Patrick Kidd

Liverpool News: Reds Look To Past For Return To Greatness

on October 01 2012 2:30 PM
Liverpool News: Reds Look To Past For Return To Greatness

A third successive poor start to a season (under a third successive manager, no less) has a number of Liverpool fans already calling for the head of Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers.

 

Whilst the Reds have been perfectly able to pull results out of the bag in the Europa League and Carling Cup, they have struggled to match that form in the league. After six games they are sitting in 14th place with only five points to their name.

 

The win against Norwich City on Saturday was the first league win of the campaign, and they were brushed aside by West Bromwich Albion on the first day of the campaign as if they were a team that expected to be fighting off relegation.

 

However, all is not bleak in the streets of Merseyside as the new Premier League season really begins to wind up in the run-up to Christmas. This is the first Liverpool team in a number of years that is really playing like a Liverpool side should.

 

Tottenham News: Hodgson Accepts England Job as Redknapp Focuses on Final Three EPL Matches

on April 30 2012 7:56 PM
Tottenham News: Hodgson Accepts England Job as Redknapp Focuses on Final Three EPL Matches

With the news emerging in the last couple of days that West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson is in talks to become the next England manager, one cannot help but think that the FA have handled the whole situation rather poorly.

Fabio Capello resigned nearly three months ago, and the team has seemed almost adrift in the wake of the announcement on Feb. 8. It is unusual for an association to take this long to appoint a successor, although it could be argued that given the safety of England's position at Euro 2012, urgency was rightfully dispensed with in favour of making the right choice after appropriate consideration.

However, England were without a manager at a time when it needed leadership the most in the wake of the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand racism debacle (it is important to distinguish from the many other cases where Terry has proven himself to be a disgrace to football). In fact, given his recent ill-fated attempt to take Alexis Sanchez out of the Champions League semi-final with a well-placed knee to the posterior, Capello must feel a bit silly leaping to his erstwhile captain's defense so quickly.

LIVERPOOL NEWS: Damien Comolli's Departure a Step in the Right Direction?

on April 20 2012 1:44 PM
LIVERPOOL NEWS: Damien Comolli's Departure a Step in the Right Direction?

It has been over a week now since Damien Comolli left Liverpool by 'mutual consent' and there has been time for the dust to settle.

But was it really the right move for Fenway Sports Group to get rid of their erstwhile Director of Football Strategy?

Opinions over the Frenchman's involvement in transfer dealings vary. Kenny Dalglish has claimed publicly that all the transfers the team made last summer were of his own choosing, and that Comolli merely facilitated the players arrival at the club, although his remit when he was appointed in Nov. 2010 was to oversee the recruitment of new players, so it is unlikely that he had no involvement at all.

Even if his role contained no advice on players, he was tasked with bringing them into the club, and while players like Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Andy Carroll are finally starting to show some promising signs of development on the pitch, the fact that Liverpool paid approximately £75 million for the trio, when they could have added them for about £45 million, is astounding.