11:35 PM EDT, Thu April 24, 2014
The Liverpool Offside 35 mins ago
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

On Sunday, Liverpool will be facing the sort of side and manager that makes all of us a little more nervous than we'd care to admit but is there logic in fearing Mourinho's Chelsea? Chelsea. José Mourinho. Chelsea. José Mourinho. Both are enough individually to irritate most who pledge neverending loyalty to the Liverbird but together, they've grown into Liverpool's third biggest rival. Manchester United and Everton will always be there. History dictates that those sides will always be ones we're desperate to beat when league fixtures are published. Yet there is something about Chelsea....
Only one of Spurs' Brazilians confirmed for World Cup

Only one of Spurs' Brazilians confirmed for World Cup

Spurs' Brazilian midfielder is good enough to make the Brazil squad for the World Cup. There's a ways to go before this summer's World Cup in Brazil, but Brazil national team manager Felipe Luis Scolari got ahead of the curve a bit and listed several players who are confirmed for the Seleçao: #Scolari confirmó a: David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Paulinho, @neymarjr, Julio Cesar, Thiago Silva y Fred. #Brasil2014 — CENTRAL FOX CN (@CentralFOX_nor) April 24, 2014 It may at first glance like an unusual step for Scolari to name Paulinho to the squad at this juncture -- his backup,...
7500 To Holte 7 hours ago

Villa may be without left back for trip to Swansea

Paul Lambert will have a largely healthy squad from which to choose for this weekend's Swansea City match, but he'll be down one defender. The good news is that most of Paul Lambert's first-choice players who we expect to be available will be for this weekend's trip to Swansea City. Leandro Bacuna, who had a bit of a hamstring issue ahead of last weekend's match, suffered no ill effects from playing and is ready to go. So, too, is Nicklas Helenius. Given 1) the lack of potency in Villa's attack and 2) the need for a target for Marc Albrighton's excellent crossing lately, it wouldn't be...
Chelsea's Ramires Banned While Mourinho Faces FA Charges Over Latest Outburst

Chelsea's Ramires Banned While Mourinho Faces FA Charges Over Latest Outburst

Midfielder Ramires has accepted a charge of violent conduct that will see him banned for four matches. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is again on the wrong side of the FA and facing charges. Finding himself charged with violent conduct by the Football Association late on Wednesday, Chelsea midfielder Ramires had until 6PM BST today to contest the charge. Having chosen not to do so, the player now begins his four match ban for striking out at Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson during last week's home defeat that saw Chelsea all but mathematically eliminated from contention for the league title. The...
The Tilehurst End 8 hours ago

5 Things: Reading v Middlesbrough

Tuesday night saw the Royals claim their first home win since late January, ending a poor run of form that had seen them drop out of the Play-Off places. Bucks Royal brings us his '5 Things' from the match. 1. Atmosphere really does make a difference... As has been noted since the game by fans and players alike, a positive atmosphere inside the Madejski gives the team a massive lift when they really need it. With the Royals protecting a two-goal lead for most of the game, things could have gone very differently if Middlesbrough had been able to get one back. Luckily, the crowd backed the...
David Moyes linked to Spurs? SHOCKING!

David Moyes linked to Spurs? SHOCKING!

David Moyes was just fired. Spurs are about to fire Tim Sherwood. This was inevitable. Two days after David Moyes' ignominious sacking from Manchester United, the English media is positively awash with the news of his sudden availability, and have immediately linked him to the soon-to-be-vacant managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur.  There are articles in the Daily Star, the Metro, the Independent, the London Evening Standard, and the Mirror,  as well as on such illustrious websites such as 101 Great Goals, ClubCall,  TEAMTalk, and ESPN.co.uk. What do all these articles have in...
The Tilehurst End 9 hours ago

TOTW: Youngster heartbreak, jubilation & tributes (PART TWO)

Part 2 of the latest Tweets of the Week! If you missed part one of this edition of Tweets of the Week, click here. Heartbreak. ??feel bad for the young lads @ReadingFC ?? they all have a bright future in the game ?? just work hard and stay humble ??— Michael Hector (@Big_Hec35) April 7, 2014 Thats definition of Spirit, desire, team work! So unlucky not to get through to the final! be proud thought to the end! #readingfc ??— Aaron Tshibola (@AaronTshibola) April 7, 2014 We pick ourselves up and have to bounce back ! Hold my hands up for the final goal which was Disapoonting...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 11 hours ago

Suarez Looks to the Future After Surprising Season

Admitting that even the players have been surprised by their incredible season, Luis Suarez is looking forward to a strong finish and then a few summer signings to help secure Liverpool's position. Having pulled off the transfer coup of the summer last year when they held on to Luis Suarez, Liverpool now appear poised to break a 24-year title drought and capture their first ever Premier League title. Even the club's most loyal supporters weren't expecting a title run at the start of the year—and, admits Suarez, the truth is that the players weren't expecting it, either. "It would be...
The Short Fuse 11 hours ago

Wenger to splash coins at Manchester United midfielder?

The Arsenal board will apparently hand over £70 million to Arsene Wenger this summer. His first target, according to the Metro, is, um, interesting. Here's your daily reminder that sometimes when you reach back and snag that turd out the toilet, it's probably best to just let it float down the sewer slide instead of chucking it up against the wall. The Metro is going with a bit of, shall we say, "gripping, enthralling" news that Arsenal will hand over a significant war chest, to the tune of £70 million, and that the Frenchman is targeting...Tom Cleverley with his first purchase: Arsene...
7500 To Holte 12 hours ago
Podcast: Who to cheer for this weekend, Swansea preview and more

Podcast: Who to cheer for this weekend, Swansea preview and more

Jack and Robert are back for another week of the Holtecast, where we look at the relegation run-in, talk big changes at Villa, and preview this weekend's trip to Swansea. Individually, there are 324 possible scenarios of win, draw, or lose for the bottom six teams in the Premier League now. Try to figure out how those all work together, and your brain will begin to hurt. So Jack and I have done the work for you! We'll be taking a look at who Villa fans should be cheering for in this weekend's slate of Premier League matches. What scenarios push Villa closer to safety? We'll let you...
7500 To Holte 13 hours ago
Heskey won't be Villa's knight in shining armor

Heskey won't be Villa's knight in shining armor

Despite a petition, Emile Heskey will not be knighted. "For services to the public good, by providing countless souvenir footballs to patrons seated behind the goals of numerous stadia throughout Albion." At least that's what I imagine the citation for Emile Heskey's knighthood would read if the government would just get smart and accept the petition from Daniel McCarthy. The rejected request, submitted to the e-petitions portion of the government's website, read as follows: I as many others will, believe that Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey should receive a knighthood for his services to...
The Short Fuse 13 hours ago

Arsenal respond to Sagna rumours by sniffing around Southampton's Chambers

Arsenal could be in line for another Southampton star as Sagna's contract situation drags on. With Sagna's contract situation still lingering as the season ends, Arsenal are, according to The Telegraph looking at Southampton's young full-back Calum Chambers. Besides owning a great name, the fullback would continue what has become an Arsenal tradition of buying great young players from The Saints --Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott. Arsenal scouts have been monitoring the player for a while now, and in recent weeks have intensified their efforts on the 19 year old Academy graduate. The...
7500 To Holte 14 hours ago

Rarely-seen Danish striker may help Villa secure safety

Nicklas Helenius is once again fully healthy and able to be picked for this weekend's trip to Swansea. When Christian Benteke ruptured his achilles and was declared out for at least six months, one player many people brought up as a potential gap-filler was 6'5" striker Nicklas Helenius. But the Danish striker, brought in from Aalborg last summer, hasn't seen the pitch since January, when he scored Villa's only goal in the FA Cup loss to Sheffield United. Aside from Paul Lambert simply not selecting him, part of Helenius' problem recently has been a thigh injury that has kept him out of...
Noel C / The Liverpool Offside 14 hours ago
Sturridge:

Sturridge: "I Don't Know if I Could Control Myself"

Set to face Chelsea with the league title on the line, Daniel Sturridge has admitted he might not be able to stay calm and respectful of his former club were he to score a decisive goal. Having missed out on facing Norwich due to a mild hamstring strain, Daniel Sturridge is expected to at the very least be fit enough to make the bench when Liverpool take on his former club this Sunday. It's a match that, if Liverpool win, keep them favourites for the title and needing only four points in their remaining two games to guarantee it. For Chelsea, a loss would render them mathematically...
7500 To Holte 14 hours ago

Is David Moyes the answer for Aston Villa? It's all about perspective.

Despite a sour ending to his Manchester United tenure, David Moyes undeniably brings a lot to the table. But is he really the manager Villa need to re-ignite the spark? Given the esteem with which Aston Villa fans currently hold Paul Lambert and with rumors that Randy Lerner is planning to sell the club over the summer gain credence by the day, it's not surprising that speculation regarding the club's next manager has been a hot topic of discussion as of late. And with Manchester United making the long-speculated of sacking of David Moyes official, it's only natural that the former Everton...
The Busby Babe 15 hours ago

Giggs tried - and failed - to save Moyes from disciplinary mistakes

According to reports, Ryan Giggs attempted to convince David Moyes not to discipline three Manchester United players after a night out, but was ignored. More stories of Moyesy misery. You may recall the shocking incident which saw not one, not two, but three Manchester United players going out for a drink after the loss to Bayern Munich. Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck were silly enough to get photographed while pillocking around on the streets, and they along with Ashley Young were fined for breaching team orders. It appears that Manchester United's new manager, Ryan Giggs, asked...
Roker Report 15 hours ago
Round-Up: Gus Believes In Santi; Catts 'Chuffed' For Vito

Round-Up: Gus Believes In Santi; Catts 'Chuffed' For Vito

A few noteworthy Sunderland snippets... Gus Poyet has said he always believed that Santiago Vergini would come good at Sunderland after the Argentine endured a tough start on Wearside. Vergini has been a key figure in the club's surprise revival, deputizing for the suspended Phil Bardsley at right back and doing a rather splendid job of it too. Poyet told the Sunderland Echo: I'm delighted for Santi. He came in and he did well. He was very impressive. He's calm on the ball and I know he might run in an unusual manner and pass the ball in a risky way at times, but he is adapting to this...
Roker Report 16 hours ago
Report: Stalwart Still Open To Sunderland Stay

Report: Stalwart Still Open To Sunderland Stay

At this point, Phil Bardsley is one beat away from shaking it all about. Phil Bardsley may have a Sunderland future beyond this season after all, report the Journal. The long-serving defender appeared to be finally on his way out of the club recently when Gus Poyet revealed "it doesn't matter where we finish - I cannot see [Bardsley] staying at the club." That declaration was reportedly a little premature with more talks between the club and player always scheduled for the end of the season. To be honest, the constant talk of out-of-contract players is starting to become a little annoying....
The Busby Babe 16 hours ago

Did academy tampering damage Moyes?

According to reports, David Moyes' attempts to shake up Manchester United's academy may have done his position more harm than good. Interesting story from the Manchester Evening News today. According to their man Stuart Mathieson — on whose reliability TBB has no opinion — Moyes was attempting to shift the focus of the academy away from teaching technical ball-skills, towards producing a more physical type of footballer. According to the piece: Unfortunately it is understood that Moyes effectively tampered with his own job security by attempting to produce a more athletic next...
Roker Report 17 hours ago

YOUR 'I Was There' Sunderland Moments...

We asked you for your fondest Sunderland memories, regardless of whether they were glorious or daft. With such a HUGE game looming this Sunday, we asked you for your 'I was there' Sunderland moments for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the game. It's fair to say that the response was immense, and we wish we could have published every one but we simply don't have enough time sadly. But please see below for a selection of the responses from the weird to the wonderful. This club, man... The lucky winner of the tickets has been selected at random and we'll be in contact soon. Thanks to...

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    Ramires

    Chelsea's Ramires accepts four-game ban and will miss title run-in

  • 4 Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge hoping to return against Chelsea on Sunday

  • 3 Nicky Butt

    Nicky Butt

    New Manchester United assistant Nicky Butt relishing 'proud moment'

  • 3 Hugo Lloris

    Hugo Lloris

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  • 2 Tim Sherwood

    Tim Sherwood

    David Moyes being considered by Tottenham as possible successor to Tim Sherwood

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