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Iain Anderson

Iain Anderson
Iain is a Mancunian that left Manchester for the Costa del Sol in 1993 and has lived there ever since. An avid football and cricket fan, you can read Iain's opinions, only on Pundit Arena.

Celtic & Manchester United Flail, Manchester City Sail

Iain Anderson discusses the main talking points in the last week of European and English football, where Manchester United finally signed a marquee player, while Celtic limped out of the Champions League. So, Celtic become the first club to be knocked out of the same competition twice. Not only twice in one season, but twice in one month, (give or …

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Manchester City Taking Care of Business

Manchester City do not possess all the answers as of yet, but they certainly seem to have most of them, writes Iain Anderson. In the last few days new five-year contracts have been signed by Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, while the club have signed Eliaquim Mangala and sold Javi Garcia. Perhaps the most surprising thing about City …

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Crystal Palace & Burnley Facing Same Fate

On September 13th at Selhurst Park Crystal Palace welcome Burnley. The two teams have a couple of things in common. Firstly, they both play in claret and blue, although Burnley make no attempt to emulate the kit style of Barcelona. Secondly, it is reasonable to assume that they will both finish in the bottom half of the league this season, …

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International Football Has Become An Irritating Interruption

Iain Anderson argues that international football has become more of an obstruction than something to look forward to in modern football. Back in 1966 an expectant English public hoped for World Cup success. They got it. In retrospect this was not the best thing that could have happened to the English game. Every game of the successful 1966 World Cup …

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Luis Suarez – Punishment Should Fit The Crime

So Luis Suarez, nearly a month has passed since his hat trick of bites, and he has been rightly punished. Or so they say.. This writer agrees that, as a professional footballer, missing games is not something he would ever choose to do but, apart from that, where is the punishment? Luis Suarez paid a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs, (approximately €165,000), whilst he …

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Arsenal Boss Unhappy With Lampard Move

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has questioned the motives of Manchester City following the completion of Frank Lampard’s move to the Etihad. The convoluted loan system which sees Frank Lampard arrive at Manchester City appears to have gotten under Arsene Wenger’s skin a little bit. “I heard they want to buy five clubs all around the world. The players will register …

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Cricket, Jimmy Anderson & A Lesson On How Not To Get The Truth

Iain Anderson discusses the problems in modern day cricket where confrontations lead to drawn out, time-consuming hearings. Case in point, the Jimmy Anderson saga. After a hearing lasting 6 hours, overseen by Australian Judicial Commisioner Gordon Lewis, through the technology of video conferencing, Jimmy Anderson will not be punished for allegedly abusing and pushing Ravindra Jadeja, a level three offence. …

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Why Is Rooney Even Being Considered For Manchester United Captaincy?

Manchester United are in need of a captain. England are in need of a captain. It has been suggested that Wayne Rooney could be the stone that kills both birds. Iain Anderson’s  question to the great footballing public is simple: Why? In the sales industry, there is a closing technique variously described as “the Winston Churchill close” or “the Duke …

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Are Manchester City Stronger This Time Around?

Despite Manchester City’s uncharacteristic low-key action in the transfer window, are they still strong enough to win the Premier League? Iain Anderson discusses. A lot is said regarding what should be done in the aftermath of a championship winning season. It’s a generally held opinion that this is the time to strengthen. The assumption is that the other teams, particularly the ones finishing …

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Burnley: Can the “Ginger Mourinho” Stay At The Top Table?

Burnley are back in the big time. That they have achieved this feat within two seasons of being relegated is due, in no small way, to Sean Dyche. Now thoughts go back to Owen Coyle who, after a brilliant start to his Premier League season, started to go downhill dramatically. Worse was to follow. Burnley were relegated after Coyle had …

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