• Stockpiling and loaning of talent set to haunt Chelsea

    As Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech crashed to the turf and called for immediate medical attention in the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday, it was difficult not to glance towards the opposite goalposts. In front of them, tall, young and in rude health, stood Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea's property, yet untouchable.

    Delaney: Who benefits more from the 0-0?

    Courtois, in his third season at Atletico Madrid and widely expected to stay for another, is one of 26 Chelsea players out on loan. Read »


  • about 2 hours ago
    Has David Moyes burned his bridges with football's elite?
    ESPN FC United

    The former England manager Graham Taylor once remarked, with a mixture of amusement and irritation, that the moment he left his most high-profile job, his name seemed to change. He was no longer "Graham Taylor" but "the former England manager Graham Taylor."

    - Smith: Moyes' failure hurts football managers
    - Marcotti: It's vital United find a director of football

    He is by far and away Watford's greatest manager, did superbly in his first spell at Aston Villa and later became an insightful pundit on the radio but, for most people, these were mere footnotes. Read »

  • 4/23/2014 - 2:55 PM +00:00
    Moyes' failure at Man Utd hurts football managers everywhere
    ESPN FC United

    The best place to start to assess Sir Alex Ferguson's misplaced faith in David Moyes is probably the ancient Mayan citadel of Chichen Itza. Once you look at Chichen Itza, everything becomes clear.

    Chichen Itza was one of the great pre-Colombian cities. It is dominated by a soaring, sacred pyramid -- El Castillo -- which served as the focal point of the cult of Quetzalcoatl, the snake god. In its shadow lies a ball court where the Maya played what is now known as the Mesoamerican ball game. Read »

  • 4/23/2014 - 12:39 PM +00:00
    It's vital that Man Utd find a director of football
    ESPN FC United

    Dear Joel and Avram (and if you're reading this, Malcolm, Linda, Edward, Darcie, Bryan and Kevin, too),

    You guys are the Glazers. You own Manchester United and this is, no doubt, a trying time. You have just parted ways with your manager, David Moyes, and you need to find a successor. Take this as an open letter filled with unsolicited, but well-meaning, advice.

    According to reports, you will make your decision with input from Sir Alex Ferguson, David Gill, Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs and Ed Woodward, but I assume it's still ultimately your decision. Read »