MARTIN SAMUEL: The Portugal project has left Wolves with an identity crisis…

Early front-runners for the job at Wolves are Pedro Martins and Ruben Amorim. Both have the perfect qualifications. They are Portuguese. For now, taking charge of the team are Steve Davis and James Collins. Just by their names you can tell they will have a problem staying in these senior roles, long-term. Davis was formerly … Read more

MARTIN SAMUEL: The Portugal project has left Wolves with an identity crisis…

Early front-runners for the job at Wolves are Pedro Martins and Ruben Amorim. Both have the perfect qualifications. They are Portuguese. For now, taking charge of the team are Steve Davis and James Collins. Just by their names you can tell they will have a problem staying in these senior roles, long-term. Davis was formerly … Read more

16 Conclusions, as Manchester City flatter United by only beating them 6-3

Manchester City eviscerated Manchester United in the derby, with three superb individual attacking performances from Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden.   1. We’re barely into October, yet across sports desks the length and breadth of the country thesauruses are already starting to fall to pieces with over-use. This was an extraordinary afternoon … Read more

Liverpool have nine games to come in an action-packed October – including Arsenal away and Man City

Things are not quite going right for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool at the start of the new season. The pulsating, high-energy, heavy metal roar that has deafened defences over the past few seasons has been turned down to little more than a murmur at times this campaign.  For a side that came within a point … Read more

England: Seven things Gareth Southgate learned from the final international break before World Cup

There is still a lot of work to be done for Gareth Southgate before the World Cup but, unfortunately for him, the time to address any lingering issues has come and gone. England played their final pre-World Cup fixture on Monday evening as they came from 2-0 down to lead Germany 3-2 before being pegged … Read more

Chelsea: Eight candidates for Todd Boehly to consider to be director of football at Stamford Bridge

Todd Boehly faced few complications in getting his No 1 target when it came to hiring a new manager – but unlike Graham Potter, landing a sporting director is not proving quite so easy.  Chelsea suffered another blow in their search after first choice candidate Christoph Freund opted to stay at Red Bull Salzburg. The Blues … Read more

The 10 most outrageous contract demands after Lionel Messi’s extravagant requests

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. That certainly seemed to be the mindset Lionel Messi had when he went to renegotiate his contract with Barcelona in 2020.  Details of his demands were leaked to the public by the Spanish media on Tuesday night, with it being revealed that the Argentine star wanted the Catalan … Read more

Why Antonio Conte would be mad to leave Tottenham for Juventus

In many eras, a choice of whether to go to Juventus or Tottenham Hotspur was never really much of a debate. Juve may be the team everyone loves to hate in Italy, but their global prominence in the game is up there with the finest and there is an almost uncountable list of world renowned … Read more

England take a deeply underwhelming stance on World Cup hosts’ human rights abuse

There is an armband. Of course there’s an armband. There’s always an armband. And a statement. Of course there’s a statement. There’s always a statement. A mealy-mouthed word jumble concocted to sound like real protest and activity, while in reality signifying less than nothing. Yet beyond these empty platitudes, these woven gestures, what more could … Read more

Premier League report card – Part two of our grading for your team’s early season form

Even just seven games into the Premier League season it has been a fast start at both ends of the table heading into the international break. Some familiar big hitters have shown indifferent form, while there are a notable few so-called smaller teams punching above their weight to leave the top flight with plenty of … Read more