Back in One Season?

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Six clubs departed our league in May, and after Lloyd’s assessment of Wolves’ top flight chances last month, it’s now time for Burnley to be thrust under the spotlight. I was at Turf Moor on a cold October night last year and the sight of Owen Coyle patrolling the touchline in skimpy shorts and white sweatshirt made me shiver – here was a hard as nails, driven gaffer. Persuading Coyle …

Minor News

Posted by on Jul 5, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

We’re in denial. The transfer of Michael Owen to Manchester United is technically something we should be commenting on. Only, it seems like we really shouldn’t. We propose forgetting that he has been on the books of a Coca Cola Championship club with an airbrushing of history that would have made Nikita Khruschchev proud. The co-architect with Sven of that 5-1 win in Munich doesn’t currently belong in our league.…

Johnson and his 4-5-1

Posted by on Jul 5, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

For two seasons now, Bristol City have pleased the senses with the grassbound style favoured by the wily Gary Johnson, supplemented by the occasional hump forward to towering Dele Adebola. Though some way short of prolific, with just 16 goals across two seasons, the Nigerian born front man’s power was ever a menace to the opposition and the extent to which he will be missed is underlined by a mischievous

4 Times a Bluebird

Posted by on Jul 4, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Cardiff City may have paid a very large four million pound fee to at long last secure Michael Chopra permanently but his excellent record in the Welsh capital means that this is likely to be a no brainer of a deal. Perhaps more than any other player in recent seasons, Chopra epitomizes the large roster of stars who are electric at the lower level, but flounder at the higher. If …

Dragons’ Den

Posted by on Jul 3, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Will the real fickle fan please stand up? Having been sceptical about the motivation behind businessman Yasuaki Kagami’s stake in the Pilgrims for months, Thursday’s takeover at Argyle and the PR surrounding it have, in the most part, put my mind at rest: I’ve met the facts of the deal with a mixture of relief and quiet excitement.

The involvement of Sir Roy Gardner and Keith Todd, speculated in the …