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Eamon Doggett

I am a big sports fan with a particular interest in football, golf and horse racing. As a Wolves fan, I long for the return of Kenny Jackett and Gary Breen.

Why Do Rugby Players Respect Their Referees More Than Footballers Do?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Phil Jones of Manchester United (L) and Marcos Rojo of Manchester United (R) argue with the referee after there was no penalty given during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on December 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Nigel Owen’s recent suggestion that football take retrospective action against diving is not the first time rugby referees have took a somewhat superior stance and offered suggestions to their football counterparts. You can’t blame Owens and his fellow rugby referees for feeling slightly smug about controlling and having the respect of men two or three times their size, while football …

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Ranking The Top Five Goalkeepers In The Premier League

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur gives instructions during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns on October 15, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Premier League is blessed with many of the world’s top goalkeepers, but here we take a look at five of the best.  _______ 5. Fraser Forster (Southampton) Forster’s performances don’t garner the accolades they deserve. Southampton have some excellent defenders in the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte but their impressive defensive record in recent seasons is …

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Opinion: Do Manchester City Need Another Centre-Back In January?

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City is seen prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor on November 26, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Every season, Manchester City invest in a new centre-half, without ever seemingly strengthening their defence. After the 3-1 home loss to Chelsea, the cheque book could well come out again in January. The Chelsea defeat was somewhat flattering to the visitors, considering Kevin De Bruyne missed an open goal in the second half to put City 2-0 ahead. However, it …

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Bastian Schweinsteiger And Five More Of Mourinho’s Famous Outcasts

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Jose Mourinho manager of Manchester United speaks during a Manchester United press conference on the eve of their UEFA Europa League match against Feyenoord at Aon Training Complex on November 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Bastian Schweinsteiger is said to be preparing to come in from the cold for Manchester United’s EFL Cup tie against West Ham on Wednesday night, according the Sky Sports. But the much loved and admired German has been cast aside by José Mourinho since taking the helm at Manchester United. Wednesday’s quarter-final could be his first appearance for the team this …

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Opinion: British & Irish Football Needs To Turn Its Back On The ‘Get Rid’ Mentality

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: John Stones of England beats Cesar Azpilicueta of Spain to the ball during the international friendly match between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

‘Get rid of it’ is a common cry in football matches of all levels across Britain and Ireland, and it’s the cry that now accompanies Manchester City and England’s John Stones around the pitch too.  England’s recent 3-0 win over Scotland was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggested with many blaming Stones for Scotland’s chances. This is one of …

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Opinion: Football Managers Need To Be Charismatic Actors

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Managers need to be more and more charismatic to survive modern day football. It is often said that you are either born with charisma or not. It’s a hard thing to define but there is an aura about certain people that commands attention and inspires devotion. Frank Sinatra had charisma. Marilyn Monroe had it. Margaret Thatcher had it. Kurt Cobain …

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Football’s British And Irish ‘Lions’ XI

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 12: Gareth Bale of Wales (r) in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ireland and Wales are in the same World Cup qualification group, as are England and Scotland. Therefore yet another hypothetical fantasy team is necessary. So, what would football’s equivalent of a British and Irish Lions team look like? Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster (Southampton) A few mistakes don’t make a bad goalkeeper but for Joe Hart the mistakes have kept coming. His …

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Scott Sinclair: A Talented Victim of Chelsea and Man City’s Wealth

GLASGOW , SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Scott Sinclair of Celtic challenges during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on September 10, 2016 in Glasgow. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

When watching Scott Sinclair playing for Celtic against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday evening, you felt like you were witnessing the emergence of a new English talent. He has frightening pace that often made a mockery of Monchengladbach’s defence. He displayed brilliant technique in coming within inches of curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. …

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Where Did It All Go Wrong For David Moyes?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Sunderland at Olympic Stadium on October 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Sunderland’s recent 4-1 loss to Arsenal equalled the worst ever start to a Premier League season after ten games. In many ways it isn’t surprising. After all, David Moyes is their manager. This is not to dismiss Moyes’ managerial ability. Rather, it is a result of a curse cast by Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013 when he chose Moyes …

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