It was an extraordinary week in the football world as the first two Premier League managerial casualties of the season fell. Having failed to play Fernando Torres in the 3-0 defeat at Juventus, Roberto Di Matteo was promptly dismissed and replaced within 24 hours by Rafa Benitez on an interim basis. Thursday saw the news … Read more
On Tuesday I was sent to cover the Schalke v Arsenal Champions League tie at the Veltins Arena. Here’s a sample of the audio updates provided for the studio in London.
We reflected on a week that it’s fair to say, wasn’t a great one for football – certainly not off the pitch. There were terrible scenes in Serbia, an abandoned England match in Poland and Chris Kirkland was hit by a Leeds United fan. Not to mention the continuous fallout of John Terry’s incident with … Read more
It was a week full of action on and off the pitch as Ashley Cole accepted his FA charge over his Twitter outburst, Owen Coyle was sacked as Bolton manager, Newcastle United teamed up with Wonga, William and Kate opened St George’s Park and Ryan Bertrand caused another Twitter storm. England smashed San Marino 5-0, Wales … Read more
The week started with Jack Wilshere making his long awaited comeback to football, appearing for the Arsenal under 21 side, Celtic recorded a historic away with in Dontesk whilst there were also European wins for Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United. Roy Hodgson took the tube and paid the price, Fraser Forster and Ryan Shawcross received … Read more
The Monday night game between Newcastle and Everton provided yet another argument for goal-line technology after Everton wrongly weren’t awarded what was a clear ‘goal’. The Champions League was off with a bang, as City were beaten 3-2 in Madrid, whilst Chelsea drew with Juventus although there were wins for Man United and Arsenal. On … Read more
England had to settle for a point after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Ukraine on a night where Steven Gerrard saw red. Scotland drew 1-1 with Macedonia whilst Wales went down 6-1 in Serbia. The Liverpool fans were cleared of blame for Hillsbrough after the release of hundreds of files on the tragedy … Read more
It was another great week of football action on and off the pitch as Michael Owen went to Stoke, Steve Kean admitted he had to sign players he’d never seen and the Arsenal chairman admits they haven’t got the spending power to compete at the top.
As always the last day of the Premier League Transfer Window proved to be highly entertaining. Here are the deals that went through in the final 24 hours.
With a dramatic transfer window and a big week of football action to reflect on, here are the highlights in ‘The Week That Was’.