It is a sad day for football when a club like Darlington can be close to going out of business. The club has a beautiful 25,000 seat stadium and a rich history in the northeast of England. However, it has been poorly run, fell out of the Football League and is now on the brink of extinction due to a lack of funding. This at a time, when Carlos Tevez is paid over £200,000 to do nothing, but sit at home. Football is not just about the EPL and the Champions League and a club like Darlo is a reminder of what can happen when money is not spent wisely or invested back into the game.
Norwich City and Swansea City under Paul Lambert and Brendan Rodgers respectively have been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League. Both teams play an open brand of football and have earned the respect of opposition and neutral supporters alike for the manner in which they have played. While the plaudits come their way Lambert and Rodgers would do well to remember that clubs such as Hull City and Blackpool have had similar starts to their top campaigns only to hit a brick wall and eventually suffer relegation. It would be great to see the Canaries and the Swans survive for another season, but there is a long way to go before they are assured of their top flight status.
This time last year many pundits in the media were telling Arsene Wenger that he needed to buy two players in the January transfer window to ensure his side would be in the title hunt in May. Wenger did not spend and a disastrous run of results stemming from the Carling Cup Final loss to Birmingham put paid to Arsenal’s title challenge. Spurs now occupy the position of outsiders in the title race and similarly to Arsenal need at least two players to continue to push Man City ’08 and Man United for the title. Harry Redknapp needs to buy a prolific or consistent goal scorer, a winger who can cover for Aaron Lennon on the right and Gareth Bale on the left, while a fit center back would not be an unwanted luxury with the likes of Ledley King and William Gallas in the squad. If Redknapp can add at least two players to his squad along with a return to fitness of Tom Huddlestone then Spurs could still be in contention come May. Even if they do not challenge the spending power of Manchester the two new signings should secure a top four finish and ensure that two of Arsenal, Chelsea ’03 and Liverpool miss out.,
There have been many high profile incidents in English football in recent years regarding two footed tackles and whether or not they merit a red card, a yellow card or no punishment at all. UEFA and FIFA are not needed to solve this discussion because the answer is quite simple. When a foreign player – Vincent Kompany, Ayegbeni Yakubu, Younes Kaboul, Fernando Torres - makes a two footed tackle it is a red card offence. When an English player – Glen Johnson, Paul Scoles, Wayne Rooney, Phil Neville – makes a two footed tackle it is not a red card offense.