Jim White

  • Ched Evans: Oldham Athletic set to become the 'rapist's club of choice'

    Rehabilitative justice or not, Jim White says nobody should hire an ex-convict until they at least show remorse

    What on earth are Oldham Athletic thinking of even considering taking on Ched Evans?

    Are they completely bonkers?

    Do they not appreciate what they are saying to their supporters, their employees and their sponsors by signing someone who claims that, instead of ensuring her safety and well-being, it is perfectly appropriate to pick up a drunk and incapable woman at a bus stop, carry her to a hotel room and take turns to have sex with her while mates film it all on their mobiles?

    For a club that prides itself on being part of its community have they any sense of what sort of responsibility that

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  • Mid-season awards: The five most influential players in the Premier League

    Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and an underrated England international feature in this list...

    Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero (Reuters)Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero (Reuters)

    We are precisely halfway through the Premier League season. Traditionally this is the time of year when managers say that no awards are given out at this time of the season.

    To prove them wrong, we at Eurosport are handing them out. Principally, here is our list of the most influential players of the season so far.

    In fifth place: Stewart Downing

    Now those are words nobody of a Liverpool affiliation would have ever expected to read. But Downing has been a revelation this season. Brought in from the flanks by Sam Allardyce to operate behind the main strikers, Downing has demonstrated quite

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  • The Premier League title race is going to the wire in 2015

    Jim White says the Premier League is lacking in quality, but it will have a brilliant conclusion to the title race in 2015.

    Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio AgueroChelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (L) vies with Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero

    There can be no better indicator of the oddness of this season’s Premier League than the fact Manchester United are four points better off than this time last season, but five places higher in the table.

    Nothing gives a clearer mark of the serial incompetence in the division. If a side as flaky and defensively dependent on their goalkeeper as Louis van Gaal’s can rise to third then it does not speak highly of the efficiency of the rest.

    This time last year, pundits were speaking of the glories of a seven-horse race for the title (United in eighth were already written off). Yet Liverpool,

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  • Jim White's review of the year: Germany's hilarious rout of Brazil

    Our expert writers are giving us their reviews of 2014 - and it's Jim White's turn to do the honours.

    Germany's Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos celebrate their team's second goal against BrazilGermany's Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos celebrate their team's second goal against Brazil

    We asked our expert writers to give us their take on a memorable year in sport, as well as asking for their hope for 2015.

    Jim White is second up. 

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    Best memory of the year

    The World Cup semi-final rout of Brazil by Germany. Watching the most decorated footballing nation on earth being torn apart on home soil was simply jaw-dropping. At times in the first half, as the ball continuously re-entered the Brazilian net, the only adequate response was to laugh.

    Sportsperson of the year

    Jo Pavey. I know Rory McIlroy achieved something unique and Lewis Hamilton did all right, but Pavey is a role

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  • Latest shambles sums up lack of hope and ambition at Newcastle

    Jim White says Newcastle's preparations for the big derby against Sunderland have been suitably shambolic.

    Alan Pardew's Newcastle have had a mixed season to dateAlan Pardew's Newcastle have had a mixed season to date

    First Tim Krul injured his ankle, then Rob Eliott injured his thigh, then Jak Alnwick injured his shoulder. Which meant, for Newcastle United in the goalkeeper department, that for a while it seemed only the academy stopper Freddie Woodman would actually be fit. It wasn't exactly the best of preparations for what is rapidly turning into the most important game of the club’s season.

    The match against Sunderland is always significant in the Newcastle year. Getting one over the locals matters. But this season, it has turned irrevocably into the biggest thing on the horizon. After crumbling

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  • Retiring master Thierry Henry shows most of all the magnitude of Arsene Wenger's genius

    Jim White says that the striker owes his brilliance to Arsene Wenger - just as Arsenal fans owe the club's status to the current manager.

    Thierry Henry kisses the World Cup trophy after France's triumph in 1998 (AFP)Thierry Henry kisses the World Cup trophy after France's triumph in 1998 (AFP)

    As trophy cabinets go, no-one in the game can match that in Thierry Henry’s house.

    World Cup, European Championship, Champions League, La Liga, Premier League, FA Cup: he’s won the lot.

    There’s even a Major League Soccer winner’s medal in there. You wouldn’t want to play poker against Henry. His is the fullest of full houses.

    And now he’s retired and taken the Sky shilling (well, the Sky several million quid) we can finally look back and gain some sort of perspective on what he brought to the game.

    And he really was as good as it gets. The pace, the goals, the volleying: wow, the showreel of

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  • Magnificent Manchester City back from the dead to make Jose Mourinho quake

    Manuel Pellegrini's side have found form and look genuine challengers to Chelsea again.

    Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after scoring against AS Roma Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after scoring against AS Roma

    It appears Manchester City have something in common with Mark Twain: rumours of their death have been greatly exaggerated. After a newspaper mistakenly ran his obituary, Twain was moved to remark that he was still very much in the land of the living. The American novelist’s amusement was brilliantly phrased in a line that entered the international lexicon.

    City’s chances were, earlier this season, similarly consigned to the footballing morgue. And it proved equally premature. At the time the cause of death was largely established as complacency. After a championship winning year, they had

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  • Manchester United and Liverpool flattered by pub comparison

    Jim White dissects the issues at Manchester United and Liverpool

    Manchester United's manager Louis Van GaalManchester United's manager Louis Van Gaal

    Gary Neville's chortling suggestion on Monday night that the forthcoming fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool will be like the Dog and Duck playing the Red Lion could yet land him in trouble. With the denizens of the Dog and Duck and the Red Lion, that is. Frankly, United and Liverpool currently might be flattered by the comparison with a couple of pub teams. A fixture that has usually included at least one team in with a realistic shout of the title will, for the first time in fifty-odd years, be played out without either side in serious contention.

    Neville's interjection was, as

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  • Arsene Wenger out? Arsenal fans should be careful what they wish for

    Jim White highlights a lack of possible replacements should the Frenchman be sacked.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure from his own fansArsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure from his own fans

    According to Arsene Wenger, the victory over Southampton on Wednesday night, Arsenal’s third on the bounce, demonstrated that the feelgood factor was back in residence at the Emirates. Which is one way of putting it. The glass half full way of putting it. Others might have pointed to what happened at the Hawthorns last Saturday and suggested a less generous reading of current morale at the club. 

    In the immediate aftermath of Arsenal’s undistinguished victory over an unambitious and unthreatening West Bromwich Albion, a bunch of supporters in the visitors’ section unveiled a banner. It read:

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  • Why Michael Carrick is the real inspiration behind Man Utd's resurgence

    The midfielder has brought order and calm to proceedings.

    Manchester United's Michael CarrickManchester United's Michael Carrick

    One thing is pretty certain: without David De Gea, Manchester United would not have been enjoying the satisfaction of a fourth Premier League victory on the bounce last night. The save the young Spaniard made in the last seconds from Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf was magnificent, not least because he was close to suffering from frostbite in the preceding 89 minutes.

    [MAN UTD CLING ON FOR STOKE WIN]

    That is the job of goalkeepers. And the best – which De Gea is rapidly becoming – do it on a regular basis. How Liverpool fans – some of whom suggested after yet another nervy display from their stopper

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