FTB: Why Watford already look like a side destined for relegation this season

FTB: Why Watford already look like a side destined for relegation this season

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Watford have had a Premier League campaign to forget so far this season, and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of improving any time in the near future.

Already the Hornets look a sure bet for relegation come season’s close, and it could well be a very long season ahead for supporters of the club.

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FTB: Why youth development pathways must improve in England, but ‘B’ teams aren’t the answer

FTB: Why youth development pathways must improve in England, but ‘B’ teams aren’t the answer

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

English football seems to be seeing an increasing exodus of its young stars abroad to further their development. While experiencing a range of footballing styles and cultures isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the country and its next generation, some of the reasons for the move abroad comes down the fundamental development opportunities here in England.

Opportunities for regular starting berths, especially at the top sides where the best young players are found, seem increasingly sparse at most clubs given the Premier League’s financial might and attraction to established senior players.

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FTB: Why Bury FC suffered a terrible fate, but EFL readmission into League Two wasn’t the answer

FTB: Why Bury FC suffered a terrible fate, but EFL readmission into League Two wasn’t the answer

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #5

Bury FC’s expulsion from the Football League was a sad day for English football and blame for the collapse can be thrown squarely onto the owners. Football supporters might have levelled some discontent against the EFL for their unmoving, decisive action but ultimately they had their hands forced – they couldn’t continue to facilitate a sunken ship.

The Shakers legacy was ran into the ground by those in charge, and it’s no surprise that when the football community rallied around the club, they looked towards the option of potential readmission the following year back into the Football League in League Two. In fairness to the EFL too, they willingly facilitated this idea and rather than immediately strike it down, offered it to a vote for the fellow League Two clubs.

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FTB: Why it is now imperative Mike Ashley departs Newcastle as soon as possible

FTB: Why it is now imperative Mike Ashley departs Newcastle as soon as possible

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Mike Ashley is the epitome of the Premier League’s ‘devil you know’. Everyone and their mother, irrespective of which club you support, knows of the Sports Direct magnate’s reign at the helm of St. James’ Park and the turmoil which has ensued alongside it.

Times have been tough on Tyneside plenty before, but under Steve Bruce the Magpies finally seem broken beyond immediate repair. On the pitch, those in black and white look lost and with no chance of finding clarity wherever they look, while off the field there is little to be excited about for supporters.

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FTB: Why Henri Saivet has become an expensive forgotten man at Newcastle

FTB: Why Henri Saivet has become an expensive forgotten man at Newcastle

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #3

Henri Saivet is something of a conundrum as a footballer at Newcastle United. A late relic of the Magpies’ French Revolution, whereby scout Graham Carr utilised his extensive contacts in the European nation to bring a host of French talent over the Channel, with some working out brilliantly and many falling by the wayside.

Once such star was Saivet, who was brought in towards the end of Carr’s tenure at the head of Newcastle’s recruitment and scouting network, and despite doubts from the then management of Steve McClaren, signed from Bordeaux for a hefty reported fee of £5m.

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FTB: Why latest Newcastle United takeover saga offers little to be excited about

FTB: Why latest Newcastle United takeover saga offers little to be excited about

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #2

The prospect of Newcastle United being taken over by new ownership and finally expelling Mike Ashley from St. James’ Park is a thought that excites any Magpies supporter. Yet, news of a new potential takeover involving familiar face Peter Kenyon and American outfit GACP Sports offers little to excite the Geordie faithful.

The reason for that is the emergence of this supposed fresh interest is almost laughably formulaic and predictable in its timing. Every year for the past three seasons now, a new takeover seems to emerge around the beginnings of October.

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FTB: Why Phil Foden’s development is being cursed by City’s catalogue

FTB: Why Phil Foden’s development is being cursed by City’s catalogue

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #1

There is absolutely no question that Manchester City’s Phil Foden is a Premier League quality midfielder. He might be just 19 years old, but the Stockport-born star is a top talent in his own right and likely one of the shining stars of the future for both club and country.

However, he finds his minutes on the pitch limited.

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