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Why the hell did Chelsea fire Ray Wilkins?

Posted in Chelsea, England with tags , on November 13, 2010 by Grant

I rarely write about Chelsea in this space anymore because there are hundreds of other places on the Internet that cover English football. But I do keep reasonably abreast of what’s happening at Chelsea through the usual channels: UK media, blogs, online forums, etc.

Like many Chelsea followers, I was immensely puzzled by the sudden departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins this week. Up until about a year and a half ago, the unexplained departure of a member of the coaching staff – ie. the manager – would have simply been par for the course. That’s the kind of reputation you get after five managers in five years. But the Carlo Ancelotti era had ushered in a strange, almost boring period of calm. Until now.

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Long Balls: Canadians abroad (October 3)

Posted in Canada, Coca-Cola Championship, International with tags , , , on October 5, 2010 by Grant

Welcome to another edition of Long Balls: Canadians Abroad. It’s a service for those without time to wade through multi-page forum threads to keep tabs on Canadian footballers abroad. We won’t list all of the Canadians abroad, just the weekly performances we feel are most relevant to our readers. Or in the case of Isidro Sanchez, relevant to no one really.

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Simeon Jackson Watch: So nice, he did it twice

Posted in Canada, Coca-Cola Championship with tags , on October 4, 2010 by Daniel Squizzato

Score, that is, in Norwich City’s solid 3-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday.

As per a request from a reader, I scoured the Interweb for a decent video clip of Jacko’s brace; sadly, all I could find was this:

Those were Jackson’s second and third goals for the Canaries, where he’s been used mostly as a super-sub (only three of his eight league appearances have been starts). But he seems to be impressing his boss, Paul Lambert, who said: “Goalscorers are always judged on their goalscoring record and Simeon’s first goal was first class and his second was excellent.” Continue reading

Is there a future role for Owen Hargreaves in Canadian soccer?

Posted in Canada, England with tags , , on September 1, 2010 by Grant

Edit: Owen Hargreaves has in fact been included in Manchester United’s 25-man Premier League squad. Ferguson still doesn’t know when he’ll play again though.

Yep, if you read the English press there really is only one set of soccer supporters who will be thinking ruefully about Owen Hargreaves today as the future of his career with Manchester United (and likely top-flight European football) is decided.

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Jackson’s first, and what’s next

Posted in Canada, Coca-Cola Championship, England with tags , , , , on August 21, 2010 by Daniel Squizzato

Just to keep up what some would call our unhealthy obsession with young Canadian striker Simeon Jackson… he scored his first goal in the Championship this morning, a stoppage-time tally in Norwich City’s 2-0 win over Swansea. I didn’t see the game, but an admittedly biased source says that Jacko finished “superbly” on the goal. Update: Video footage confirms the quality of the goal.

Up next for Simeon and the Canaries? A Carling Cup date with Blackburn on Tuesday. Considering the largely-reserve-squad lineups that many teams run out for that competition, we could very well see one of Canada’s established strikers of the future, Jackson, against one of our potential strikers of the future, Junior Hoilett.

Here’s hoping the two of them become good friends in the days ahead.

Jaime Peters makes Championship team of the week

Posted in Coca-Cola Championship, Ipswich Town with tags on August 10, 2010 by Jamie

Canadian international defender Jaime Peters is making us all look bad for not picking him in SCG’s poll of who will light up British soccer this year: just one week in and he’s made the nPower Championship’s Team of the Week. The Ipswich Town back had a stellar 90 minutes as the Tractor Boys upset Middlesbrough 3-1. Continue reading

Simeon Jackson, you are freakin’ awesome

Posted in Canada, Coca-Cola Championship with tags , , , on August 9, 2010 by Daniel Squizzato

Prior to their match last Friday, I headed over to Norwich City’s website and checked the player profile of their newly-acquired Canadian striker Simeon Jackson. I was dismayed to see his nationality listed as “Jamaican” (he was born there), so I emailed the team and asked if the profile info could be changed. Here is the response I got:

“You’ve raised a good point, so we phoned Simeon directly to confirm his official nationality. As you are probably aware, Simeon grew up in Canada and so qualified for a Canadian passport. He has made it clear to us he is proud to play for Canada and wishes his nationality to be changed on the website to Canadian!

This area of our site is provided centrally by the Press Association and not by Norwich City FC’s media team. We have notified them that we would like the change made so watch this space!”

Beyond a sense of personal gratification at having gotten this change made (though not as of yet), I’m also quite pleased at reading the words “he has made it clear to us he is proud to play for Canada”.

You don’t hear or read those often enough. Yet there they are. All the more fodder for Some Canadian Guys Indulging in Unabashed Boosterism of Simeon Jackson.