. Follow Ben on Twitter Athletic Club finished in […]

Toronto FC: Is anyone at home?

Ciarán Breen reports on Toronto FC as they head back to BMO Field next week with some questions to answer. Follow Ciarán  on Twitter |  Read more from Ciarán here. Below: Listen to our latest podcast! Toronto FC round-up towards the end. Toronto FC surpassed the early season […]

Revealed – LVG’s scribbles

Week after week, United supporters watch as their team struggles with incomprehensible tactical decisions, lackadaisical performance levels and being generally not good enough. I asked Ryan Giggs to steal a glance and fill us in on the Dutchman’s stratagems and deepest thoughts.

Toronto FC: Half way to home

Ciarán Breen believes that TFC have been short on luck on their grueling road trip, but have reasons to remain positive.   Toronto FC can consider themselves unlucky after debatable officiating has marred each of their opening four games but performances suggest that when their luck turns, they […]

Does Arsene Wenger distrust Italians?

Since taking over as Arsenal manager in 1996, Arsene Wenger has signed well over 100 players for the club from all over the world. It struck me recently though that among the absolute catalogue of nationalities represented by Wenger’s signings, Italians are few and far between. I did […]

Liverpool: A Leap of Faith

On our latest podcast we touched on Liverpool’s 1-2 victory over Crystal Palace. Here, @Real_LFC_Fan discusses how the team have bounced back from their League Cup Final defeat, and who the standout performers have been for Klopp’s evolving side.   There it goes…Liverpool’s chance of winning silverware this season. […]

Not Benteking His Chances

On our latest podcast we discussed whether Christian Benteke was good enough to captain a team of Liverpool youngsters past Exeter  in the FA Cup. Here, @Real_LFC_Fan wonders whether the Belgian is good enough for the club at all.   The month of December was quite a rough […]

What Happens in SW6

The situation room at SW6 was seldom opened to members of the playing staff except during extensive contract negotiations and never before had anything like this occurred. Roman wanted the meeting to be concise but accepted they were so many layers to get through. They all sat down in a circle in no particular order…

Harry Kane & The Inverted Winger

Apologies in advance for harkening back to the days of Lennon and Bale, but on the right and left respectively they would beat the full-back and drive crosses across the six-yard box multiple times a game. None of Crouch, Defoe or Pavlyuchenko were anything more than decent Premier League strikers, but they scored frequently because good chances were created for them.

If I Were Klopp

The Premier League has another ‘Jurgen the German’, and I think it’s fair to say that Liverpool fans and neutrals alike are quite excited about it. Klopp is the managerial equivalent of chasing tequila with RedBull, a high-octane cocktail of energy, risk and potential reward.

Spurs: A New Mindset Required

This is a call to arrest that slide into darkness. Not for passive, unthinking support for everything the manager or club does, but a more measured approach that doesn’t lead to Nigel in Hemel Hempstead calling 606 to complain to Robbie Savage that Pochettino doesn’t care about the fans. Leave that kind of embarrassing nonsense behind.

A Villarreal Challenge

By Cameron Dhaliwal It was the first game on day two of the Emirates Cup, and Villarreal made a host of changes at half time. These changes weren’t regarded as significant to many, but under the microscope they can be labelled as evidence to why Villarreal are one […]

‘Teams I Hate in The Spotlight’ – England

The England national team – A football club so richly steeped in national dishonour they would be more aptly associated with Marcus Junius Brutus than seen as the inventors of the greatest sport of all time. A team so unjustly engulfed in optimism, they are, somehow, masters of under-performing – even though they have only ever won one major competition in their pathetic 141 year history. A team so shit that their fans are forced to quote a senile, fair-weathered, narcissistic old man like Pele in a bid to gain credibility.