After the awful performance and result against Wolves on Wednesday it seems that the Liverpool fans have called time on the managerial reign of Roy Hodgson. The defeat leaves the proud club only three points off the relegation places and eleven points adrift of European football.

Last season’s seventh place finish was bad enough for the fans but they still qualified for the Europa League which is the bare minimum they will accept. The prospect of missing out altogether would be a disaster.

It would seem the fans no longer want Roy in charge of their team, the body language and attitude of players would suggest they no longer want him in charge either, as soon as you lose the dressing room is it not time to pack up and go?

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I have spent my afternoon watching the first half of the Total Larsson DVD. If it isn’t obvious it’s a DVD that shows you nearly every goal Henrik Larsson scored for Helsingborg, Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United. It is an absolute pleasure to watch the man in his prime.

Something occurred to me while enjoying some of his best goals and I feel very very lucky. Although I had already been to Celtic Park on many an occasion I finally purchased my first season ticket in the same season that for a measly £650,000 Celtic secured the signature of Henrik Larsson from Dutch giants Feyenoord.

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As a little Christmas present from myself to you good people out there, I present to you an interview with journalist, author, podcaster and Football Manager legend that is Iain Macintosh. He is the mastermind behind “The Heidenheim Cronicles”. And your can hear his dulcet tones on the wonderful Three Up Front podcast.

Iain was kind enough to take some of his time to answer some questions.

First of all Iain congratulations on the recent NOPA award for best contributor to a blog or podcast, how does it feel to be chosen by an esteemed panel to receive this award?

I’m genuinely touched. I’ve never won an award for anything in my life, so it’s a lovely moment indeed. However, all credit should go to the guys at In Bed With Maradona. They’ve created a fantastic site, drawing together a superb selection of writers from around the world. They’re warm, wise and witty men, and they’re all surprisingly affectionate lovers.

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Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

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As a present to you the wonderful listeners, I have gathered together some of the greatest and brightest football blogging minds. Gav Stone (Les Rosbifs), Chris Mayer (6 pointer), Brent Atema (Global Football Today), Charlie Anderson (In Bed With Maradona) and David Bevan (The 72 football) join myself to get together and discuss who would be in our Team of the Year for 2010.

Some great players were chosen and there were some surprise selections.

So why not have a listen and if you enjoy give it a retweet.

Oh and if you have a few spare minutes over the festive period, drop a comment on here to who you would picked instead.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Second in the new Ligue 1 – 20 for 20 series, a young star starting to turn heads in France this season.

Starting his second season in charge of Stade Rennais Frédéric Antonetti had a tough task in front of him. Asamoah Gyan, Jimmy Briand, Moussa Sow and Ismael Bangoura had all left the Brittany club in the summer giving the former Nice manager a selection headache. However as the season has progressed it looks like he could have the perfect cure right under his nose.

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I’ve been a busy boy of late.

12 Days of Christmas

As Christmas is nearly upon us it is also time to celebrate the year that has been and past, the wonderful people over at World Football Columns (which includes myself) have been posting articles to celebrate the alternative “12 Days of Christmas”.

http://worldfootballcolumns.com/2010/12/17/wfcs-sixth-day-of-christmas-six-meals-a-making/

A few great posts so far, worth keeping an eye on in the lead up to Christmas.

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Last night saw the best and brighest minds of the football blogging world get together at Hoxton Hall in London to celebrate the NOPA awards. I took along my dictaphone and cornered some of the nominees and distinguished guests to ask them so questions in their field.

Instead of the normal weekley podcast I recorded some interviews after the NOPA Awards last night, I spoke to David Bevan about the Championship, Tim Hill and Charlie Anderson about Dortmund, Tottenham and Man City. Terry Duffelen talks all things Bundesliga and Ben Shave gives us some insight into the Portuguese League. A smorgasbord of the best bloggers around.

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Time for a blatant plug, but I am trying to help all you readers out there, Hi Mum!

The wonderful guys over at Tikabooson are giving you a chance to save some money when buying your fellow football friends a wonderful Xmas present. Tikabooson are a football only DVD shop, with a great selections of titles, something for every football fan.

If you are interested in purchasing any DVD on their site once you get to the shop add promo code GIB20DEC and you’ll recieve 20% off your order. Who can turn that sort of offer down.

I will be reviewing a couple of DVD’s on here pretty soon, but until then go have a look at their site, browse for the DVD’s and treat yourself or a friend.

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Well everyone it has been nearly a month since the nominations were announced and my how time has flown by. Tomorrow night football bloggers from around the country will be joined together in a festival of food and drink to celebrate all the nights sat at their PC’s writing about the beautiful game.

It is set to be a momentous occasion, dignitaries such as Clive Tyldseley, the BBC’s Mihir Bose, the boys from The Football Ramble. Roy Meredith General manager of Championship Manager and of course don’t forget the high quality of nominated blogs: Michael Cox from Zonal Marking, Sid Lowe from The Guardian, Tim Vickery from BBC’s World Football Phone In.

Someone I have also managed to sneak a nomination for best podcast, I am looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the best and brightest in the blogging world. European football Weekends, Swiss Ramble, Sound of Football, twofootedtackle the list goes on and on.

Now if I have wetted your appetite a little there is still time to pick up a ticket. £20 gets you entry to the event and food and drink is included, even if there wasn’t an awards ceremony, the price seems good enough for the booze and grub.

So far you’re paying to be feed and watered, talk football with some of the brightest minds (and me) but you are also helping a charity. All proceeds for the event are going to DSActive, a wonderful charity helping kids with Down’s Syndrome, so there’s no excuse, over 30 tickets still remain, if you can make it make sure you come down, it’s going to be a great night.

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Twelve SPL clubs will meet on the 20th of December to decide the future of Scottish football. The plans are to create a two-tier SPL of 10 teams each. Included in the reconstruction are the return of play-offs, an earlier start to the season and a winter break.

Out with the two leagues of ten the other teams in the country would be regionalised, which is probably the best thing being proposed in the current plans.

Talks of change have been ongoing for years now and people always find it hard to agree on what is best for Scottish football to move forward. Things need to change if the league is to move forward, moving from 10 teams from 12 is surely a step backward, the league has tried 10 teams before and the quality was pretty much the same as it is now. What’s changed really?

It would make more sense to increase the size of the top division and come inline with other divisions around Europe. Moving to 16 or 18 teams would mean less games, the winter break would be easier to incorporate and it would surely freshen up the league in a few different ways.

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