Chief football writer for Guardian/Observer. Fourth football book, in tandem with @miraclesfilmuk, out soon: http://t.co/rs3X2ZFpZh

Euro 2016: England cross Channel with hope but expectations tempered

theguardian.com — One day, perhaps in the distant future, a major football tournament might take place without the whole England soap opera returning to that July day in 1966 when Bobby Moore climbed the steps of Wembley, used a velvet balustrade to wipe his hands and lifted the Jules Rimet trophy to the skies.

José Mourinho left in managerial no man’s land with no clear way out

theguardian.com — "He must think I'm a great guy. He must think that, because otherwise he would not have given me so much ... he must have a very high opinion of me." José Mourinho, on God, 2011. He always did have a super-sized ego, José.
Jan 16, 2016

RT @guardian_sport: José Mourinho left in managerial no man’s land with no clear way out | @DTguardian gu.com/p/4fq29/stw pic.twitter.com/w8dMv09uNl

Jan 17, 2016

Mourinho has 'nowhere to go and nobody – or at least nobody he may fancy – who wants him' – the @DTguardian column theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet: ‘Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes’

theguardian.com — Melwood, on a cold, blowy afternoon, with a persistent crew of autograph hunters standing outside the metal gates at the entrance. There are always a few more than usual before a big game and, for Liverpool, it doesn't get any bigger than Manchester United.
Jan 15, 2016

Interview with Simon Mignolet, talking #LFC, the Klopp effect and how to block out criticism theguardian.com/football/2016/…

Liverpool and Arsenal draw thriller after Firmino and Giroud doubles

theguardian.com — Every year, there are certain matches when the team that goes on to win the Premier League can look back upon and identify them as the key moments in the title race, when everything fell into place and they showed all the qualities that champions need.

Louis van Gaal forced to defend his art but stats paint bleak picture

theguardian.com — These are the moments when it may be appropriate to remember the way Ed Woodward, Manchester United's chief executive, ushered Louis van Gaal into the job, back in happier times when it was inconceivable that 18 months down the line even the manager would be admitting that, yes, he too has been bored by their repetitive dreariness.

Louis van Gaal finally admits Manchester United bore him too

theguardian.com — Louis van Gaal has admitted there have been times this season when Manchester United have left him feeling "bored or angry", following a run of low-scoring games that has led to sustained criticism of the manager and accusations he has abandoned the club's attacking principles.
Jan 11, 2016

Louis van Gaal admits he's been left ‘bored or angry’ during some United games this season gu.com/p/4fykx/stw #mufc

Jan 11, 2016

Farcical. Louis van Gaal finally admits Manchester United bore him too: gu.com/p/4fykx/stw #mufc

Aston Villa subject of crisis talks in New York after poor show at Wycombe

theguardian.com — Aston Villa have called a crisis meeting in New York to discuss how they can save their season after another dismal weekend for the Premier League's bottom club and with a growing mutiny among their disillusioned fanbase.
Jan 10, 2016

RT @guardian_sport: Aston Villa subject of New York crisis talks after Wycombe draw. By @DTguardian gu.com/p/4fkm5/stw (Pic:Corbis) pic.twitter.com/6eL3692XoS

Pep Guardiola is putting Manuel Pellegrini in the shade

theguardian.com — There are still six months or so before Pep Guardiola officially checks into the Premier League but English football already seems so besotted with the departing Bayern Munich manager, his easy sophistication, the Hollywood-handsome looks and knack of elevating football to its highest level, it might not be universally popular to point out he has not done his prospective new employers many favours recently.
Jan 10, 2016

Pep Guardiola is putting Manuel Pellegrini in the shade gu.com/p/4fkgv?CMP=Sh…

Wycombe fight back against Aston Villa with Joe Jacobson spot-on

theguardian.com — Rémi Garde's winless sequence as Aston Villa manager now stretches to 10 matches and the indignities continue to stack up for the team holding the Premier League's wooden spoon.

Jordon Ibe gives Liverpool advantage against Stoke in Capital One Cup

theguardian.com — Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to Liverpool is that in the closing stages Stoke City had abandoned their new soft-touch football and were aiming long, hopeful balls up to Peter Crouch.
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Feb 05, 2016

@thomasandrews88 @KevHarrison I'm working on it! To be fair to them, I think they know it's an oversight on their part

Feb 05, 2016

RT @miraclesfilmuk: On this day in 1980, #NFFC play Barcelona at Camp Nou in the European Super Cup final. This from @DTguardian book: pic.twitter.com/6ryPZAf1v8

Feb 05, 2016

RT @miraclesfilmuk: Back by popular demand . . over 4k came to Miracle Men exhibition last time. Back at @Nottm_Contemp TONIGHT nottinghamcontemporary.org/event/light-ni… #nffc

Jan 31, 2016

@CMJIanB back weekend after next . . I should try it more often, Twitter gets a whole lot nicer when I'm not actually working! cheers

Jan 31, 2016

@MellinPaul just got some time off . . back weekend after next!

Jan 30, 2016

@jimmyt77 @JonnyOwenFilm yep, nothing like holding back our best team for the lower midtable run . . good to meet you, cheers

Jan 28, 2016

@MKNHNR would rather forget about him, coming up for two years and no coincidence that nobody has offered him a way back. Bloke is poison

Jan 28, 2016

@derbycountyblog Raymond's, an old press agency on Gower St. Not seen Neil for years but knew him back then. Loved it there, to be honest


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