Mackay & LMA Show the Worst of English Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When you have to issue an apology for a press release that was supposed to act in part as an apology, you know you're in big trouble.
The Malky Mackay situation went from repugnant to absurd to borderline comical after the LMA's press statement released on Thursday had the audacity to downplay racist, homophobic, and sexist texts exchanged between Malky Mackay and Iain Moody.
Former Premier League Manager Probed In 'Sexist And Racist' Text Messages Row - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The Premier League has been hit by another serious scandal. After Andy Gray and Richard Keys' sexist comments and John Terry and Luis Suarez's racism incidents, we now have a case with both the discriminations rolled into one.
Less than 24 hours ago, Malky Mackay looked set for a return to Premier League management with Crystal Palace following his acrimonious departure from Cardiff City last December. However the offer has now been taken off the table following the intervention of Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan.
The BBC website produces match reports for all of the games every single Premier League side plays during the season. From Premier League and FA Cup, to Champions League to League Cup ties the BBC reports on them all. I thought it would be interesting to compile all of these reports for each of the twenty Premier League sides, and to produce word-clouds for each side.
Some would say this is a thankless task picking a starting XI and a bench from the three relegated sides. I examined the three relegated sides to see what could be salvaged and turned into a functional, if not stylish, Premier League team.
Stats, whether you love or hate them, paint a clear picture of why these sides struggled.
After a long and grueling Premier League season, Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich have bitten the dust. Instead of looking forward to another year of outings at Old Trafford, Anfield, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, these three clubs will travel to the likes of Ipswich Town, Bournemouth and Huddersfield.
It's awards season in the world of football and while the outstanding efforts of the likes of Luis Suarez, Yaya Toure and Adam Lallana are being duly recognized, some players are being somewhat forgotten. Here we take a look at those players who can count themselves unlucky not to have received more accolades after a great season.
Premier League Final Day Fixtures: Predicting Perfect Pandemonium - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Time flies when you're having fun. This is certainly the overwhelming sentiment when talking about this season's Premier League campaign.
With more twists and turns than a sped-up ivy vine, the English top flight has once again succeeded in captivating it's baying public, with both ends of the table putting on a show of epic proportions.
There are some reports that Davide Santon may be fit for tomorrow, and it's possible he could come in at left back at Liverpool, but we will probably see 21 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara get a start tomorrow afternoon, in our final game of the season. Haidara in action against Cardiff City Here's the [.
Swansea City today announced that Garry Monk has been appointed manager on a three-year deal. The former Swansea captain and defender was promoted to interim manager in February after Michael Laudrup was sacked by the club.
In his short spell as interim manager, Swansea defeated derby rivals Cardiff City.
"Totally just called him a gay snake, mate! It was hi-la-rious!"
The League Managers' Association (LMA) have released a statement this morning to publicly apologise for the general lameness of their defence of former Cardiff City boss Malkay Mackay in the wake of what Pies will now be referring to as "Gay Snake-gate" from now on.
Despite looking to be the preferred candidate up until last night, it looks like Malky Mackay won't be taking the Crystal Palace job any time soon after the Eagles became aware of a dossier sent by the Scot's former club Cardiff City to the FA in which they haveoutlined their allegations of misconduct against the former Bluebirds boss.
[F]ollowing on from John McGee's freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season's Championship - a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches - apart from Blackpool.
Of this season's horrors, Bradford City's redistribution of their traditional stripes into one vertical band of maroon on an amber background just didn't seem right, although at least its design was relatively clean and organised - too many others were marred by cumbersome sponsors' logos or template designs to mention.
[I]n the run up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, we ran a series of profiles of Football League players who had been named in their countries' squads. Hence, the likes of Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams (Australia), Ipswich's Tommy Smith (New Zealand) and West Brom'sGonzalo Jara (Chile) featured in our coverage.
Cardiff City defender/midfielder Gary Medel has been linked with a move to Inter Milan for several weeks. The Chilean international made comments earlier this month that led many to believe that his days at the Welsh side were numbered.
"I remain a player of Cardiff, but now doors are open to play elsewhere and I hope that happens," Medel was quoted by the Chilean press.
With football obviously on the back-burner this season, Wilfried Zaha has spent his time improving his sponsorship and endorsement portfolio, signing up to become the the face or, more accurately, the crotch- of a new range of gentleman's sports underwear designed specifically to offer much-needed support in the "danglies" area.
There are a number of even positive reports out that Newcastle have both been offered Cardiff City defender StevenCaulker, but he's not yet the finished product, but he's available for £8M since that's the supposed release clause in his contract. Steve Caulker while at Tottenham Andwe cannot find any information that Cardiff paid [.
Steven Caulker has been at Cardiff City only for one season, and that was after spending a season on loan at the other south of Wales club Swansea, but with Cardiff relegated last season, Steven now wants to move to another club probably in the Premier League. . Steven Caulker Cardiff center-back wants [.
Chelsea posted the following photo to their Facebook page yesterday in orderthank theclub'stravellingfans for their "superb away support as always"throughouttheir final game of the season against Cardiff City on Sunday.
Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea Premier League 11th May 2014
Chelsea had to work hard to secure a win on the final day as the already-relegated Cardiff pushed the Blues all the way. Craig Bellamy bagged an early goal and for much of the game the visitors struggled to make their mark.
[T]he first point that needs to be made in this article is remarkably counter-intuitive for one emblazoned with the heading Great Teams: objectively speaking, Cardiff City's 2002-3 season represented one of underachievement. The division's pre-season title favourites could only stumble to a disappointing sixth place finish, despite a team expensively assembled due to Sam Hammam's backing (by which of course I mean his pre-hadron collider physics experiment which ultimately succeeded in creating a voracious black hole in the middle of the club's finances).