Football writer, author of Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, Anatomy of England, Nobody Ever Says Thank You and The Outsider; editor of The Blizzard.

Chelsea ran away in 2014/15, but do not mistake England for Europe - it is tight at the top

thenational.ae — That Chelsea were champions was confirmed with the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on the first weekend of May. In the first half of the season, Jose Mourinho's side were the best attacking team in the division and in the second half of the season, they were the best defensive side.

Jose Mourinho still has what it takes and young English talent does exist

thenational.ae — There was a theory that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho had been badly scarred by his rejection at Real Madrid, when players turned against him, and that he had lost some of his ruthlessness as a result.

Premier League reactions: What a remarkable turnaround it has been for Leicester City to stay up

thenational.ae — SUNDERLAND // At the final whistle, Leicester City's players gathered at the edge of the box in front of the North Stand and applauded their fans, accommodated high up in the third tier. Their fans celebrated the completion of an extraordinary escape and it is a mark of what Leicester have done that they were warmly clapped by the Sunderland fans as well.

Manchester United match gives Arsene Wenger a chance to determine whether Arsenal need strengthening

thenational.ae — There was an astonishing moment last week when Arsene Wenger suggested his side's recent form had led him to recalibrate his thinking for the transfer market. There was a moment of silence, and then the realisation dawned that he meant he was thinking of signing fewer players than had originally been intended.

Hull City and Steve Bruce cannot afford to avoid the task at hand if they are to beat the drop

thenational.ae — All the televisions at Hull's KC Stadium last Saturday before the game between Hull City and Burnley showed the first leg of the Championship play-off match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City. When journalists in the press room asked if it was possible to watch the Everton-Sunderland Premier League match, they were told that the Hull manager Steve Bruce had banned it.

Burnley bow out of Premier League in style while Hull City threaten to join them in relegation to Championship

thenational.ae — Hull // At the final whistle on Saturday, the 4,000 Burnley fans in the top-right corner of the stadium rose to acclaim their team. They had just been relegated, but they went down with a win and with dignity.

Manchester United are making progress under Louis van Gaal despite setbacks

thenational.ae — Only next season, Louis van Gaal finally decided, will you see a true Van Gaal team at Old Trafford. Judge him then, he said. It is just as well, because trying to judge this season has been almost impossible.

Jose Mourinho’s reaction to ‘boring’ Chelsea criticism: ‘My dogs bark as the caravan goes by’

Title success should usher in new era for Chelsea but Jose Mourinho needs to address squad

thenational.ae — Trophies can mark the end of eras or they can mark the beginning of eras. Often, as Manchester City keep proving, teams lose hunger after a title; as Sir Alex Ferguson always said, the real test of a side is whether it can retain its title.

Liverpool? West Ham? Where next for Marcelo Bielsa - one of football's great minds?

mirror.co.uk — So the familiar pattern repeats for Marcelo Bielsa. When the Argentinian arrived at Marseille last summer, players spoke in awe of how tough and how unusual his training session were. Marseille began the season well. Their football was thrilling. Fans loved him.
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May 25, 2015

@alycett1 @JimFrayling @AuthorsCC Well, short fine, maybe. Perfectly placed for the leg-side full-toss trap.

May 25, 2015

All over at Barkby, where @authorscc win 38 runs. Again modesty precludes me mentioning my 2 wkts.

May 25, 2015

At Barkby, @authorscc finish their 40 overs on 253-5. A superb 83* from @ocraske, 44 from @nicholas_hogg.

May 25, 2015

At Barkby, @authorscc are 100-3 of 20 overs.

May 25, 2015

@holland_tom @AuthorsCC As you know, Tom, this is a holistic game. No wicket is an island, entire of itself.

May 25, 2015

@holland_tom @AuthorsCC A top-spinner, two slower balls and a weird shot. That's the gist.

May 25, 2015

@holland_tom @AuthorsCC I can sense your disappointment to have missed it, Lion. But, don't worry, I'll talk you through it.

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