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Spurs Appoint AVB as Manager

Tottenham (or rotten ham as the predictive text on my phone wants to call them) have today appointed Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager. AVB was last seen crouching on the touch line at Stamford Bridge as he completely ballsed up as manager of Chelsea.

It’s a brave move for Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy as Villas-Boas’s time at Chelsea was anything but successful and included fall outs with various senior players.

Spurs had been expected to start the new season with Harry Redknapp in charge until he was sacked 3 weeks ago. Instead Spurs opted to sack Redknapp (and keep paying him until a new manager was appointed) as they look to secure regular Champions League football.

Arsenal fans are thought to be thrilled with the appointment.

Football Banter Podcast – England Crash Out & Shhhh Samir Nasri

A little later than normal but we’re back. This week we get mixed opinions as the team discuss England’s showing at Euro 2012 and ponder the future under Roy Hodgson.

Why Spain Are Boring

Despite the fact that they are currently both European and World champions and 90 minutes away from retaining the European Championship, Spain are being labelled boring by football fans worldwide. It seems ridiculous to label one of the greatest international football teams in the history as boring, but fans are fickle and vocalise their opinion at any opportunity. (more…)

What’s Next for England?

KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 15: England manager Roy H...England come crashing out of another quarter-finals from another penalty shot failure. However is this performance something to look down upon or something to give hope? It is always frustrating going out but one must remember that Roy Hodgson had just a few weeks with these players to implement his tactics. All Roy could really do in such a short time was to make sure England was hard to beat and it has to be admitted he did just that.

With the conclusion of the Euros for England it is now time to focus on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Now that Roy will be given some time it will be hoped that he can build on the defensive discipline, organization and teamwork displayed at the Euros. The number one thing Roy will take from the Euros is his side’s inability to keep possession of the ball. If England can work on keeping possession and attacking effectively then they may just have a bright future. (more…)

Euro 2012 Shopping List

With Euro 2012 reaching the semi-final stage, Jonathan Day takes a look at some of the more unknown players who have left an impression on the tournament and put themselves in many clubs shop window. (more…)

Football’s Coming Home (Early Again)

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English: English foorball player Theo Walcott while playing for Arsenal F.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Having been given the honour to submit reviews, I thought I would wait for the inevitable before chipping in. Whilst, England were well organised and credit to Uncle Roy for that, the gulf in technical class was almost painful not just last night but for vast tracts of the three group games. It is difficult to know where to go next as the old guard move on there seems little to replace it. As a Saints fan, you would expect me to highlight Oxlade C and Wilshere is class but then I start to struggle a bit. I was in a London cab on Saturday and the driver, an Arsenal fan, said Saints are welcome to have Walcott back. What does that say when after being in the England team for some years now even his own supporters doubt his ability to push on.

In real terms, England performed at about their level – last eight – whilst showing that the four semi finalists are head and shoulders ahead. Really worrying was the view of many that England were technically outplayed by the Italians but outmuscled too. Still there was one happy man last night. Ashley, the nasty vicar from Emmerdale, was delighted to find that overnight he is now only the third most reviled Ashley in England….

Football Banter – Bring On Ukraine!

As England crush the Swedes (ok well it wasn’t exactly a crushing) the pod team take a look back at England’s performance, ask whether Steven Gerrard really is playing that well and what chance England have against Ukraine. All that and more…

England Finally Beat Sweden In A Tournament

Last night England finally managed to beat Sweden in a competitive match. England made hard work of it but came out eventual winners with a 3-2 victory.

England manager Roy Hodgson’s team selection looked to be paying off mid way through the first half when Andy Carroll headed in from Steven Gerrard’s pinpoint cross from deep on the right flank. Without being completely dominant, England were comfortable in the first half, limiting Sweden to a few sparks from captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

More of the same for the second half would have been the basis of Hodgson’s half-time team talk as he sent out the same XI to finish the job.

England seemed to remain in the changing room though as Sweden took a hold on the game right from the start of the second half. It wasn’t long before Sweden’s Olof Mellberg had taken advantage of some very slack defending and had grabbed himself two goals to turn the match on its head. England were rattled and there were no signs of them getting back into the game.

Steven Gerrard was playing far too deep, too often taking the ball from Terry and Lescott leaving England’s midfield completely overrun, while Ashley Young continues to struggle at Euro 2011.

Theo Walcott came on to replace Milner who put in a hard-working performance that lacked any spark. Within 3 minutes, Walcott had drawn the game level with a goal that was nothing like a classic Walcott goal. Theo hit a shot from outside the box that dipped and seemed to completely baffle the Swedish goalkeeper who should have saved a shot that was right in the centre of his goal.

It was Walcott again that saved England a short while later as he burst into the box admins crossed just behind Danny Wellbeck who managed to spin his body and flick the ball in with his trailing foot, a goal worthy of winning any match and that will feature in many montages of Euro 2012 after the event.

It’s difficult to say whether England deserved their victory or not, but for now that’s irrelevant. There does seem to be a strong team spirit with Hodgson’s England and last night that was enough. England now face a tricky tie with Ukraine on Tuesday knowing that a draw will see them through to the quarter finals.

Redknapp Sacked By Spurs

What a difference a day makes! Just 24 hours after quashing rumours that he’d resigned as manager of Spurs, Harry Redknapp has been sacked by Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy.

It is understood that Levy has his sights on Everton’s David Moyes as Redknapp’s replacement.

Redknapp’s tenure at Tottenham could hardly be classed as anything but successful, yet it was not enough for Levy as Spurs missed out qualifying for Champions League football this season.

It is thought that Levy did not like the way Redknapp handled the vacant England managers position when he was considered the front runner which seemed to have a huge impact on Spurs’ run-in.

Redknapp will feel particularly hard done by considering the fact that Spurs were propping up the Premier League table when he took over back in October 2008.

Football Banter Podcast – England Bore France To A Draw

Euro 2012 is underway and the pod meet for the first time to discus England’s draw against France, who’s leading the way in the fashion stakes and why Spain are just 6 David Battys…