Are Cardiff City “doing a Cardiff” again this season?

Cardiff City are one of several teams that don’t seem to want to secure their place in the Championship play-offs any time soon. Joe Harrison examines whether this is the same old Cardiff, bottling things again at the business end of the season, or a set of overachievers who are unfortunate to be following a familiar pattern.

On 2nd January, Cardiff beat Reading 3-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium, completing …

Visiting the Championship theme park

The large man fiddles with his awkward, tilted claret and blue rosette. As he does so, he mutters to himself and even his whispers boom out like an announcement at a county fair. He cuts a strange figure, his face somehow as big as his head and his constant chattering providing a soundtrack to his every move.

“It wasn’t meant to be this way”, he says with a glance up …

The Big Picture: Reading between the lines at West Ham United

Tomorrow afternoon, West Ham United face Reading at Upton Park in a game they may not have thought would be so hugely important just a few months ago. Whatever the result, however, there is a deeper discussion taking place in east London about the methods of one particular manager.

Sam Allardyce has presented himself as a solutions man, his recent interviews pointing to the failure of “the West Ham way”. …

Clegg on your face: The words of a clown at Ipswich Town

For many clubs, it’s time to push on towards security – securing that play-off place, securing that place in a division for another season. For those, like Ipswich Town fan Gavin Barber, safely in mid-table without fear up of heading up or down after the final ball is kicked, talk starts to turn to whether you are willing to go through it all again for twelve more months…


Relegation Week: Will the big Doncaster Rovers U-turn pay off?

Doncaster Rovers began the season with Sean O’Driscoll and will end it with Dean Saunders. They changed their entire footballing philosophy early in the campaign. So will this transformation pay off? Glen Wilson, editor of Doncaster’s Popular Stand fanzine, speaks to Joe Harrison about the big Donny U-turn.

It has been a tumultuous season at Donny, with changes at all levels of the club. Ignoring the Willie McKay in