Chelsea 2011/2012 – A mid season report

Chelsea 2011/2012 – A mid season report

So the AVB era has started off being frustrating, halfway through the season we see Chelsea not improving as much as Chelsea fans would like to since the Portuguese manager took over last summer. In fact, before the games against Wolves, Villas Boas had an identical record to his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti, winning 10, drawing 4 and losing 5. So, can we draw any positives from this season and what has changed since last season? Firstly, the defence has been …
Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

Venkys | A case for the defence | Rovers

The sale of Christopher Samba to Anzhi Makhachkala for in excess of £10m on Friday night represents the third major defensive departure from Ewood Park in the last eight months. Samba follows Ryan Nelsen and Phil Jones out of the door, but does this leave Venky’s as defenceless as Rovers? [caption id="attachment_10599" align="aligncenter" width="525" caption="Will Venky’s still be celebrating come the conclusion of the Premier League season?"][/caption] When Venkys completed their takeover of Blackburn Rovers in late November 2010 there …
Is it curtains for Queens Park Rangers?

Is it curtains for Queens Park Rangers?

With 10 games to go till the end of the season is it safe to say curtains to Queens Park Rangers in early March? A terrible run of form has seen them fail to win a Premier league game in the last 6 fixtures, which has them rooted in the bottom three. Making matters worse most of those games have been against teams in and around them, such as their latest defeat against Bolton and the poor display at Loftus …
QPR and The Mark Hughes Effect

QPR and The Mark Hughes Effect

Three games into the Mark Hughes era at Queens Park Rangers and life at Loftus Road seems far more cheerful. Extortionate ticket prices for the FA Cup, disappointing tweets from our 'leader' aimed at the man who got us back into the Premier League and little transfer activity aside, QPR have clawed themselves back out of the drop zone. After an unlucky loss at Newcastle, an important victory at home to bottom side Wigan and a third round replay win …
The Purge of Raul Meireles

The Purge of Raul Meireles

How important the losses of Raul Meireles [and Alberto Aquilani] actually are to Liverpool Football Club. Since the arrival of New England Sports Ventures, The Reds have found themselves with funds that were previously absent under the reign of George Gillet and Tom Hicks Sr. This enhanced funding has resulted in Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli allowing themselves to ‘spread their wings’. This new-found freedom has resulted in the importation of several new players, with the club also narrowly missing …
Can't score, won't score | Wigan Athletic

Can't score, won't score | Wigan Athletic

Eleven games into Wigan Athletics 7th season in the English Premier League, 1 game won, 2 games drawn and 8 games lost. It makes pretty grim viewing for all Latics fans. Our current stint in the Premier League is on the verge of coming to an abrupt, slightly embarrassing conclusion with the possibility of being completely out of the survival frame and cut adrift at the bottom of the 'Best League in the World' by the season of good will. …
Jamie O'Hara | Hoping for more goals

Jamie O'Hara | Hoping for more goals "In the hole"

When Jamie O'Hara joined Wolves on loan in January, he was an instant success. His stunning strike in the Black Country Derby earned him instant hero status at Molineux, despite a last gasp equalizer from the Baggies. His form continued and he became a key part of the Wolves midfield, ultimately helping them to avoid relegation, highlighted by his pivotal goal on survival sunday against Blackburn. This earned him a permanent move to Molineux in the summer and the 25 …
Hodgson v Dalglish | A True Comparison

Hodgson v Dalglish | A True Comparison

Roy Hodgson was appointed Liverpool FC manager in July of 2010 following the departure of Rafa Benitez, marking the end of the Spaniard’s reign. Hodgson was viewed as the best candidate for the job after a few months of consideration led in part by Christian Purslow, but also aided by Kenny Dalglish. With Hicks and Gillett still in charge, Hodgson began the new process as manager by bringing in Milan Jovanović (which was instigated by Benitez), followed by former England …
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