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The play offs

Most supporters and Sky Sports love the play offs but that does not deny their intrinsic injustice. So when Derby, who finished 11 points ahead of Brighton and beat them twice, won at the Amex last night justice was done – but not totally the job. The Amex is a rousing place and whilst the [...]

May 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Tanner Report

I’m enjoying a couple of days off on the south coast with my missus and decided not to journey back to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the Youth Cup Final. I could say that I was still angry about the weak-kneed way we left the Premier, but the truth is the game was on ITV 4 and I [...]

May 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

I do not know who had the worse Saturday, Alan Tanner or me. I was in the Stadio Olimpico for the final of the Coppa which Fiorentina lost 3-1 to Napoli. Before the game there was a serious shooting incident which delayed the kick off for some 45 minutes.  The Napoli fans did not want the game to [...]

May 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

20 Reasons why Fulham were relegated

1) dismantling the old Fulham board of Cole, Collins and Turner when Khan took over; 2) believing Alastair Mackintosh the CEO could  run the club without the input of a Fulham board; 3) not having an adequate left back all season; 4) getting rid of Aaron Hughes, without whom Brede Hangeland was [...]

May 4, 2014 // 4 Comments

The Tanner Report

As worshipful master of my lodge I cannot easily drop out of Masonic dinners, even when they clash with a Fulham game. So, last night, I was resigned to missing the Youth Cup Final between Fulham and Chelsea. The dinner finished at 9.00pm, so I jumped into a taxi to catch the second half on [...]

April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Fiorentina file

Fiorentina were assured of 4th position and a Europa League place after winning at Bologna, our 9th away win and a club record. Traditionally la Viola are indomitable at the Artemio Franchi in Florence but less reliable on our travels. It’s been  a successful season, given that for most of [...]

April 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Although one view might be that sloppy defending cost us the points, I blame more Felix Magath for four reasons: 1) he set up the team wrongly in the first half. Riise, a slow left back, cannot play left midfield and Holtby was ineffective on the right; 2) to correct the position, Magath made two [...]

April 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Legends don’t maketh success

The decision to draw on the talents of the class of 92 at Manchester United seems flawed to me. Legends always go down well with fans, but history shows they are better suited at being ambassadors or hosting a lounge. The demands of building a successful outfit, being savvy in the market, working [...]

April 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Given that we had four key absentees – Reither, Richardson, Diarra and Holtby – and that two superb saves were required by Lloris, the performance was not as disastrous as the result, or indeed the other results. It was a performance such as we have often seen, where we matched the [...]

April 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Arsenal 3 West Ham 1

Last night I was at the Emirates to assess Arsenal’s chances of obtaining a Champions League berth and a West Ham side that has comfortably survived but  whose manager  Sam Alladyce is derided by their fans. In a scrappy first half West Ham took the lead only for the Gunners to equalise [...]

April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

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