James Rodriguez - A Risk Worth Taking for Manchester United?

James Rodriguez - A Risk Worth Taking for Manchester United?

James Rodriguez came out of the 2014 World Cup as the tournament's top scorer and the hottest property in football. Two years on, and he has disappointed both Real Madrid, and was a poor performer for Colombia in their Copa America semi-final clash with Chile. Something has gone badly wrong for the attacking midfielder, having been overtaken by Lucas Vazquez in the Real Madrid pecking order in the latter stages of the season. He is one of the three non-EU …
Advantage Newcastle in the battle for Premier League survival

Advantage Newcastle in the battle for Premier League survival

The dreaded Premier League trap door is wide open and as the season draws to a close, we get that bit nearer to discovering who will join Aston Villa in falling through it to the Football League Championship. It’s been a season of twists and turns and, as is often the case, the battle for survival could still hold a surprise or two in store. Just a few weeks ago, Newcastle looked favourites to follow relegated Villa, but new manager …
Survival Hope for the North East

Survival Hope for the North East

I can personally testify to the passion the North East of England has for football and whilst in recent decades its three main clubs do not have the trophies to match the depth of meaning football holds in the region, it can still point to a number of legendary names that emanate from the area. Bobby Robson, Brian Clough, Bobby Charlton, Jack Charlton, Paul Gascoigne, Peter Beardsley and Alan Shearer are all names synonymous with success, and all hail from …
Leicester City vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Leicester City vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This match has gone from being a foregone conclusion to being a fascinating game for the neutrals. The appeal of watching Leicester is obvious as they push on for the Premier League title, in what would be one of the biggest shocks in the history of the sport. However, Newcastle are coming into this match with a new manager, Rafa Benitez, who knows the league inside out, and he will make the Magpies a lot better heading into the run …
Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle's Season?

Can Rafa Benitez Save Newcastle's Season?

It isn't confirmed yet, but it is extremely likely that Rafa Benitez is going to take over from Steve McClaren as Newcastle manager in the coming days, with Sky and various other sources reporting as much. Although this appears a massive step down from Real Madrid and coaching some of the world's best players, it is believed that Benitez wants a long term project and would favour a Premier League job. Newcastle United are a sleeping giant and the room …
Who will be the next Manchester United manager?

Who will be the next Manchester United manager?

For months now it has been in speculation who will overtake the job after current manager Louis Van Gaal is rightfully sacked. I think many media personnel and United fans would have thought it would have been sooner but Ed Woodward is adamant in backing LVG. Names like Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs have been front runners but there are plenty of other managers that could the job and do a good job. Lets look at all the potential candidates …
Chelsea's Ruthlessness - Enough to Put Off Other Managers?

Chelsea's Ruthlessness - Enough to Put Off Other Managers?

Chelsea have become a force in the Premier League and in Europe since the arrival of Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge. The owner is ruthless, passionate and direct. He knows what he wants and won't let anything thwart him. Abramovich’s methods have been criticised though due to the regularity of sacking his managers. Chelsea seem to have gone through most of Europe’s elite and now there may be none left. Jose Mourinho, Rafael Benitez, Roberto Di Matteo, Andre Villas Boas …
Just how Good Is John Terry?

Just how Good Is John Terry?

It ended 0-0 at the Emirates and Mourinho's men got their job done, once again. Chelsea's 10 point cushion over rivals Arsenal meant the Premier League trophy will be heading back to London, to Stamford Bridge after a four year stay in Manchester. A gritty, organized away performance, especially at the back from the champions elect which was not the first time one would have witnessed this season, largely down to the man that wears his heart on his sleeve …
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