| Sep 27, 2013

Di Canio hiring doomed from start


Ellis Short is a billionaire, rich beyond the dreams of most. The American owner of Sunderland achieved this by being one step ahead of his business rivals, making shrewd and correct decisions while appointing the best senior management. So why on earth did Short ...

| Sep 13, 2013

England sweating on World Cup slot


England is top of its group with two home matches to play as qualification for Brazil 2014 approaches what Sir Alex Ferguson would call “squeaky bum time.” They are the third-highest scorers in the European qualifying section and only two countries have conceded fewer. ...

| Aug 30, 2013

Taylor's gambling no laughing matter


If Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, did the equivalent job in the National Football League he would not have been allowed to run up alleged gambling debts of £100,000 to a bookmaker. Taylor, whose £1,082,615 a year salary makes ...

| Jun 1, 2013

England needs victories, not draws


England plays Brazil in a friendly on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Whether England will return to Brazil for next year’s World Cup finals remains in the balance. Its performance in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland underlined yet again, as if ...