Sousa faces huge challenge at Leicester

An immaculately presented Portuguese coach stands on the edge of his technical area, aware that the eleven players in front of him carry his destiny in their actions. The season is nearly at an end and his players have so far kept the opposition at bay, as they have so many times over the last nine months.

All they need is a goal to tip the balance in their favour …

Posh positive despite demotion

Arguably, no team in the Football League had more confidence, momentum, hope and expectation this time last year than Peterborough United.

After two straight promotions, Posh were gearing up for only their third ever season in the second tier of English football. They had everything that lower league clubs wanted: an ambitious chairman, a talented young manager, a goalkeeper who had been called up to the senior England side, a …

Left-back central to Championship success

When considering which individual position is most important in determining how well a team plays, the left-back berth would probably not be foremost in the minds of many. There are, however, two Championship teams who may have been preparing for the new Premier League campaign instead had their most effective left-backs been available for the entirety of last season.

Both made it to the play-off semi-finals but neither made it …

Why England’s desperation should fall on deaf ears

In the national media’s predictably comprehensive post-mortem following England’s exit from the World Cup, one particular article stood out from a Football League perspective.

The Guardian selected four of its most senior football writers – Kevin McCarra, Paul Hayward, Richard Williams and Dominic Fifield – and asked them to name their England teams for the 2014 World Cup. In defence of the four writers involved in its compilation, it was …

Huddersfield opt for three wise men

It happens every summer. One team always seems to pick up a handful of players that could easily have been targets for clubs in the division above. This summer, so far, it is Huddersfield Town.

We are all accustomed to the quote: “I had plenty of other offers, but once I spoke to the gaffer here my mind was made up”. Most official websites have it saved to the clipboard …

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