• Why Manchester City Now Owe A Tiny Spanish Club A Huge Favour

    On July 18th, Euan McTear wrote, Until a few years ago, Girona was best known by foreigners as the little Catalan town with an airport that Ryanair considered close enough to Barcelona to drop off planeload after planeload of tourists. Now, however, times are changing and the town’s football team is putting Girona on the map for a far more impressive reason—with a little help from Game of Thrones, which films in the town’s streets. ...

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  • Hull City’s New Ownership Must Emphasise Identity

     On October 21st, Raj Bains wrote, After several tumultuous years and what feels like weekly failed attempts to sell the club, Hull City finally appear to be on the verge of finding new ownership. With a conditional agreement in place with a consortium from the Far East, the Allam family look set to relinquish their ownership, putting an end to one of the more hostile relationships in the league. Having steered them towards promotion and invested heavily in the squad, the present issues between the current owners and the Hull fanbase are far more complex than just the state of on-field success, with identity at the heart of the falling out. ...

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  • Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero Is A Victim Of His Own Ability

    On November 1st, Seb Stafford-Bloor wrote,  At the weekend, Sergio Aguero came roaring back to life. At The Hawthorns, he ended a run of six games without a goal with a first-half double, knifing an opener through Ben Foster, then fizzing a second into his top-corner. One, two...game over. From a technical perspective, that second was flawless. There are few players who can maintain such a low centre of gravity, who can manufacture scoring angles by themselves, and who can finish with such power and accuracy while also requiring minimal back-lift. ...

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  • Chelsea Have Made A Mistake In Recalling Nathan Ake

    Within the space of just one season, Antonio Conte has managed to transform Jose Mourinho’s depleted and uninspired Chelsea into the Premier League’s most organised and effective side. Yet still, despite all of these encouraging signs of what's still come at Chelsea, some things just don't change. Since 2010, Chelsea have twice been crowned winners of the FA cup, won the Champions League, the Europa League, the League Cup, and the Premier League twice over; but throughout all of this, one constant criticism that they can’t seem to shake off, is their reluctance to promote from within. Something that judging by their recent management of Nathan Ake, they still aren’t willing to change. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Short Termism Always Beats Loyalty, so Claudio Ranieri Had To Be Sacked

    Saturday 9am  “First Pie-gate, now Claudio, what has happened to the game?” “If this is modern football, you’re welcome to it, no loyalty anymore” The reaction to the news that Leicester City have sacked Claudio Ranieri was incredibly interesting to hear. The feelings of a total lack of respect, a slap in the face for loyalists everywhere frantically questioning what has happened to the game. Money. Money has happened to the game. ...

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  • Bolton Wanderers 2014/15 Finances Explained

    Bolton Wanderers recently released their annual financial report ending June 30th 2015. The report is close to a year overdue, and the content is worrying for supporters. We contextualise the situation, and break down the report. ...

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  • Claudio Ranieri’s Sacking Was Understandable, But Timed Inexplicably

    It had been coming, despite nobody wanting to admit to it, Claudio Ranieri’s job had been on the line for several weeks. ...

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  • Mauricio Pochettino Needs To Feel Glory To Create It

    For all that has been positive under Mauricio Pochettino for Tottenham, one thing has been clear; success is measured in trophies and to date, Spurs haven’t truly accomplished anything. Their title chase is turning into a half-hearted determination to keep the side motivated but realistically, trophies are available elsewhere. The side have reached the quarter finals of the FA Cup and the (dependent on Thursday’s result) Europa League still poses a slim chance for grandeur. Not only do Tottenham need something to show for their growth spurt, but the man at the helm of it all, Mauricio Pochettino, needs to know what it feels like to become a champion. ...

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  • Massimiliano Allegri Is Arsenal’s Smartest Post-Wenger Option

    When Arsene Wenger and Arsenal do eventually part ways, be it this summer, or next summer, or the one after that, a number of exciting managers will be mentioned as potential successors to the Frenchman in the Emirates dugout. And then there will be Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian simply does not have the pulling power of his most respected contemporaries, something that is in part due to the circumstances surrounding his greatest achievements. ...

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  • 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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