Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini during Monday night’s defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Reuters

Manuel Pellegrini’s position as the Manchester City manager is safe and there will be no knee-jerk reaction despite Monday night’s defeat at Crystal (...)

Paul Ince wonders about an emerging generation who, he feels, are so coached in specialist roles that they fail to develop into the more rounded midfielders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul Ince spent two years at the start of his career playing for West Ham alongside Liam Brady, who was approaching the end of his. Having arrived int(...)

 Martin Keown of Arsenal goads Ruud Van Nistelrooy of Man Utd after Van Nistelrooy missed his penalty at Old Trafford in 2003. Photo:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

By an accident of scheduling the premiere of Sky Sports’ Invincibles documentary about Arsenal’s unbeaten 2003-04 title-winning season was broadcast i(...)

Louis Van Gaal said he was “very irritated” by questions about his relationship with assistant Ryan Giggs

Louis van Gaal has denied a rift with Ryan Giggs after the Manchester United manager’s celebration of the winning goal at Newcastle United with his a(...)

Liverpool’s Emre Can (left) has developed into a top Premier League performer since his move from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: PA.

“People want instant results and players get criticised immediately but we always knew it would take time.” Brendan Rodgers’s barbed comment was aimed(...)

 Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria (L) displays his new shirt and number on the pitch at Old Trafford with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Ashley Young is sure Manchester United did not make an expensive mistake when they spent €80 million and broke the British transfer record to sign Ang(...)

Manchester United have sacked one of their European scouts, Torben Aakjaer, after a series of controversial Facebook posts. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The former Manchester United scout Torben Aakjaer, who was sacked on Wednesday for making racially abusive comments, has hit back at the club over his(...)

Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with manager Brendan Rodgers unable to guarantee him a place in the side. Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

‘This has been the toughest decision of my life and one which both me and my family have agonised over for a good deal of time.”Considering that the d(...)

Gerrard is also only ever going to find himself suffering a crick in the neck gazing up at the Olympian pedigree of those who had the good fortune to play in the glory years. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Farewell then, Steven Gerrard. It has been emotional – not to mention glorious, thrilling and, by the end of a 16-year Liverpool career of operatic hi(...)

This article first appeared in Eight By Eight Magazine in March 2014. Last October (2013), 500 journalists attended the Institute of Directors (...)