Abdul Rahim

Football Writer. I also chronicle the growth of football in India at my blog, Flying Goalie.

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Maurizio Sarri – The Right Man At The Wrong Club

Maurizio Sarri – The Right Man At The Wrong Club

Time. How often do football managers invoke the need for more of that precious commodity to do their jobs? A philosophy developed over years and possibly decades needs an extended period of time to be that all-pervasive influence that courses through the veins of every person at a football club. One might tire of it eventually as was the case with Wengerball at Arsenal but the biggest nightmare for a manager is for the ideology to be rejected before an …
Confounding Critics The Jordan Henderson Way

Confounding Critics The Jordan Henderson Way

In his final season at Chelsea, captain John Terry made only nine league appearances as Antonio Conte eased him out of the firing line on the way to winning a Premier League title. While his on-pitch role had reduced, Terry was still valued by the manager and his teammates for his leadership off it and he put his frustration behind him to help coax performances out of a talented group of players. In the process, he became the first player …
The Signing This Season’s Also-Rans Desperately Need

The Signing This Season’s Also-Rans Desperately Need

The most important signing at Manchester City in modern times was made in October 2012. The Premier League side have played some of the most sumptuous football ever seen on English shores in the last couple of seasons under Pep Guardiola. The Catalan had been courted by the club’s Emirati owners for a long time before he eventually joined in 2016 and his arrival has elevated the club’s performances to another level. The framework for these displays, however, have been …
How Welcoming Will Tottenham’s New Home Be?

How Welcoming Will Tottenham’s New Home Be?

Moving into a new stadium is tough at the best of times. One need only ask Arsenal, Manchester City, Southampton and West Ham, who have all moved into new homes this millennium and experienced immediate blips in results. Since 2000, Fulham and Spurs themselves have been forced to make temporary arrangements before shifting into an arena of their own and while Loftus Road proved to be kind to the Cottagers in 2002-03, Tottenham suffered a 10-point slump in home form …
Jurgen Klopp: What Has He Got Right and Wrong This Season?

Jurgen Klopp: What Has He Got Right and Wrong This Season?

When Jurgen Klopp was appointed as the manager in 2015, a keen Liverpool watcher and baiter in Alex Ferguson commented that he was worried about the impact that the German would have on the club. He was convinced that Jurgen would make a difference with his personality, drive and knowledge and was worried that Liverpool could get above Manchester United in terms of where they wanted to be. Two years later, the man everyone associated with Liverpool hailed as a …
Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

The dust has settled on a distracting transfer window and the Premier League can kick on in earnest, until January anyway. Three game weeks into the season, most pundits are betting on the title heading into the city of Manchester, come May. It is widely expected that both United  and City will dominate this season, and with good reason. In Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, both clubs have two of the most respected and successful managers in the game, and …
The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

The Great Crash of English Football Around the Corner

In 1997, twenty seven days after Tony Blair became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mohamed Al Fayed completed his takeover of Fulham FC. In the process, he became the first foreign owner of an English football club. Six years later, Roman Abramovich bought into Chelsea FC and his success then led to many others following suit. The rich had always clambered to get a piece of the action in previous decades, with clubs traditionally being owned by local business …
The Spurs Story Could Save English Football

The Spurs Story Could Save English Football

Mauricio Pochettino had a few things to say a couple of weeks back about other people’s opinions about his club. While his comments in this case were mostly directed towards Antonio Conte, who had suggested that it would not be a ‘tragedy’ if Tottenham failed to win the Premier League next season, one got the sense that he was addressing the vast majority out there who think that the lack of incoming activity at Spurs means that they’ve already fallen …
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