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Sunderland and Hull – The Double Droppers?



Sunderland & Hull

Both of these clubs currently find themselves lingering towards the bottom of The Championship having recently felt the pain of PL relegation back in May 17.

Friday night’s first half horror show saw Hull dumped from the FA Cup and even tho Sunderland a slight improvement  with this weekends draw against Middlesbrough, more games pass these two by as they stare back-to-back relegations in the face.

Not all is doom and gloom though! Despite last seasons’ poor performance bank balances will still be given a shot in the arm…

Over the next three years, Sunderland will receive 55% of the near £100m they made from TV revenue, 45% the following year and 20% in the third. However, Hull will only be entitled to the first two payments. Because they suffered relegation after only one season, thus voiding them of the final £20m payment.With the business end of the season fast approaching it is difficult to make a case for either of the sides escaping given how the first 30+ games have gone.

Chris Coleman and Nigel Adkins are now the men with the world on their shoulders, having inherited inferior players from Simon Grayson and Leonid Slutsky respectively. Each dugout has been occupied on a number of occasions in recent seasons, this has not helped either cause.

Adkins was looking for a way back into the game so was always going to accept the offer from the Tigers but Chris Coleman must spend his evenings wondering what ever made him say yes to one of the most undesirable jobs in the country. You have to question yourselves when you can’t tempt a manager from outside the Old Firm north of the border to leave his club for yours at this level. Derek McInnes looks to have made a shrewd decision to stay put.

The transfer dealings over both windows would indicate nothing other than sheer panic. I mean Ashley Fletcher, Lee Camp, Ovie Ejaria and Marc Wilson have come through the doors at the Stadium Of Light while slightly further south at the KCOM the incomings such as Seb Larsson, Michael Hector and Fraizer Campbell aren’t the players required at this particular stage of the clubs history.

They both need proven footballers and perhaps a couple of “statement signings” in order to get the fans back in the stands. Both of their last home league games have seen a total attendance of 45k watch on, not even enough to fill The Mackems 49k capacity once over!

Speaking of home games the SAFC fans have had to endure more pain than most, they recently went a year without gaining a needed 3 points to their total.We all know that there are no easy games in the Championship and that will be the case in the coming weeks as most sides will have something to play for.

Finding themselves in League One next season and lining up against the likes of Walsall and Gillingham will be a glaring reality check of their poor performances both on and off the pitch.
Both clubs, like most, carry debts with them year on year and realistically you have to wonder that if they both succumb to relegation this year will we ever see these clubs climb back up the leagues?

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Allardyce, Pardew, Hodgson – Relegation Saviours or Bottom Feeders?



Sam Allardyce, Allan Pardew and Roy Hodgson have all been chosen by PL clubs over the course of this season and entrusted with keeping Everton, WBA and Crystal Palace respectively in the richest league in the world.
Why? Why? And Why?

Over 80 years of managerial experience and no major trophies on any of these CV’s.
18 stints at PL clubs between them and yet here we still are looking at them scrapping with the rest for survival. We’ll try not to point out that a lot of these clubs now find themselves in financial troubles… Make of that what you wish.
Sure there has been the odd good run which has seen Pardew make a couple of FA cup finals, Roy steered Fulham to the UEFA Europa League Final and Allardyce turned Bolton into a top flight side.

Since being unveiled to the press their combined 2017/18 records make for poor reading:-
Played – 60
Won – 16
Drawn – 18
Lost – 26
Win % – 26.6%

2 ex England managers and a former candidate for the top role. Would Koeman, De Boer or Pulis have done any worse? Surely not.

Fingers are often pointed by various pundits when foreign appointments are made, claiming that this is what is hampering “young British Managers” – total nonsense. It is the continuous appointment of these journeymen stopping the likes of Derek McInnes, Gareth Ainsworth and Paul Hurst gaining opportunities for jobs well done in difficult circumstances with budgets similar to the size of a Palace reserve player’s yearly wage.

The only argument that anyone could throw into the mix here would be that Everton are currently occupying a top 10 position. To put that into context, Burnley were 6th 11 league games ago, they haven’t won a single game in those 11 and are currently 7th. Take away the top 6 and the league is nothing other than competitively poor.

West Brom appear doomed and it may make sense for Pardew to ask Barry & co where they left that taxi because he’ll be needing it shortly.

Palace’s good run has ended and Everton’s initial resurgence has stalled.
Stoke were ignored by all except Paul Lambert, does this truly indicate how much of poison chalice a PL managers job is? Or are the relevant boards not football savvy enough to know to pluck a good manager from relative obscurity?
Playing it safe could be about to backfire!

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Video | Shocking Scenes as Eight Sent off in Mass Brazilian Brawl



A Bahia state championship match was abandoned yesterday as ten players, including substitutes, were sent off for Vitória and Bahia.

 The aftermath of a penalty just after the half-time break ignited a match which had already shown signs of boiling over. Bahia’s Vinicius converted the spot kick before celebrating in front of the home fans with pelvic thrusts Shaggy would have been proud of.

This was much to the annoyance of the home fans and players. What had initially been a typical scuffle erupted when Vitória’s Kanu threw a one-two combo that would have been at home in Saturday’s Super Middle-Weight title fight.

The subsequent brawl was eventually broken up fifteen minutes later with the referee sending off eight players (three Vitória , five Bahia). With ten minutes left, however, a further two  players received their marching orders and the match was abandoned.

To put the amount of red cards into context:

There were two more sendings off in that initial brawl than £35 million striker Andy Carroll managed league goals (6) during his time at Liverpool.

It is also same number of red cards as Patrick Viera, Richard Dunne and Duncan Ferguson, the most sent off players in Premier League history, saw in their entire top-flight careers.

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New Las Vegas franchise unveil two ridiculous kit



Progression is being made in the MLS for the first professional team in Las Vegas in almost 40 years

The Las Vegas Lights were finally granted expansion team status in the United Soccer League (the third tier of US soccer) last year and have now unveiled their first ever kit.

Vegas is renowned for it’s glitz and glamor and the new franchise have decided to follow suit with the clubs identity.

The luminous colours of the strip and badge have been carefully selected to represents the lights of the famous Las Vegas strip.

Buts thats not all, the club not only have two different sponsors for their home and away kit, they have also  placed on the inside of the shirt a confetti laden smile face on the home shirt and the king of burgers, The Burger King himself on the away shirt.

If Only Fabrizio Ravanelli was still playing he’d be in for a big money move.   It’s surprising that Vegas haven’t jumped on the MLS gravy train earlier. If nothing else it will give stag do organisers another event to add to their lists.




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