SportsNet - October 2012
Another Chelsea game and another raft of accusations against officials after losing. It seems that the two are inextricably linked. The only surprise is that this time John Terry was sat in the stands, having been banned for four games due to his FA conviction for racist abuse. They say that a dog reflects its owner; well it seems that applies also to football teams. In the case of Chelsea, they have an owner with a dubious background in his native country. Chelsea and Abramovich it seems are not very good losers. There is a firestorm of abuse and allegations made against all and sundry every time they lose a match. All sorts of ridiculous accusations about scurrilous officials and underhand tactics by opposing teams punctuate every loss. It seems a bit rich from someone whose sudden rise to the ranks of the mega rich was less to do with any sort of brilliant business career and more to do with being the right hand man of Boris Yeltzin. It is therefore no surprise that intimidation in the face of defeat is the order of the day for Chelsea FA. But don’t take my word for it. Just take a look at the facts.
Arsenal are interested in Crewe Alexandra starlet Max Clayton, according to reports in the Daily Mail. The Gunners have scouted the Alex youngster and could make a £3 million bid.
18-year-old Clayton has drawn favourable comparisons to Michael Owen, thanks to his pace, assured first touch and composed finishing. He could become the second-straight Crewe academy product to make the jump from the lower divisions to the English Premier League.
In the summer, forward Nick Powell made the step up after Manchester United beat Arsenal to secure his services. The club have an outstanding record of producing young talent.
The Railway Men have also developed the likes of David Platt, Danny Murphy and Dean Ashton in the past. Developing quality young prospects is something Gunners boss Arsene Wenger adheres to.
Scouting Clayton is a clear statement of intent that Wenger intends to continue Arsenal's policy of fast-tracking youngsters through the ranks.
The candidates for the FIFA Ballon d’Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football awards have been unveiled. The final decisions will be made by the captains and head coaches of the men’s national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football.
The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 7 January 2013, during which the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the FIFA Puskás Award – for the most beautiful goal of the year – the FIFA Presidential Award and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented.
The list of 23 male candidates has been drawn up by football experts from the FIFA Football Committee and by a group of experts from France Football. The list of ten coaches has been drawn up by the Committee for Women’s Football and FIFA Women’s World Cup and by the FIFA Football Committee, as well as by a group of experts from France Football.
It says something about the pass-first, offense-led nature of the modern NFL, that three of the five assistant coaches on this list are offensive coordinators.
Even a decade ago, defensive coordinators were usually considered better head coach material. However, now most teams want coaches expert at scheming points, rather than denying them.
These five assistants are all young coaches, fast developing reputations for excellence on their particular side of the ball. Those reputations could soon lead to head coaching gigs.
Mike McCoy, Offensive Coordinator, Denver Broncos
What brings Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to the attention, is how the 40-year-old has managed to successfully direct two very different schemes and personnel.
Last season, McCoy called the plays for an offense led by Tim Tebow. It was a heavy-run system, featuring plenty of read option calls, designed to get Tebow out of the pocket and on the move.
Fast forward one year later and McCoy was given Peyton Manning and his fast-paced, hurry up offense. It's a pass-first scheme featuring multiple route combinations for receivers.
The circus that is the English Premier League has reached the stage of the season where Managers and fans make their first big review of where they are, and where they’re going. The end of October is usually seen as a good marker to the performance of each club as they head into the harsh winter fixture list.
Here is a brief early season report for each club, how they have done so far and what the rest of the season could hold.
ArsenalA promising start especially defensively but they are now leaking goals and struggling to score. The pressure is on the board and even Arsene Wenger to push into the top 4. Failure to achieve this or win a cup would be disastrous. Missing Van Persie hugely.
Aston VillaNew manager, very few new players. Paul Lambert is working with a lot of youngsters and is in for a long hard season. Must make the most of their home games to stay up. Relegation battle ahead.
ChelseaGreat start with flowing attacking football. Hazard/Mata/Oscar are the future of the club. Could do with another top quality striker. Can be got at defensively without John Terry. Genuine title challengers.