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…on John Bostock and the flawed cult of the loan spell

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John Bostock and Harry Redknapp

John Bostock can't catch a break. Every loan spell is treated as some great disaster and proof of a supposed attitude problem.

It’s the final transfer deadline of the season. The Football League’s crafty emergency loan loophole will be closed in a year or two but until then you have to treasure the last bit of transfer action. The last throw of the dice, the last opportunity to dump some wages, the last chance to bring in that one player that could get you those extra points to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Michael Farrow

March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

…on why rugby union teams will keep going across the divide

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Chris Ashton

"You can try and stop me but the money's too good"

Increasingly rugby teams here and across the English Channel are focusing on getting quality rugby footballers to their club, irrespective of the code they play. Northampton have focused on Wigan’s fullback, Chris Ashton. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

March 22, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Posted in Rugby League, Rugby Union

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…on Stuart Pearce not cashing in on Sylvain Distin

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Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce in his usual pose.

Stuart Pearce is a lot of things but he isn’t stupid. He’s willing to risk losing Sylvain Distin on a free transfer this summer to keep him for the rest of the season. In the age of transfer windows, Bosmans and desperate short-termism, I will never understand the reasoning behind selling a good player and replacing him with a bad one because of saleability. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

December 4, 2006 at 12:25 pm

…on trying to manage unrealistic expectations and get promotion in the most difficult of times

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Dennis Wise as Leeds Manager

"I broke his nose AND his jaw and he was only trying to break up a fight"

It’s unnecessarily hard to be a manager sometimes. Dennis Wise has signed Matt Heath on loan from Coventry to widespread consternation. It seems some people have not really got used to being in a tough spot or really grasp what gets you out of the second tier and into the top division. Matt Heath isn’t a Premier League player, that is for sure but if Leeds genuinely think they can eventually mount a promotion bid, they need to be realistic. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

November 6, 2006 at 6:19 pm

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