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Top Five Worst January Signings

Since the inception of the January transfer window there have been numerous dud signings, William McGuire takes a look at some of the worst. The January transfer window represents an opportunity for clubs to reassess their squads and bring in new additions to help reach their goals. Sounds simple right? Several factors combine to make the January transfer window a …

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PA Playing Styles: Swansea City FC

Gavin Nolan continues his insight into the playing styles of English football clubs, with Swansea City coming under the microscope this week. Ten years ago, Swansea City A.F.C flirted with the idea of going out of the Football League altogether.  It went down to the last game of the season, which would have ended with Swansea being relegated from League …

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PA Goals of the Week: FA Cup Special

Vincent O’ Shea delivers the best goals from this week’s FA Cup action. The first weekend of the year means one thing: The FA Cup third round. It is one of the most exciting weekends of the season with great games, giant killings and of course sensational goals. This year proved to be no different so here are ten crackers from …

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Spurs will stand still under Tim Sherwood

If Spurs’ two-nil loss to Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup proves anything it’s that sometimes when you set up in a simple manner, you can wind up looking very simple indeed. The sacking of Andre-Villas Boas back in December signalled the end of the foreign, ‘intellectualisation of football’ experiment and Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman Daniel Levy chose …

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January Transfer Window Survival Guide

The January Transfer Window is upon us. For many, it can be endless days of nonsensical rumours. Here’s Donnacha Curtin’s survival guide. It’s that time of the season again, where the media and clubs alike, go into a mad frenzy about which player is going where, why, and how much will he cost? From drawn out transfer sagas, to Sky …

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It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Sacked

Have the English leagues lost respect for managers, showing them the door without giving them a fair chance to impress? Continuity may be the key, writes Gavin Nolan. Football may seem like a silly sport. Twenty-two men in shorts running around a field trying to kick a leather ball into a goal. Broken down like that, you could be forgiven for …

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French Football Five: Cup Special

Kevin Galvin delivers the five biggest talking points from this weekend’s cup action in France. 1. The Football Returns! After taking a break over Christmas French domestic football returned this weekend with the Coupe de France Round of 32. For many teams it proved a good dust-buster ahead of the league’s resumption next weekend. The competition is famed for its …

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The PA Sporting Week: Who’s hot and who’s not?

James Clancy takes us through this week’s edition of the ‘PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’. Who’s hot? Ronan O’Gara A modern sportsman who is seeringly honest, making him that rarest of professionals. Thursday’s RTÉ documentary was of a similarly refreshingly open vein. Thanks for the insight and the memories ROG! Portuguese Government There aren’t many sportsmen whose …

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5 Conclusions from Gameweek 24 in the English Championship

Ryan O’ Neill delivers his weekly dose of talking points from the English Championship. 1. Testing Times for Millwall Things have not been going well for Millwall recently, and Wednesday didn’t prove any different. A spirited performance from the London club was in vain as they went down 3-1 at the hands of table-toppers Leicester City. Despite having more possession …

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Has the romance of the FA Cup returned?

After some surprising results in the third round of the FA Cup, David Rusk questions whether the magic of the cup has returned. After defeats for Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, QPR, and West Ham United, I begin to wonder is the romance returning for the FA cup. Over recent years, managers have treated this competition as a ‘mickey …

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