Reign in Spain

We’re approaching the business end of the 2011/12 season and my time in Spain has gone better than I could have imagined. How you ask? Well, let’s find out

First off though, Louis van Gaal has passed his first test as England manager and qualified for Euro 2012…Norway 2012 if you will

England Euro 2012

It’s a tough draw, as it always is at the Euro’s, but Van Gaal is usually a winner. On another European front, Deportivo are still going strong in the UEFA Cup

UEFA Cup QF draw

Plenty English representatives, unlike the Champions League.

CL QF Draw

Brian Little is not endearing himself to the Anfield crowd failing to get out of that group. This also won’t help his cause:

tranmere liverpool

The FA Cup is shaping up for an odd semi final line up

FA Cup SF Draw

Blackburn have had a bit of a recovery since sacking their manager

Blackburn sack Kyd

His replacement is this chap:

paul hughes blackburn

Look who came crawling back to take over Ipswich

Todd to Ipswich

The League Cup has a more familiar look to it, despite plucky runs from Hull and Gateshead

LC SF Results

Gateshead’s run to the semi final included this:

gateshead sunderland

One for the North East fans there. Anyway, at Depor everything is going well and we’re into the top 6. The January window arrives and I’ve had a good look at the squad, Boye is the first to go. At 31, £5m is good money for a striker who can’t score

boye sold

Pardeza is attracting some interest


I’ve decided to keep him until the end of the season, even though he’s only worth £7m and has 18 months on his contract, I’d like to re-establish Depor as a top club and then we can attract better replacements. But then…

pardeza sold

My eyes pop out of my head at £11.5m and he’s sold. I feel like Kevin Keegan standing on the steps explaining it to the fans, except I don’t speak Spanish and they don’t understand Geordie. It doesn’t deter us particularly

UEFA Cup QF Results

The Champions League sees a huge shock as Malmo knock out Real Madrid. Kaiserslautern also thrash Juventus, casually.

CL QF Results

The semi final draw keeps Barca & PSG apart, which is for the best.

CL SF Draw

And in La Liga, we’re actually starting to reel in the top teams

la liga top march 12

Nobody cares about the bottom but here it is anyway

la liga bottom march 12

Back home and Roy Evans is top of the pile, though Keegan’s Birmingham have a game in hand.

prem top march 12

Leicester’s cause is not helped by this result

leicester 7-0

A bad day to not bring a sub keeper. Meanwhile WBA might have knocked Inter out of the UEFA Cup but they are struggling badly in the league.

prem bottom march 12

Interesting to see McManaman’s Chelsea struggling again, and Beckham’s arrival at Everton has done very little for them. It’s crazy how amongst all the changes in this game, Everton have led a yo-yo existence throughout.

So, with just 2 months of the season to go it’s all to play for. Can anybody stop me taking Deportivo to the top*

*For those who follow the twitter account, you know the answer…


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