Emery bored?

Unai Emery seemed to justify his decision to drop Arsenal’s highest earner and arguably their most skillful player, Mesut Ozil, yesterday by explaining, ‘At certain times you have to provoke friction with footballers. From that friction, you can get something more out of them, a greater sense of ambition.’

That may be so but it is only part of the reason Ozil finds himself out of favour with his new boss. The real reason remains unsaid

Football and the Forking Path

This is a guest blog from someone who prefers to be Anonymous. They disagreed with my blog about Mourinho being yesterday’s manager:

Sir, having read your piece about Mourinho I felt the need to correct you, or at least add what is a serious omission. The real reason that Mourinho may never manage a top club again is because he became too ‘English’ : there is no English coach at a top 10 club across Europe. WHY? I shall explain. But first: