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Bobby McMahon

Bobby McMahon

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.


Raves and Rants – Hear The One About Harry Redknapp and His Trousers?

Written by on January 24, 2011 | 3 Comments »
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Soccer Report has now been operational for three months. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors who have provided comment and analysis through their articles. I also want to thank all of you who visit the site regularly and use the comments to express your views.

Traffic on the site has more than doubled in the three months of operation and I believe it can continue to climb over the next quarter. If you have friends who you think might enjoy the articles posted at Soccer Report please send them the link.

Thank you

Bobby McMahon

Best Reads

A compilation of some of the best articles and blog postings from the last week.

Opta takes a look at Darren Bent’s performances on the back of his move to Aston Villa.

My team Dundee could soon come out of Administration and into the hands of the fans. Jim Spence is right, the fans cannot possibly make a bigger mess of the club that some of previous sets of owners. And yes, I sent money…..again.

In an excellent three-part series David Conn explains the anatomy of a transfer, profiles the man who has cashed in on soccer’s ever increasing riches – agent Jorge Mendes – and a legal action currently moving through the legal system.

West Ham’s indecision is final – they are keeping Avram Grant because no one else wants a part of them. Mark Segal writes about the role of Karren Brady and how it never worked out as planned.

An insightful piece at footiebusiness on jersey sponsorship values in MLS and Europe. You might be surprised.

Raphael Honigstein thinks that the surprise showing of Hannover in the Bundesliga is being overshadowed by internal squabbling.

Not a soccer specific article but this one on “Why Sports are Streaky by Carl Bialik is certainly applicable.

Steve Davis says if you are looking for videos of old NASL games then Dave Wasser is your man.

If you are going to read just one article this week make it this one by Simon Kuper on Jorge Valdano. Worth noting that although it carries  a publication date of January 21 it seems it was written prior to last weekend as it does not take into account that Barcelona leads Real Madrid in La Liga by four points. Just think the Spanish speaking world has Jorge Valdano and we have Andy Gray.

And to think that we were being told last spring that Fabio Capello was going to name Owen Hargreaves in his World Cup squad.

The Daily Telegraph gives us ten English teenagers to watch for in the future. Pieces like this rarely hit the mark – if there are two very good players to come out of a list like this than I will be surprised.

BBC presenter Olly Foster had trouble with “Cantona” and it came out as something quite embarrassing. A media presenter’s worst nightmare.


“We were in a situation where I was having to be careful with him because he was getting booed on to the pitch, never mind anything else,”

Rangers manager Walter Smith talking of Charlie Adam’s time at Rangers.

“The question that must be asked is if Darren Bent is worth £18m how much is Sandra Redknapp worth?”

IanCransonsKnees commenting on the Darren Bent transfer to Villa story at EPL Talk

“It’s true he’s just a boy, he says what he thinks but not always in the right way.”

Cesare Prandelli on Mario Balotelli.

“It’s a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It’s kind of a mix between football and art.”

The pronouncement by Eric Cantona after being announced as the new director of soccer for the New York Cosmos.

“The best goal of my career, but then I usually only get one a season.”

So admitted Dundee United’s Garry Kenneth after he laced a 40 yard equalizer for Dundee United against Kilmarnock in the 90th minute.

“The Sun said it wouldn’t last 12 months. To be fair, she’s due a testimonial.”

Former West Ham striker and well known ladies man Frank McAvennie comments on reaching his ten year wedding anniversary as part of an interview with Scotland on Sunday.

“I bought some sweets and the next thing there’s two guys on their knees in front of me, tugging my trousers.”

This is how Spurs’ manager Harry Redknapp described getting pick-pocketed in Madrid.

“The game’s gone mad. See charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Yeah. Do me a favour, love.”

Sky presenter Richard Keys shows that he has a poor grasp of sexism as well as irony given that this one came at the end of a conversion between him and Andy Gray in which they criticized a female referee’s assistant not because of her ability but because she is a woman.

There is one thing that he nearly got right though and that is that “the game’s gone mad.” How someone like Keys continues to draw a pay check through association with the game is nothing short of disgraceful. It is not as if this is the first time that Keys has been caught puling stunts like this.

The fact that the tape of the Keys-Gray conversation was leaked to a newspaper tells us a lot about how well these two are regarded by their fellow workers.


“I’ve set up my computer to give me an electric shock every time I go near a US National team message board.” Jeff Bradley

“New York Cosmos hire Paul McCartney as Vice-President of National Anthem Performances,” – stevesirk re-tweeted by Du Nord

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3 responses to “Raves and Rants – Hear The One About Harry Redknapp and His Trousers?”

  1. Bryan says:

    Blackpool really need to work on their diving.It was so blatant it was almost comical.Pires-esque ,even.
    Haven’t seen so much claret spilt since Our Enery used to fight.

    Edin Dzeko just might end up being City’s new Rodney Marsh.
    And Darren Bent just might end up being Villa’s new Peter Withe.

    Was good to see Jamie Trecker on The Channel at last,dodgy barnet and all.
    Always like what he has to say ,even when I don’t like what he has to say.
    Just like Bobby.
    and George.
    Must be a Dundee thing.

    Now as for Warren “I played the game” Barton…

    And for those who think ESPN is the future of televised football in North America ,over the last few weeks they’ve shown where their true colours lie.

  2. Bryan – great “Our Enery” line. Makes we want to “splash it all over.”

    Also reminds me of some of the great British horizontal heavy weights of the 60s and 70s.

    Remember someone saying that instead of advertising on the robes of these boxers you would be better adverting on the soles of their shoes as it would get more TV time.

  3. Theo van Nasregas says:

    Happy 3 Month Anniversary Bobby! Keep mentioning the blog when on the air. That’s how I found out about it. All the talk about operations, expectations about the next Q, etc. makes it sound like you’re on CNBC and speaking about your stock price. Best of luck in the future.

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