Big Sam

It’s fair to say that opinion is polarised on whether Sam Allardyce should be appointed as England’s new head coach. “Big Sam”, as he is affectionately known does come with some baggage and his brand of football has been, rightly or wrongly, stigmatised by the media and fans alike. His track record Whatever anyone’s perception…

Cristiano Ronaldo

There has been a lot of talk this week about whether CR7 can now be considered a true footballing legend, given he has finally managed to add some international silverware to his honours list.  He now joins the likes of Pele and Maradona as the talisman of a tournament winning international team. OK, it’s not…

Euro 2016

And so the dust settles on another international tournament. How will it be remembered? Not for scintillating football, a glut of goals and captivating entertainment. Will it be remembered at all? Probably not by many.  The Portuguese will look back fondly on the time they finally etched their names onto a major international trophy for…

Who next?

With a World Cup qualifying campaign only a couple of months away, the FA will now set about the task of appointing Roy Hodgson’s successor. In my opinion any national team manager should be of that particular nationality so I have only considered below the English options. Gareth Southgate – please no, with or without…

England’s Euro 2016 post mortem

1) The manager Ultimately the responsibility is with Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff. I’ve seen some people questioning why he didn’t take Andy Carroll as a Plan B. Forget about Plan B, what was Plan A?! I still have no idea what the team was trying to do, particularly in the second half. I…