Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince plotting to appoint Rafa Benitez as Newcastle manager if £340m takeover goes through

27 Jan

Rafa Benitez is in the frame for a shock return as Newcastle manager if the club’s £340million takeover is completed. Benitez reportedly features in proposals by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who hopes to take ownership of the Magpies. Saudi Public Investment Fund chiefs are thought to be in talks with Mike Ashley […]

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all battling to sign former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can in final week of transfer window

27 Jan

Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can could be returning to the Premier League before Friday’s transfer deadline. Three English clubs – Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham – are battling to sign the Germany midfielder in the final week of the January window as they hunt for reinforcements. Can, 26, is out of favour at Juventus and […]

Oligarchy and Populism

27 Jan

In ‘How to lose a Country, the Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship’ the Turkish writer Ece Temelkuran outlines the process she has witnessed in her own country and in ours. “Create a Movement”, “Disrupt Rationale/Te…

Labour’s Dawn Chorus

27 Jan

With his keen eye for political hustings, Guido started noticing a pattern in speeches from Deputy Leadership contender Dawn Butler; who’s impassioned words, unfortunately, are often not what could be described as original work. It seems after Labour were cast away by the electorate, she’s spent some time compiling her desert island discs… Whilst many […]

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Manchester United are ‘not good enough’ and MUST spend this week to save their season – Sam Allardyce defends Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

27 Jan

Sam Allardyce has defended under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and insists he MUST be backed in the transfer market this week to help save Manchester United’s season. Back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Burnley has put Solskjaer under pressure, while fan’s anger has been directed at their owners and the lack of investment into their club. United […]

Seamus Mallon, a life committed to the asking of living and ongoing questions

27 Jan

My biggest fear when we would hear of the passing of Seamus Mallon was that his good and moral life would be damned by faint or worst, obsequious praise. Those who knew him better than I could find him difficult and cantankerous. His character recalled something Yeats once described as “a stone to trouble the living stream”. He brought a rare understanding that Northern Ireland needed to work towards being ‘A Shared Homeplace‘. Eamonn calls him a decent man, which … Read more

Manchester United transfer news LIVE: Fernandes deal done ‘imminently’, Can move on, contract offered to Arsenal target

27 Jan

We’ll keep you updated with all the latest Manchester United news with the transfer window now open… Current top stories: Six January transfers that could happen before deadline day including Christian Eriksen leaving Tottenham and Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United Manchester United hit Tranmere for six in stress-free FA Cup tie ‘Manchester United are shambolic […]