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Saturday 10 May 2008
It was in his trademark dour tone (two octaves lower than Leonard Cohen) that Steve Coppell last night issued his rallying call in Reading's fight for Premier League survival. "Just be grateful that after the season we've had we still have this opportunity to stay up," he declared.
Sunday 04 May 2008
Friday 02 May 2008
Reading have suspended their midfielder Emerse Fae and centre-back Ibrahima Sonko for two weeks following a breach of club discipline.
Sunday 27 April 2008
Goal-starved they may still be but Reading have at least added a point to their desperate battle for Premier League survival. Although less suited by this draw than their hosts, they remain a point out of the bottom three and still have a last-afternoon visit to Derby as a possible get-out-of-jail card. They could have as easily won a tension-strewn contest as lost it and, in having to settle for only their sixth League draw of the season, keep their destiny in their own hands.
Monday 07 April 2008
Before leaving a most satisfied stadium, Kevin Keegan's last words on Saturday focused on turning such satisfaction into anticipation. Asked about names that are floating around his head for recruitment in the summer, Keegan replied: "I've got an idea who I'd like to bring here, but I might be dreaming."
Sunday 23 March 2008
Monday 17 March 2008
It is difficult to criticise a manager when he has taken a club to two European Cup finals in three years, but that has never curbed Liverpool supporters driven to distraction by Rafael Benitez's constant changes. Now comes the test.
Sunday 16 March 2008
They used to call Robbie Fowler god on the Kop so where that puts Fernando Torres in the celestial hierarchy is open to debate. Certainly, the current El Niño seems insufficient for a striker who is scoring virtually every time he plays.
Monday 11 February 2008
For a footballer, versatility can be as much a curse as an asset, particularly if no one can decide what you are really good at. Ask Phil Jagielka. In 287 games for Sheffield United, he performed with distinction in every function, including goalkeeper. Neil Warnock, his manager then, said he was "the sort of player you want to have in three positions at once", but could never quite identify the one he should make his own.
Saturday 09 February 2008
The Premier League's plan to play 10 games abroad may have incensed football fans but for Sir Alex Ferguson it was the timing of the announcement that caused the Manchester United manager to lose his temper. He was so angry about the proposal being leaked that he even hinted yesterday that he "will not be here" by the time the plan is projected to come to fruition in 2011.
Saturday 09 February 2008
Everton have dropped Nigeria's Yakubu for today's home match against Reading after his late return from the African Nations Cup. Yakubu was expected back at Goodison on Wednesday following Nigeria's quarter-final elimination by tournament hosts Ghana but did not turn up until yesterday, Everton said in a statement.
Saturday 19 January 2008
Friday 18 January 2008
For every Harry Redknapp, there is a Howard Kendall. For every Graham Taylor there is a, well, Graham Taylor. The adage goes that managers who return to their former clubs never repeat their success and the adage is, with a few startling exceptions, usually proved correct. Still it does not stop clubs trying.
Wednesday 16 January 2008
With Forecast on the bench – young Tommy of that surname being the 21-year-old Tottenham reserve goalkeeper – and given Reading's apparent, though protested, public indifference to this competition, it was predictable enough that Spurs should win and earn a fourth-round FA Cup tie away to Manchester United. It was all the more predictable because, with Juande Ramos as their head coach, they have a man who has not lost a cup tie for two years.
Sunday 13 January 2008
Everyone had been saying Aston Villa looked like a top-six team, but now they can boast a League position to match the moniker. They swaggered into the European berth courtesy of a third successive Premier League victory that was as irresistible as they were irrepressible. In fact, on a sharper day they would have bagged half a dozen.
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