SHORTLIST NOT SHORT ENOUGH?

AVB’s threat to pull out of talks with Tottenham oozes petulance

Ex-Chelsea boss confused by the concept of an interview process

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The Spoiler won’t tackle the logistics of how one resigns from talks as Barney Ronay has nailed that on Twitter, but there is much to find fascinating about Andre Villas-Boas’ alleged anger at being told Tottenham were discussing their vacancy with other candidates.

Perhaps, and it’s a lingering per-ha-psss at that, Jose Mourinho [...]

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TEN BECOMES FOUR

How to shorten the shortlist for the shock vacancy at Tottenham

The bookies’ top ten as ever mixes natty names and expensive duds

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Judging by the best prices available on each candidate, these are the ten men rated most likely to replace Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. Which ones should be approached? Allow The Spoiler to narrow the field…

David Moyes (7/4) Is Moyesy finally about to become unglued from the Goodison Park dugout? He has earned a big [...]

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MANAGER MARKETS

Yo Liverpool, Chelsea, West Brom and Villa – hire someone!

Long wait to learn who will model the 2012/13 range of dugouts

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A group of Premier League chairman have clubbed together to help bookmakers hoover up thousands of punters’ pounds until Euro 2012 begins by ensuring that the various next manager markets remain active.

Or something like that. There are murmurs that Liverpool might make a decision within 48 hours and Aston Villa will find someone else [...]

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CAPTAIN COLE

Ashley Cole is the only man classy enough to succeed John Terry

Well at least it’ll make it easier for you to scapegoat him come June

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If he hadn’t cheated on the apparent greatest living Briton, used hyperbole to show disgust at Arsenal’s stinginess or shot someone with a rifle, would Ashley Cole really be a 20/1 outsider with William Hill to replace John Terry as England captain?

Take all the role model nonsense out of the equation – and why [...]

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BET OF THE DAY

McClaren 5/1 to follow Nottm Forest failure with Dutch title

Second phase of reputation resuscitation therapy is working a treat

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One club’s comedy villain is another’s saviour, and so it was that months after leaving Nottingham Forest with his reputation in England severely wounded once again, Steve McClaren rocked up at FC Twente and immediately had them cooing.

The former England manager’s comeback match ended in a 5-0 thrashing of RKC Waalwijk. Making the success [...]

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TAKE ON THE SPOILER

England are playing! Channel your excitement with a prediction contest!

Five teasing questions, only one winner (unless there’s a tie…)

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The Spoiler can’t decide what’s worse: the thought of two practically football-free months, or the fact that the exception to such a barren period is an uninspiring England game at Wembley?

It should be the first, but [...]

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No, really!

Flippin’ hell! An England friendly that was actually good!

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ghanafan.jpg There are some words that – when we see them in the Radio Times – are guaranteed to make The Spoiler turn the television off in anticipation of an evening of hellish boredom or teeth-grating tedium.

Some of those words include… ‘Vernon’, ‘Gear’, [...]

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