SWANSEA HAVE ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT LAUDRUP’S SUCCESSORCHRIS WATHAN of the Western Mail says that planning ahead has been a significant part of the Capital One Cup finalists’ success
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
SOME CLUBS have found it difficult going on impossible to appoint – and keep - the right manager. Swansea City have made the task seem so easy you wonder why others have such problems.
FWA Interview: Ian LadymanBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
MEMBERS of the Football Writers’ Association have praised the press facilities at Euro 2012.
Not only is the entertainment on the pitch first class in Poland an Ukraine, Ian Ladyman, northern football correspondent of the Daily Mail, said: “There have been no complaints about the facilities out here.”
My Week: Christopher DaviesMonday December 19
It is at times like this a guy finds out who his friends are, or even who his friend is. Someone, somewhere will be able to do the Christmas My Week...surely? I’ll ask a few of the lads. Bit of a bind having to keep a Christmas diary even for a great cause like the FWA but I have no doubt I can call up a favour or two from somebody. We all go back a long way.
FWA Q&A: Christopher DaviesIn the first of our new ongoing feature, we speak to Christopher Davies of The People about life as a football writer...
Your first ever newspaper?
South London Press
Have you ever worked in a profession other than journalism?
Beckham hopes for another year at GalaxyDAVID BECKHAM’S chances of returning to the Barclays Premier League in January were hit after he admitted he wants to play one more year in Major League Soccer.
Beckham’s four-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy ends in November. Spurs and Queens Park Rangers are keen to offer the former England captain a chance to return to English football this winter while the midfielder is keen to play for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics.
The Road to Brazil starts…in TrinidadONE DOWN...831 to go. Belize 5, Monserrat 2 (att 150) was never going to knock Alex McLeish or Luka Modric off the back pages but the game was significant as it was the first 2014 World Cup qualifier.
The road to Brazil started at the Ato Bolden stadium in Trinidad because there is no suitable venue in Monserrat, an island near Antigua which was almost destroyed by the 1995 reawakening of La Soufrière volcano. Deon McCauley claimed a small slice of history with the first hat-trick of the 2014 campaign.
Loftus Road report, June 2011Brian Scovell and Christopher Davies were the Football Writers’ Association national committee representatives who visited Queens Park Rangers to see media officer Ian Taylor about their new press facilities. If all goes to plan the press box/press room/mixed zone will be excellent. As you will know, Loftus Road does not have too much space but they seem to be making the most of it.
Exclusive – What An Exclusive Really IsA WELL-RESPECTED football writer told me when I was making my way in what we still call Fleet Street that there are usually about five meaningful -exclusives per season.
‘Get one and you’ve done well.’ he said. ‘Two and you’ve done really well. Three, prepare for an award.’
Who could England face at Euro 2012?WILL ENGLAND QUALIFY?
Well, despite their mediocre display against England should reach the Euro 2012 finals one way or the other.
ONE WAY OR THE OTHER...?
The nine group winners qualify automatically plus the best runner-up. As things stand Montenegro, second in Group G behind England on goal-difference, would qualify as the ‘fastest losers.’
Barcelona since 2008On the field – 10/10
In the transfer market: 5 hits, 7 misses
Total loss: £206.6m
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
PEP GUARDIOLA is hailed as the best young manager in world football. No one can doubt his Barcelona Dream Team are one of the greatest of all time.
Yet Barcelona’s dealings in the transfer market in the three years since he was appointed have proved much less successful than Guardiola’s on-field triumphs.