A month is a long time in professional football, eighteen of them is even longer. When Steve McClaren was re-appointed Derby County manager just one month ago, the fanbase was split. Some said his acrimonious sacking in May 2015 as the Rams capitulated at the end of the 2014/15 season was just desserts as his pursuit … More One Month with McClaren; can the Rams turn their season around?
Finishing off the international calendar for the year were a series of tasty looking games for our Home Nations. It was the first competitive fixture of the century for the oldest rivalry in world football, England v Scotland at Wembley Stadium. In Belfast, Northern Ireland’s focus was on doing a respectable job against Azerbaijan, while … More World Cup Qualifiers Matchday #4: The oldest rivalry in the world continues…
First came the passings of Messrs Bowie and Prince in the infancy of this year to end all years. Then the UK’s own political reboot occurred with the Brexit episode in the summer, repercussions of which are still unfelt and unfolding in achingly slow fashion. Now this… An electoral candidate whose campaign relied upon hatred … More President Trump; 2016’s sickest joke yet?
In an extraordinary turn of events, Derby County have made former England boss Steve McClaren their head coach for the second time. McClaren returns to the iPro Stadium just 17 months after he was sacked from the role by current chairman Mel Morris. He signs a contract till the end of the 2017/18 season, with … More Return of the Mac: Steve McClaren’s re-appointment as Derby County head coach confirmed
Another month, another round of international fixtures for the footballing world to feast upon. Usually these are routine matches, but this break in particular had a couple of tasty storylines involving our home nations; how would interim England boss Gareth Southgate get on in his first games in charge? Would Wales wilt under the pressure … More Southgate off to winning start, ROI top the table, with Wales, Scotland and NI stumbling as World Cup Qualifiers reach Matchday #2 & #3
The English national football team are once again without a manager, with Sam Allardyce leaving the post after just 67 days and one solitary game in charge. Following crunch talks with the English FA’s hierarchy at Wembley Stadium today, it has been announced that Allardyce leaves under mutual consent following damaging comments made in an … More Sam Allardyce leaves England job following damaging newspaper sting
Taika Waititi is one of my favourite filmmakers at present. The first of his films I caught was 2010’s ‘Boy’, a fantastic comic coming-of-age tale, the second was the equally brilliant vampire mockumentary ‘What We Do In The Shadows’, and I’m delighted to report that his latest, ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’, is just as great, … More Quirky Kiwi comedy delivers laughs, adventure and plenty of heart – Hunt for the Wilderpeople Film Review