Perhaps André Villas-Boas' biggest mistake as Tottenham head coach was to not utilise Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togolese has previously been recognised as a disruptive dressing room influence, yet, under the stewardship of Tim Sherwood, has shown why he deserves a starting spot at White Hart Lane.
Proud Canaries officially launched at half time of the Premier League clash against Tottenham, with representatives going onto the pitch with a new banner. I was not only invited and treated like a queen, but I was asked to be an Honorary Chair, having my Black Heart Label Equality fashion brand's logo on their banner to help fight against discrimination.
A few months ago I wrote a summary of Cardiff City's summer transfer activity. Now all the players brought in have had a chance to show what they can do, I feel a quick progress report is in order...
2014 promises much in the way of sport, and now that the unfathomably elongated Festive period- after which people cease eating all day long and work again - has finally come to an end, we can get on with it.
I'm happy to give Tim Sherwood a chance as Tottenham manager. I'm open to his suggestions and ideas. I'm impressed with the increased creativity and flair that the team are playing with; and, I confess, it is great to see Spurs attacking, getting players forward and scoring again...
I like Andre Villas-Boas because he's just some guy, like me. He isn't your usual model of seasoned ex-pro, having already enjoyed a playing career unobtainable to us footballing incompetent hoi-polloi, then becoming doubly enviable with their next career move upstairs. He is just some guy who managed to become a football manager.
Having been vilified by many Spurs fans in recent day for throwing my weight behind the appointment of Tim Sherwood, I deemed it necessary to write a few words explaining the rationale behind my support.
This past weekend cost two notable Premier League managers their jobs, with Andre Villas Boas's sacking from Spurs being the most high-profile. The Portuguese manager got the axe on Monday morning after his Tottenham side slumped to a thumping 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool in front of their own White Hart Lane faithful on Sunday afternoon.
Andre Villas-Boas and Steve Clarke became the latest casualties of a ubiquitous perversion of Christmas cheer this weekend... But for both men, it is a case of 'goodbye but not farewell'. So clique-infested is the managerial merry-go-round that they will be back before you know it.
We see it year after year. Sides newly promoted to the Barclays Premier League have one goal - safety. Just to survive in their first year seems to be the holy grail and is at the forefront of most teams' minds. The quest to become an established Premier League side is a great one, fraught with danger, but there are several shining examples of how it can be done.
Quoting Malcolm X for a football article could be deemed a little eccentric and bizarre, but I believe this particular quote is definitely suitable when discussing modern global football and a particular incident that occurred over the past couple of weeks...
Being busy is only a small part of it. I'll be straight: I definitely thought it would be easier, that I could just switch on the telly and watch my team play. I mean, it's the national sport, an essential part of our history, culture and identity... surely it's on free to air telly? But as a friend explained, stooped over his laptop and modem trying to breathe life into an indifferent internet connection, it doesn't work like that.
Hugo Lloris put a grimace on the face of every health and safety official in the game after playing on for Tottenham on the weekend despite being knocked unconscious by Everton's Romelu Lukaku. Whether it was brave or irresponsible is still up for hot debate, but let's look at some other footballers to have gone beyond the call of duty.
Like most Newcastle United fans I was ecstatic with not only the three points against Chelsea, but also in the manner in which we got them. Yes Chelsea had the better of the first half, but we more than proved ourselves worthy winners with our fantastic display in the second half...
It's exciting times for Tottenham at the moment but you wouldn't have known it if you watched them play on Thursday evening. Fielding a team which included arguably nine first choice players they played with all the style and fluidity of Chucky doing the robot (the doll not the Rugrat).
After a linesman was deliberately hit with a flare during a recent Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur, many feel that not enough is being done to combat such incidents during games. While two men were arrested following the incident, it still highlighted how there is a need for a greater deterrent against potential offenders.