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.
  • Luke Shaw Is Trapped Within Catch 22 at Manchester United

    Things haven’t gone to plan for Luke Shaw at Manchester United. In 2014, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward made the left-back the most expensive teenager in world football but now, in his third season at the club, Shaw cannot get a game. He’s played once in the last three months. ...

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  • Arsene Wenger’s Departure Wouldn’t Create A Post-Ferguson Malaise

    There was a bit of mischief about Arsene Wenger’s reply to questions over his future last week. “I will manage next season, whether it is here or somewhere else” he said, opening up the possibility that he could move on, could leave Arsenal for another club. The message seemed to be directed at his critics: I’ll survive, I’ll secure another job, even if you don’t want me here. But the answer also focussed minds on what Arsenal might look like without Wenger. The future is muddled. ...

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  • Southampton Remain A Model Of Steady, Successful Growth

    Just over four years ago, in January 2013, Southampton were being held up as everything wrong with modern football. The club’s hierarchy, including Nicola Cortese, had decided to part ways with manager Nigel Adkins. Southampton were 15th in the Premier League, in their first season back in the division, after Adkins had guided them to successive promotions. ...

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  • Paul Clement’s Quick Change At Swansea Amplifies Bob Bradley’s Failure

    It was quite an odd sight, seeing a suited Paul Clement break into a sort of half-jog, half-run after Swansea’s 2-0 win over Leicester City. He did it in order to shake the hands of the officials, but his treatment of the crowd was more memorable, walking over to them fists clenched and pumping the air. The reaction was loud and sustained, befitting a group of fans that had just seen their side defeat the Premier League champions. ...

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  • Leicester City Must Ditch Their Title-Winning Centre-Back Pairing

    Things haven’t gone exactly as expected for Leicester City this season. They didn’t last season either, in a rather different way. But, from last season’s wild, impossible overachievement, the current campaign has brought underachievement of a less intense degree. The expectation was that there would be a drop off but few expected the Premier League champions to be in very real danger of relegation. ...

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