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Battle’s on with my old pal Ince

IT was May 2003 when Keith Andrews won promotion to the Premier League. Little did he realise it would be five years before he played in it. Mind you, he probably had an inkling. Because while the likes of Paul Ince and Kenny Miller celebrated Wolves’ 3-0 play-off victory over Sheffield United, the young midfielder […]

Sad and shameful sacking of Clough

THERE’S a tired old cliché in football, one trotted out by inane talkshow callers and eagerly peddled by chairmen to justify casting honest men out of work. It goes: “Manager X has taken us as far as he can”, and the inference is that the poor sap in the dugout lacks the tactical nous or […]

Paolo’s ban on ketchup was too saucy

I HATE to see a manager sacked but I wasn’t surprised to see Paolo Di Canio leave Sunderland. Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve always felt the key to success was having everybody on board. And I don’t just mean players. I mean the washerwoman, the guy on reception, the people who worked in the kitchens. I […]

Jukebox: I could play with the Stones

YOU DON’T get many League One footballers outlining a future that involves playing part-time for Maidstone United, but Crawley Town’s Andy Drury has got it all mapped out. Not that the Broadfield wideman lacks ambition. After all, he was in the Championship with Ipswich until the end of last season and that’s a level he […]

Hearn keeps nerve and Orient prosper

DOWN at Leyton Orient, Russell Slade is going through the kind of period every manager dreams of – a genuine once in a lifetime purple patch. Win, after win, after win – you start to feel invincible. You can’t see how anyone can possibly beat you. It is an amazing time in your life, off […]

Give Rhodes more help and watch him fire

BLACKBURN boss Gary Bowyer took a thinly-veiled swipe at Scotland manager Gordon Strachan after Jordan Rhodes’ late leveller salvaged a point at Burnley last weekend. “The game’s about opinions,” said Bowyer. “And our opinion of Jordan Rhodes is that he is a fantastic striker.” Strachan, of course, is less convinced. After Rhodes’ fruitless 20-minute run […]

Wells talent running deep

BRADFORD boss Phil Parkinson has praised star striker Nahki Wells for resisting the temptation to quit during the transfer window. Wells, 23, plundered 26 goals in League Two last season and has begun the current campaign in blistering form, striking six times to bag the League One player of the month award for August. Naturally, […]

Dream Team: Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough)

ALBERT ADOMAH – The Middlesbrough winger chooses his favourite XI, made up from players he has played with or against in his football career GOALKEEPER Paul Robinson – Blackburn Rovers I came up against him about a year ago and he was outstanding. He’s an excellent keeper who is capable of making great saves. I […]

Slob city sharpened up new Blades boss

EVANSVILLE, Indiana. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry. It isn’t famous for much. The last time the city hit the news was in 2011 when a Gallup survey found it to be the most obese metropolitan area in the United States. Which is some achievement in a country intimately familiar with the elasticated […]

Tom would be mad to walk out on dad

WHAT a surprise to see Blackpool going so well. With their budget and such a thin squad, nobody would have expected them to be top of the table at the end of August. The important thing for manager Paul Ince was to keep hold of his son, Tom. It’s obviously great for the club, but […]


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