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The Tanner Report / Ciao Ranieri

The departure of Claudio Ranieri yesterday did not come as any surprise. The taunts from the Fulham fans of “You don’t know what you’re doing” at the last two games indicated that he if he might have lost the dressing room he had certainly lost the confidence of the fans. Some of his [...]

March 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina File

Conscious that not every one in the UK who reads the Rust is as interested in Fiorentina as myself I do try to find a British angle. Over the last few years the Viola have acquired successfully from Premiership clubs – Alonso, Salah, Borja Valero, Kataniklic, Claudio Sanchez, Pizarro. Last [...]

February 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: West Ham 3 Fulham 1

The relegation trap door is becoming more open and Fulham are stumbling towards it. Claudio Ranieri can claim with some justification that the West Ham equaliser by Hernández was a blatant and calculated handball. This view does not alter the fact that keeper Sergio Rico flapped at the cross which [...]

February 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brighton HAFC 3 Derby 1

I was there at Wembley in 1983 for the FA Cup Final between Manchester United and Brighton which ended 2-2 and famous for “And Smith must score …” (our Gordon Smith fluffed his lines and didn’t) and the replay which we lost 4-0. After that both Brighton and the FA Cup went into [...]

February 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Sporting Weekend

The appalling weather is not confined to here as the USPGA in Pebble Beach is, as I write, unfinished though Phil Mickelson holds a three point lead with only a few holes remaining. It’s such a beautiful part of the world with breakers and cliffs alongside the 3 courses but the waves were [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Fulham 0 Manchester United 3

Although we had two scoreable chances in the first 10 minutes, the new look Manchester United ran out easy winners. It was the same old, same old defensive lapses, it’s now 58 goals conceded. It’s time to assess Claudio Ranieri and the place to start is his first game against Southampton. He [...]

February 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

My sporting weekend

It was a mixed weekend for me with losses in the Six Nations, Premier and Superbowl redeemed by top seven finishes by Ian Poulter living up to his nickname The Postman (he always delivers) and Matt Kuchar. Above all, it was a superb weekend of sport . It started on Friday with France v Wales. I [...]

February 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report : Crystal Palace 2 Fulham 0

This was a game that Fulham had to win – or at very least not lose – to maintain the momentum of the second half recovery against Brighton. Three points would put us within striking distance of the group just above the relegation zone. It was a sterile performance with one shot on goal. [...]

February 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 4 Brighton 2

At half time on a freezing, wet night Fulham seemed doomed to relegation as supreme goal poacher Glenn Murray put the visitors two ahead. A second half revival which will live long in the memory resulted in an epic 4-2 win. Two goals down, Ranieri changed the system taking Tim Ream off switching to [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Hugh McIlvanney – The Master – RIP

The news came overnight that Hugh McIlvanney had died at the age of 84. Without doubt he ranks among the all-time great sport journalists, not just those produced in the UK but anywhere in the world. Like many others I shall wait for the obituaries that will record, sum up and assess his career [...]

January 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

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