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  • Monday Manager

    Tuesday not.

    Maybe Charlton can hire Glen Roeder as a caretaker manager.  He's been successful in that role befo...

    What?  what do you mean Roeder still has a job!?   Still managing Newcastle?  You're having a laugh!

    Well, I guess there's always Graeme Souness, Bryan Robson, or David O'Leary.  Proven managers.

    How long before the first Sven to Charlton rumor?  I mean somewhere more reputable than here. 

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  • Davids to benefit from JJ blow

    Edgar Davids may get his chance to shine against Blackburn on Sunday after Martin Jol confirmed that Jermaine Jenas will be out for two weeks.Jenas, 23, who along with Ledley King and Aaron Lennon pulled out of the England squad with injuries this week, has a calf problem similar to the one which sidelined full-back Pascal Chimbonda.

    Jol confirmed: "JJ has a little tear in his calf. It's the same injury that Pascal Chimbonda had recently and I think he will be out for a couple of weeks."

     

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    Let me be the first to start the whispers that this would be the ideal chance for Steed Malbranque

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  • More rumour mongering

    Reds strike Javier deal - Report

    Liverpool have reportedly struck an amazing deal for West Ham midfielder Javier Mascherano that could land them in hot water with FIFA.The Argentina midfielder has reportedly undergone a medical at Anfield and will sign on loan for the remainder of the season.

    But reports also says the Reds are taking a gamble because the 22-year-old must get FIFA clearance over their strict transfer rules.

    The regulations prohibit players from figuring for more than two clubs in a year from July 1, and Mascherano has already played for Corinthians and the Hammers.

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  • Don’t Drink And…

    For those of you who have been reading the blog for a long time - you are no doubt familiar with Jeremy's rules for picking a team. 

    For those of you new to the blog, here's a quick recap...

    - Pick players who are likely to start and play the full match (you do remember this one, right Jer?)
    - Pick players who are playing "up" a position (e.g., listed as defenders but playing in midfield) 
    - Pick guys who take kicks
    - Pick wingers because they get crosses and win corners

    This weekend, I heard a story that merits adding another rule to the mix.  The story comes from our friend Dan who has been a

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  • Weekend Round-Up

    Blackburn Rovers

    A free-kick from David Bentley was swung into the penalty area where Ooijer arrived to head home.

    Stephen Warnock limped off with an injury after 18 minutes and was replaced by Bruno Berner.

    Chelsea

    [John Terry] struck in the 84th minute when he collected a pass from new signing Malouda and beat America goalkeeper Armando Navarrete with a powerful strike.

    It proved an eventful debut for the former Lyon winger, who also netted the equaliser to mark his Chelsea bow in impressive fashion.

    Defender Sam Hutchinson found Malouda and the midfielder managed to sneak a shot past

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  • Monday Morning Manager

    "None of our experts could do much to close the gap on Yahoo! Bloggers Neal Thurman and Jeremy Spitzberg, who post their thoughts daily in blog form. Jeremy is on 441.5 points while Neal has an enormous total of 476.5."

    Thanks to Yahoo! Eurosport for the props

    Now, on to the meat of the matter.

    First off, who are the 88% of you without Gareth Bale on your team?  You can't all be Gooners.  I know because I know that Neal was the first one to sign him up!  I feel like I'm typing this every week, but as long as he's producing at a Matt Taylor level out of your defence, I'm going to keep

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  • Never let it be said that the Blog wasn't a democratic place.  Some of our readers suggested us including a weekly column tipping managers as to who they should be looking at adding over the weekend before their prices go up. 

    Jeremy and I spend (according to his wife and my fiance) WAY too much time texting back and forth on this subject over the weekend so we're happy to share our thoughts.  Over the years we've come to call this practice bringing a player in "The Barn Door" (don't ask) so I'll be calling this column The Barn Door Watch in the weeks to come.

    For those who don't know what I'm

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  • The Week Ahead

    Talk about a messed up week.  Late injuries (hello AJ) undermining team selection.  Spurs, Everton, Wigan, and Watford all playing and not a clean sheet to be found.  Darius Henderson is hot and so is Jermaine Jenas - who'd have thunk it?  Add to the mix the fact what is potentially the biggest development of the second half of the fantasy season - the postponement of the Arsenal/Man Citeh match this weekend and a lot has happened since our lineups were locked down three days earlier than they needed to be.

    Honestly, Henry not getting in a match this weekend makes him my MVP for the second

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  • Same Old Liverpool

    Fernando Torres missed a penalty on his first appearance for Liverpool as they were beaten 4-3 in a shoot-out by Portsmouth.

    The Spanish international received his international clearance shortly before kick-off and came off the bench, but blundered in the Asia Trophy finale.

    After an entertaining goalless draw in Hong Kong, Torres and fellow Anfield new boy Yossi Benayoun failed from 12 yards, while John Utaka missed for Pompey.

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    Still looking for a reliable penalty taker. 

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