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Where are they now? Nolberto Solano

Every Hammer will surely remember the charismatic Peruvian Nolberto Solano,

And his memorable spell during the otherwise easily forgotten 2007/2008 season. (more…)

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FA Cup winner should play fourth placed team for Champions League

The ‘Emirates’ FA Cup is not taken seriously by the bigger teams.

Elite European football and domestic prize money are prioritised. (more…)

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Tough task facing Newcastle United after ill-timed relegation

Now that the tension of the title race has dissipated.

Eyes will all shift to the bottom half. (more…)

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Rafa Benitez should continue at Newcastle even if they go down

When Rafa Benitez signed for Newcastle, everyone was rightly shocked.

That such a highly regarded manager, who had just finished a stint at Real Madrid, would go to a club that in reality has not been performing at the top level for the past decade. (more…)

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Predicting the Premier League relegation battle run in

With the new Premier League TV deal coming into effect as of next season.

Relegation is an unthinkable prospect for top flight clubs. (more…)

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History suggests Aston Villa will struggle to recover from relegation

The inevitable happened at Aston Villa over the last international break.

As the hapless Remi Garde – the latest of a succession of managers to preside over the years – left the Premier League’s rock-bottom club by mutual consent. (more…)

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International break could be a blessing in disguise for Newcastle United

After a very positive second-half display against Sunderland.

There is a brief sense of optimism and hope that Newcastle can still claw themselves out of the relegation zone. (more…)

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Can Rafa Benitez steer Newcastle United to safety?

Even though the transfer window doesn’t open officially until July.

Few would deny that Newcastle United have perhaps already made the signing of the year. (more…)

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Premier League relegation battle: Who will go down with Aston Villa?

Everyone has pretty much agreed that Aston Villa are going to be relegated this season;

Lying 12 points away from safety with only seven games remaining, their season is dead. (more…)

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Arsenal’s FA Cup dream is over, and so is Arsene Wenger

Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by a Guedioura-inspired Watford on Monday.

And their chances of winning silverware diminishes as a result. (more…)

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Is a club’s transfer policy now all (too) powerful?

Carrying on from the recent piece on managerial dynasties,

We look at whether club’s transfer policies now have far more impact on the success of a team than the input of the manager. (more…)

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Can Newcastle United survive the relegation battle?

If I told you a football club had a money grabbing owner who is unpopular with the fans.

An owner who let go of one of the better managers in the country, only to appointment one of the most disliked former England managers of all time who then went on to sign dubious players. (more…)

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Who could be the next Premier League manager to be sacked?

We have entered the time of the season when managers start to become nervous.

As chairmen across the country start to get an itchy trigger finger and ponder whether a managerial change is required to change their fortunes. (more…)

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The rise of the mid-table club: Leicester City, Crystal Palace and West Ham

When the fixtures are released, we all usually look for the same things.

Who you get on the first and last day of the season, the derbies, and the ‘winnable’ games. (more…)

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Why Arsenal should persist with Theo Walcott up front

Every now and again, Theo Walcott gives us a glimpse of his capabilities.

Last weekend, in Arsenal’s 2-0 home win over Stoke, he brought down a Mesut Ozil ball with the most efficient of first touches, and then, as the Stoke defence started to close in, casually stroked the ball home for Arsenal’s opener. (more…)

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