| Nov 7, 2014

Shrewd moves benefiting Southampton, West Ham

By the end of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, Southampton and West Ham could both be in the top four. Such a prediction in August would have brought ridicule because both clubs were “in crisis” with West Ham manager Sam Allardyce apparently hanging on ...

Reds' woes run deeper than Balotelli

| Oct 25, 2014

Reds' woes run deeper than Balotelli

Jose Mourinho called him “unmanageable” at Inter Milan. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini ran out of patience with him. He lasted 18 months of his 4½-year contract at AC Milan. Despite a history of controversy, red cards and underachieving too often, Liverpool manager Brendan ...

| Oct 18, 2014

Redknapp's future not secure at QPR

A month ago, Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp said he would “soon” be signing a new two-year contract. “It’s all been drawn up, I just need to sign on the dotted line.” Contradicting himself, Redknapp then said in his Sunday column on Oct. ...

Thrashing San Marino of no value to anyone

| Oct 11, 2014

Thrashing San Marino of no value to anyone

It was the most pointless exercise in football — literally. San Marino, the worst European team ever to play international football, came to Wembley in its usual lambs-to-the-slaughter role and lost 5-0 on Thursday. Roy Hodgson could have fielded his fourth XI and England ...

Pardew living on borrowed time

| Oct 3, 2014

Pardew living on borrowed time

As he is English football’s answer to Howard Hughes, it is difficult to know what Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is thinking. Ashley does not do interviews. He is the Secretive One. His Sports Direct chain has helped make Ashley a billionaire, so he is ...

| Sep 12, 2014

Welbeck sale makes perfect sense for United

Gary Neville was baffled. So was Bryan Robson. Football writers inevitably questioned Manchester United’s decision to sell Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16 million after he scored both goals in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel. Two things persuaded Louis van Gaal to ...