This blog takes a look at the stories and tactics that have dominated and continue to define the Premier League. If you enjoy dubious defending from the decade which gave birth to Stuart Nethercott and have a vague understanding of what a 'counter press' is, take a look around or get in touch.
Preparations for a game between Liverpool and Everton can take many forms. Given the scale and evolving nature of the coronavirus outbreak, it's unlikely that the forthcoming derby - when or if it takes place - will witness the usual pre-match clichés. Revenge for a Curtis Jones wonderstrike seems less of a priority when a … Continue reading The Merseyside Derby: Duncan and The Dogs of War
Jose Mourinho's analogies are well-worn, ranging from rundown houses to bed linen. But does his recent attempt at summarising Tottenham's perceived shortcomings - which he likened to wrestling with a undersized blanket - ring true? We take a look at whether the injuries, squad balance and upcoming fixtures should really give the manager cause for … Continue reading Do Spurs need a bigger blanket?
David Ginola is lying prostrate in the front garden, holding aloft a can of lager. It’s been that kind of evening. Inside the house, Les Ferdinand, Warren Barton, Lee Clark, Steve Watson and Robbie Elliott are still standing. Welcome to Keith Gillespie’s bachelor pad. When you think of Premier League wingers, some familiar names roll … Continue reading Ginola and Gillespie: a story of speed, skill and spewing in Peter Beardsley’s Rover
A look of bemusement spreads across Chris Hughton’s face. He hesitates before asking the question. ‘Thatch, have you been on the sauce?’ The uncertainty of the query is easy to understand: Hughton is looking at a man lifting weights with the kind of zeal he usually reserves for two-footed tackles, but sweating in a way … Continue reading From Andy Booth to Ben Thatcher and eight double vodkas: remembering George Graham’s spell at Spurs
Eruptions are a familiar part of football’s touchline pantomime – just ask David Meyler – but the stories behind the frayed tempers exhibited by Pardew and co have rarely been examined with the detail which runs throughout Michael Calvin’s book, ‘Living on the Volcano’. The widely-respected journalist trawls through the personalities which define football management … Continue reading Book Review: Living On The Volcano
‘Zonal marking’ is now a permanent feature of the footballing lexicon, acknowledged (to varying degrees) by everyone from Pep Guardiola to Owen Coyle. Whilst its prominence might have more to do with Rafa Benitez than Michael Cox, it’s fair to say that the co-founder of ZonalMarking.net is the scribe most favourably placed to name his … Continue reading Book Review: Zonal Marking