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Injury bad timing for Houghton

If Jordan Houghton could have picked the worst time in his career to suffer a long-term injury, it might well have been this season. The Chelsea loanee has been excellent for Doncaster Rovers who, despite four winless games, look best-placed to clinch the League Two title. In a more circumspect midfield role than James Coppinger, Tommy Rowe… Read more →

Coyle exit changes little for Blackburn

It seems unlikely that Owen Coyle’s departure from Blackburn Rovers will impact the club’s survival chances. The ominous prospect of third tier football for the first time since 1980 has long loomed over Ewood Park. Since the Venky’s took ownership in 2010, the club has regressed on average five places per season, going from 10th… Read more →

Caddis could boost Portsmouth

Right-back is not exactly an area Portsmouth are short on this season, with many different players deployed there this term. However, manager Paul Cook plans to move Gareth Evans further up the pitch while Drew Talbot has struggled to replicate his performances at Chesterfield. There comes a time when a manager must look away from… Read more →

What’s gone wrong for Birmingham and Zola?

The previous man to replace Gary Rowett as a manager was Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. When the Dutchman took to the Burton Albion dugout in November 2014, it was expected he would turn the promotion-chasing Brewers into an open, expansive outfit. Instead, he respected the solid foundations that had allowed the club to progress. From there, he slowly added his… Read more →

Why Man City need ‘a Busquets’

In Pep Guardiola’s first nine months in charge of Manchester City, he has tried to find a perfect possession system. At times, his side have looked a couple of tweaks away from getting there. They have created numerous openings and been exciting to watch at times, but a combination of wasteful finishing and vulnerability to… Read more →

Arsenal should twist in post-Wenger era

It seems increasingly likely that this will be Arsene Wenger’s final season as manager of Arsenal. The time has come for ‘the club’ – take that to include which individuals you will – to plan for his successor. The most likely course of action, particularly if Wenger is involved in the decision, is that they appoint a manager with a… Read more →