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League Focus: The Increase in the Use of a 4-3-1-2 Formation

Ben McAleer | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

While not a carbon copy of Mourinho's 4-1-2-1-2, Manchester United, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool have all, at one point or another deployed a diamond midfield in the 2014/15 campaign. The 4-3-1-2 allows teams to maintain numbers in the middle of the park, but means managers can field a creator in between the midfield and attack.

Ravel Morrison - A New Start at Cardiff City?

Chris Saunders | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Saunders

At the same stage in his career, Leon Jeanne was a highly hyped, pacey, skillful midfielder with the world at his feet. He had a few off-field issues, but City took a chance on him. Now he plays for Weston-Super-Mare. Nothing against Weston-Super-Mare. It's a nice place. I visited once. But let's hope Morrison doesn't go the same way.

Seven Defenders Who Need to Be at Their Best This Season

Joe Difford | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

It's all well and good signing players who can score goals and it's not surprising that the most expensive transfers tend to be attack minded players... In what could well be the most exciting season yet, here's seven defenders who simply must perform this season and what's at stake if they don't.

A New Dawn at Tottenham That May Not Prove False

Theo Delaney | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Sport
Theo Delaney

No strangers to false dawns, the Spurs faithful filed out of the Lane to a murmured chorus of 'let's not get carried away'... But, while a much more thorough examination is in store when Liverpool come to visit next Sunday, the fact that Pochettino's plan was so clear and that it worked so comprehensively was as joyous to behold as it was unexpected.

Five Premier League Clubs Whose Seasons Were Disrupted by Injured Signings

Graham Matthews | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Sport
Graham Matthews

Managers have been taking risks by signing injured players or those with a lengthy injury history for a while now, as well as being desperately unlucky when they pick one up soon after arriving. Here are five recent signings who, had they stayed fit, could have drastically improved their club's season.

Five Things We Learnt From the Opening Weekend of the Premier League

Joe Difford | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

After what has seemed like an eternity Premier League football is back, putting an end to talk about how awful England were in the World Cup, for four years at least... Here are five things we have learnt from the opening weekend of the best league in the world.

Why Sam Allardyce Is Football's Living Dinosaur

Tony Jimenez | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

Let's face it, West Ham are going nowhere fast with his approach to football. There is no long term strategy here, and the fans are ridiculed and criticised for daring to want more... by bullishly clinging on to a bygone era, Allardyce is damaging not only West Ham and the Premier League, but the English game as whole.

Six Premier League Signings That Just Didn't Work Out

Joe Difford | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

After news of Andy Carroll's new injury surfaced, West Ham chairman David Sullivan said that the club would not have signed the crocked number 9 had they known he would be injured, well, all the time. West Ham aren't the only club to regret a signing, however, and here are six Premier League flops who their managers almost certainly regret recruiting.

How Important Is a Manager With Premier League Experience?

Joe Difford | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

A combination of Premier League experience and time is needed if a team are to beat the drop and the way things are going, the sides who have neither of these things are the ones who will struggle. That being said, experience can only come if a manager is given a chance...

Diving, Play-Acting and Simulation - What Is the Solution?

Joe Difford | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Sport
Joe Difford

There are a number of ways to solve the problem of diving and play-acting, but they all come with their own problems. In Chico Flores' case, there is no doubt that he warrants a suspension, otherwise what's to stop him doing it in every game?

5 Of Big Sam's Biggest Upsets

The Huffington Post UK | Edward Tew | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Sport

Although West Ham’s goalless away draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night was an unlikely result – the Blues had an astonishing 39 shots – it shoul...

How the Premier League Can Return the Magic to the FA Cup

Blair Ferguson | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Sport
Blair Ferguson

For it to regain it's prominence in the football calendar, the FA Cup has to make dreams come true again. It still provides us with giant slayers and gives lower league clubs the chance to play against Premier League opposition, but maybe now it needs to offer lower end Premier League teams something more than FA Cup glory.

Obscure Football Rivalries

Chris Whiting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Chris Whiting

Every football fan relishes the appearance of a local derby on the fixture list. It makes the game just that more exciting. But, locality is not the only reason that rivalry erupts in the beautiful game. Here are just seven examples of when feuds have spilled over between two seemingly unrelated clubs....

Samuel Luckhurst

'I Wanted To Sign Lewandowski, But The Money Wasn't Available'

HuffingtonPost.com | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Sport

"Sam, this is Sam from The Huffington Post." I forgive the PR lady for omitting the second syllable. "Ah good name," beams Allardyce, shaking my ha...

How the Premier League Works: Or, Why West Ham May Rue Man Utd's Flappy Keeper

Terry Land | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Sport
Terry Land

It is quite likely over the rest of the season the inability of Manchester United's keeper to deal with corners and the attendant publicity will lead to free-kicks, yellow cards and possibly worse going against West Ham by referees routinely cowed by the bigger clubs.

Wayne Rooney Seems in Limbo - Is It Time for Him to Move On?

Dominic Antill | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Sport
Dominic Antill

If Rooney doesn't stake his claim for a starting berth further forward it wouldn't be outlandish to suggest that now is the time, for him as much as the team, given his age and subsequent value to continue the process of finding himself in different colours.

Time to Put London 2012's Vision Into Action

Karren Brady | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Karren Brady

The generation we need to inspire has never needed us more. The UK has experienced the fastest rise in youth unemployment of any country in the G8 since the start of the recession. Today, nearly one million young people are struggling to start careers or even find any work at all. At the same time, employers struggle to recruit entry-level candidates with the right skills. Last year, a staggering one in four businesses didn't recruit a single young person. The legacy of the Games will be failure if we don't create opportunities for this generation to be successful.

Always Believe in...

Terry Land | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK Sport
Terry Land

My first reaction when I heard Cole might be returning to Upton Park was weary resignation - another washed-up player with his best years behind him and ruined by managerial incompetence.

West Ham Favorites In Olympic Stadium Race

PA | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Sport

West Ham United are the top choice to move in to the Olympic Stadium when it reopens. The London Legacy Development Corporation board (LLDC) unanim...

Andy Carroll 'Gouged Photographer'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Sport

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been quizzed by Dublin Police for allegedly 'gouging a Sun photographer in the eye', reports the Daily Mail. Padd...

Premiere League Round-Up (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK Sport

West Ham 3 - 1 Chelsea Rafael Benitez's start as Chelsea manager took a disastrous turn as West Ham staged a second-half comeback with goals from C...

Race to the Bottom

Terry Land | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Sport
Terry Land

The way forward must surely be members within the crowd calling others to account - it's surprisingly easy to say to somebody, "Mate, that's not on" even if you're not as physically imposing as me.

Throw Them Out Of Sport

Nick Keller | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Sport
Nick Keller

Nothing surprises me about the ignorance, stupidity and aggression of some fans. What shocks me is the inability of the governing bodies, teams and federations to respond with any sort of intention of stamping this behaviour out.

Where Next for David Beckham?

James Hunt | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Sport
James Hunt

David Beckham has announced that the upcoming MLS final on December 1 will be his last game for LA Galaxy, as he seeks one last challenge. With a career that has seen him enjoy spells at Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan and - er - Preston North End, where will be next for the former England captain?

Football Must Get its House in Order

David Gold | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Sport
David Gold

I've never seen a club chairman cry over football, I've never seen a manager do it either. Sure, the odd player has shed tears but I've seen millions of fans with tears streaming down their faces because of their love for their football club and that's why we need governance to protect football from itself.