FOOTBALL’ s current model is unsustainable, of that there can be little doubt. The fans claim they despise the modern game’s over-emphasis on money and the focus on balance sheet over the romantic vision of the sport. Although the European … Continue reading Without billionaires, football could flounder – so what’s next?
WILL football fans ever be able to trust the people running their clubs? Although the battle has been won for the time being, how long until … Continue reading The Grey Neutral: Will we learn to trust football again?
SINCE the pandemic stopped normal life in its tracks, football has been bemoaning the loss of significant sums of matchday income that have pushed some clubs to the brink. Eventually, fans will be allowed back in the stadiums and clubs … Continue reading Football fans should not have to pay for lost revenues
THERE WILL be no shortage of sympathy for Frank Lampard as he goes the same way as a dozen or so other Chelsea managers. Eighteen months might not seem like a long time, even by Chelsea’s standards, but this was … Continue reading Lampard, the predictable end of experiment Frank
IN THIS time of global upheaval, football soldiers on, playing to empty stadiums in deserted towns. The tumbleweed continues to roll in the streets surrounding football grounds, but the grandstands echo to the sound of the dugout. The longer this … Continue reading Banish transfer fees – and see what happens
NON-LEAGUE football clubs must be on their knees at present. Some leagues are suspended now which means matchday income will disappear once more. With so much uncertainty surrounding the covid-19 virus, nobody can be certain we shall not move into … Continue reading The Grey Neutral: Leagues, legends and laces
MIKEL Arteta comes across as an earnest, decent sort of fellow, one that may not, ultimately, be successful but will get the benefit of the doubt longer than some less popular characters in the management game. After Arsenal were beaten … Continue reading Arsenal are in a turnaround project – Arteta needs time
WOULD football, if it were invented today, position itself around nine-month league competitions and knockout tournaments that involve multiple rounds over half the year? League formats, which began with the Football League in 1888, have largely remained unchanged for decades, … Continue reading More winners, more frequently – football’s evolution
IF, like me, you grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s, you will be aware of how our access to the global game has changed so dramatically for the better. Recall those midweeks when British teams played in … Continue reading Football has become a global digital buffet