A Alexander

Football daft for as long as I can remember. Lifelong Liverpool fan and Socialist. Has actually stood on the Anfield pitch. Played the game, refereed it and reported on it. Best playing time was at under 18 level and enjoyed indoor 5 aside until injury forced me out at 52.

Why do managers always get the blame for failure?
By A Alexander |

Barry Smith is the latest managerial casualty in the crazy world of football but did he get a fair deal? The short answer to that is no, when you consider his pre season situation. It matters little whether you agree with Dundee’s invite to join the premier league two weeks before the start of the [Read more]

Posted in Premiership
Is Charles Green thinking straight?
By A Alexander |

So the chief executive of Rangers has threatened to take the club out of Scottish football if the current proposals for league reconstruction are voted into being. The question is where would they go, at least in the short term, as there is no word of any offers pouring in to accommodate him. Under the [Read more]

Fernando Torres – A Wasted Talent.
By A Alexander |

Anyone who has any doubts about Torres’ ability as a top striker should log on to Youtube and watch the clip of his 81 goals for Liverpool. Discerning Chelsea fans may also pick up on why the club owner became keen on bringing him to the club because as the montage shows he scored against [Read more]

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Fouls plus blethering commentators and pundits
By A Alexander |

I watched the Chelsea Man U game on Sunday and as a neutral believe that Chelsea were robbed as the winning goal should have been disallowed for a clear offside. Another injustice was the red card given to Torres for alleged simulation, or to give it it’s popular name, diving. As a player who could [Read more]

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Terry, the FA and Chelsea.
By A Alexander |

Hats off to Chelsea but not the FA even though it did fine JT and give him a four match ban. Unlike the sympathetic magistrate who dismissed the case against Terry Chelsea’s actions have more or less confirmed that Terry had a case to answer. The fans understandably want to stand by their skipper and [Read more]

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Has the FA backed itself into a corner?
By A Alexander |

The FA has rightly charged John Terry over the racist incident involving Anton Ferdinand, after the former England captain had been cleared following a similar action against him by the police. It would appear that there was insufficient proof beyond reasonable doubt that Terry had made the racist comments even although some other players supported [Read more]

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Did Kenny get a fair deal?
By A Alexander |

Given that Brendan Rodgers has been given a three year deal, apparently without the requirement to reach the top four in his first season, the answer to the question must be no. If the club owners decision to sack him was not down to the lack of a top four finish there must have been [Read more]

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Champions League Final
By A Alexander |

It is hard to believe these days that Scotland once had a specific interest in this final as Celtic’s two appearances in it in 1967 and 1970 took place long before many of their fans were born. The present state of Scottish football suggests that it may never happen again especially as any home grown [Read more]

Posted in European Cup
Poison chalices
By A Alexander |

There are no doubt many instances of this throughout the world of football, none more so than the following examples close to home. In Scotland old firm fans of either persuasion expect instant success as regards title winning or the manager gets the blame. And the worst thing that can happen to a new manager [Read more]

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Leave our Kenny alone
By A Alexander |

There are several southern diddies posing as football writers and the headline which prompted this response came after Liverpool’s win against Blackburn. The quote read “Late Carroll goal spares Dalglish’s blushes” which looks like the usual ploy to create a headline as opposed to an accurate observation. If Carroll’s goal spared anyone’s blushes they were [Read more]

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