The fourth round of the FA Cup saw the league's top four barely survive, though the fifth of the
Big Five (Tottenham) met their end at Craven Cottage. On this edition of the EPL Talk Podcast,
myself, Kartik Krishnaiyer, and the returning Laurence McKenna discuss the weekend's results,
outcomes that failed to producing the type of captivating upset we've come to hope for from our
Chelsea barely survived Everton in the first match of the FA Cup fourth round, a harbinger of
what was to come for the Premier League's big five. Yes, Manchester United and Arsenal are through,
but between a late comeback, a red card, and some dubious theatrics on a match-winning penalty
kick, each had their problems getting through to the fifth round.
While there were very few shocks in the FA Cup yesterday, today holds more hope that a top club
may get knocked out of the illustrious tournament. On television we have Arsenal against
Huddersfield, Notts County versus Manchester City and Fulham against Tottenham. Each of those games
have important historic ties.
Manchester City fans may be in for a rude awakening if they honestly believe they will win the
Premier League this season. They may not win a title just yet, especially after coach Roberto
Mancini has already indicated that his first aim is to get the team qualified for the Champions
League next season.
In a departure from what some may have expected, this FA Cup tie between Birmingham City and
Coventry City turned into a goal fest. The home side clawed back from a two-goal deficit to end up
the victors, 3-2.
BIRMINGHAM FORM: For a side who has been busy in both the League as well as making the Carling
Cup final, it wasn't surprising to see them rest some starters.
There are plenty of intriguing FA Cup matches scheduled for today including the tricky clash
between Everton and Chelsea, where both teams will be tested, as well as Birmingham City against
Championship side Coventry City and last but not least, Southampton against Manchester United.
The news that Fernando Torres believes that the time is right for him to move to Chelsea comes
as a massive blow to Liverpool supporters around the world. However, at the same time, it offers
Liverpool an opportunity to take the money from a Torres transfer and use that to buy new
This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos honors a legend of the game, striker Bob
Latchford is best known for his wonderful career at Everton where the number nine excelled as
one of the best headers of the ball as well as being clinical with his feet. He was Everton's top
scorer for 1975 through 1978.
It's with great sadness to report that Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked from the BBC's
Special 1 TV show. The co-host has had a long and illustrious career beside The Boy and alongside
The Special One. But due to his controversial remarks he made that have been leaked on the
Internet, the BBC had no option other than to pull the plug on the former Manchester City
It's no secret that Chelsea has a love affair with Liverpool's Fernando Torres. Chelsea has on
repeated occasions attempted to pluck the World Cup winner from Anfield, to take him to the posher
confinements of Stamford Bridge in swanky west London. So the news tonight that Liverpool has
rejected a Â£40 million bid from Chelsea hardly comes as a surprise.
From my earliest memories, I always wanted to be a professional footballer. When I woke up this
past Saturday, a smile crept on my face as I looked forward to a full menu of football matches to
watch on television. But as I drove to Starbucks to get a morning tea before the early match kicked
off, I had a thought that I hadn't had in years.
On Wednesday, Richard Keys resigned from his position with Sky Sports, the latest chapters in
the saga that started Sunday, when audio of sexist comments from Keys and broadcast partner Andy
Gray was made public. With Gray having been terminated by Sky on Tuesday, Keys' resignation marked
the final piece in the demise of one of Premier League broadcasting's prominent teams.
"It is disappointing that Richard's career at Sky should end in these circumstances," said
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports. "However, Richard recognises that his comments at
the weekend were unacceptable and we note that he has made a full and public apology.
Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys conducted an interview on live radio Wednesday to say sorry
and to share his side of the story regarding the controversy that erupted Saturday and continues to
this day regarding comments he made about female assistant referee Sian Massey and West Ham United
vice-chairwoman Karren Brady.
Former Sky Sports presenter and co-commentator Andy Gray, who was sacked this week after another
damning video was leaked, is synonymous for many soccer fans with the FIFA video game series from
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS).
Gray, for many years, has been the featured English co-commentator used on the successful soccer
After Tuesday night's impressive performance by Arsenal in their Carling Cup second leg
semi-final victory against Ipswich, the Gunners now find themselves in the Carling Cup Final where
they'll face the winner of tonight's second leg between West Ham United and Birmingham City.
Right now, everything is working out well for the Gunners.
The recent death the England legend known as The Lion Of Vienna recently took me on a hunt of
archival footage and interviews of Nat Lofthouse. In doing so, I uncovered an incredible collection
of audio interviews with football legends which is a required listening for any soccer fan and
reader of this site.
A video of Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys was released tonight revealing more sexist remarks
made by the man who is at the center of the controversy that ignited Saturday after he and Andy
Gray said several sexist comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey.
In the newly released video, Keys discusses one of Jamie Redknapp's ex-girlfriends.
On a rainy day on the western shore of England, Blackpool put a scare into the Red Devils of
Manchester in an entertaining match. In the end, United prevailed as the Tangerines were unable to
finish off the League leaders, 2-3.
Cablevision in Connecticut is scheduled to launch Fox Soccer Channel in HD and Fox Soccer Plus
in HD beginning on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 according to a public filing with the state of
Fox Soccer HD will launch on channel 797 and will be available to residential customers (with
the proper HD equipment) subscribing to the iO Package and above.
Andy Gray has been sacked by Sky Sports according to Sky News.
The former Everton, Aston Villa and Wolves footballer, who rose to new fame as one of the top
football analysts in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports, was sacked due to sexist comments made about
female assistant referee Sian Massey who made her second appearance as an assistant referee in a
Premier League match on January 22, 2011 for the Wolverhampton against Liverpool match.
Fifteen years ago today, Manchester United took on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in a fixture
that received worldwide attention.
Well into the match Manchester United forward Eric Cantona and Eagles defender Richard Shaw got
into a scuffle. Cantona was surging on for a possible counterattack but was stymied when Shaw held
onto his jersey.
Can Blackpool achieve the greatest shock of the 2010-2011 season by defeating Manchester United
today at Bloomfield Road? On paper it seems practically impossible. But in reality, anything is
possible especially for a club such as Blackpool which have become the media darlings of the
blogosphere and have attracted tons of devotees in the United States and abroad.
Before the introduction into European football of â€˜registration periods,' more commonly known
as â€˜transfer windows,' you may remember that players could pretty much come and go as they
please, right up until the closing weeks of the season. However, times have changed and now, in
England specifically, the summer window runs from the last day of the season right up until the 1st
Sky Sports announced this morning that they have suspended presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray
due to the sexist comments they made about female assistant referee Sian Massey and West Ham United
vice-chairwoman Karren Brady.
"I have spoken directly to both Richard Keys and Andy Gray this morning," said Barney Francis,
managing director of Sky Sports.
As has been reported extensively this morning, Charlie Adam submitted a transfer request to
Blackpool management today. The Seasiders in turn denied the request, clinging to the premise that
Adam is worth more than the Â£4 million offer suggested by Liverpool.
Manchester United is again alone at the top of the English Premier League, their 5-0 victory
over Birmingham City giving them the lead after Manchester City lost Saturday at Villa Park, 1-0.
Darren Bent's debut with Aston Villa saw him score the match's only goal, allowing Arsenal's 3-0
win over Wigan Athletic to vault the Gunners into second place.
Sometimes I wonder if there's a forcefield that surrounds the Fantasy Premier League and I Know
The Score games available on the Premier League website. Why is it, for example, seemingly
impossible to have a good week in both games?
With me, it's exceedingly rare when I do well in both games.
Sian Massey, the female assistant referee who impressed many on her sophomoric Premier League
appearance Saturday, has been the victim of several alleged sexist comments made by Sky Sports
presentersÂ Richard Keys and Andy Gray according to Mail On Sunday newspaper.
During Saturday's match at Wolverhampton Wanderers's Molineux ground, Massey correctly ruled
that Liverpool's Fernando Torres was onside for the opening goal against Wolves.
Arsenal's Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has given a strong indication that Manuel Almunia
may leave in the winter transfer window. Almunia last played for the Gunners back in September
where his errors condemned Arsenal to a 3-2 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
"Almunia is on standby, that means he is here," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference on
It's been almost 12 months since DISH Network were the first TV provider to launch Fox Soccer
Channel in HD. Since then, slowly but surely, other major TV providers such as DirecTV, some Time
Warner regions and smaller cable providers have added the channel. Verizon FiOS customers have been
enduring an agonizing wait to find out when the channel will be added to their programming
Some viewers may have done a double-take early Saturday while watching the replay of Liverpool's
first goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers to see if Fernando Torres was offside or not. With hair
bobbing up and down, it was a female assistant referee who made the critical decision to keep her
flag down, allowing Torres to run on and take a pass from Raul Meireles and for Torres to slide the
ball into the back of the net.
I can't remember the last time I had a chance to watch Liverpool play in the early Saturday
kick-off, so it'll be a treat to see them play in the early match against a Wolverhampton Wanderers
side who are cruising after they recent victories against Chelsea and Liverpool.
Those video game designers at EA are getting smarter and smarter as each year goes by. So much
so that they're now able to predict results of matches in the above simulation of FIFA 11 featuring
Newcastle United against Tottenham complete with Martin Tyler and Andy Gray commentary.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy published an open letter to Spurs fans today to share his
feelings regarding the club potentiallyÂ leaving White Hart Lane and moving to Stratford in East
London, home of the Olympic Stadium. The issue has been a derisive one thus far among Tottenham
In this week's Special 1 TV episode, The Special One has plenty of treats for us including a
rare one-on-one interview with Avram Grant, a special appeal for Robbie Keane and Harry Redknapp's
Plus there's a great piece from Pulp Fiction in this episode. And much more.
This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos features a very rare video of a Manchester City
from 1968 against the Atlanta Chiefs played at Atlanta's Fulton-County Stadium, home to the
baseball team the Atlanta Braves.
The friendly match was played just a few weeks after Manchester City had won the league
championship under manager Malcolm Allison.
FA Cup third round replays and the built-up to the next round of English Premier League action
was overshadowed this week by the shock transfer of Darren Bent, who â€“ two days after handing in
his transfer request at Sunderland â€“ became the newest member of Aston Villa Football Club. The
AVFC club record acquisition did not come without controversy, with accusations of tapping-up and
an acrimonious response from Sunderland supporters clouding the days after the deal's
In what has to be one of the strangest stories so far to come out of the 2010-11 Premier League
season, there were rumors abound going into West Ham United's match with Arsenal that even a win
was not likely to save manager Avram Grant's job. That is not the odd bit of the story though, the
real revelation that Martin O'Neill had been tapped to be his replacement by club owner's David
Gold and David Sullivan.
Eighty four years ago, the BBC brought forth onto Britain a new and revolutionary way to
experience football. On January 22nd, 1927 a football fixture with live commentary was broadcasted
for the very first time.
The honors of this inaugural and groundbreaking event were bestowed upon Arsenal who hosted
Sheffield United in a Division One fixture.
Yes, Eric Cantona, one of the greatest legends of the Premier League, has returned to the world
of football after it was announced today that he'll be the director of football, achh I mean
soccer, at The New York Cosmos. It's a safe bet that the Cosmos will become the 20th team in Major
League Soccer in 2013.
13 EPL matches this week, plus we find out who will meet at Wembley for the League Cup, before
the league breaks for the FA Cup Round-of-32.Â If you get any deja vu, all of these
reverse fixtures were played just 3 weeks ago on the 28th/29th of December.
Steven Pienaar has arrived at Tottenham Hotspur to complete his transfer from Everton to the
North London club. The signing is quite a coup considering that Everton accepted bids from Chelsea
and Spurs, but Spurs ultimately beat Chelsea at the end after offering higher wages. What does this
say about Chelsea?
Liverpool have accepted a bid from Hoffenheim for striker Ryan Babel.
"The Bundesliga Club have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with the player,Â
who has travelled to Germany," said a statement from Liverpool FC.
Bild, the German newspaper, quoted Hoffenheim's main financial backer, software billionaire
Dietmar Hopp, as saying that Hoffenheim was in an "emergency situation" with the likely departure
of Senegal striker Demba Ba and a long-term injury to Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi.
I find Tottenham's desire to occupy the Olympic Stadium in East London quite fascinating.
The traditionalist in me says that Spurs should stay at White Hart Lane. The ground has the best
atmosphere in the Premier League and over the course of the season it certainly wins them points
and helps spur them on to important victories in the Champions League.
Is West Ham's solution to saving the club from relegation as simple as the formula of sacking
Avram Grant as soon as possible, sign Sam Allardyce to replace him and give the manager six players
who can walk in to Upton Park and make an immediate difference?
There was a audible gasp heard Monday around the world when media organizations and Twitter
declared that Sunderland had accepted the bid of Â£24m from Aston Villa for the services of one
Darren Bent. Yes, that one.
There are two schools of thought about Bent. Some say he's a footballing genius and a lovable
Inspired by the recent attempts by others to map which soccer teams people in London support as
well as which teams people in Wales support, I wondered what a map of the United States would like
broken down by which European teams residents support.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it's almost impossible.
The two Manchester clubs finished the English Premier League weekend tied atop the league, with
Arsenal's win at West Ham United creating a gap between the top three and the other two recognized
title contenders. On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, Kartik Krishnaiyer and myself take
inventory of the entire league, but with particular focus on one of the more interesting title
races we've had in many seasons, we ask whether Manchester United, in the wake of a good result at
White Hart Lane, are consolidating their lead or keeping their pursuers alive.
When Manchester United's Rafael da Silva was sent off in the 74th minute for a second yellow
card offense, United were there for the taking. Down to ten men, Sir Alex Ferguson issued the
command to his players to bunch up, pack the midfield and defense and contain Tottenham as much as
The race at the top of the Premier League tightened-up this weekend. Manchester United got a
good result at White Hart Lane (0-0), but with Saturday wins by Manchester City (4-3, over Wolves)
and Arsenal (0-3, at West Ham United), the league's top three teams are within two points of each
Nat Lofthouse, one of the greatest footballers ever to represent England and a true legend, died
Saturday aged 85.
Lofthouse was one of the most lethal centre forwards ever to play for England, scoring 30 goals
in 33 appearances. Nicknamed The Lion Of Vienna, the honest and gutsy footballer played for his
hometown club Bolton Wanderers where he scored 255 goals in 452 league appearances.
Depending on who you support and how passionate you are about your club, I'm sure there would be
plenty of disagreement regarding which is the biggest Premier League match of the today. With
Sunderland and Newcastle United as well as Birmingham City versus Aston Villa already in the bag,
our attention today now turns to Liverpool against Everton followed by Tottenham Hotspur versus
On a day when the Barclay's Premier League came back into action after a Cup break,
Wolverhampton made the trip north to face Manchester City. The match was won by City, but not
without some tense moments brought on by some inspired play from Wolves.
CITY FORMATION: City started the match in a 4-4-1-1 formation.
Gameweek 23 provides us with a really super Sunday. We have the Second City, Tyne-Wear and
Merseyside derbies to look forward to and if that's not enough there is Man Utd's visit to
Tottenham to cap it all off. A day of goals, drama, high emotion and controversy is on the
Aston Villa's short trip to St Andrews looks to be a close encounter, and it could be at the
back where the points are to be had.
As the wintry January chill sets in, the transfer window is also upon us. And with clubs needing
to dig deeper to find hidden gems with big clubs largely inactive, Midlands rivals Aston Villa and
Birmingham City are reportedly engaged in hot pursuit of Blackpool trickster Charlie Adam.
The proposed loan deal that may bring David Beckham to Tottenham Hotspur has been prolonged. But
thanks to covert efforts by the BBC Comedy team, they were able to intercept Beckham's text
messages between the star and Tottenham's Harry Redknapp as well as a cast of other characters.
This week's episode of Friday Flashback Videos takes a trip back to 1969 to a match played
between West Ham United and Manchester City on a slippery pitch at Upton Park.
The match features some legendary English footballers such as Manchester City's Francis Lee,
Mike Summerbee and Colin Bell against West Ham United featuring Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Frank
Well, Happy New Year everyone.Â The festive fixtures came fast and furious, I was traveling,
and while I posted the viewing times throughout, I had no time for comments.Â So I'm back with
both for Gameweek 23, which are the 10 reverse fixtures from Halloween weekend.Â Only 15 more of
these to go!
Fox Soccer Channel is planning on serving up a different taste of football on Super Bowl Sunday
for viewers in the United States. Instead of the pigskin variety, Fox Soccer Channel will show the
massive game between Chelsea and Liverpool live on Sunday, February 6, with a twist.
Originating from the Fox NFL Sunday set in Los Angeles, Fox will host a special hour-long
pre-gameÂ show hosted by Christian Miles alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Keith
Costigan and Kyle Martino exploring the long link between American and world football.
We all have different memories, but when it comes to memories of the best goals ever scored in
English top flight football, do most of us recall the same goals or not? And are these goals part
of all of our conscious memories because we rate them so highly or because we've seen the goals
replayed over and over again on any highlights package?
Referees. Eh? Who'd be one? Not me anyway. I watch football, play football, love football but
would never want to put myself in the position that thousands of well wishing men & women do. They
are vital to the function of the sport and a good referee can make a game better.
John Rooney, the younger brother of Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, has been in South
Florida this past weekend plying his skills in the 2011 MLS Combine where he scored a goal Monday
(see above video) during a 2-0 win for his team.
This is the final chance for Rooney and prospective draftees to impress MLS coaches ahead of the
MLS SuperDraft on January 13 in Baltimore.
The only thing that matters in the North East this weekend
This weekend will see the Wear-Tyne derby as Sunderland and Newcastle look to grab local
bragging rights once again. The last derby game, at St. James' Park, ended up with Sunderland on
the end of a 5-1 drubbing and although that was considered one of the most anticipated derby games
in recent seasons,Â Sunday's game should be just as heated for much different reasons.
Liverpool fans are often claimed to be some of the most rational and intelligent in the world.
They hardly ever turn on a manager (and Hodgson very nearly turned on them first) and they know the
difference between a bad team and a team that is being badly managed.
I have a feeling that El Hadji Diouf has never read the bookÂ How To Win Friends And
Influence People. If he had, perhaps the Blackburn striker wouldn't have behaved the way he
did during Saturday's FA Cup game against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) where he stood over QPR's Jamie
Mackie, who had just broken his leg in a tackle, and allegedly said "F*** u and f*** your leg.
Ryan Babel could face disciplinary action from The Football Association (FA) after the Liverpool
striker posted a Photoshopped image on Twitter of referee Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United
The image was posted in jest after Webb awarded Manchester United a penalty versus
The FA Cup's full weekend came an went in the show of the new around Anfield Park, where Roy
Hodgson and Liverpool mutually agreed to part ways before the Reds took the pitch Sunday at Old
Trafford. There, Howard Webb tilted the match, giving a dubious second minute penalty. When Steven
gerrard saw straight red just after the half-hour mark, Liverpool was on their way out of the FA
Cup, their 1-0 loss to Manchester United a sour return to the bench for King Kenny Dalglish.
Howard Webb, Steven Gerrard, and Manchester United ruined King Kenny Dalglish's return to the
Liverpool bench, the Reds bowing out of the FA Cup after their 1-0 loss at Old Trafford.
Regardless, the departure of Roy Hodgson from Anfield was the weekend's big news, the former
manager leaving the club by mutual consent on Saturday.
Two big FA Cup matches are on television today. The first featuring Manchester United against
Liverpool, where Kenny Dalglish returns for his first game in charge of the club again. The second
features Leicester City, managed by Sven Goran-Eriksson against Manchester City. Both ties promise
to be very entertaining.
Immediately after Stevenage shocked Newcastle United in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win Saturday,
Stevenage defender Scott Laird was punched in the face by a soccer fan who ran on to the pitch at
It's not known whether the person who punched Laird was a Newcastle United or Stevenage
A heavy weight has been lifted off the shoulders of Liverpool supporters around the world today
with the news that manager Roy Hodgson has been sacked. With caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish
appointed, the Reds now go in to their FA Cup Third Round match against arch-rivals Manchester
United with a renewed sense of belief and a sliver of a hope that Dalglish, one of the greatest
players in the history of Liverpool, can rally the team to defeat United at Old Trafford.
Liverpool have sacked manager Roy Hodgson and have replaced him with Kenny Dalglish who has
taken the caretaker manager role until the remainder of this season.
"We are grateful for Roy's efforts over the past six months, but both parties thought it in the
best interests of the club that he stand down from his position as team manager," said Principal
Owner John Henry.
Join me Saturday for the live blog/live chat of the FA Cup Third Round. The fun begins with the
7:45am ET/12:45pm UK kickoff featuring Arsenal versus Leeds United followed by keeping track of all
of the goals going in across England during the 10am ET/3pm UK matches, and concluding with the
12:30pm ET/5:30pm UK match between Stevenage and Newcastle United.
So I wake up this morning, a day off for me. I fire up the laptop, check the news, and see that
Manchester City's splash signing, Edin Dzeko, would haveÂ preferred signing with Juventus according
to his agent. You have to put two and two together, since that article doesn't do it for you, but
the Juventus offer was less than Manchester City's offer, so it wasn't money that lured him to
City, it was desperation.
For those of you who'll be in South Florida this weekend, I'd likeÂ to invite you to an
important meeting with Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber.
The meeting begins at 1pm Saturday, January 8th in Fort Lauderdale. Commissioner Garber will be
there to meet with Miami Ultras and soccer fans who are interested in bringing a MLS team back to
It's a glorious FA Cup weekend in England, so it's apt that for this week's Friday Flashback
Video series that we go back in the time machine to 1985 when Liverpool and Manchester United
battled in the FA Cup Semi-Final.
The first video features the first semi-final between the two, which ended in a draw and had to
be replayed (shown in the second video).
The English Premier League takes a weekend off as English football shifts its focus to the FA
Cup, the third round of which happens this weekend. We start today's show, the second half of a
discussion we had on Wednesday, by looking toward this weekend, specifically Liverpool's trip to
Manchester United, though that quickly descended into discussion of Liverpool and how important
Sunday's result will be to Roy Hodgson's job and the club.
Now that the Gameweek 22 matches have ended in the Premier League, it makes you wonder. I don't
see anyone playing outstanding football or even close to it. Just when one of the top clubs seems
to have the chance to kick some dirt in their rivals' collective faces they come a cropper.
Normally a European match is noticeable because of the clash of styles involved. Think Inter
Milan's immovable object against Barcelona's irresistible force. Similarly, Tottenham have stunned
Europe by using traditional English wingers and an old-fashioned target man. In the Europa League,
Napoli played a three man backline against teams used to a more traditional back four.
Have you ever been to Blackburn? I have. It's like many old Lancashire mill towns, a little bit
grim, a little bit run-down and definitely not like either Milan or the Brazilian resort of
Florianopolis and it's certainly not a regular haunt for wealthy Brazilians.
And yet the football club has been insisting this week that they have been â€˜in talks' with
Ronaldinho as though a deal to bring him to Ewood Park is ever going to happen.
If you could name an all-star starting eleven comprised of footballers who are habitually
injured and who are currently in the Premier League, who would you pick?
With the assistance of EPL Talk's posse on Twitter, I've assembled my starting eleven. They
feature Chris Kirkland who again got injured for Wigan on Wednesday night, Kieran Gibbs who has had
a history of injury problems at Arsenal, the centre half duo of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King
(you can always rely on those two to be injured), and the last defender, a certain Gary
The third round of the FA Cup kicks off this Saturday. For many soccer fans, myself included,
it's one of the best weekends in the year when you get to see several teams you normally don't see
do battle against the giants of English football. Saturday's FA Cup coverage kicks off with Arsenal
at home against Leeds United, and many eyes will be watching to see if Leeds can beat Arsenal like
they defeated Manchester United last season in the same tournament.
Only one of the English Premier League's top six clubs entering mid-week action came away with
three points from Tuesday and Wednesday fixtures, and unfortunately for those looking for the title
race to stay as close as possible, that club was league-leading Manchester United, winning 2-1 on
Tuesday versus Stoke.
The manager has risen from club secretary to official face of the club since the creation of
football teams worldwide. He has moved from the man that kept the record books to man that is
larger than the football team he manages. Commentators and pundits refer to Ferguson's United or
Wenger's beautiful, passing football.
Watching Steven Gerrard walk up to the spot to take the penalty late in the game against
Blackburn Rovers, I was confident he would score for Liverpool. When faced with adversity, Gerrard
often rises to the occasion. Earlier in the season, Gerrard cooly slotted home a penalty against
fiercest rivals Manchester United even though the vast majority at Old Trafford was begging him to
Today's match between Arsenal and Manchester City could be a turning point in the season for
either club. Arsene Wenger is painting it as a battle of a team that goes out and buys players
compared to his club, who nurtures players through the youth ranks and buys the occasional player
when there's a need.
The nation's 13th largest multiple system operator has just pleased soccer fans in a few major
markets inÂ Kentucky andÂ Ohio. Insight Communications, offering cable, Internet and phone service,
has recently added Fox Soccer Channel HD to its already broad selection of high-definition channel
ESPN2â€²s live broadcast of Arsenal against Chelsea on Monday, December 27 was the most watched
Premier League game in U.S. history. The match, which was broadcast from 3-5pm ET, garnered a 0.5
rating and was viewed by an estimated viewing audience of 610,000.
In comparison, the 2010 MLS Cup Final between Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas earned a 0.
When EPL Talk reader Drew Meger realized that he was going to get home late today and would miss
the live broadcast of Manchester United against Stoke City on Fox Soccer Channel, he decided to
turn to his trusty DVR on Comcast and set the game to record for later viewing.
Except that the Fox Soccer Channel had disappeared from his DVR line-up (see above screenshot
showing a missing channel 256).
Old Trafford hosted the midweek Premier League duel between Manchester United and visiting Stoke
City. United have been soaring, tied with crosstown City with two games in hand, and they haven't
experienced a defeat this season. Stoke had won two of the last three matches and started the day
in 8th place, looking to prove themselves against the league leaders.
I was away all weekend for a quick getaway to Orlando, so I didn't get a chance to post some
news regarding interesting developments over the long weekend. First, I'd like to wish you and your
loved ones a Happy New Year. Let's hope 2011 is your best one yet (and for your favorite club
If you think modern-day tackles by the likes of Nigel de Jong and Ryan Shawcross are horrible,
take a look at the above video from a 1970 Manchester derby where United legend George Best comes
late to a ball and fiercely tackles City's Glyn Pardoe. The result was a horrific broken leg for
Pardoe, a double fracture in fact, and the referee didn't even immediately stop the play to award a
foul or red card.
It's early days, but I'm beginning to see a lot of worrying parallels between Blackburn manager
Steve Kean and Sammy Lee, assistant manager at Liverpool.
Lee was assistant manager at Bolton Wanderers for two years under Sam Allardyce. When Lee
stepped up to become manager after Sam Allardyce left to join Newcastle United, Lee finally had a
chance to make his name as a football manager.
SiriusXM (SIRI) today announced an agreement to broadcast all Premier League games featuring
Manchester United via its radio, online and web apps. The first Manchester United match available
to SiriusXM subscribers kicks off on January 4, 2011 when the Red Devils play home against Stoke
City on Sirius channel 113 and XM channel 244 beginning atÂ 3pm ET.
It was 2004 when I cut the cord from Bellsouth, my local phone company. I got rid of the
landline and Internet access, and signed up with Comcast for my Internet access and Vonage for my
VOIP phone line. Then a few years later, I cut the "virtual cord" and dropped Vonage so that my
mobile phone through AT&T Wireless became my home and work phone.
Manchester United's kept their spot at the top of the league, no matter how many times Gary
Neville tried to give it away. Macnehster City's even on points after their win over Blackpool,
while Arsenal was convincing at a St. Andrews' Stadium that's often inhospitable to visitors.
On this edition of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Jesse Chula (filling in
for the infirm Kartik Krishnaiyer) and talk about the weekend that was in our favorite football
The Top Five have separated themselves from the league after Sunday's draw at Stamford Bridge.
Ciaran Clark's stoppage time equalizer means five points separate fifth place Chelsea from
Sunderland, the Black Cats' win over Blackburn vaulting Steve Bruce's charge over Bolton, into