They could yet go far, but as things stand it is still relative failure from the under-performing English at a major tournament, again. However, this is different failure and that in itself is actually a silver lining of sorts - literally just because it isn't the same as countless times before
While it's the norm to announce a new manager who takes over immediately, there has been a rapid increase of premature appointments months in advance, who are set to take over at the end of that season.
Many words have been used to describe the last season in English football, but one more than any other: unpredictable. A quarter of the way through t...
For the first time in a long while - if ever - there's almost as much anticipation surrounding the battle between half a dozen different managers next season as there is around the players. It's... well, it's all gone a bit Game of Thrones, hasn't it? Fractured followings, disputed kings, all vying for one ultimate prize - which they all know they can't hold forever.
Mourinho's finally got the chance he's always yearned for at Old Trafford, so it's time to live with it. Disregarding his meltdown at Chelsea last season, this is a man who knows what he's doing, and knows how to get results - no matter how he goes about getting them. He'll stick to some old habits, and winning will be one of them.
The arrival of the former Chelsea boss represents another new era in the red half of Manchester - fans probably didn't think they would have had quite so many fresh dawns in the three short years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired - and a lot of people are clamouring to now see big changes.
As Indonesians, accessing the official website of the English Premier League (EPL) offers a channel to something interesting. The website has seven la...
There doesn't appear to be any chance of recovering a working relationship between Guardiola and Toure looking at comments published in the past, but disregarding the bad taste, Pep will certainly not carry any passengers when he arrives in Manchester. Toure's time is up. Everybody recognises that now. And while we should look back fondly on his time in England, his time to move on has been long overdue.
Okay, so let's get the final result against Newcastle out of the way first. Inexcusable, embarrassing, and in a tragic kind of way actually rather amusing given the plaudits that have been welcomed throughout the season. A draw, just a little draw, against one of the worst teams in the league was all that was needed to prove Spurs had been better than Arsenal.
Manchester United's Premier League season is (finally) over, and there's only the FA Cup standing between the entire world and finding out whether Louis van Gaal is getting the boot this summer. Jose Mourinho insists he doesn't know. Van Gaal says he's staying, but... well, he would. Ed Woodward is busy trying to figure out how fax machines work, so we're not getting an answer out of him any time soon.
Let the record show that City astonishingly failed to win consecutive league games between mid-October and early April when, finally, a 4-0 win over Bournemouth was backed up by a scrappy and arguably undeserved victory against West Brom.
If it really is the Premier League's worst-kept secret, then it's a sorry curtain that descends on a great season. Quique Sanchez Flores is a descendent of a famous ballerina. His godfather was the supremely brilliant Alfredo di Stefano. He knows what it takes to entertain.
I've had a bit of a love hate relationship with Newcastle United fans, I love their passion for their club and you have to have the up most respect for them for that, but you get one little transfer deal fall through like 'Bas Dost' not signing on Tuesday ;) and you would think I personally relegated them from the amount of abuse I got off a majority of them on Twitter!
With the success of the Foxes, the city itself will at last get the recognition it deserves. When people across the world spin a globe, they will point to Leicester; when they visit the United Kingdom, they may now make the journey to the centre of world club football, the King Power stadium. Leicester's motto, 'Semper Eadem' means 'Always the Same'. This is a rare moment to disagree with history, but things are not the same in Leicester anymore, and they will never be again.
It might seem foolish to talk about a football competition and a democratic election as if they were comparable. Maybe I've extrapolated a certain mawkish sentimentality from the simple facts. Maybe. But if they only other option is certainty of failure, I'll take possibility of the improbable, thanks.
Arsenal have an amazing foundation and some world class talent that we haven't seen since the Thierry Henry days. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and the excellent upcoming talent of Hector Bellerin gives the North Londoners enough quality to challenge for the title every season, but Wenger should work with the fans instead of against them to weld the squad into one capable of lifting the title one last time before he calls it a day.