Questions over the new Everton manager Roberto Martinez and a short treatise on Mark Hughes

My first competitive footballing experience came at the tutelage of a short Italian man with simple ideas about the game....

Guess the facially fuzzy player from their classic football sticker

Image conscious and media savvy, present day footballers are largely polished representatives of their club and the cliché ridden game. However,...

20 changes of management in 10 chaotic Championship months

With only 14 points separating the play-off places from the relegation zone, the Championship was once again a closely contested...

Should football clubs be financially rewarded for securing relegation?

The Premier League is box office. Thanks to buckets of sponsorship and companies fondness for lavishing funds on clubs in...

Football violence and the impact of political events

Football violence is a confusing subject. Of all the things that can whip someone into a violent frenzy, the beautiful...

The difficult managerial dismissal at Reading can be justified, but only if it’s accompanied by a plan

Managers in football can seemingly be given the heave-ho at anytime by ambitious chairmen, even if they’ve exceeded expectation only...

A tale of terrestrial TV tedium

BBC were showing the Premier League highlights, while ITV were hosting the FA Cup action, but who could extract the...

The entertainment factor – Is winning without entertaining enough?

“Sat in your own half and then just counters. [Bayern] never really attacked Arsenal and it was only on the...

Supporting your team abroad has its dangers, as does being a ‘Yid’ overseas

The violence inflicted on 51-year-old Spurs fan, Paul Eccles (above), who feared for his life during a gang attack...