| Jan 19, 2013

Guardiola right not to join Chelsea

There is one reason why Pep Guardiola never seriously considered joining Chelsea: Roman Abramovich. The Russian doesn’t lose out very often and when you have been to court to fight — and win — a £6.5 billion private case brought by your former mentor ...

| Jan 12, 2013

Chelsea fans refuse to blame owner

When Bruce Buck came on the pitch before Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal first leg against Swansea to make a presentation to Petr Cech, the Chelsea chairman was booed. Seriously booed. There were a number of reasons for the supporters’ growing frustration, the sacking of ...

| Jan 5, 2013

Reds' Suarez experiencing amazing turnaround

It would have been a close call, but at the beginning of the season Luis Suarez may just have pipped John Terry as the least popular player in English football (the other contender, Joey Barton, had been loaned from Queens Park Rangers to Olympique ...

| 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 ...