Morning Editorial: Rafa Benitez And Newcastle Are A Match Made In Heaven
It was just over a year ago when Rafa Benitez stood outside of his manager's office and assessed the potential of Newcastle United. There, in front of a vast green of training ground pitches, he shared with confidants his vision for the rebuilding of a football club which was teetering on ruin. His team were not yet relegated from the Premier League and his own future was undecided. But Benitez knew. He knew of the promise which resided on Tyneside, possibilities which simply did not exist for him elsewhere.
Morning Editorial: Manchester United Salvage Season With Europa League Success
A season of false dawns and frustrations ended in deliverance for Manchester United, as they escaped the mediocrity of sixth place in the Premier League to qualify for the Champions League by winning the only trophy they had never won before. Before this season Jose Mourinho had only spoken about the Europa League derisively – that it was a bad competition for a big club to be in, and so on. Last night, the Europa League let him to save United’s season.
Morning Editorial: Ajax Can Kickstart New Era With Europa League Glory
Ajax are a club with a clear philosophy. Every single person, character and staff member are a part of the club’s soul, with both the past and present combining to create a brighter future. Dennis Bergkamp is the genius who looks as if he could still do a job on the pitch, Edwin Van der Sar the former goalkeeper who has become an unlikely marketing expert and Justin Kluivert - the teenage son of the man who scored the winning goal when Ajax won the last of their four European Cups by beating Milan 22 years ago. ...
Morning Editorial: David Moyes’ Negative Approach Was Left Woefully Exposed
It's only now that you realise how miserable David Moyes’ time at Sunderland really was, that the point of discussion right now revolves around why him departing the club didn't happen so much sooner. This was a club escaping the drop by the skin of their teeth, year on year, yet this season they simply continued to sleepwalk under his guidance. Ellis Short has shown in the past that he is not afraid to bring in a new manager around March or April to try and stay up - why not this time? ...
Morning Editorial: Arsene Wenger Hints At Political Unrest Within Arsenal
It is easy to criticise Arsene Wenger, especially at the end of a league season where they finished in fifth place, their worst position since 1995-96, but Arsenal Football Club is clearly not in a happy state right now. The fans have spent much of this season singing against their manager and on Sunday they turned their attention towards the Atlantic. The chant started in the North Bank and suddenly spread, growing in urgency as it coursed round the stadium: “Stan Kroenke – get out of our club.” ...