Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: We might not be anywhere near yet, but at least Mikel Arteta has got us all pulling in the same direction.

Given what has gone before: the dog days of Arsène’s reign, the confused tactics and communication of Unai Emery, the appointment of a rookie coach albeit one who could boast a pedigree apprenticeship under one of the most respected and revered managers in modern football, it would have been difficult to find any Gooner who […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Reflections on Liverpool’s dominance, VAR, Leeds United’s return, relegation and football without fans.

So that’s it! After more than eleven months, the most bizarre, surreal and frankly weirdest season that English football has ever known is all but done and dusted. With just the FA Cup Final tomorrow and the Championship Play-off Final next Tuesday to be decided before the campaign can be called complete, what have we […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Congratulations Liverpool – more than worthy Champions- but what can we expect for the future for the new English football rivalry?

Reading the thoughts of uber football expert Jonathan Wilson in the Guardian last week (https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/26/dont-be-tempted-to-think-klopps-blueprint-has-superseded-guardiolas) in the immediate aftermath of Liverpool being crowned champions, one fact from his piece stood out: “It is a measure of what an astonishing season this has been from Liverpool that if Manchester City had won every match they played […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Project Restart gets underway successfully… but what have we learnt about football in the “new normal”?

Yet more technology controversy. 100 days after Coronavirus pandemic-enforced lockdown, the Premier League returned but it wasn’t the same as we remember it. After a minute’s silence to remember those who have sadly fallen victim to this unprecedented and devastating virus, referee Michael Oliver sounded his whistle to signal the fulfilment of Project Restart then […]

Football Nerd Retro Ramblings Part 7: 1988/89- George Graham, Michael Thomas, Anfield and all that.

Part 1: Clough and Taylor conquer Europe (Football Nerd Retro Ramblings- The late 70’s and the 80’s when Football was really Football: Clough and Taylor conquer Europe.)  Part 2: Bob Paisley and the legendary Anfield Boot Room dominate England and Europe (Football Nerd Retro Ramblings Part 2- Bob Paisley and the legendary Anfield Boot Room […]