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.
  • Crystal Palace’s Uplift Is More Than New Manager Bounce

    The ‘new manager bounce’ is a widely accepted phenomenon in football. By now, we know the drill. A club, hurtling down the table due to a bad run of form, sacks its incumbent manager. Then, either with a new manager in charge or a caretaker destined to get the job, the form rapidly improves. What looked impossible just weeks before then looks possible. Perceptions change. ...

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  • Marouane Fellaini Is Winning Hearts And Minds At Manchester United

    Just a few months ago, Marouane Fellaini was booed by Manchester United fans. With United 1-0 up away to Everton, Jose Mourinho sent the midfielder on to tighten up the game. He didn’t, giving away the penalty and consigning his team to two points dropped. During the next game, against Tottenham, the Old Trafford crowd spotted Fellaini warming up on the sidelines. An audible portion of them then vented their frustration. It only got louder when the Belgian actually came onto the pitch. ...

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  • Everton’s Lukaku Issues Emphasise Their Food-Chain Difficulties

    For most clubs in the Premier League, Champions League qualification is an unrealistic aim. The majority face a glass ceiling of sixth or seventh position. A good season, for most of these clubs, would be pinching a Europa League qualification spot, getting some good results against the teams at the very top of the league and, possibly, embarking on a decent cup run. ...

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  • Manchester City Face A Defensive-Midfield Dilemma This Summer

    It all seems forgotten now but, for a large part of this season, Yaya Toure appeared surplus to requirements at Manchester City. The public feud between Pep Guardiola and agent Dimitri Seluk was genuine but suspicions remained that it was a convenient veneer for the former Bayern Munich head coach. As their time together at Barcelona had demonstrated, Guardiola just didn’t fancy Toure, or so the logic ran. But, now, Toure has returned to play a key role in the City side. He is, ahead of anyone else, the man who sits in front of the back four, starting things off and dictating what happens ahead of him. ...

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  • Arsenal’s Board Are Now Undermining Arsene Wenger’s Position

    Managers are always talked about. They’re the front of the club, the ones who face the press and bear ultimate responsibility for the functioning of the team. Most of the scope for analysis at a club, from signings to the form of the number nine, can be linked to the manager’s performance. But when the talk about a manager comes from within the club, there’s a problem. ...

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