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  • Fergie’s ferocious temper, City’s spend and Coyle’s class

    By Andy Cole 7 January 2010 I’ve been in the Manchester United dressing room after surprising defeats and it’s not pretty. I can only imagine it was similarly loud and uncomfortable – and possibly even terrifying – for the players who had to face the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson after Sunday’s shock 1-0 FA […]

  • ‘Shankly’s strength was his communion with the fans’

    JOHN ROBERTS wrote for the Daily Express, The Guardian, the Daily Mail and The Independent, where he was the tennis correspondent for 20 years. He collaborated with Bill Shankly on the Liverpool manager’s autobiography, ghosted Kevin Keegan’s first book, and has written books on George Best, Manchester United’s Busby Babes (The Team That Wouldn’t Die) […]

  • NFL-EPL dual owners finding success on just one side of the pond

    4 January 2010 With the NFL regular season ending last night, it strikes us that there is something quirky about the standings: every owner that also has a stake in an English Premier League club has endured an awful season back home in American football. The Cleveland Browns of Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) finished with […]

  • Take it as Red: United ruled the Noughties

    By Brian Sears 31 December 2009 At the end of a momentous decade for the English Premier League, most fans can take it as Red which club won the most points in the top division between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2009. Yes, it was Manchester United, with 832 points from 381 Premier League […]

  • Messi was king of ’09 but Becks bestrode the decade

    By Andy Cole 31 December 2009 The middle of the most remarkable Premier League season we’ve ever had is as good a time as any to reflect on a great 2009, and a defining decade for England’s top division. Not that England’s top division has a monopoly on magnificent talent, which leads me nicely to […]

  • Ten for 10: fearless predictions for next year

    By Nick Harris 31 December 2009 Ten for 2010. ONE) The Ivory Coast will go further in the summer’s World Cup that any African nation at any previous World Cup. If Didier Drogba arrives fit and well and not too despondent from missing out on the Premier League title, they could even win it, although […]

  • Chelsea’s debt write-off raises doubts over future

    By Nick Harris 30 December 2009 Chelsea continue to lose money at a greater rate than any other football club in England, with today’s financial figures showing a £44.4m loss for the year 2008-09. That news was made worse by a reduction in income over the period, down year-on-year from £213.1m to £206.4m, at a […]

  • Nigeria onside in 2018 race due to Utd’s global appeal

    By Andy Cole 17 December 2009 England’s bid to stage the 2018 World Cup will ultimately succeed or fail on the basis of 24 votes cast by Fifa’s Executive Committee (ExCo), so it was heartening to visit Nigeria this week and witness the enthusiasm for English football of one of those 24 voters, Dr Amos […]

  • Blanc’s brilliant Bordeaux bullish beyond belief

    By Andy Cole 10 December 2009 Without consulting any tables, can you name the team that had the best record in the group stage of the Champions League? The answer is Bordeaux, who won five of their six matches and drew the other in a tough section (Group A) that also included Bayern Munich and […]

  • United cool on Campbell

    EXCLUSIVE: 9 December 2009 Sol Campbell is not being coveted by Manchester United, according to well-informed sources close to the player, and won’t be offered any deal at Old Trafford, with a source at the club saying the former England centre-half will not be offered even a short-term contract to cover for injuries. Campbell, 35, was […]

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