Steve Bruce Desperately Needs to Rethink His Newcastle United Tactics

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Newcastle United’s form before the international break was inconsistent if anything; encouraging signs in their opening day performance against West Ham United fizzled quickly after lacklustre showings against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur. Beating Burnley brought some confidence back, but it also highlighted a lack of innovation in the tactics Steve Bruce deploys. […] READ MORE


Let’s Not Muck About: New Handball Law is a Product of VAR

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At first, it all looked innocuous, as it initially always does. Crystal Palace had a chance to double their lead at Old Trafford, but Jordan Ayew’s shot was blocked by Victor Lindelof and Manchester United thought they had gotten away with it. Except they hadn’t, as VAR called back Martin Atkinson to check for handball, […] READ MORE


2016-17 Hull City Season Preview

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Hull City spent last season playing in the second tier of English football, a product of a poor 2014-15 season. With the club securing promotion back to the English Premier League, they’ll be hoping for a more fruitful endeavour this time around. And, given some of the players at the club, that might just be […] READ MORE


A History of Football in the North East: Sunderland

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This series of articles looks at the modern history of football in the north-east of England. It will cover the most important events in the recent history of Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle United. In this second article, the focus will be on Sunderland AFC from the 1980s up until today. A Modern History of Sunderland The start […] READ MORE



Colin Doyle: Behind The Goal Line

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Many backup goalkeepers are accused of lacking ambition and grabbing money. With the recently-released Colin Doyle, this could not be further from the truth READ MORE


Premier League: The Fight for Survival

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With the Premier League looking relatively wrapped up at the top of the table, drama is expected more than ever at the bottom where seven teams face the fight for survival. Just eight points separate the teams heading into the end of the season which all but ensures a final day battle. Table- Position Team […] READ MORE


Manchester United at Anfield: Five Great Games

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Manchester United against Liverpool is one of the most storied rivalries in English football. A rivalry born out of both success and geographical location. Both teams have had to look over at their fierce rivals enjoying periods of sustained success. While each team holds a positive record at their own ground, Manchester United’s record at […] READ MORE


Hatem Ben Arfa Who?

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What has happened to the once talented Hatem Ben Arfa? He is the man once described as “a genius” by Gérard Houllier. A prodigy of Clairefontaine academy. READ MORE


Newcastle United Manager: The Job Nobody Wants

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Newcastle United are searching for a new manager. So far almost all candidates linked to the job have turned it down publicly. Why is the Newcastle job such an undesirable position? Are the conditions of working under Mike Ashley and his reign regarded as completely hopeless? The latest to turn down an opportunity of working […] READ MORE