Tags archives: james-milner

Blimey - Slimy Riley wants ‘respect’

‘Cut off the head of the snake’ is an idiom in which you remove the most dangerous opponent first, thereby nullifying the leader so other enemies are more easily defeated. I wonder if it applies to more maggot-like creatures such as Mike Riley, the ‘leader’ of the ‘referees association’ the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL). As Sky Sports News takes it upon itself to run a ‘Support The Ref’ […]

Sterling on the rise as Milner banks a fortune

As Manchester City and Liverpool clash today in the race for a top four finish and Champions League qualification, it’s worth comparing and contrasting the fortunes of two Number 7s. Raheem Sterling and James Milner switched clubs in the summer of 2015 – one in a sh*tstorm of vitriol, the other in a sea of indifference. Sterling joined City to further his career, win trophies and yes, earn top dollars.  […]

Milner moved for medals…not Bosman millions – allegedly!

‘We want you to stay, we want you to stay, Jimmy Milner, we want you to stay…’ Well, that chant from the Etihad masses went down a storm, didn’t it? The truth was James Milner was never going to extend his five year contract at Manchester City – a deal, albeit a verbal agreement with Brenda’s bunch – had been in place for months, well before his move to Anfield […]

Gone, going & going nowhere – resurgent City are on the way back

It was ‘all go’ at the Etihad Stadium – Super Frankie Lampard was going west, ‘Jimmy’ Milner was going east (down the East Lancs Road to be precise) and, quite astonishingly, Yaya Toure was going nowhere! With the Runners-up slot safely secured for the second time in three seasons, Manchester City were going for a sixth win on the spin, a clean sheet so Joe Hart could grab another Golden […]

City swansong on Golden Pond

Automatic Champions League qualification secured, highest scorers and best goal difference in the division, five consecutive wins, a shoe-in for the Golden Boot Award and the Golden Glove within grasp… Manchester City are clearly a club in meltdown! Yes, City have missed out this season on the trophies that really matter, but does anyone really believe that Sheikh Mansour is going to allow his quest for football’s Holy Grail to […]

City can't let history keep on repeating - Liverpool v Man City

Manchester City’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread following this week’s defeat to Barcelona. In similar fashion, City’s Premier League aspirations were perilously close to petering out last season after the seismic 3-2 loss to Liverpool…and we all know how that turned out! The reviled rodent-like Luis Suarez wreaked havoc at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, bagging a brace to put Barcelona in the driving seat in […]

Manuel has no ideas in dunce's corner - Man City 1 Hull City 1

Trust, like reputation, is a priceless virtue. A highly valued but incredibly vulnerable commodity, it accumulates over a prolonged period. Conversely, it’s always at risk if new realities crash in and established perceptions are swept away. Manuel Pellegrini now finds himself at a crossroads in his brief, but hitherto highly successful time as manager of Manchester City. The trust and belief in the affable, professorial-like Chilean is under scrutiny like […]

City on track as Moanrinho & Arsenic hit whinge overdrive - Man City v Arsenal

Premier League titles are never won in January, but can conceivably be lost. Having hauled back what the media would have us believe was an ‘unassailable’ Chelsea, to sit level top on New Year’s Day, Manchester City know that two defeats before the end of the month, will once again seem them lagging eight points behind the Not So Special Snide Sneering One’s league leaders. 2015 is only 18 days […]

City go for record-breaking 10/10 - Man City v Burnley

Resolute, resurgent and resourceful, Manchester City are 90 minutes away from becoming record-breakers as they go seeking a 10th consecutive win in all competitions. Injury ravaged and stripped bare of strikers, Manuel Pellegrini has steered City through a remarkable renaissance over the past 48 days, a period that has seen the points pile up, both home and away in domestic and European competition. Having weathered the winter storms of West […]

F-word is key to sizzling Sergio’s success - Man City 4 Spurs 1

Sergio Aguero is arguably the finest footballer in the 120-year history of Manchester City and, on present form, the Argentine pocket rocket is getting better and better. The word ‘better’ works on two levels in relation to Super Sergio – his scintillating scoring exploits and, perhaps more tellingly, his general health and well being. His four goal haul against Spurs confirmed him as City’s record goalscorer in the age of […]