• Why Are Watford Tipped For Relegation? All Evidence Suggests Otherwise

    Manna from heaven, Phil 'Thommo' Thompson called it. "Why not Gary Rowett?" asked Paul 'Merse' Merson. The Soccer Saturday inquisition were not best pleased when Marco Silva was handed the Hull City job and the unenviable task of lifting the Tigers out of the relegation-bound tailspin they had tumbled into last season. Having arrived in January, the Portuguese simply ran out of time but he made an instant impact during his five-month stay at the KCOM stadium, lifting a club that had looked head and buried back onto its feet to give it a go at forcing their own great escape. ...

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  • Watford And Will Hughes Are Set For Harmonious Marriage

    There's a joke on social media that, given the current level of inflation, it's actually shameful for a football player to be transferred for anything less than £20m. It's not without a kernel of truth, either, because some very ordinary players have moved for some extravagant fees. Will Hughes wasn't among them, though. One of the surprises of the window, especially given how often he has been connected with Premier League clubs in the past, was his £8m transfer to Watford. There's a sense that, reputation-wise, Hughes is still haunted by the spectre of injury in 2015/16; two years ago he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and that seems to have bred some distrust.  ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Frank De Boer Presents An Interesting Opportunity For Crystal Palace

    Managing a football club is never a walk in the park - particularly in the modern day. But when you're walking into a historic stadium like San Siro, in one of the most 'Calcio crazy' cities in the world, tasked with taking a true sleeping giant back to the top of European football, you'd be forgiven for crumbling. Unfortunately for Frank de Boer, that's exactly what happened in November after he was sacked just 85 days into his new role as Inter boss. You could argue that 85 days is no time at all to discover a new language, culture, environment, sporting style and squad, but having recently been taken over Suning Commerce Group LTD, the Nerazzurri were never in a mood to mess around. ...

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  • Crystal Palace Now Have The Opportunity To Make A Cool-Headed Appointment

    After the melodrama of Sam Allardyce's abrupt resignation, Crystal Palace have fallen quiet. Unlike the weeks after Tony Pulis's departure two years years ago, there isn't a steady flow of names being connected with the job and every half-baked British manager isn't putting their name forward for consideration. Tim Sherwood is nowhere to be seen. The timing has been convenient. Unlike Pulis, Allardyce has left at a time which allows the club to pause for thought. Good news, because - really - every appointment Palace have made since arriving back in the Premier League has been reflexive. Pulis was a reaction to Ian Holloway's departure, Neil Warnock was used to fill the Pulis void, and Alan Pardew was a semi long-term response to Warnock's sacking. Allardyce's own arrival was necessitated by circumstance, as he was pushed into the pilot seat with the hope that he would correct Pardew's nosedive towards the Championship. ...

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  • Marco Silva Should Take Watford To Their Second Stage

    The natural response to the news of Marco Silva becoming Watford’s new head-coach, is to wonder whether his arrival represents ideological change for the club itself. Silva was highly sought after following his nearly miraculous performance at Hull and so, presumably, he has been given some kind of assurance over the length of his tenure at Vicarage Road. ...

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  • How Tony Adams’ Appointment Has Unearthed The Spanish Paul Mersons

    Picture the scene. A pundit named Paulo Merson is sat in a TV studio in Spain, being asked questions about the latest foreign coaching hire on his show Gillette – pronounced with a throaty ‘G’ – Fútbol Sábado. He’s not happy. “Why does it always have to be a foreign manager, Jefe?” he laments. “What does he know about LaLiga? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against foreign managers. Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone are top-drawer managers, but this Tony Adams geezer ain’t any better than Pako Ayestarán.” ...

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  • No Issue With Ground Sharing, As Long As It’s Done Responsibly

    Marco Silva’s Hull City side had just defeated relegation rivals Swansea City 2-1, yet the Portuguese manager was surprisingly livid. Although three precious Premier League points had been added to the piggy bank of Hull’s survival bid, something was bothering him. The state of the KCOM Stadium’s pitch. ...

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  • Establishing Ground Rules For Managering Moralising

    There has been a great deal of moralising in recent weeks over the contrasting fates of three Premier League managers. Claudio Ranieri has been dismissed by Leicester, Arsene Wenger remains at Arsenal, and Marco Silva has been appointed by Hull. And, in the pursuit of a commonly accepted right and wrong regarding all three of these distinctly different cases, confusion abounds. ...

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  • How Hull City Became Everyone’s Second Team

    Traditionally, Hull have not been the Premier League’s most fashionable team. Their ascent through the English football league was powered by big spending, while their current ownership situation has been messy for a while. On top of that, they have spent most of the past decade being either promoted to or relegated from the top tier. ...

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  • The Odd Couple; Hull City and Andrea Ranocchia Are The Ideal Marriage

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