Manchester City face Newcastle United today on the 10th anniversary of the most significant moment in the club’s history — not the lifting of a trophy or a title win but the day that Sheikh Mansour first announced his Abu Dhabi United Group had bought the club from Thai owner Thaksin Sinawatra to begin one of football’s great projects.
Correct us if we’re wrong here, but isn’t football’s silly season supposed to peter out once the season actually starts? Not so, it seems. Here we are with three games gone in the Premier League and the fluff is still overshadowing the important stuff. It’s almost as if a media that had to rely on the mad and mundane for the off-season finds itself unable to kick the habit.
During the summer transfer window of 2013, Luis Suarez dominated relations between Liverpool and Arsenal as the two clubs fought out a public spat over the player’s future. Two years on, the shadow of the striker still hangs over the Premier League rivals despite having long since moved to Barcelona.
Ronnie Whelan found himself deep in west Cork yesterday ready to debate the futures of Raheem Sterling and Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. Topics that seemed pressing until word filtered through of Bill O’Herlihy’s sudden and untimely passing.
After a week in which the general election was the only topic of conversation in England, the red flag is still flying at half-mast for Liverpool despite a hard-earned point against the blues of Chelsea who have already won the Premier League by a huge majority.
ASTON VILLA 2 LIVERPOOL 1: While destiny had apparently pointed to Steven Gerrard seeing out his Liverpool career with an appearance in the FA Cup final, reality intervened and delivered a very different narrative.
Hundreds gather in Glasgow for a vigil, hours after Alexander Pacteau was charged with the murder of Cork student Karen Buckley, University Hospital Galway to open more beds to deal with overcrowding and Ronan O’Gara tips Leinster to beat Toulon..
Everton 1 Southampton 0: Everton finally removed any lingering doubt that they will still be competing in the Premier League next season but the talk afterwards was as much about those not playing as the players who secured a third successive league win for the first time in a year.