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PREVIEW: FA Cup Final- Chelsea vs Manchester United (19/05/18)

Written by Thomas William Dowling Saturday’s final at Wembley stadium will be the sixth time in two seasons that Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have faced each other in their current positions and may even be the last with the uncertainty still circulating around the Italian’s future. In the latest fixture at Old Trafford, ending … Continue reading “PREVIEW: FA Cup Final- Chelsea vs Manchester United (19/05/18)”

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Jack Ross Set to Swap from The Buddies to The Blues

By Adam Ranken Jack Ross is believed to be in talks with Ipswich Town with the potential of becoming The Blues new manager. Having won the Scottish Championship this season with St Mirren, one of Scottish football’s bright young managers may be heading to Suffolk. It has been an incredible 18 months for the 41-year-old. … Continue reading “Jack Ross Set to Swap from The Buddies to The Blues”

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FEATURE: What dynasty can Pep Guardiola build with Manchester City?

Written by Thomas William Dowling   With one match still to play, Manchester City have already broken the Premier League record through accumulating 97 points to surpass the 95 achieved by Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 2005, who was expected at the time to advance and challenge the thirteen Premier League titles Sir Alex Ferguson delivered for Manchester United in twenty-six years. Despite having the money and a growing reputation to flaunt, the project quickly fell in the fire after an egoistic power … Continue reading “FEATURE: What dynasty can Pep Guardiola build with Manchester City?”

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Gerrard to Rangers: the move that makes no sense but makes perfect sense

By Richard Adams As Steven Gerrard signs a four year deal with Glasgow Rangers, it begs to ask the question: why? The first impression of this move is that Gerrard is making a foolish, ill-advised decision. Going from Liverpool U18s to Rangers seems a jump even Evel Knievel would deem too risky. But if you … Continue reading “Gerrard to Rangers: the move that makes no sense but makes perfect sense”

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Steve Clarke encapsulates the revival in the Scottish game

By Richard Adams In recent times, most people tend to look at Scottish football and disregard all teams that aren’t from Glasgow. With this in mind, an interesting parallel can be made between Steve Clarke’s managerial career, and Scottish clubs like Kilmarnock. With premier league and championship sides continuously sacking managers after what seems to … Continue reading “Steve Clarke encapsulates the revival in the Scottish game”

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FEATURE: What send-off does Arsène Wenger truly deserve?

Written by Thomas William Dowling  Fans of any English club will remember where they were upon hearing the news of Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of the season. Gunners fans were filmed gathering outside to counsel one another in absolution and the story was of such magnitude that Sky Sports News changed the title to commemorate the enormity of the event. He is, after all, the greatest manager in Arsenal’s history; a revolutionary who saw the increasing technicality of the modern game and dared … Continue reading “FEATURE: What send-off does Arsène Wenger truly deserve?”

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FEATURE: What now for Andre Villas-Boas?

Written by Thomas William Dowling  Andre Villas-Boas spent his early coaching career as a member of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan; helping his superior deliver five division titles and two Champions League trophies. When opting to go his own way in 2009, his rookie season in management with Academica drew in the plaudits immediately; taking note of his fluid and attacking tactical approach which allowed him to steer his … Continue reading “FEATURE: What now for Andre Villas-Boas?”

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Relegation could hit West Ham the hardest

  Written by Thomas William Dowling West Ham were in dire straits against Burnley a fortnight ago, but the 3-0 home defeat was a result of ever deepening fault-lines in the relationship between the club and its supporters. The protests witnessed were startling and unprecedented to most factions of the fans themselves, but in reality, … Continue reading “Relegation could hit West Ham the hardest”

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Gattuso’s quirky excellence at the club’s helm

  Written and analyzed by Boz Laird-Clowes AC Milan has for the better part of the last five years been undergoing an identity crisis. Italy’s most successful club in European competition, with seven Champions League wins, have watched Juventus reach two European finals in three years and extended their lead in Serie A championships over … Continue reading “Gattuso’s quirky excellence at the club’s helm”

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Wenger: if the results are not good enough… we have to take the consequences

  By FootballBosses reporters Arsene Wenger has been under more pressure this season than ever before. Knocked out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round by Nottingham Forest, failure to challenge for top-4 Champions League qualification and a recent home defeat to Swedish side Ostersunds FK in the Europa League, has led to mounting … Continue reading “Wenger: if the results are not good enough… we have to take the consequences”

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Jaap Stam leaves Reading

  Written by FootballBosses reporters Jaap Stam has left Reading FC by mutual consent. The club issued the following statement: “Jaap has not wavered in the time, effort and sheer determination he has put in to try to steer the team away from the position we find ourselves in. “However, after careful consideration, the decision has … Continue reading “Jaap Stam leaves Reading”

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Sarri sizzling towards Serie A glory

  Written by Italian football expert Andrea Togna Maurizio Sarri has worked wonders since taking the realms at Napoli back in 2015. With his guidance he has managed to convert a team from Champions League and Europa League qualifiers to serious title contenders. For the first time since Juventus began their record-equalling Serie A winning … Continue reading “Sarri sizzling towards Serie A glory”

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How Conte can upset the odds against Barcelona

  Analysis by Thomas William Dowling After creating some of the most memorable moments in Champions League history between them, Chelsea and Barcelona face off at the Nou Camp on Wednesday for the first time since the iconic semi-final of 2012. On this occasion however, they arrive trailing on aggregate (1-1) against a more defensively … Continue reading “How Conte can upset the odds against Barcelona”

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PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Liverpool – 10/03/18

  Written by Thomas William Dowling In the last fixture in October, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool found themselves frustrated at home after being held to what could be described as a quintessential stalemate from a Jose Mourinho side; encapsulating how the emissions of blood, sweat and tears has become increasingly restrained compared to previous decades, this fixture … Continue reading “PREVIEW: Manchester United vs Liverpool – 10/03/18”

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Marco Rose on the less travelled road to global renown

  Written by Geoff Brown 31 games undefeated in all competitions, Marco Rose is fast becoming the most sought-after manager in Europe, not just because his Salzburg side travelled to Borussia Dortmund and came away with a stunning 2-1 victory in yesterday’s Europa League encounter, but also because of his recent – and far more … Continue reading “Marco Rose on the less travelled road to global renown”

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One reason to give Wenger one more year overrides every voice screaming for his dismissal

  By Geoff Brown A repeated cycle in recent years has driven Arsenal fans, and now pundits, wild with rage, disbelief, even resignation and apathy. Arsene Wenger hasn’t bought well in the market and hasn’t sold well (the club sell players at staggeringly low prices to get them off their wage bill because no other … Continue reading “One reason to give Wenger one more year overrides every voice screaming for his dismissal”

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Big Sam’s big-club struggles

  Written by Tom Makris “I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called Allardici, just Allardyce.” Despite the tongue-in-cheek comment, Sam Allardyce has always maintained he is a better manager than people give him credit for. Infamous for relegation scraps and driving a rocket through dressing rooms up and down … Continue reading “Big Sam’s big-club struggles”

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FEATURE: Is the curtain finally calling for Arsene Wenger?

Analysis by Thomas William Dowling Despite a somewhat more toilsome display than their lackadaisical one in the Carabao Cup, Arsenal still find themselves lamenting over the same 0-3 score-line; albeit against a far more stringent Manchester City compared to what they were on Sunday. An Emirates Stadium full of barely 20,000 spectators once again found … Continue reading “FEATURE: Is the curtain finally calling for Arsene Wenger?”

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Owen Coyle is replaced by Stuart Kettlewell at Ross County

Owen Coyle resigned as Ross County manager yesterday, and was replaced by Stuart Kettlewell. Coyle explained in a club statement, “Myself and the chairman had a chat on Monday and after some reflective thought I felt for the good of Ross County – and the challenging situation with my family being in England – it … Continue reading “Owen Coyle is replaced by Stuart Kettlewell at Ross County”

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Arsene Wenger regrets ‘soft defending’ in second successive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Guardiola’s champions-elect.

Arsenal experienced their 2nd successive 3-0 thumping against Manchester City following Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat. After yesterday’s encounter, Arsene Wenger recognized the quality of the opposition, “I think it was a game against a team with top quality and lots of confidence. “I knew before the game the first half would be difficult for … Continue reading “Arsene Wenger regrets ‘soft defending’ in second successive 3-0 defeat at the hands of Guardiola’s champions-elect.”

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Diego Simeone, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann have restored La Liga to a thrilling two-horse race

  Written by Geoff Brown ‘Barca already champions!’ celebrated one headline in Catalonia when Ernesto Valverde’s men went 11 points clear in January. Perennial challengers Athletico de Madrid had lost one and drawn six La Liga matches before the turn of the year, not to mention the humiliation of Champions League elimination which included two … Continue reading “Diego Simeone, Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann have restored La Liga to a thrilling two-horse race”

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Pochettino’s Cup quest inspired by Wenger

Wednesday’s 6-1 demolition of Rochdale is a huge step on the way to winning the FA Cup for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Spurs have won their last 6 fixtures at Wembley, including prize victims Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton. 18 goals scored and just the one conceded – Rochdale’s consolation goal – is testament to their … Continue reading “Pochettino’s Cup quest inspired by Wenger”

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Klopp delighted with 4-1 win over West Ham

Courtesy of BBC Sport Liverpool were a “joy to watch” as they thumped West Ham United 4-1 to move above Manchester United into second place in the Premier League, said manager Jurgen Klopp. Forwards Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored in the second half in a resounding Anfield win for the Reds. … Continue reading “Klopp delighted with 4-1 win over West Ham”

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Alan Pardew fears relegation after Huddersfield defeat

Courtesy of www.skysports.com Alan Pardew conceded it will be difficult for rock-bottom West Brom to avoid relegation after losing 2-1 to Huddersfield on Saturday. Second-half goals from Rajiv van La Parra and Steve Mounie came before Craig Dawson pulled one back for West Brom, with Huddersfield clinging on to boost their own hopes of survival. The … Continue reading “Alan Pardew fears relegation after Huddersfield defeat”

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Preview: Manchester United vs Chelsea- 25/02/17

Written by Thomas W. Dowling Last season the build up to this fixture featured Jose Mourinho conceding the title to Chelsea, who progressed to dominate the league after the 4-0 drubbing at his homecoming: A 2-0 victory secured some redemption for Manchester United, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera. In 2018 however, this … Continue reading “Preview: Manchester United vs Chelsea- 25/02/17”

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Gattuso is becoming Milan’s Chosen One

Written by Andrea Togna Gennaro Gattuso was famously nicknamed the ‘Pitbull’ because of the way he chased after players and broke up play in the middle of the park with relentless tenacity. Since taking over the managerial reigns at AC Milan in November, such characteristics have already defined his style of management; he is rapidly … Continue reading “Gattuso is becoming Milan’s Chosen One”

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Arsene Wenger disappointed in defeat to Ostersunds FK

Courtesy of www.arsenal.com Arsene Wenger was understandably disappointed with his side after they were beaten 2-1 by Ostersunds on Thursday night. The Arsenal manager spoke to the media after the match, and this is what he said: on being disappointed with the defeat but pleased to progress… You’re right, there’s not a lot to add. … Continue reading “Arsene Wenger disappointed in defeat to Ostersunds FK”

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The disease of complacency roams wild at Inter

Geoff Brown reports on Luciano Spalletti’s troubles at Inter One late and cold Saturday evening a little over 2 months ago, tempers were more tempestuously raucous than usual in the rowdy bars up and down the football-crazed country sitting within a geographical boot that’s been kicking, screaming and passionately debating football ever since English gentlemen … Continue reading “The disease of complacency roams wild at Inter”

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Clever Conte needs to change tactics to beat Barcelona

  Analysis by Andrea Togna Despite a great tactical and defensive display, fending off Barcelona throughout the game, a crucial error by Andreas Christiansen gifted Andres Iniesta the ball for Messi to score a vital away goal. With the game balanced at 1-1 and the second leg to play, many doubt the chances of Chelsea … Continue reading “Clever Conte needs to change tactics to beat Barcelona”

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Wigan Athletic’s Paul Cook has won championship titles and major trophies, but his 1-0 defeat of Pep Guardiola’s Galacticos was his biggest scalp

Geoff Brown reports from the DW Stadium Who else has defeated Pep Guardiola this season? Jurgen Klopp is the only other manager who can lay claim as Vanquisher-in-Chief of Pep Guardiola’s Galacticos this season, a stunning 4-3 win at Anfield prompting the Kop to launch into their furiously proud battle cry, ‘You’ll never walk alone!’ … Continue reading “Wigan Athletic’s Paul Cook has won championship titles and major trophies, but his 1-0 defeat of Pep Guardiola’s Galacticos was his biggest scalp”

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Wenger’s reaction to 3-0 drubbing of Ostersunds FK

Courtesy of www.arsenal.com After yesterday’s 3-0 win over Graham Potter’s Ostersunds FK, Arsène Wenger spoke to the media about the game, his plans for the return match and the importance of David Ospina’s late penalty save. On a comfortable night… Yes, I think we adapted quite well to the pitch. They were maybe a bit … Continue reading “Wenger’s reaction to 3-0 drubbing of Ostersunds FK”

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Gus Poyet’s 100% record at Bordeaux, and one up over Claudio Ranieri

Seven losses from eight games in December and January prompted Bordeaux’s directors to swing the axe, Jocelyn Gourvennec not only feeling the psychological battering as manager responsible for such a catastrophpic run of results, but also bearing the brunt of the board’s decision with extraordinary humility in the circumstances, “It was hard. It was hard. … Continue reading “Gus Poyet’s 100% record at Bordeaux, and one up over Claudio Ranieri”

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Pochettino entering the realms of Most Wanted

Mauricio Pochettino had been building his team at the Lane, almost winning a championship title, consistently receiving top-4 high-fives from Daniel Levy. But now the Argentine’s extending his footballing prowess not only at Wembley, reversing England’s national stadium Champions League curse of last season, but at the equally hallowed grounds of the Bernebeu and the … Continue reading “Pochettino entering the realms of Most Wanted”

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Zinedine Zidane lauds his players after 3-1 win over PSG

Zinedine Zidane was delighted with his players during their 3-1 win over Unai Emery’s PSG at the Bernebeu. “This club has 12 European Cups and that means a lot,” Zidane said in his post-match press conference. “This is such a prominent competition and we want to prove time and time again that this club values … Continue reading “Zinedine Zidane lauds his players after 3-1 win over PSG”

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