IT IS 50 years since Manchester City won the Football League championship with an exciting, free-flowing team coached by one of the game’s great eccentrics, Malcolm Allison. Since then, the club has plummeted and risen, has experienced rebirth, stadium relocation and transformation into a heavily financed marque football institution. They’ve won two titles, but you somehow get the feeling there’s discontent in the blue half … Continue reading Bedded in, now the world’s most coveted coach has to deliver
A LOT of people are bashing Pep Guardiola at the moment and there’s no small amount of schadenfreude about the under-performance of Manchester City this season. There’s really no need for tags like “fraudiola” because this is a man that doesn’t really have to prove much in big-time football. But the Leicester win against the title-chasers would have been enjoyed by many, especially as City’s … Continue reading The joy of six…I wonder why?
THE contrast between the unveiling of Manchester’s two new uber-bosses could not have been more dramatic: the manager as rock star versus the sniper from the dugout. If the past week is anything to go by, Pep Guardiola will charm the fans and the media and Jose Mourinho will resume his war of words with those he likes to aggravate. When Mourinho first came to … Continue reading Let the battle of Manchester begin
Pep Guardiola will not take the Roman shilling. It’s clear that the former Barcelona coach continues to refuse any offer to become the latest man to walk on hot coals at Stamford Bridge – and I think he will never take the plunge. Why?, you may ask. But why would he? Chelsea have been through a veritable A to Z of European football’s most-wanted. They … Continue reading Why Guardiola may not fancy London SW6
Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and even Manchester United. And let’s not discount Liverpool, who may soon tire of the latest attempt to recreate the now fading glory days of Anfield. These are the clubs that may soon be initiating an open outcry session of bidding for the services of Pep Guardiola, who right now may be enjoying the US election but may soon be setting … Continue reading Guardiola will be able to take his pick of the English clubs
It would be a heartless man that refuses to give Roberto Di Matteo his chance to build on Chelsea’s spectacular success of 2011-12, but then Oligarchs have never really “done fluffy”. The public, the media and the players will all urge Roman Abramovich to give RDM a contract, but even if he does , and there’s good reason to think he will keep him on, … Continue reading Di Matteo should beware – Guardiola is a yacht trip away