Diamonds are a manager’s best friend: a look at the diamond formation

“They say diamonds aren’t forever, but they certainly are for this manager.”

So go the dulcet tones of Alan Smith on FIFA’s hugely popular football simulation game. Such is the rarity of the 4-3-1-2, 4-1-2-1-2 or 4-4-2 (diamond) formation that it has been gifted its very own Worcestershire cliché when deployed on games consoles across the land. Continue reading “Diamonds are a manager’s best friend: a look at the diamond formation”

The misunderstood talents of Andy Carroll: more than just a master of headers?

By Andrew Misra

“I cause problems”. Not the ominous words of a vengeful villain on the big screen, but those of Andy Carroll on his latest return off the bench against Crystal Palace a month ago. That’s right, he’s back. The pony-tailed beast is back. Big Andy is back. For now, at least.

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Advent Day 8 – Steven Gerrard, Mr. Liverpool

By Andrew Misra

It can be debated until one is blue (or red) in the face, but it’s been done time and time again and will continue to be. Let’s accept that both number 8s that influenced British football most strongly in the ’00s were fantastic players.

They’re now showing promising signs of taking that on-pitch form into the dugout with them.

Instead of becoming entrenched in the ancient debate of who is better, let’s look at a couple of moments – one you’ll have heard of, and one that perhaps you don’t remember quite as readily.

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