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Chief Football Writer — Guardian, The Observer

Chief football writer for @Guardian and Observer, author of Deep into the Forest, This is the One and Squeaky Bum Time, NFFC supporter, petty pilferer

Roy Hodgson keen to remain England manager until 2018 World Cup

theguardian.com — Roy Hodgson wants to remain as manager until the next World Cup if England do enough in next year's European Championship to demonstrate to his employers at the Football Association that he should be kept on for a fourth tournament.

Manchester City 2-0 Leicester City

theguardian.com — It was a scruffy performance at times, with Vincent Kompany removed from the team, an undistinguished first start for Wilfried Bony and the clear sense that something is still not right. Yet, for Manchester City, any win will do at the moment.

Manuel Pellegrini digs in his heels at Manchester City

theguardian.com — One of the strangest things perhaps, after all the expenditure and all the grand plans, is the amount of time - and the total number of days might surprise you - Manchester City have actually spent at the top of the Premier League since that afternoon in 2012 when Sergio Agüero pulled back his right boot, the clock ticked into the 94th minute and Martin Tyler's commentary went up several octaves.

Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

theguardian.com — Quiz question: which football club played one match but won two trophies on one afternoon? OK, let's not rule out the possibility Chelsea may be caught and overhauled in the Premier League but, equally, if there is a soft centre to this team they have done pretty well at disguising it so far.

Dylan Tombides’s heart-rending life story receives a fitting tribute

theguardian.com — At West Ham they tell a story about the days when Dylan Tombides was locked into that excruciating chain of treatments, operations and grievous setbacks that is probably a good place to start if we want to understand why there are so many people at Upton Park who talk about him with a sense of awe.

Roy Hodgson believes Harry Kane’s U21 benefits outweigh burnout risk

theguardian.com — Roy Hodgson is ready to take a calculated gamble by allowing Harry Kane to play in the European Under-21 Championship this summer despite that meaning the Tottenham Hotspur striker would barely have a break before Euro 2016.

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco | Champions League last-16 first leg match report | Football | The Guardian

theguardian.com — One of the banners in the corner housing Monaco's colour-coordinated fans thanked Arsène Wenger for turning the club into an "impassable rock". Yet it would be far too kind on Arsenal to suggest they have just been taken apart by a really elite team.

Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona

theguardian.com — Perhaps the most dispiriting part for Manchester City came from that numbing feeling that, if anything, the gulf has widened. They have suffered plenty of times in this competition but has there ever been a time when the imbalance of talent has felt so extreme?

Stifling debate on offensive Old Firm chants only encourages bigots

theguardian.com — In America, it is known as the YSA problem. It has been a bugbear of Major League Soccer's commissioner, Don Garber, for longer than he will probably wish to remember and a couple of years ago, with a new television deal being negotiated, a memo went around that he could no longer tolerate that slightly strange tradition of supporters shouting: "You suck asshole!"

Sitting comfortably? Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane stuck on same plane

theguardian.com — For the passengers on flight AF1068, departing from Charles de Gaulle airport at 12.55pm, it was probably one of those occasions when Roy Keane might as well have hung a sign around his neck saying: Do Not Disturb. There was once a time when he and Sir Alex Ferguson might have imagined this kind of chance meeting would be a pleasant occasion.
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Mar 05, 2015

@BBCLeeds not cheeky at all, I've passed this on to him with your email (though not sure he is doing anything at moment)

Mar 04, 2015

@erniebyrne Hart one was a good save - think you might change mind on other two if/when you see replays @bluemaca1 @packytheblue @LeeBrom

Mar 04, 2015

@crackwhore1981 yes mate - though not seen him for years. You know him? He's a good lad

Mar 04, 2015

@mr_aguia agree with all that - Hart one was close, but good goalkeeping

Mar 04, 2015

For what it's worth, think Pearson's wrong to say three penalties. But two, definitely: Bony on Schlupp & Fernando on Kramaric.

Mar 04, 2015

Pearson also banging drum for video technology. "Fifa have decided in their wisdom to block it and that probably says something about Fifa."

Mar 04, 2015

Nigel Pearson trying his best not to have a go at referee but adamant Leicester should have had three penalties

Mar 04, 2015

Lot of focus on Kompany tonight but a wake-up call for Samir Nasri too. Nasri not even on bench and Pellegrini confirms the player was fit.

Mar 04, 2015

Pellegrini explaining here why he left out Kompany. "It was not difficult because we needed to refresh the team mentally and physically."

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