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Bobby McMahon

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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for and and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


Villas Boas Gets The “Minkey” Off His Back And Di Matteo Masters A Puzzle

Written by on October 1, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur

Late last week Newcastle United of the Barclay’s Premier League announced that manager Alan Pardew and his coaching staff of John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman had signed 8-year contracts.

Although there have been contracts of a similar length – or even greater – they are rare and there has never in my recollection been a manager who has actually seen such a contract through to the end date.

As it stands Sir Alex Ferguson (26-years Manchester United), Arsene Wenger (16-years Arsenal) and David Moyes (12-years Everton) are the only Premier League managers with …if you would like to read the full article please click on this link.

One response to “Villas Boas Gets The “Minkey” Off His Back And Di Matteo Masters A Puzzle”

  1. John Bladen says:

    It’s curious, Bobby.

    Pardew did well with NUFC, but so did his predecessor Hughton – whom many fans were upset to see sacked. Not so much with the stability then was our man Liambis.

    Can’t believe that Ferdinand was a) caught out of position like that and b) tried running w Bale rather than taking him down. The ball was as good as in the net the moment he made that decision… Maybe he was too far away even for an optimistic lunge? Or thought (perhaps correctly) that even 30yds out the card would be red and not yellow?

    I hadn’t considered the “compensation” angle on the coaching staff’s ridiculously long contracts. That makes more sense than anything related to their performance… Ashley looking after Ashley.

    Of course, it could backfire. After recent(ish) sackings, Pardew might decide to do the manager equivalent of putting his feet up, lose his players and wait to be made richly unemployed again.

    Never thought NUFC was bad enough to fall into the LC, but I didn’t think they were good enough to finish as high as they did last year either. Lots of underachievement in the PL last season among the “usual suspects” at the top.

    Thought it was a bit rich SAF complaining about the injury time… if the PL took that decision out of the hands of the ref he wouldn’t have gotten more than 2 minutes, never mind 4. I suppose the alternative would be him bollocking his players for lollygagging through 65 minutes or so…

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