The Lead

It’s Friday, which means there’s nowt going on save for the soft-ball-of-a-story we already knew was on its way: ‘Arry ain’t gonna share jobs between Spurs and England, no way, no how. And, clearly aware he’s the current flavour of the month among the press and the wider partisan world of club football (Ferguson bigged him up as well), he’s content to play Mr. Humble:

Asked if he was flattered to be the popular choice to lead England, he said: “Yes of course. It’s nice if people put me in a position where they think I’ve got a chance of getting the job.

“It is flattering, other managers have come out and said nice things and I appreciate everybody’s support really.”

In other words, right now ‘Arry is the Anfield Cat. Springing on the scene in an otherwise boring news cycle, with his lovable face and cute cockney accent, we’re content to watch him wander round a bit before England gets on with the serious business of whether Luis Suarez will shake Patrice Evra’s hand, or vice versa.

He’ll run out the season, finish efficiently in third place, be heralded as a tactical genius for avoiding St. Totteringhams Day, and then up-sticks and take over the world’s best/worst job. Until then, we have to wait until the steward gets near enough to pick him up and find him a nice home.


The Ontario Soccer Association NEEDS YOUR HELP.

Joey Saputo leaves it a tad late to go to Europe in search of a Designated Player for the Montreal Impact.

Some Whitecaps humour at the expense of a certain television sports commentator.

Toronto FC players need to step up.

And some TFC academy kids go back to school.


What you won’t read about elsewhere regarding Redknapp’s tax evasion trial.

The comedy stylings of Kenny Dalglish.

Ryan Giggs inches closer to the day when he reveals he’s a robot sent to us from space.

‘Stuart Pearce was a racist’ story gains some steam.

We know when Thierry will leave Arsenal again.

Patrick Viera claims refs are singling out Man City.

Some uncomfortable assassination metaphors in this AVB piece.

Maradona has something to say.


Galliani slaps down Chiellini in growing Ibrahimovic furor.

AC Milan captain Ambrosini piles on as well.

Massimo Moratti silences Capello to Inter talk.

James Horncastle looks over the wasteland of the Serie A transfer window.


La Liga Loca’s full weekend preview.

Andy Brassell on Malaga.


With Stanislawski sacked at Hoffenheim, Markus Babbel takes his place after a lengthy and considered search process which took one day. Brilliant guys.

Bits and bobs

Neymar scores a hat-trick, continues to be overrated somehow.

Bob Bradley’s principled stand in Egypt.

Soccer isn’t chess.

And that, give or take, is the story so far…