Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Is Paul Pogba turning out to be Mourinho’s latest misjudgement?

The increasingly public spat between José Mourinho and Paul Pogba, sparked by the French midfielder’s recent underwhelming form, has provoked a lot of debate across the football-focused media about which of the two parties should carry the blame. Is it Mourinho’s fault for not playing Pogba in his reportedly preferred position? Or does the blame […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers- Desperately trying to avoid breaking football’s greatest taboo.

As I described on these pages back in the autumn (, the increasing obsession brought about by Mrs Football Nerd and my continued attendance at Leyton Orient has built a major football-supporting dilemma for me. With Orient having been relegated out of the League for the first time in 112 years at the end of […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Theatres of Silence- it’s football José… but not as we know it!

Normally I try and take everything that self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ José Mourinho says with a large dollop of salt, mindful of the fact that every single soundbite has been calmly and carefully crafted with a specific purpose and intention. However this weekend the Machiavellian manager’s utterings about the Old Trafford crowd and the lack of […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- Arsenal are proactive in the transfer window for once…but will it be enough to breathe life into their season?

So that’s it, it’s all over for another seven months, the transfer window has ‘slammed shut’, Jim White of Sky Sports News has packed away his yellow tie, the reporters sent off to cold football stadium car parks across the country can now get back to the jobs they actually trained for and Riyad Mahrez, […]