Eliot Rothwell


Eliot is a freelance football writer who has covered football from England, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine for the Daily Mirror, ESPN FC, Roads & Kingdoms, BBC Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT, and others.
  • Manchester United, Liverpool, and The Long Ball PR Job

    After the match between Manchester United and Liverpool, the managers of the two clubs used the post-match tunnel interview to aim a little jab at the other. Jose Mourinho, often shade-thrower in-chief, suggested that it was nice to see that Liverpool can also play “defensively”. Jurgen Klopp, speaking after Mourinho, twice mentioned United’s use of “long balls” in his interview with Sky Sports. ...

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  • Payet’s Exit Could Further Erode West Ham’s Identity

    “The West Ham way” is hard to pin down. It’s intangible, escapes solid definitions and might not, really, exist at all. It’s a romantic nostalgia for past success and past talents. But, crucially, it frames the way that West Ham fans think about their club. Whether it exists or not is, perhaps, besides the point. It’s important as long as West Ham fans continue to invoke the West Ham way and order their thoughts about the club around it. To identify with West Ham is to identify with the West Ham way, despite definitions varying between West Ham fans. ...

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  • The Premier League Should Heed Fifpro Snub

    None of them are in it. Nobody from Arsenal, from Chelsea, from Liverpool, from Manchester United, from Manchester City, or from Tottenham. Not one player from the whole of English football. Not one. The Fifpro 2016 Team of The Year, announced at the The Best Fifa Awards, does not include a single representative of the Premier League. Paul Pogba, the most expensive player in the world, just missed out, by two votes, but even he failed to make it. ...

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  • Have Tottenham Created A Blueprint For How To Hurt Chelsea?

    For 13 games, Chelsea were unstoppable. After defeat to Arsenal, Antonio Conte reshuffled his players, adopting a 3-4-3 formation and sweeping away each of their opponents. But during the 14th game, the one that could have sealed a Premier League record, Chelsea floundered. They went away to Tottenham, their best opponent of this run of games, and lost 2-0. ...

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  • Sunderland Enter A Pivotal January

    Last year, January was a big month for Sunderland. Sam Allardyce, the manager who saved the club from relegation last season, described the January transfer window as one of his “best ever” recruitment periods. Jan Kirchoff, Lamine Kone and Wahib Khazri were signed, with each producing key moments as Sunderland stayed up. But along with Allardcye’s achievement, there was a warning. Speaking to Sky Sports after guaranteeing survival, Allardyce said “the next set of recruitment is crucial to make sure the club isn’t cheering a lap of honour to be staying up.” Sunderland did not heed Allardyce’s advice. They got it wrong. Now, at January again, Sunderland need to use the transfer window to similar effect. ...

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