Brighton & Hove Albion

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Alan Pardew on Friday night conceded that his West Bromwich Albion ­future was already in doubt after just 16 games in charge. Failure to beat Huddersfield Town at the Hawthorns on Saturday could spell the end of his reign, which has produced just one league win. That has taken his personal record as a Premier League manager to seven wins in his past 49 games, while his decision to take his squad to Barcelona for a training camp that ended with four senior players fined by the club for breaking a curfew and allegedly stealing a taxi has heaped further pressure on him. “[Antonio] Conte summed it up this week by saying you’ve always got a bag packed – I’ve got a bag-and-a-half packed,” said Pardew. “If you’re asking me how I feel, I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry with what’s happened this last week, but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave the football club. “I want to give it the best possible go I can. The spotlight does fall heavily on the manager, as Jose Mourinho has found out this week like myself, and we’re probably both hoping it’s somebody else’s turn next week.” The outlook for West Bromwich Albion manager Pardew is not good Credit: GETTY IMAGES The former Hawthorns hierarchy of John Williams and Martin Goodman, the chairman and chief executive who were sacked last week, chose Pardew in the hope he would oversee an immediate upturn in results, as he did when taking over at Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. Yet his only league success in 13 attempts came against Brighton and Hove Albion last month. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t happened and disappointed for the people who employed me,” he said. “I’ve got 11 games to hopefully put that right. “It’s not for the want of trying. I’ve gone into my records and used most of my repertoire but I’ve still got a few things to go.”
Alan Pardew: I’m disappointed and angry, but I want to stay at West Brom
Alan Pardew on Friday night conceded that his West Bromwich Albion ­future was already in doubt after just 16 games in charge. Failure to beat Huddersfield Town at the Hawthorns on Saturday could spell the end of his reign, which has produced just one league win. That has taken his personal record as a Premier League manager to seven wins in his past 49 games, while his decision to take his squad to Barcelona for a training camp that ended with four senior players fined by the club for breaking a curfew and allegedly stealing a taxi has heaped further pressure on him. “[Antonio] Conte summed it up this week by saying you’ve always got a bag packed – I’ve got a bag-and-a-half packed,” said Pardew. “If you’re asking me how I feel, I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry with what’s happened this last week, but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave the football club. “I want to give it the best possible go I can. The spotlight does fall heavily on the manager, as Jose Mourinho has found out this week like myself, and we’re probably both hoping it’s somebody else’s turn next week.” The outlook for West Bromwich Albion manager Pardew is not good Credit: GETTY IMAGES The former Hawthorns hierarchy of John Williams and Martin Goodman, the chairman and chief executive who were sacked last week, chose Pardew in the hope he would oversee an immediate upturn in results, as he did when taking over at Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. Yet his only league success in 13 attempts came against Brighton and Hove Albion last month. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t happened and disappointed for the people who employed me,” he said. “I’ve got 11 games to hopefully put that right. “It’s not for the want of trying. I’ve gone into my records and used most of my repertoire but I’ve still got a few things to go.”
Alan Pardew on Friday night conceded that his West Bromwich Albion ­future was already in doubt after just 16 games in charge. Failure to beat Huddersfield Town at the Hawthorns on Saturday could spell the end of his reign, which has produced just one league win. That has taken his personal record as a Premier League manager to seven wins in his past 49 games, while his decision to take his squad to Barcelona for a training camp that ended with four senior players fined by the club for breaking a curfew and allegedly stealing a taxi has heaped further pressure on him. “[Antonio] Conte summed it up this week by saying you’ve always got a bag packed – I’ve got a bag-and-a-half packed,” said Pardew. “If you’re asking me how I feel, I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry with what’s happened this last week, but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave the football club. “I want to give it the best possible go I can. The spotlight does fall heavily on the manager, as Jose Mourinho has found out this week like myself, and we’re probably both hoping it’s somebody else’s turn next week.” The outlook for West Bromwich Albion manager Pardew is not good Credit: GETTY IMAGES The former Hawthorns hierarchy of John Williams and Martin Goodman, the chairman and chief executive who were sacked last week, chose Pardew in the hope he would oversee an immediate upturn in results, as he did when taking over at Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. Yet his only league success in 13 attempts came against Brighton and Hove Albion last month. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t happened and disappointed for the people who employed me,” he said. “I’ve got 11 games to hopefully put that right. “It’s not for the want of trying. I’ve gone into my records and used most of my repertoire but I’ve still got a few things to go.”
Alan Pardew: I’m disappointed and angry, but I want to stay at West Brom
Alan Pardew on Friday night conceded that his West Bromwich Albion ­future was already in doubt after just 16 games in charge. Failure to beat Huddersfield Town at the Hawthorns on Saturday could spell the end of his reign, which has produced just one league win. That has taken his personal record as a Premier League manager to seven wins in his past 49 games, while his decision to take his squad to Barcelona for a training camp that ended with four senior players fined by the club for breaking a curfew and allegedly stealing a taxi has heaped further pressure on him. “[Antonio] Conte summed it up this week by saying you’ve always got a bag packed – I’ve got a bag-and-a-half packed,” said Pardew. “If you’re asking me how I feel, I’m disappointed and of course I’m angry with what’s happened this last week, but I’m also determined and I don’t want to leave the football club. “I want to give it the best possible go I can. The spotlight does fall heavily on the manager, as Jose Mourinho has found out this week like myself, and we’re probably both hoping it’s somebody else’s turn next week.” The outlook for West Bromwich Albion manager Pardew is not good Credit: GETTY IMAGES The former Hawthorns hierarchy of John Williams and Martin Goodman, the chairman and chief executive who were sacked last week, chose Pardew in the hope he would oversee an immediate upturn in results, as he did when taking over at Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. Yet his only league success in 13 attempts came against Brighton and Hove Albion last month. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t happened and disappointed for the people who employed me,” he said. “I’ve got 11 games to hopefully put that right. “It’s not for the want of trying. I’ve gone into my records and used most of my repertoire but I’ve still got a few things to go.”
Swansea City manager ​Carlos Carvalhal produced another odd analogy in his latest pre-match press conference, this time involving statistics...and picnics. Carvalhal was talking ahead of his side's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, where they will hope to extend the one-point gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone. Carlos is not much of a fan of stats...  pic.twitter.com/zkuYFfqhHf — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2018 When asked by a...
Swansea Boss Carlos Carvalhal Uses Bizarre Chicken Analogy to Explain Why He Is Not a Fan of Stats
Swansea City manager ​Carlos Carvalhal produced another odd analogy in his latest pre-match press conference, this time involving statistics...and picnics. Carvalhal was talking ahead of his side's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, where they will hope to extend the one-point gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone. Carlos is not much of a fan of stats...  pic.twitter.com/zkuYFfqhHf — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2018 When asked by a...
Swansea City manager ​Carlos Carvalhal produced another odd analogy in his latest pre-match press conference, this time involving statistics...and picnics. Carvalhal was talking ahead of his side's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, where they will hope to extend the one-point gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone. Carlos is not much of a fan of stats...  pic.twitter.com/zkuYFfqhHf — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2018 When asked by a...
Swansea Boss Carlos Carvalhal Uses Bizarre Chicken Analogy to Explain Why He Is Not a Fan of Stats
Swansea City manager ​Carlos Carvalhal produced another odd analogy in his latest pre-match press conference, this time involving statistics...and picnics. Carvalhal was talking ahead of his side's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, where they will hope to extend the one-point gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone. Carlos is not much of a fan of stats...  pic.twitter.com/zkuYFfqhHf — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2018 When asked by a...
Swansea City manager ​Carlos Carvalhal produced another odd analogy in his latest pre-match press conference, this time involving statistics...and picnics. Carvalhal was talking ahead of his side's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, where they will hope to extend the one-point gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone. Carlos is not much of a fan of stats...  pic.twitter.com/zkuYFfqhHf — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2018 When asked by a...
Swansea Boss Carlos Carvalhal Uses Bizarre Chicken Analogy to Explain Why He Is Not a Fan of Stats
Swansea City manager ​Carlos Carvalhal produced another odd analogy in his latest pre-match press conference, this time involving statistics...and picnics. Carvalhal was talking ahead of his side's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, where they will hope to extend the one-point gap between themselves and the Premier League relegation zone. Carlos is not much of a fan of stats...  pic.twitter.com/zkuYFfqhHf — Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) February 22, 2018 When asked by a...
Leicester City vs Stoke City (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Riyad Mahrez scores his first Leicester goal since his self-imposed exile as the hosts run out 3-1 winners against a tepid Stoke. 15 points: A collective malaise continues to engulf England's World Cup goalkeeping candidates, as Jack Butland lets one slip under his body. 25 points: Saido Berahino sleeps in a goal net rather than a duvet on Friday night in an attempt to re-acquaint himself with the onion bag. Bournemouth vs Newcastle (Saturday 3pm) 5 points: Newcastle crash back down to earth after their victory over Man Utd, slumping to a 2-1 defeat in the Matt Ritchie derby. 15 points: Jermain Defoe scores his ninth career goal against Newcastle from the penalty spot. 25 points: Mike Ashley tries to book another table at a north London Indian restaurant in the hope that someone, anyone, will take the club off his hands. Brighton vs Swansea (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Two resurgent teams share the spoils on the south coast in a 1-1 draw that does neither many favours. 15 points: Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson is this week's recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment. 25 points: Mike Dean and Carlos Carvalhal wrestle for the limelight at the Amex Stadium, and there is only going to be one winner in that contest. Carlos Carvalhal has charmed the Premier League Credit: Reuters Burnley vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Sam Vokes scores a late equaliser against the club he supported as a boy. 15 points: Wesley Hoedt continues to stray from the sublime to the ridiculous in a performance that leaves us none the wiser about his quality. 25 points: Burnley fail to win another Premier League game, yet stay in seventh where they shall remain for eternity. Liverpool vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Jurgen Klopp's side have this match won by half-time as West Ham are drawn closer to the relegation zone. 15 points: Loris Karius keeps another clean sheet as he continues his one man to crusade to prove Gary Neville wrong. 25 points: David Sullivan vows to continue West Ham's hi-tech scouting revolution by acquiring some VHS tapes of the opposition before matches. In praise of Roberto Firmino West Brom vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Salomon Rondon's late header earns Alan Pardew and West Brom a crucial three points. 15 points: Jonny Evans is given back the captain's armband, which he will with pride until his summer transfer to a top half team. 25 points: Pardew imposes a Saturday night curfew so strict that the players are home in time for Casualty. Watford vs Everton (Saturday, 5.30pm) 5 points: After heavy losses at Wembley and the Emirates, Everton once again fall foul of the curse of the north circular by losing at Watford. 15 points: Richarlison bags his first league goal since November 19th. 25 points: After saying he returned to Everton for 'the pressure', Wayne Rooney's season now consists of 10 virtually meaningless league games. Why David De Gea is the reason Manchester United are still in contention for the top four Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 12 noon) 5 points: It takes until the last 20 minutes to break Palace's stubborn resistance but Spurs do enough to secure a 2-1 win that takes them within a point of Man Utd. 15 points: Palace are christened 'the Wilfried Zaha team' as they continue to struggle without their talismanic winger. 25 points: The home sponsors name Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier as Palace's man of the match. Manchester United vs Chelsea (Sunday, 2.05pm) 5 points: Another big match involving United results in an underwhelming 90 minutes of turgid fare and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 15 points: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte almost come to blows in the technical area in scenes we very much want to see yet are told by our television overlords that we do not. 25 points: Paul Pogba does a Nasser Hussain and points to the back of his shirt in a pointed message to Graeme Souness in the studio.
Premier League Bingo: How many points can you win from this weekend's fixtures?
Leicester City vs Stoke City (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Riyad Mahrez scores his first Leicester goal since his self-imposed exile as the hosts run out 3-1 winners against a tepid Stoke. 15 points: A collective malaise continues to engulf England's World Cup goalkeeping candidates, as Jack Butland lets one slip under his body. 25 points: Saido Berahino sleeps in a goal net rather than a duvet on Friday night in an attempt to re-acquaint himself with the onion bag. Bournemouth vs Newcastle (Saturday 3pm) 5 points: Newcastle crash back down to earth after their victory over Man Utd, slumping to a 2-1 defeat in the Matt Ritchie derby. 15 points: Jermain Defoe scores his ninth career goal against Newcastle from the penalty spot. 25 points: Mike Ashley tries to book another table at a north London Indian restaurant in the hope that someone, anyone, will take the club off his hands. Brighton vs Swansea (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Two resurgent teams share the spoils on the south coast in a 1-1 draw that does neither many favours. 15 points: Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson is this week's recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment. 25 points: Mike Dean and Carlos Carvalhal wrestle for the limelight at the Amex Stadium, and there is only going to be one winner in that contest. Carlos Carvalhal has charmed the Premier League Credit: Reuters Burnley vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Sam Vokes scores a late equaliser against the club he supported as a boy. 15 points: Wesley Hoedt continues to stray from the sublime to the ridiculous in a performance that leaves us none the wiser about his quality. 25 points: Burnley fail to win another Premier League game, yet stay in seventh where they shall remain for eternity. Liverpool vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Jurgen Klopp's side have this match won by half-time as West Ham are drawn closer to the relegation zone. 15 points: Loris Karius keeps another clean sheet as he continues his one man to crusade to prove Gary Neville wrong. 25 points: David Sullivan vows to continue West Ham's hi-tech scouting revolution by acquiring some VHS tapes of the opposition before matches. In praise of Roberto Firmino West Brom vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Salomon Rondon's late header earns Alan Pardew and West Brom a crucial three points. 15 points: Jonny Evans is given back the captain's armband, which he will with pride until his summer transfer to a top half team. 25 points: Pardew imposes a Saturday night curfew so strict that the players are home in time for Casualty. Watford vs Everton (Saturday, 5.30pm) 5 points: After heavy losses at Wembley and the Emirates, Everton once again fall foul of the curse of the north circular by losing at Watford. 15 points: Richarlison bags his first league goal since November 19th. 25 points: After saying he returned to Everton for 'the pressure', Wayne Rooney's season now consists of 10 virtually meaningless league games. Why David De Gea is the reason Manchester United are still in contention for the top four Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 12 noon) 5 points: It takes until the last 20 minutes to break Palace's stubborn resistance but Spurs do enough to secure a 2-1 win that takes them within a point of Man Utd. 15 points: Palace are christened 'the Wilfried Zaha team' as they continue to struggle without their talismanic winger. 25 points: The home sponsors name Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier as Palace's man of the match. Manchester United vs Chelsea (Sunday, 2.05pm) 5 points: Another big match involving United results in an underwhelming 90 minutes of turgid fare and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 15 points: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte almost come to blows in the technical area in scenes we very much want to see yet are told by our television overlords that we do not. 25 points: Paul Pogba does a Nasser Hussain and points to the back of his shirt in a pointed message to Graeme Souness in the studio.
Leicester City vs Stoke City (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Riyad Mahrez scores his first Leicester goal since his self-imposed exile as the hosts run out 3-1 winners against a tepid Stoke. 15 points: A collective malaise continues to engulf England's World Cup goalkeeping candidates, as Jack Butland lets one slip under his body. 25 points: Saido Berahino sleeps in a goal net rather than a duvet on Friday night in an attempt to re-acquaint himself with the onion bag. Bournemouth vs Newcastle (Saturday 3pm) 5 points: Newcastle crash back down to earth after their victory over Man Utd, slumping to a 2-1 defeat in the Matt Ritchie derby. 15 points: Jermain Defoe scores his ninth career goal against Newcastle from the penalty spot. 25 points: Mike Ashley tries to book another table at a north London Indian restaurant in the hope that someone, anyone, will take the club off his hands. Brighton vs Swansea (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Two resurgent teams share the spoils on the south coast in a 1-1 draw that does neither many favours. 15 points: Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson is this week's recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment. 25 points: Mike Dean and Carlos Carvalhal wrestle for the limelight at the Amex Stadium, and there is only going to be one winner in that contest. Carlos Carvalhal has charmed the Premier League Credit: Reuters Burnley vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Sam Vokes scores a late equaliser against the club he supported as a boy. 15 points: Wesley Hoedt continues to stray from the sublime to the ridiculous in a performance that leaves us none the wiser about his quality. 25 points: Burnley fail to win another Premier League game, yet stay in seventh where they shall remain for eternity. Liverpool vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Jurgen Klopp's side have this match won by half-time as West Ham are drawn closer to the relegation zone. 15 points: Loris Karius keeps another clean sheet as he continues his one man to crusade to prove Gary Neville wrong. 25 points: David Sullivan vows to continue West Ham's hi-tech scouting revolution by acquiring some VHS tapes of the opposition before matches. In praise of Roberto Firmino West Brom vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Salomon Rondon's late header earns Alan Pardew and West Brom a crucial three points. 15 points: Jonny Evans is given back the captain's armband, which he will with pride until his summer transfer to a top half team. 25 points: Pardew imposes a Saturday night curfew so strict that the players are home in time for Casualty. Watford vs Everton (Saturday, 5.30pm) 5 points: After heavy losses at Wembley and the Emirates, Everton once again fall foul of the curse of the north circular by losing at Watford. 15 points: Richarlison bags his first league goal since November 19th. 25 points: After saying he returned to Everton for 'the pressure', Wayne Rooney's season now consists of 10 virtually meaningless league games. Why David De Gea is the reason Manchester United are still in contention for the top four Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 12 noon) 5 points: It takes until the last 20 minutes to break Palace's stubborn resistance but Spurs do enough to secure a 2-1 win that takes them within a point of Man Utd. 15 points: Palace are christened 'the Wilfried Zaha team' as they continue to struggle without their talismanic winger. 25 points: The home sponsors name Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier as Palace's man of the match. Manchester United vs Chelsea (Sunday, 2.05pm) 5 points: Another big match involving United results in an underwhelming 90 minutes of turgid fare and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 15 points: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte almost come to blows in the technical area in scenes we very much want to see yet are told by our television overlords that we do not. 25 points: Paul Pogba does a Nasser Hussain and points to the back of his shirt in a pointed message to Graeme Souness in the studio.
Premier League Bingo: How many points can you win from this weekend's fixtures?
Leicester City vs Stoke City (Saturday, 12.30pm) 5 points: Riyad Mahrez scores his first Leicester goal since his self-imposed exile as the hosts run out 3-1 winners against a tepid Stoke. 15 points: A collective malaise continues to engulf England's World Cup goalkeeping candidates, as Jack Butland lets one slip under his body. 25 points: Saido Berahino sleeps in a goal net rather than a duvet on Friday night in an attempt to re-acquaint himself with the onion bag. Bournemouth vs Newcastle (Saturday 3pm) 5 points: Newcastle crash back down to earth after their victory over Man Utd, slumping to a 2-1 defeat in the Matt Ritchie derby. 15 points: Jermain Defoe scores his ninth career goal against Newcastle from the penalty spot. 25 points: Mike Ashley tries to book another table at a north London Indian restaurant in the hope that someone, anyone, will take the club off his hands. Brighton vs Swansea (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Two resurgent teams share the spoils on the south coast in a 1-1 draw that does neither many favours. 15 points: Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson is this week's recipient of the 'get him on the plane' treatment. 25 points: Mike Dean and Carlos Carvalhal wrestle for the limelight at the Amex Stadium, and there is only going to be one winner in that contest. Carlos Carvalhal has charmed the Premier League Credit: Reuters Burnley vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Sam Vokes scores a late equaliser against the club he supported as a boy. 15 points: Wesley Hoedt continues to stray from the sublime to the ridiculous in a performance that leaves us none the wiser about his quality. 25 points: Burnley fail to win another Premier League game, yet stay in seventh where they shall remain for eternity. Liverpool vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Jurgen Klopp's side have this match won by half-time as West Ham are drawn closer to the relegation zone. 15 points: Loris Karius keeps another clean sheet as he continues his one man to crusade to prove Gary Neville wrong. 25 points: David Sullivan vows to continue West Ham's hi-tech scouting revolution by acquiring some VHS tapes of the opposition before matches. In praise of Roberto Firmino West Brom vs Huddersfield (Saturday, 3pm) 5 points: Salomon Rondon's late header earns Alan Pardew and West Brom a crucial three points. 15 points: Jonny Evans is given back the captain's armband, which he will with pride until his summer transfer to a top half team. 25 points: Pardew imposes a Saturday night curfew so strict that the players are home in time for Casualty. Watford vs Everton (Saturday, 5.30pm) 5 points: After heavy losses at Wembley and the Emirates, Everton once again fall foul of the curse of the north circular by losing at Watford. 15 points: Richarlison bags his first league goal since November 19th. 25 points: After saying he returned to Everton for 'the pressure', Wayne Rooney's season now consists of 10 virtually meaningless league games. Why David De Gea is the reason Manchester United are still in contention for the top four Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 12 noon) 5 points: It takes until the last 20 minutes to break Palace's stubborn resistance but Spurs do enough to secure a 2-1 win that takes them within a point of Man Utd. 15 points: Palace are christened 'the Wilfried Zaha team' as they continue to struggle without their talismanic winger. 25 points: The home sponsors name Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier as Palace's man of the match. Manchester United vs Chelsea (Sunday, 2.05pm) 5 points: Another big match involving United results in an underwhelming 90 minutes of turgid fare and a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. 15 points: Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte almost come to blows in the technical area in scenes we very much want to see yet are told by our television overlords that we do not. 25 points: Paul Pogba does a Nasser Hussain and points to the back of his shirt in a pointed message to Graeme Souness in the studio.
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
Brighton’s squad and staff celebrate promotion following their 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic in the Championship match at the Amex Stadium in April last year.
What a difference 12 months make as Brighton talk switches to survival
Brighton’s squad and staff celebrate promotion following their 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic in the Championship match at the Amex Stadium in April last year.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Why the quadruple remains English football's impossible dream
In December, Pep Guardiola dismissed the possibility of Manchester City winning the quadruple this season as "impossible", and this week's events have proven him right. While the Premier League title is as good as wrapped up and only one Sunday's final separates them from a Carabao Cup win, a shock defeat in the FA Cup at Wigan put to bed any remaining possibility of glory on four fronts. The treble has been achieved by United, and City could still win a treble of their own this season, but the quadruple remains an impossible dream, never realised and possibly never to be achieved. Here, we remember the teams that came closest to winning all four competitions, with a look at where - and when - their quadruple bid ended. Leeds United - 1969/70 The ultimate 'nearly' season. Don Revie's great side came desperately close to winning three of four available trophies, finishing as Division One runners-up (albeit by a nine-point margin) to Everton, losing FA Cup finalists (they were beaten by Chelsea in a replay in a famous bad-tempered encounter) and being beaten in the European Cup semi-finals by Celtic. A great team that ended the season empty-handed Credit: Getty images Nottingham Forest, 1978/79 Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest won two of the four trophies on offer in the 1978-79 season, and were fighting on four fronts until the end of February, when they were beaten by Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round. They went on to lift the European Cup for the first time in the club's history in 1979 - they would win it again the following year - but were pipped to the First Division title by Liverpool. Liverpool, 1983/84 Joe Fagan's first season in charge of Liverpool saw them become the first English club to record a treble after winning the First Division, European Cup and League Cup. Ian Rush led the way with 32 goals, but hopes of a quadruple had been derailed at the end of January after a 2-0 loss away at Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round. Liverpool won a treble but could not add the FA Cup Credit: Getty images Manchester United, 1998/99 After finishing the previous season trophyless, Manchester United made amends by pipping Arsenal to the Premier League title, lifting the FA Cup and famously defeating Bayern Munich in injury time to win the European Cup, all in the space of 11 days in May. However, their quadruple hopes had been scuppered reasonably early - courtesy of a defeat in the League Cup quarter-finals to Tottenham. Manchester United, 2002/03 United harboured hopes of four major honours until a disastrous four-week spell ended their hopes in three of them: they were beaten in the FA Cup fifth round by Arsenal, the League Cup final by Liverpool and in the Champions League by Real Madrid. Their 'consolation' was winning the Premier League title by five points from Arsenal, who had led for most of the campaign until a late-season collapse. Quadruple nearly men Arsenal, 2003/04 Arsene Wenger's side may have been invincible in the league but they fell just short in the other major competitions. Their quadruple challenge was ended in the League Cup semi-finals by Middlesbrough on Feb 5, while they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United and the Champions League by Chelsea. Chelsea, 2006/07 The nearest any English club has come to a quadruple, with Jose Mourinho's side having genuine hopes of succcess in all four competitions until May 1, when they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals. A run of draws then demolished their hopes of a third straight league title, although they did win a League Cup and FA Cup double, with Didier Drogba ending the season with 33 goals. Chelsea came painfully close to winning all four competitions Credit: getty images Manchester United, 2008/09 Unitedwon the Premier League for the third consecutive year and beat Tottenham on penalties to add the League Cup to their trophy cabinet. Though they lost to Everton by the same means in the FA Cup semi-final and lost 2-0 to Barcelona in the Champions League Final, denying them a quadruple. Manchester City, 2013/14 City looked ominously strong under Manuel Pellegrini, keeping pace at the top of the Premier League and winning the League Cup final in early March. But Barcelona ultimately quashed their hopes with a dominant performance in the Champions League last 16 tie, while Wigan - yes, them again - sent them crashing out of the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Brighton’s Connor Goldson celebrates after scoring against Coventry, who brought 4,500 fans to the south coast; Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and Steve Davies scores Rochdale’s late equaliser.
FA Cup fifth round: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action
Brighton’s Connor Goldson celebrates after scoring against Coventry, who brought 4,500 fans to the south coast; Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, and Steve Davies scores Rochdale’s late equaliser.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Brighton’s Chris Hughton is the only serving Premier League manager to have won the FA Cup as a player.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Brighton’s Chris Hughton is the only serving Premier League manager to have won the FA Cup as a player.
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
Chris Hughton calls on own experience to sustain Brighton’s run in FA Cup
The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies scored an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend's Cup football, and dip a reluctant toe into the increasingly tedious waters of VAR. Former Reading and Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, now with Brighton, talks to Total Football about mid-season tours and whether West Bromwich Albion's ill-fated trip to Barcelona is typical of the genre. Then Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace talks about the Barry Bennell case, and what it means for football as a whole. Here's how to listen: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1266640345 Android - http://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/feed/ (link must be pasted into a podcast app) Online - https://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/
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The magic supply was running dangerously low in the FA Cup fifth round, until Steve Davies scored an unlikely equaliser for Rochdale against Spurs at Spotland. Charlie Eccleshare joins host Thom Gibbs to examine all the weekend's Cup football, and dip a reluctant toe into the increasingly tedious waters of VAR. Former Reading and Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell, now with Brighton, talks to Total Football about mid-season tours and whether West Bromwich Albion's ill-fated trip to Barcelona is typical of the genre. Then Telegraph Sport's Chief Football Writer Sam Wallace talks about the Barry Bennell case, and what it means for football as a whole. Here's how to listen: iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1266640345 Android - http://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/feed/ (link must be pasted into a podcast app) Online - https://totalfootball.telegraph.co.uk/
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
FD: United advance in FA Cup, Spurs face replay
Manchester United beat Huddersfield to set-up an FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton, while Spurs face a replay against Rochdale following a 2-2 draw in round five.
Manchester United secured an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton & Hove Albion in a manner that can only be ­described as straightforward. Despite the build-up and aftermath being dominated by ­questions over Paul Pogba – a man who may or may not have recovered from ­illness in time for Wednesday’s trip to Seville – they never looked in danger for a moment against a ­determined, gutsy but ultimately limited, Huddersfield Town team. They scored twice from ­lightning quick breakaways and might well have had a third were it not for the latest video assistant referee ­controversy. In many ways, this was the default Jose Mourinho performance: contained, controlled, efficient. And about as exciting as reading a washing machine instruction manual. Still, Mourinho expressed a ­significant degree of satisfaction with what was achieved. Not least because, due to a sudden flurry of injuries – with Pogba succumbing to a bug on the morning of the match – apart from David De Gea, he was unable to give any of his players the weekend off ahead of the critical Champions League tie in Spain against Sevilla. “Look, I didn’t rest one single player so we had every player ­available. I didn’t rest anyone, I brought two kids that played yesterday [Friday] 90 minutes because I don’t have another player,” ­Mourinho ­explained, in what may well have been a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently named only six substitutes against Burnley, insisting he couldn’t call up youth players ­because they had played the day ­before. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera and [Antonio] Valencia have a chance. Paul [Pogba] I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, ­Marouane, [Fellaini], Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problem.” Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United ���� @ManUtd— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 17, 2018 Mourinho was, understandably, frustrated by Pogba’s late withdrawl. Not least because he had planned to use him in apparently his favourite position – on the left of a midfield three – in a bid to help him recover some form and ­confidence as the business end of the season approaches. Instead, the United manager was obliged to call on the services of the veteran Michael Carrick who, at 36, may be many things – calm, ­accurate, disciplined – but one for future he isn’t. Still, the United manager will have noted one thing about the way his side brushed aside David ­Wagner’s team: Alexis Sanchez’s eye for a killer pass has not been dulled by his move from Arsenal. The Chilean had spent much of the first half looking increasingly dispirited as his team-mates drifted ever deeper in their attempt to smother Huddersfield’s busy ­midfield probing. He could be seen constantly waving colleagues ­forward, when Mourinho might have hoped he had joined them in defensive duties. But just after half time, he took matters into his own hands and supplied the game’s one standout moment: a laser-guided return ball into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who barrelled forward and scored. Sanchez drifted in and out of the game Credit: Getty images The Belgian’s finish – as it had been when he latched on to an ­almost equally telling ball from Juan Mata after just three minutes for the opener – was not as true as he might have hoped. Oddly, that worked to his ­advantage, as Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal seemed to ­misread his shot, perhaps anticipating a clean strike. Throughout his career, Lukaku has tended to score goals in patches. And if, with Sanchez providing a new supply of ammunition, he has rediscovered a scoring touch ­temporarily mislaid after his ­blistering start in a United shirt, his timing could not be better. Certainly his midfield colleague Nemanja Matic, who spent much of the game scurrying and scrapping but seldom dominating possession, seemed relieved that the Lukaku mojo has resurfaced. “He is important for us,” Matic suggested. “It’s very important for his confidence that he is scoring goals and he is a great striker, very strong and he is still young, I am sure he will be important for us ­until the end of the season.” As for Pogba, Mourinho said he had no clue if the Frenchman would be available for the European tie. He could only express hope that his midfield lynchpin enjoys a swift ­recovery. While wildcat rumours circulated after their defeat at ­Newcastle United of a dressing-room bust-up were fanciful, there is no denying that the Frenchman has looked out of sorts of late. While there is relief in the fact his main striker has rediscovered the route to goal, the manager knows that, without a fully committed, fully engaged Pogba, his chances of further advance in Europe are limited indeed.
Paul Pogba could go straight back in to Man Utd team for Sevilla game
Manchester United secured an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton & Hove Albion in a manner that can only be ­described as straightforward. Despite the build-up and aftermath being dominated by ­questions over Paul Pogba – a man who may or may not have recovered from ­illness in time for Wednesday’s trip to Seville – they never looked in danger for a moment against a ­determined, gutsy but ultimately limited, Huddersfield Town team. They scored twice from ­lightning quick breakaways and might well have had a third were it not for the latest video assistant referee ­controversy. In many ways, this was the default Jose Mourinho performance: contained, controlled, efficient. And about as exciting as reading a washing machine instruction manual. Still, Mourinho expressed a ­significant degree of satisfaction with what was achieved. Not least because, due to a sudden flurry of injuries – with Pogba succumbing to a bug on the morning of the match – apart from David De Gea, he was unable to give any of his players the weekend off ahead of the critical Champions League tie in Spain against Sevilla. “Look, I didn’t rest one single player so we had every player ­available. I didn’t rest anyone, I brought two kids that played yesterday [Friday] 90 minutes because I don’t have another player,” ­Mourinho ­explained, in what may well have been a dig at Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who recently named only six substitutes against Burnley, insisting he couldn’t call up youth players ­because they had played the day ­before. "Can we recover some of them for Wednesday? I believe so. I think [Marcus] Rashford, [Ander] Herrera and [Antonio] Valencia have a chance. Paul [Pogba] I don’t know. Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, ­Marouane, [Fellaini], Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] – I don’t think they have any chance, so we arrive at this crucial moment with some problem.” Gutted I won’t be at Huddersfield but I need to get better. Come on United ���� @ManUtd— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) February 17, 2018 Mourinho was, understandably, frustrated by Pogba’s late withdrawl. Not least because he had planned to use him in apparently his favourite position – on the left of a midfield three – in a bid to help him recover some form and ­confidence as the business end of the season approaches. Instead, the United manager was obliged to call on the services of the veteran Michael Carrick who, at 36, may be many things – calm, ­accurate, disciplined – but one for future he isn’t. Still, the United manager will have noted one thing about the way his side brushed aside David ­Wagner’s team: Alexis Sanchez’s eye for a killer pass has not been dulled by his move from Arsenal. The Chilean had spent much of the first half looking increasingly dispirited as his team-mates drifted ever deeper in their attempt to smother Huddersfield’s busy ­midfield probing. He could be seen constantly waving colleagues ­forward, when Mourinho might have hoped he had joined them in defensive duties. But just after half time, he took matters into his own hands and supplied the game’s one standout moment: a laser-guided return ball into the path of Romelu Lukaku, who barrelled forward and scored. Sanchez drifted in and out of the game Credit: Getty images The Belgian’s finish – as it had been when he latched on to an ­almost equally telling ball from Juan Mata after just three minutes for the opener – was not as true as he might have hoped. Oddly, that worked to his ­advantage, as Jonas Lossl in the Huddersfield goal seemed to ­misread his shot, perhaps anticipating a clean strike. Throughout his career, Lukaku has tended to score goals in patches. And if, with Sanchez providing a new supply of ammunition, he has rediscovered a scoring touch ­temporarily mislaid after his ­blistering start in a United shirt, his timing could not be better. Certainly his midfield colleague Nemanja Matic, who spent much of the game scurrying and scrapping but seldom dominating possession, seemed relieved that the Lukaku mojo has resurfaced. “He is important for us,” Matic suggested. “It’s very important for his confidence that he is scoring goals and he is a great striker, very strong and he is still young, I am sure he will be important for us ­until the end of the season.” As for Pogba, Mourinho said he had no clue if the Frenchman would be available for the European tie. He could only express hope that his midfield lynchpin enjoys a swift ­recovery. While wildcat rumours circulated after their defeat at ­Newcastle United of a dressing-room bust-up were fanciful, there is no denying that the Frenchman has looked out of sorts of late. While there is relief in the fact his main striker has rediscovered the route to goal, the manager knows that, without a fully committed, fully engaged Pogba, his chances of further advance in Europe are limited indeed.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash
Brighton manager Chris Hughton ready to settle another old score - the 1983 FA Cup final - in Man Utd clash

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