Football Headlines – 28 April 2007

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The daily news update was missing yesterday as I plunged headfirst into (un)wittingly offending legions of fans from Manchester City, Newcastle and Chelsea. Spurs and Arsenal fans jumped in too for the fun of it (although the Gunners may have a point).

Anyway, enough of that nonsense. It’s crunch time this weekend, as it is every other weekend, so let’s get on with the news, shall we?

Football News Headlines

1. Sunderland are Roy Keane is coming home

I saw the last 30 minutes of Sunderland vs Burnley last night, and for a while the game seemed a crappier version of Chelsea and Newcastle slugging it out at St James’ Park (except it was at the Stadium of Light). But then, Keano’s influence on the team started to show and Sunderland began attacking with verve, until an excellent counter-attacking move allowed Carlos Edwards some space and a tight angle from outside the box at the end of his run. He duly obliged with a scorcher into the top corner and Sunderland, at the moment, you knew, had a foot in the Premiership.

Sunderland had 3 other good chances to score, but at this point a 3-2 result at home will do. If Derby draw their next game, Sunderland are through thanks to a superior goal difference even if they lose their last game. Sunderland should beat Luton though, so no worries there.

Here’s a link to the match analysis video, including goal replays.

2. Bolton without Allardyce?

There’s a report in the Sun saying that Sam Allardyce will quit Bolton. For a moment, even if we know that the Sun is shit, consider this to be true. A couple of questions pop up.

One, who the hell will be the next Bolton manager? Chris Coleman? Steve McClaren (after he’s kicked out and replaced by Sam Allardyce)? Stuart Pearce? Glenn Roeder? Kevin Nolan? David Dein? The possibilities are endless.

Two, where will Allardyce go? England, Manchester City and Newcastle beckon. Of these, you can discount City.

Of course, the news is bogus. If / when Bolton secure European football, Big Sam will have money to spend to strengthen the squad. Why would he leave Europe for City? Newcastle I’d understand, but Bolton is his project, leaving it at the brink of Europe is silliness.

3. Former Thai Prime Minister Wants Premiership Booty

He’s been linked with Liverpool and now he’s after Manchester City. Pretty soon Thaksin Shinawatra will be a household name in the Premiership and the Championship as he is linked with every single club / as he gets desperate to get his hands on the cash from the Prem’s new TV deal.

Wouldn’t City reject any Thai PM (former or not) because of political concerns? Liverpool ditched the Arabs, right? As crass as it sounds, Europeans and billionaire Americans only, please.

4. Paul Allen after Southampton

Southampton haven’t confirmed an approach, Paul’s reps have denied it, but the rumours persist.

Will Paul Allen buy Southampton?

And if he does, will Gareth Bale be sold? 🙂

5. Hill-Wood planning to talk to Kroenke

Some civility, finally. The Arsenal board have made the right choice in deciding to meet with Stan Kroenke and

That is, if you can trust the Sun to get any news right.

6. Premiership Predictions

Chelsea 2-1 Bolton
Everton 2-3 Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Manchester City 1-1 Aston Villa
Middlesbrough 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Portsmouth 1-1 Liverpool
Sheffield United 2-0 Watford
Wigan Athletic 1-3 West Ham United
Arsenal 4-0 Fulham
Reading 1-0 Newcastle United

You’re welcome to copy-paste the above and put your predictions in the comments 🙂

Soccerlens Coverage

  1. Shevchenko – failed Chelsea striker – tries punditry and shames his ancestors
  2. The Good Shepherd has made Newcastle United rich and famous
  3. West Ham fans fracked over by MSI, previous board and Premier League
  4. Master Baiter Mourinho prepares for war with Manchester United
  5. Are Manchester City too petty to reject Manchester United’s request?
  6. No opposition, open goal – how long would Arsenal take to score?
  7. Breaking News: Newcastle Striker Found Snorting Cocaine
  8. Respect Arsenal’s right to have the very best
  9. Thinking about David James
  10. Liverpool beat Manchester United in Youth FA Cup Final
  11. Can Jenas convince Jol to bring Dyer to Tottenham from Newcastle? (BlogFC)
  12. Kaka: Manchester United are really sexy / I’d pick Manchester United over Arsenal (BlogFC)
  13. Why Newcastle’s Youth Policy is vital to future success (Newcastle Blog)

(Yes, we wrote a LOT yesterday – hope you read it all and enjoy it too).

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