Too Little Too Late for Newcastle?

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Only last week, things looked bleak for Newcastle United. Following a devastating, last minute 3-2 defeat to Norwich City that left the Toon Army six points from safety, there was a spineless, gutless display against a classy Southampton who simply left them for dead, with the Saints running out 3-1 winners at a canter. For […] READ MORE


Can Tim Sherwood Be Blamed For Villa's Relegation?

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Earlier on the season in February, Tim Sherwood appeared on Match of the Day 2. Arsenal played Leicester, Manchester City hosted Tottenham and Sherwood’s former side Aston Villa faced Liverpool. They lost 6-0. Sherwood played it safe by analysing Liverpool’s movement, Coutinho’s flair and observed how ruthless they were, leaving Murphy to rip into Villa’s […] READ MORE


Aston Villa Decline a Long Time Coming

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Relegation has long been a foregone conclusion for Aston Villa in the eyes of their own, as well as neutral, fans. The overwhelming lack of activity in the January transfer window suggests the board at the club feel the same. It is only a matter of time; and it’s only been a matter of time […] READ MORE



Building a North American Football League

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In my last article I examined the reasons why introducing pro/rel into football would be a positive experience in North America. At the very top level, the concept is mechanically difficult due to the fact that MLS as an entity is both the league and the clubs within it. Therefore, at the moment it would […] READ MORE


Promoting Relegation to An American Audience – Part 1

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I read with interest recently the article by Joshua Fauvin about the possibility of introducing the worldwide system of promotion and relegation into US football. As a European MLS fan I had the discussion numerous times with American fans who generally seemed to side with the fact that the concept would be difficult to bring […] READ MORE



The Man in Seat 9: Relegation Can’t Happen in MLS

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Or, why polar bears don’t live in New York City. The tiered league system works brilliantly for the rest of the world. Here’s why it would fail in North America and why we should stop raising it as a possibility. For a long time I have been a supporter of the English Premier League. I […] READ MORE