| Dec 22, 2012

Chelsea's Benitez trapped in no-win situation

Imagine going to work each day and no matter how well you do, your popularity rating struggles to rise above zero. You produce good results for your employers in your first month, yet you are still vilified. In your own mind you know you ...

| Dec 15, 2012

Arsenal's descent becoming farcical

It was not just elimination, it was humiliation. Of the 14 Arsenal players who lost in a penalty shootout to Bradford City in the League Cup quarterfinal at the Coral Windows Stadium on Wednesday, only Francis Coquelin is not a full international though the ...

| Dec 8, 2012

Quality of play this season really weak

The most popular league in the world? Undoubtedly. The most lucrative? Easily. The most exciting? Probably. But when it comes to quality, technique and world-class players, the Premier League is no longer the best. Not only that, English stock in Europe is dropping with ...

| Dec 1, 2012

Man United, Man City in own class

Every season it’s the same. We say this time it will not be a two-horse race . . . that three or four teams will make the Premier League title race more competitive. Last August we thought European champion Chelsea, reinforced by Oscar and ...

Nov 24, 2012

Chelsea owner Abramovich rules with Iron fist

The dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo was as brutal as it was predictable and unpopular, but let nobody think that Roman Abramovich gives a damn about public opinion. The saddest part about the serial sacker’s methods is, that if success is the yardstick, Abramovich’s ...

| Nov 17, 2012

Time running out for Arsenal's Wenger

Can you imagine Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United — in fact any leading club — going seven years without a trophy yet not sacking the manager? Neither can I, which makes Arsenal unique in the ...

| Nov 10, 2012

Man City unbeaten, but uninspiring

Roberto Mancini is the last unbeaten manager in the Premier League this season. Manchester City is only two points behind leader Chelsea, yet rarely does a day pass without a new row, controversy, showdown talks or transfer speculation engulfing the Italian. The beat reporters ...

| Nov 3, 2012

Another week, another Chelsea row

Sometime in the next week the Football Association must decide who it believes — four English-speaking match officials or a player whose mother tongue is Portuguese and whose English is far from fluent. It is no exaggeration to say this is arguably the most ...

| Oct 27, 2012

Away CL ties frustrate English clubs

The best league in the world? The evidence is diminishing. The most exciting? If you are playing the Premier League’s finest in the Champions League, yes, because chances are you will win. At the end of the worst week in Europe’s elite tournament for ...

| Oct 20, 2012

UEFA's credibility hanging in balance

We shall know on Nov. 22 how seriously UEFA takes racism. That is the day disciplinary sanctions in the wake of appalling events in Serbia last Tuesday, where England’s Under-21 players were the victims of racism in Krusevac as the visitors won 1-0 in ...