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Pedro’s Barca upbringing sees him thrive in superb Chelsea debut

“He wasn’t quite Maradona but he was close” mused Jose Mourinho following Pedro’s outstanding Chelsea debut.

Mourinho was right, he wasn’t quite Maradona, but his performance still offered an insight into just how influential a player he could turn out to be for the Blues. (more…)


FA Cup final: ’87 heaven

When it comes to documenting the history of Coventry City Football Club,

Steve Phelps already has a fine pedigree, having previously written two detailed books on the subject. (more…)


Stubborn Brendan Rodgers must stop alienating players

Brendan Rodgers is not only a brilliant tactician,

But also an expert when it comes to public relations. (more…)


2015-16 League One predictions

With magazines, newspapers, sports channels, social media pages and pundits predicting final league standings for 2015-16 before the campaign started.

RainhamEndViews decided to be a little different. (more…)


Arsenal need to retrieve last season’s balance in order to improve

Balance is an important concept in football.

It’s one which allows sides to find a happy medium, whether that be between attack and defence, physicality and technique or results and aesthetics. (more…)


Why Arsene Wenger needs to drop Aaron Ramsey and reshuffle Arsenal’s midfield

Last Sunday’s shock defeat to West Ham served as a major wake up call for Arsenal.

Early season bubbles of optimism were burst in a forgettable performance at both ends of the pitch. (more…)


Aston Villa – Tim Sherwood era promises excitement at the very least

As Bournemouth took to the field for their first ever match in the English Premier League…

There was a strange sense of familiarity even in the midst of a foreign environment. (more…)


Could Max Gradel’s reunion with Bournemouth be match made in heaven?

The exodus of quality players from Saint-Etienne this summer has been relentless.

It’s been sad to see the club who remarkably finished fifth in Ligue 1 last term have their team decimated by the lure of greater riches elsewhere. (more…)


Leicester City – The legacy of Esteban Cambiasso

‘Legend’ is a word that has become used far too frequently.

A mate who purchases a can of fizzy pop without you putting your hand in your pocket is seen as a ‘legend’. (more…)


Coventry City: A season called hope

A new football season always brings fresh optimism.

It’s a long summer without football, changes have taken place and everybody begins on an equal footing. (more…)


Derby County: New season

Long time, no post.

In fact, my last post was after the 1-1 draw with Brentford at the back end of last season – how things have changed! Sorry, who is Steve McClaren? (more…)