1. Why Bob Bradley's Appointment at Swansea Could Open the Door for US Coaches

    When Bob Bradley is presented to the media for the first time as Swansea City ’s new manager, a silent sense of satisfaction may spread across the American’s face as he takes his seat...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 7,943 reads 19 comments

  2. Sam Allardyce Was Right Man for the Job, but England Must Go in a New Direction

    There was something distinctly Shakespearean to Sam Allardyce 's very swift demise as England manager. It was a job he coveted for so long, yet his inherent instincts, his toxic intuition, betrayed him...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 9,046 reads 27 comments

  3. Is the Age of Cristiano Ronaldo Coming to an End at Real Madrid?

    Some players are good at hiding their true feelings. They recognise and keep in mind the cameras trained on them at all times, maintaining their poker faces as so many look for any hint of a reaction...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 30,672 reads 93 comments

  4. The EFL Cup Is Outdated and Should Be Scrapped

    In most cases it most likely doesn’t happen this way, but for the sake of imagery it’s convenient to envisage every Premier League manager sitting down ahead of a new season and drawing up a list of priorities...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 20,420 reads 55 comments

  5. Is Pep Guardiola's Success Exposing How Football Has Left Jose Mourinho Behind?

    Jose Mourinho looked quintessentially Jose Mourinho as he stood pouting on the Vicarage Road touchline. Smartly turned out, silver hair slick, trenchcoat symmetrically offsetting a neat black tie against a crisp white shirt...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 28,865 reads 82 comments

  6. How to Revive the Europa League in Light of Changes to the Champions League

    There can be no missing of the start of the new Champions League season. All the teasers and trailers, all the buildup, all the excited chatter: European football’s premier club ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 6,393 reads 27 comments

  7. For the Sake of His Reputation Pep Guardiola Needs Champions League Success

    Examining the reasons behind Manchester City ’s appointment of Pep Guardiola doesn ’t take too much effort...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 9 months ago 4,889 reads 20 comments

  8. Antonio Conte Has Shown in 3 Games He Can Be Chelsea's Difference-Maker

    Nobody was quite sure what to expect from Antonio Conte. Chelsea fans watched the Italian on the touchline during the summer’s European Championship, witnessing the energetic, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 7,800 reads 23 comments

  9. Why Is Wayne Rooney Immune from Criticism for Club and Country?

    There is something of a disconnect between what Wayne Rooney has achieved and the manner in which he has achieved it...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 24,875 reads 80 comments

  10. Huge Transfer Window Is Shut but Its Impact Will Be Felt Throughout the Season

    The totaliser has stopped spinning, fans are no longer camped out at training grounds and stadiums, with agents finally free to turn their mobile phones on silent...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 9,734 reads 42 comments

  11. Football's Transfer Window Needs to Be Overhauled for the Good of the Game

    It’s here. After weeks and months of perpetual speculation, gossip and conjecture, the summer transfer window will come to a close on Wednesday...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 9,491 reads 15 comments

  12. Would Recalling John Terry to the England Squad Really Be Such a Bad Idea?

    While his frumpy, simplistic style might not make him terribly progressive, Sam Allardyce was appointed as England manager to take the team forward. After all, they couldn't fall any further following their dismal Euro 2016 showing...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 4,522 reads 30 comments

  13. Eric Bailly Has All the Qualities to Become the Perfect Jose Mourinho Defender

    Manchester United are revelling in the art of comparison right now. Jose Mourinho is the new Sir Alex Ferguson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the new Eric Cantona and Paul Pogba is the new Roy Keane...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 17,428 reads 35 comments

  14. English Football Must Learn Lessons from Team GB's Success at Rio Olympics

    With every medal hung round the neck of a British athlete in Rio de Janeiro , another entry is surely scrawled into the grand catalogue of notes the Football Association must be taking this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 5,136 reads 12 comments

  15. Joe Hart Won't Be the Last to Be Ditched by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City

    No matter how many times Joe Hart high-fived Willy Caballero before, during and after Manchester City ’s Premier League opener on Saturday, the pain of being benched was plain to see...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 10 months ago 14,693 reads 41 comments

  16. The 2016/17 Premier League Season Promises to Be the Greatest Ever

    If the 2016/17 Premier League season was a Hollywood blockbuster, they would have started teasing it months ago. Probably around the time of Manchester City’s announcement that Pep Guardiola would be taking charge at the club this summer...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 20,968 reads 77 comments

  17. Is Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Built for Europe over the Premier League?

    Pre -season certainly hasn ’t seen the best of Manchester City . Nothing is gauged on how a club performs before the start of the season, but still, Pep Guardiola ’s Premier League project feels very much like a work in progress...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 9,656 reads 10 comments

  18. Can Leicester City Possibly Successfully Defend Their Premier League Title?

    What comes after the greatest upset in Premier League history? How can Claudio Ranieri ’s Leicester City side possibly follow up what happened last season? Indeed, ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 12,032 reads 25 comments

  19. Manchester United Need an Experienced Centre-Back to Win the Premier League

    A lot hinges on whether Paul Pogba makes the move to Manchester United this summer. The Frenchman’s return to Old Trafford would mean a recalibration of predictions for next ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 19,041 reads 41 comments

  20. Could Pep Guardiola's Arrival Spark Revolution in English Football?

    Why did Pep Guardiola take the Manchester City job? He says it’s to prove himself; to prove that his success in Spain and Germany was more than just a consequence of circumstance...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 11,767 reads 44 comments

  21. Would the Signing of Granit Xhaka Be Enough for Arsenal This Summer?

    No club tears itself apart over transfer rumours like Arsenal . The gossip column is always lengthy at this time of year with the summer transfer window now open, but speculation ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 11 months ago 8,800 reads 26 comments

  22. Are Portugal Really the European Championships' Worst-Ever Finalists?

    It became apparent rather early that Euro 2016 was prime for an outsider to make a charge. It took until the latter rounds for any side to impose themselves on the competition, with ...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 12 months ago 11,698 reads 90 comments

  23. How Euro 2004's Disappointment Kept Cristiano Ronaldo Going for Portugal

    Think of Cristiano Ronaldo and a few images come to mind. His trademark celebration for one, mouth open, face contorted, muscles flexed...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 12 months ago 10,070 reads 26 comments

  24. It's Time Olivier Giroud's Importance to France Was Recognised

    Every team needs a scapegoat. Even when things are going well, when the goals are flowing and the wins are racking up, there is always a scapegoat readied to be sacrificed, just in case...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 12 months ago 17,656 reads 62 comments

  25. England Must Fix Their Mentality Before They Fix Anything Else

    By now, the usual inquest which follows an English exit from a major tournament feels tired. The manager resigns, or at least faces intense media interrogation, while underperforming players are trialled by a public jury...

    Graham Ruthven Written by Graham Ruthven about 12 months ago 6,538 reads 24 comments