Kieran Maguire: Celtic and Rangers finances assessed

Introduction No one expects football clubs to have had a good 2019/20 financially due to the impact of Covid-19, but now that the two large Glasgow clubs have published their results, just how badly were they affected by the ravages of the pandemic? Every business has been impacted by COVID-19, but can Scottish football surviveContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: Celtic and Rangers finances assessed”

Is Americanization of the World’s Favourite Game unstoppable?

JP Morgan supplies 4.8 billion dollars in cash. Three old, white, American billionaires who hold majority ownership in European businesses call the shots. A crazy 74-year-old Spaniard wants to attract 18- to 24-year-olds by disrupting an old industry. No, this is not the latest multi-billion dollar merger & acquisition deal on Wall Street. This wasContinue reading “Is Americanization of the World’s Favourite Game unstoppable?”

What is a ‘Mezzala’ and why is it only a thing on Football Manager?

Photograph and copyright owned by Sports Interactive. © Sports Interactive Limited 2020 There are many roles or positions in football, some of which are more common than others. Aswell as this, there are some roles that people are less familiar with, or that are only commonly known in games such as Sports Interactive’s ‘Football Manager’,Continue reading “What is a ‘Mezzala’ and why is it only a thing on Football Manager?”

Celtic’s next Director of Football? The career of Neil McGuinness

Credit: Columbus Crew LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH NEIL MCGUINNESS HERE Columbus Crew 3-0 Seattle Sounders. A phenomenal achievement for the club as a whole and their Scottish director of scouting Neil McGuinness. Being a passionate Scot, I love seeing fellow countrymen and women succeeding on the global stage and moving away from theirContinue reading “Celtic’s next Director of Football? The career of Neil McGuinness”

Football has gone soft!

“Bishop Auck H 28” by whitleybayfc is licensed underCC BY-NC 2.0 Football and nostalgia are both intrinsically linked.  As a football fan, you are given unlimited usage of nostalgia and retrospect.  You can don your rose-tinted spectacles, harp on about ‘the good old days’ and how football was better in your day! Football fans loseContinue reading “Football has gone soft!”

REVEALED: How much Ed Woodward has earned during his time at Manchester United

“Front of Old Trafford.” by mammaDJ is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 For those worried about whether Ed Woodward will be able to pay the bills after resigning at Manchester United, since taking over in 2013 he’s earned £20,964,000. The club have confirmed his departure this evening in a press release received by major footballContinue reading “REVEALED: How much Ed Woodward has earned during his time at Manchester United”

Ulises Dávila: Talay’s Magician in the Midfield

Photograph and copyright owned by Wellington Phoenix – facts and figures by James Rhys When Wellington Phoenix announced the signing of Ulises Dávila in July 2019, few knew what to expect from the former Chelsea youngster. Head coach Ufuk Taulay was full of praise for the former Mexican age-group international he had brought in toContinue reading “Ulises Dávila: Talay’s Magician in the Midfield”

Exclusive: Carl Fletcher on working with Eddie Howe

Photograph from Ardfern – This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Eddie Howe has been linked with the managerial job at Celtic. I spoke to Carl Fletcher who played with Eddie and worked under him at Bournemouth for a number of years. Listen to the FULL INTERVIEW here. WhatContinue reading “Exclusive: Carl Fletcher on working with Eddie Howe”

Chinese Super League 2021 Preview

“Shanghai SIPG 4 – 1 Shijiazhuang Yongchang, Chinese Super League, August 2016” by Jack Tanneris licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 It has been a very interesting and…… chaotic off-season in China shall we say. Following club name changes, team relocations, 2020 CSL champions Jiangsu FC disappearing from existence and a mass exodus of foreign signings,Continue reading “Chinese Super League 2021 Preview”

THE NON-LEAGUE RESTRUCTURE IS GOING AHEAD, HOW WILL IT WORK?

BY DARREN TINMOUTH: http://claretandbluepixels.wordpress.com Over the last two weeks, news came out that the FA council will finalise the ratification of a partial implementation of the planned restructure of the non-league pyramid. It means that for up to 110 of the best performing clubs at steps 5 to 7 over the last two seasons. Their effortsContinue reading “THE NON-LEAGUE RESTRUCTURE IS GOING AHEAD, HOW WILL IT WORK?”

Jim Ashley Flores: Representing club and country

Photograph and copyright owned by The Philippines Football League and was provided to us by Jim Ashley Flores with prior approval. You played for Stallion FC in your native Philippines. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any particular highlights or memories? Yes, with Stallion FC backContinue reading “Jim Ashley Flores: Representing club and country”

5 Men Who Could Lead Celtic Forward

“Celtic FC – FC Barcelona-5” by Jose A. Segura is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Celtic have had a year full of pain compared to their previous decade or so – from Europa League disappointment to bottling 10 titles in a row to Old Firm rivals Rangers, it hasn’t been great! They now are lookingContinue reading “5 Men Who Could Lead Celtic Forward”

Kieran Maguire: West Brom’s finances assessed

“St Albans Road, West Smethwick – The Hawthorns – West Bromwich Albion FC” by ell brown is licensed under CC BY 2.0 West Brom full accounts now published: Main points (13 months in 2020 compared to 12 in 2019) * Income down 24% to £54m* Wages up 43% to £67m* Operating loss up 168% toContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: West Brom’s finances assessed”

Victory fire Brebner after derby humiliation

Following a second heavy Melbourne Derby defeat at the hands of Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory have announced that head coach Grant Brebner had been relieved of his duties. Many felt his time had come after the Victory suffered a 6 – 0 loss just over a month ago, but the club stood by the manager,Continue reading “Victory fire Brebner after derby humiliation”

Kevin Haynes: Berwick Rangers is a special football club

Photograph and copyright owned by Berwick Rangers Ian Little recruited fan favourite Kevin Haynes as his assistant manager in Summer 2019, marking a return to Shielfield Park for the former ‘Gers hitman after a memorable spell with the club between 2005-2007. During his first spell with the club, Kevin netted 22 goals in 55 appearancesContinue reading “Kevin Haynes: Berwick Rangers is a special football club”

Cillian Sheridan: From Celtic to playing across the continent

“File:Cillian Sheridan.jpg” by Biso is licensed underCC BY 3.0 You spent a total of four seasons at Celtic FC. How do you look back on your time there? Celtic FC was where I started my career, and I was there for four years, but for my last two years I was pretty much away onContinue reading “Cillian Sheridan: From Celtic to playing across the continent”

Kemar Roofe: Life at Rangers and playing for Bielsa, Gerrard and Kompany

“Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Wembley Final. Barnsley Vs Oxford United” by quisnovus is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 In a CFB exclusive, our chief football writer James Rowe sat down with Rangers striker Kemar Roofe. You recently signed for Rangers FC. How proud are you to make such a transfer and what were the deciding factorsContinue reading “Kemar Roofe: Life at Rangers and playing for Bielsa, Gerrard and Kompany”

Lee Clark: Ajer is tailor made for the Premier League

Вячеслав Евдокимов / fc-zenit.ru / licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported & GNU Free Documentation License You worked with Kristoffer Ajer when you managed Kilmarnock. What was he like to work with and what is your opinion of him now? First of all, he’s been linked with Newcastle so from a selfish pointContinue reading “Lee Clark: Ajer is tailor made for the Premier League”

Alou Kuol: Breakout star is Bundesliga bound

Alou Kuol is officially Bundesliga bound. VFB Stuttgart and the Central Coast Mariners announced earlier today that they had reached an agreement over the transfer of the young striker, bringing an end to weeks of speculation. Despite making just five starts since his debut last year, Kuol has been a breakout star, capturing hearts andContinue reading “Alou Kuol: Breakout star is Bundesliga bound”

Francis Cagigao: Data vs Live Scouting, Kieran Tierney, Lionel Messi and Gabriel Martinelli

I had the pleasure of speaking to Francis Cagigao, from how his life has changed after his mutual agreement to depart from Arsenal on the 1st September after serving as International Head of Recruitment, as well as dipping into the fascinating tales of scouting Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique in the Barcelona AcademyContinue reading “Francis Cagigao: Data vs Live Scouting, Kieran Tierney, Lionel Messi and Gabriel Martinelli”

Rod Underwood: I’m excited to get to work

You are the new manager of Stumptown AC. How excited are you for this new challenge? This is a great opportunity and excited to get to work. I want to build something special the community will be proud of to support. Also a winning club that provides players a chance to grow and develop MyContinue reading “Rod Underwood: I’m excited to get to work”

Ruel Fox: Representing Montserrat and memories of Newcastle United

Photograph: Ruel Fox / LinkedIn You retired from professional football in 2002. How are you enjoying retirement and how is life away from the pitch? “Life away from the football pitch is ok and not necessarily the same. When you are in that football environment you get told when you are young that the timeContinue reading “Ruel Fox: Representing Montserrat and memories of Newcastle United”

The trials and tribulations of Rangers captain James Tavernier

“File:SM-Rangers18 (20).jpg” by Антон Зайцев is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 By Scott Bradley Rangers captain James Tavernier has felt the wrath from the club’s support and pundits in the media, but this season he has played a massive part in Rangers clinching their 55th league title. The English right-back James Tavernier, 29, signed forContinue reading “The trials and tribulations of Rangers captain James Tavernier”

Paul Lawson: Celtic, County and Management

Credit: Celtic Football Club You are currently manager of Formartine United since 2017 having also plates for the club. How are you enjoying management so far and what do you view as the challenges of managing a club such as Formartine United? First of all it does not replace playing. I have really enjoyed myContinue reading “Paul Lawson: Celtic, County and Management”

Joey Barton on why he joined Rangers

“Fulham pretty much chasing the game from the start” by incendiarymind is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Joey Barton spoke exclusively to me about his time in Scottish football. “Rangers was the only blot on my copybook, where I didn’t have a successful period. That’s something that I would like to do. I don’t knowContinue reading “Joey Barton on why he joined Rangers”

Irish League Preview of the Week

Dr. Grant Campbell of the ‘Campbell’s Footballs’ podcast (a.k.a. Stato) discusses his predictions and thoughts each week in the Danske Bank Premiership in Northern Ireland. Grant will provide his thoughts on the upcoming league matches and offers his predictions. Matches Stato’s Predictions Actual scoreline Crusaders v Cliftonville 1-1 2-2 (1pt) Glenavon v Ballymena 2-1 3-2 (1pt) GlentoranContinue reading “Irish League Preview of the Week”

Exclusive: Simon Rožman

Photograph by Miha Vidrih and Maribor Football Club. You started your career at Celje and were the youngest manager in the Slovenian PrvaLiga aged 31. How do you reflect on your time there? Getting a chance at that age is something I’m really proud of, and I’ll always be grateful to the management of theContinue reading “Exclusive: Simon Rožman”

The Origins of Penarol

“File:Pcio Penarol – Entrada x Galicia.jpg” by Andrea Mazza is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 One of the most famous and least talked about clubs in the world is Penarol of Uruguay. They are also the forerunners of professionalism in the sport, but to get it passed they had to convince the English settlers thatContinue reading “The Origins of Penarol”

Red Devils linked with Mariners takeover

The current A-League season has been one of the most exciting in recent memory, with new teams, new records and the emergence of new, young, home-grown talent all playing their role in exciting audiences in Australia and beyond. The feel-good story of the season, however, has undoubtedly been the Leicester-esque turnaround of the Central CoastContinue reading “Red Devils linked with Mariners takeover”

Grègory Vignal: Liverpool, Rangers and the brilliance of Gerard Houllier

Photo: Frank Skillinghaug (Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 3.0) You arrived at Liverpool in 2001. You win the FA Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in your first season with the club under Gérard Houllier. What are your memories of that season? I have only great memories of that season because we wonContinue reading “Grègory Vignal: Liverpool, Rangers and the brilliance of Gerard Houllier”