Di Matteo the Victim of His Own Success

Roberto Di Matteo cuts an isolated figure after the 3-0 defeat in Turin

Following another shift in managerial direction at Chelsea, False Nine editor James Dutton sifts through the one remaining constant throughout…

Perpetual disarray and disorder is the order of the day once again in SW6. Rafael Benitez enters the fray as the latest victim of a Russian oligarch’s obsession with perfection, the ninth entrant to the melting pot of managerial casualties that has perpetuated the nine years of the Abramovich era in West London. Continue reading

Steven Gerrard – 100 Not Out

Steven Gerrard through the ages

With Steven Gerrard in-line to earn his 100th England cap in Sweden this week, The False Nine’s James Dutton looks back at his career and the perpetuation of certain media perceptions…

It has been a ceremonial few weeks for Steven Gerrard. He netted his 150th goal in professional football during Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United in September, a poignant strike in the wake of the revelations about the Hillsborough disaster, of which the youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was his cousin. At the beginning of this month the Liverpool captain made his 600th appearance for his club; this week he will earn his 100th cap for his country. Continue reading

Liverpool Let Down by FSG Once Again

 

False Nine editor James Dutton takes stock of Liverpool’s deadline day fiasco…

Bill Shankly: “At a football club, there’s a holy trinity – the players, the manager and the supporters. Directors don’t come into it. They are only there to sign the cheques” Continue reading