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Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson Reportedly Considering Retirement

Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson Reportedly Considering Retirement

Tuesday evening in Manchester – the world stood still, is Sir Alex Ferguson leaving the helm, at will?  According to The Telegraph the Scottish manager is reportedly considering his future with Manchester United after 26 stunning years with the Red Devils.  Arguably one of the greatest managers all time, Fergie may be on his way [...]

Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas Prepare for Return to Stamford Bridge

Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas Prepare for Return to Stamford Bridge

As Wednesday quickly approaches, Andre Villas-Boas continues to play down his return to Stamford Bridge.  In a match with massive implications both Chelsea and Tottenham should come out of the gate firing on all cylinders in this hotly contested match; however, Tottenham’s  manager insists that his return “means nothing.” At this same time around 14 [...]

English Football Weekly Wrap: Weekend Stutters, Rafa’s Legacy, Promotion Watch

English Football Weekly Wrap: Weekend Stutters, Rafa’s Legacy, Promotion Watch

In my weekly column on SWOL, I take a look back at the weekend’s English Premier League and domestic cup action and the talking points that it throws up, as well as any significant news related to English football at large. Follow me @theredarmchair for regular updates throughout the week. EPL Round 36 Recap: United Get Complacent, [...]

Everton’s Issues Run Deeper than a Lack of Funds

Everton’s Issues Run Deeper than a Lack of Funds

Anyone unfortunate enough to watch the latest edition of the Merseyside derby will have noticed the dire position that Everton find themselves in after failing for the 13th straight season to overturn city rivals Liverpool at Anfield. But, the bleakness for the club doesn’t arise out of their league position — sixth place and with [...]

English Premier League: Title May have been Decided but Plenty of Developments Elsewhere in the Standings

English Premier League: Title May have been Decided but Plenty of Developments Elsewhere in the Standings

Though Manchester United have already sealed the league title this season, Old Trafford was once again the scene of a rather significant scoreline as Chelsea grabbed a hugely important win over the newly crowned Premier League Champions. The win sees the Blues return to third in the standings at a time when the likes of [...]

Liverpool vs Everton: Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher reflect on 0-0 draw (Video)

Liverpool vs Everton: Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher reflect on 0-0 draw (Video)

Liverpool failed to be able to topple their close neighbors Everton at Anfield this afternoon as the Merseyside Derby ended in a frustrating 0-0 draw for both sides. While Everton fans will take it as another reasons to celebrate as they are now close to ensuring they will finish above Liverpool for two consecutive seasons, [...]

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Stamford Bridge Clash Will Finally Shape Up Top Four Race

Chelsea vs Tottenham: Stamford Bridge Clash Will Finally Shape Up Top Four Race

In EPL action over the weekend, Tottenham and Chelsea both set up their clash on Wednesday to decide who will advance to the UEFA Champions League next season. The two London based clubs have been fighting for a spot in the four all season and Wednesday’s crucial clash at Stamford Bridge could very well decide [...]

Chelsea Analysis: Projected first team against Manchester United

Chelsea Analysis: Projected first team against Manchester United

Chelsea are fighting for their lives in next season’s UEFA Champions League. Late victories for both Arsenal and Tottenham courtesy of Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale have kept all the pressure on Rafa Benitez and the Blues ahead of their match with Manchester United this afternoon. Interim Blues’ manager, Rafael Benitez himself has also poured [...]

Manchester United Analysis: Projected first team against Chelsea

Manchester United Analysis: Projected first team against Chelsea

Manchester United are ready to once again assert their claim to the English Premier League thrown. Although they already have it in the bag, that does not mean it is time to step off the gas as Sir Alex Ferguson will be certain to wish for a swift defeat of Chelsea. That wish will have [...]

Newcastle Robbed Again, No Dowd About It – West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 0 – Match Report and Reaction

Newcastle Robbed Again, No Dowd About It – West Ham United 0 Newcastle United 0 – Match Report and Reaction

Newcastle United are supposedly playing in neutrally-officiated football competitions yet had their SEVENTH wrongly disallowed goal of the season denied yesterday. It was from striker Papiss Cisse in the 25th minute, the 6th time a goal of his has been incorrectly not counted this season. Latching onto a ball from Yohan Cabaye, Cisse’s finish was [...]

Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Going Nowhere

Liverpool Transfer News: Luis Suarez Going Nowhere

The belief that Luis Suarez could be leaving Liverpool has once again been laid to rest. According to the player himself, Suarez is going nowhere. Despite his frustration over the 10-match ban he is currently serving preventing him from playing in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby with Everton. “I have a deal with Liverpool and this is [...]

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez calls out Sir Alex Ferguson

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez calls out Sir Alex Ferguson

Reports from Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez looks to see the current Stamford Bridge interim manager once again re-igniting his, “mind games,” with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Since the Spanish tactician’s days at Liverpool he and the old Scottish mastermind have been going at one another in the media at any drop of a [...]

EPL Relegation: Can Wigan Athletic make another great escape?

EPL Relegation: Can Wigan Athletic make another great escape?

The results of Saturday May 4, 2013 in the English Premier League have seen the relegation battle heat up once again. With Reading and Queens Park Rangers having already succumbed to the drop, only one place remains in the drop zone. Newcastle United have had a massively disappointing season and with only two games left [...]

West Ham vs Newcastle: Projected first teams for Upton Park clash

West Ham vs Newcastle: Projected first teams for Upton Park clash

West Ham United have enjoyed a great first season back in the top flight this year under the guidance of Sam Allardyce. As the season nears its end, the Hammers will hope to maintain a top ten finish and potentially push even further up the table in the next few weeks. Newcastle United travel to [...]

The Death of Tiki-taka and Barcelona’s Over-reliance on Messi

The Death of Tiki-taka and Barcelona’s Over-reliance on Messi

Aside from all of the obvious observations one could have made from Bayern Munich’s 7-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals, there was one that seemed so blatant it is surprising journalists haven’t made a bigger deal of it. It seems that once and for all Barca-brand tiki-taka is dead. That may sound [...]

QPR vs Arsenal: Projected first teams for Loftus Road showdown

QPR vs Arsenal: Projected first teams for Loftus Road showdown

Queens Park Rangers have already been relegated from the English Premier League. One of the most active clubs in the past several transfer markets, Rangers can only be disappointed. After assembling on paper what should have been no less than a mid-table club, the club never found their grove and under manager Harry Redknapp they [...]