Paul Parker

  • Carroll is not a Liverpool player

    Sunday was a humiliating experience for Andy Carroll on his return to Newcastle. Not only because of his ridiculous dive in the first half, but also thanks to the way in which he was substituted by Kenny Dalglish.

    Carroll's decision to throw himself to ground after rounding Tim Krul was as embarrassing as it was inexplicable, because he had the perfect opportunity to score a goal. I know he is predominantly left footed but all he had to do was keep his balance and slot it into an empty net. It was a goal, but he decided to throw himself to the floor to try and earn a penalty which hardly

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  • Vieira behaviour embarrassing for City

    Patrick Vieira has been vocal in the press again this week and I think his comments about referees supposedly showing favouritism to Manchester United are embarrassing for the officials and supporters of Manchester City.

    I think Vieira must have forgotten his time at Arsenal. I think he has forgotten that penalty Robert Pires won at Highbury against Portsmouth that helped Arsenal protect their unbeaten record.

    I don't think Vieira has done Manchester City any favours by coming out with these comments like he has. Perhaps you could understand it if he was a member of the coaching staff, but he

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  • Questioning Dalglish’s reign is justified

    Liverpool's owners may have a tough decision to make if the club ends the season in the bottom half of the tableOn the face of it, Wigan's 2-1 win at Liverpool on Saturday was a surprise result. To be honest, considering the meagre handful of victories they have secured this season, any occasion on which the Latics pick up three points is noteworthy.

    However, the way Liverpool have been this season, you can hardly call the defeat at Anfield a true shock. You can't even say Wigan were lucky. They played the better football and got what they deserved.

    Kenny Dalglish has been given a lot of money to spend, but his team contains the same fundamental problems that it did when he returned for his second spell

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  • City’s integrity damaged over Tevez

    Tevez returning only makes Mancini look weakIt probably won't surprise you to hear that I agree with Sir Alex Ferguson's comments about Manchester City bringing Carlos Tevez back into the fold for the title run-in.

    Ferguson has responded to Patrick Vieira's claims earlier in the week — when he said that Manchester United bringing Paul Scholes out of retirement seemed like a desperate move — by saying that letting Tevez back into the first team was even more desperate. He was just saying what everyone else was thinking.

    While Vieira may have had a point about United recalling a player in his late 30s after they were unable to find or

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  • No one would blame Bolton for withdrawing

    Like everyone else in football I was shocked by the news that Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane on Saturday. In some respects it is incomprehensible: how can you explain a 23-year-old player collapsing on a football pitch?

    I have nothing but sympathy for Muamba's family, his friends and his team-mates at Bolton. Those players who could only look on helplessly as their colleague was kept alive on the pitch will now have to go to training and be reminded that Fabrice is in a hospital in London and not on that training ground in Bolton.

    I suspect it will be

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  • United better poised to fight back from Euro heartache

    City will stew in their dramatic defeat until WednesdayFor all the pre-emptive talk of an all-Manchester final in the Europa League, both United and City deserved to go out of the competition this week.

    Both Athletic Bilbao and Sporting Lisbon deserve the credit they have got, but you have to question the commitment of the two English teams. Neither of them really started playing until they were firmly up against it, when it was a matter of pride more than determination to progress to the quarter-finals.

    You can open the debate about whether or not the Premier League has fallen behind other European leagues all you want, but there is no way that

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  • Mancini not in Mourinho’s class

    The balance has tipped Manchester United's way in the Premier League title race, and City face a real test of their mettle over the final 10 games.

    The key to success at the business end of the season is experience. You need to know how to win games during the run-in, and cope with the pressure. For all their talent, City don't actually have too many league winners in their squad.

    You can point to Yaya Toure who was a serial winner at Barcelona, and David Silva who won the World Cup. But a lot of their major signings, like Gareth Barry, James Milner, Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko have not

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  • Not falling for Bale’s dive denial

    Tottenham have seen their grip on third place loosened in the past fortnight by defeats in big games.

    They have developed a habit of underperforming when the pressure is on, and as the season comes to its conclusion that pressure is only going to increase, no matter who they are playing.

    They have a four-point cushion ahead of Arsenal, but that could be slashed again this weekend, as they face a difficult trip to face Everton just three days after playing in the FA Cup.

    Spurs look unstable at the back, and the loss of Michael Dawson for the rest of the season will hurt them.

    What's more,

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  • Player power still rules at Chelsea

    Lampard and Terry crane their necks to get a view from the benchAndre Villas-Boas's sacking from Chelsea at the weekend is another victory for player power at the club.

    While the results were poor for the Portuguese coach — he had both the lowest win percentage and points-per-game average of any Chelsea manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club — he was brought in with the long-term objective of making significant changes at Stamford Bridge.

    He was meant to not only oversee a transition from an ageing squad into a more youthful one but also to change the whole culture of the club, from the formation and style on the pitch to the way things operated

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  • Pep or Jose for England? Don’t make me laugh

    I was bemused to read in some newspapers on Friday morning that the Football Association has widened its search for a new manager to include Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho and Barcelona's Pep Guardiola.

    There is absolutely no way either of those two are going to manage England. It's a poisoned chalice, and with the reputations they have, why would either want to come and work for the FA and manage this underachieving and underwhelming group of players?

    You could bring back Sir Alf Ramsey, or any of the coaches who have won the World Cup throughout history, and they are not going to win anything

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