Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic Preview

Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic Preview

This weekend sees Wigan Athletic travel to Old Trafford, marking Warren Joyce’s return to the club after leaving the position as Manchester United U23 manager earlier this season. It will be a nice occasion for him and his players, but the home side will go into the match as overwhelming favourites. They reached the EFL Cup final during the week and they will want to treat the FA Cup with similar respect. Although their priority has to be the Premier …
The Soul of a Football Club

The Soul of a Football Club

Watching the class of 92 documentary it was interesting listening to the views of long standing Salford City fans. A number of them interviewed said they were unhappy with the ex-Man Utd players takeover "as it will never be the same." Equally numerous QPR fans say they preferred QPR when the Chrysalis' records founder Chris Wright owned QPR (96-2001) over Briartore / Ecclestone / Fernandes / Bhattia / Mittal, the recent owners over the last 5 years. Mercenary footballers are not …
What's Happened To Everton?

What's Happened To Everton?

Last season Roberto Martinez took Everton to dizzying heights. Throughout the campaign they looked like they were going to be the men to break top 4 and end Arsenal’s consecutive seasons in the qualification positions. Martinez himself was earning his plaudits, some comparing his fortune with Everton to David Moyes and his misfortune at Man United even begging the question “Should United have hired Martinez instead?” It wasn’t such a wild notion, Everton were playing some wonderful football. It appeared …
James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

James McArthur: A Statistical Analysis of Crystal Palace's Record Signing

Having been placed at the helm of affairs with less than a week to go before the transfer window closed, Neil Warnock was required to make a very quick assessment of his squad. The Englishman had a busy deadline day as he made 3 crucial signings mere hours before the window shut. These were in the form of James McArthur, Kevin Doyle (on loan) and Zeki Fryers. The signing of McArthur from Wigan for a fee of 7 million surpassed …
Jordi Gómez: Is he the Answer to Sunderland's Woes?

Jordi Gómez: Is he the Answer to Sunderland's Woes?

Jordi Gomez signed for Sunderland on July 1st, making him the 2 of the 4 signings by the club so far. The 29 year old attacking midfielder made the move from Wigan on a free transfer, after refusing a new contract with the Latics. He had an impressive 2013-14 season at the DW stadium, scoring 7 goals and assisting 5. In the process he was also voted Wigan’s Player of the Year by the fans. After being at the bottom of …
No damage done says Pellegrini

No damage done says Pellegrini

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists that no damage has been done to his team's chances of winning the Barclays Premier League after his team's shock 2-1 home defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup. They currently sit 9 points behind Chelsea with 3 games in hand and travel to the Nou Camp for their 2nd leg of the last 16 tie with Barcelona. "We have won one trophy and we have a lot of things to fight for until …
RACE to Goals Model – The Defence

RACE to Goals Model – The Defence

Prior to the season starting, I introduced the RACE to Goals Model, which you can find here, and I suggest you have a read of that before you continue with this one if you want to have a full description of the different metrics and how they are calculated. Essentially, I am looking at the same metrics, but this time flipped to a defensive point of view, so the rate of shots conceded, the Defensive Efficiency, and the conversion of …
There's Logic In Martinez Wanting To Bring Wigan Players To Everton

There's Logic In Martinez Wanting To Bring Wigan Players To Everton

When David Moyes was announced as the heir to Sir Alex Ferguson’s throne at Manchester United, the Everton board were faced with the decision of deciding whether to install a manager in the same vein as the Scotsman or whether to appoint a different type of manager in order to embed a new philosophy on the pitch. They decided to go with the latter and appoint Wigan’s FA Cup winning manager, Roberto Martinez on a four-year-deal and the last couple …
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