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City must seize their Wembley moment

BY common consent, the attacking brio and fluency produced by Manchester City have lifted them to the greatest heights this season in the Premier League. Never mind the players’ price tags or wages, the currency that matters most is the quality of the football played and City have, at times, conjured some scintillating performances. It … Continue reading

Football loses another legend

EVERY football club in the land has its own legends, never-forgotten stalwarts whose exploits have made them terrace heroes and carried them into local folklore. Only a very special few, however, reach the stratospheric levels where they are claimed and acclaimed by fans across a nation – or even the whole world – as having … Continue reading

The right time to pull the trigger

IT’S a tough call for football club chairmen: when is the right time to change the manager? Too soon and it can look like panic, too late and the damage may be beyond repair. It’s a quandary that’s perfectly illustrated in the Premier League right now. After the weekend fixtures, the relegation zone was occupied … Continue reading

Overwork leads to under-achievement

THE relentless schedules faced by England’s elite sports teams may be raking in cash and coverage like never before but they may also be undermining achievement. Every time the national football team reach the finals of the World Cup or European Championships, they arrive with their optimism gauge on full and their energy levels close … Continue reading