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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    flourishes in spite of rather than because of the dear old Irish FA Biting Back Football coaching simply not up to scratch What does coaching mean to you A fairly open ended question admittedly but there is a broad consensus that soccer coaching on these islands is not on a par with that of the sophisticated continentals Biting Back Not just the Scots that are in trouble Even if you aren t old enough to remember it yourself every keen football follower knows about the famous Celtic team that won the European Cup in 1967 Biting Back Manchester United in good form going into big derby Big sporting weekend ahead there s Rory at the Masters and AP at Aintree hoping to go out in Grand style Biting Back Ulster football is in a league of its own So that s the end of another National League season Between the jigs and reels what we are left with is something quite combustive if we ignore the forthcoming Championship and pretend we are going straight into the 2016 National Football League Biting Back Crusaders ready to crack open the champagne The champagne is on ice at the home of Crusaders Football Club but it could be cracked open as early as tonight Biting Back Fashioning a genius like Henry takes time You might think the retirement of Kilkenny hurling legend Henry Shefflin has long disappeared into the news ether but one aspect of his story should be preserved for evermore Biting back With caution Northern Ireland holds its breath Before the first whistle at Windsor Park on Sunday there was still the feeling that all this was too good to be true By the final whistle the feeling was this is really happening Biting Back McCoy will be looking for a dream finish Tony McCoy is set to remain in the saddle for longer than expected The Ulster legend is retiring at the end of the current campaign which in terms of the title race is April 25 at Sandown Biting Back Expect a Premier League spending spree The Premier League is on the cusp of a massive breakthrough Biting Back Life s real heroes are living among us Sunday morning and driving through Cookstown dozens of joggers could be spotted Once you crossed into Co Derry the joggers gave way to cyclists Biting Back Gareth Bale s emerging as the Real deal in Madrid When Gareth Bale turned his back on Manchester United to quit Spurs for Real Madrid an injury hit start earned him the nickname Lladró from demanding Spanish supporters and their media more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Biting Back Barry McGuigan is the man with the plan Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back Chris Froome

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=3 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    boss Brendan Rodgers works magic again Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is working his magic once more Biting Back Tony McCoy eager to bow out with a bang The horseracing Olympics otherwise known as the Cheltenham Festival takes place next week but never before has the action here in Northern Ireland offered such an in depth preview of the sport s greatest event Biting Back Grounds for disappoinment after Congress Pete McGrath was in rare form on Sunday after his Fermanagh side defeated Tipperary to maintain their 100 record after three games in the National League Biting Back Premier League teams struggling in Europe Arsenal going Manchester City going Tottenham gone Liverpool gone The Premier League might be the richest on the planet but all that money clearly can t buy European success Biting Back Wait nearly over for clash of the Titans So Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is finally on The two biggest stars in boxing have made us wait too long for the biggest fight in a generation But sometimes two fighters are simply destined for each other Biting Back 95 months to delve into FIFA s dealings Some people are infuriated that the 2022 World Cup which takes place in Qatar will be played in what we used to refer to as the mouth of Christmas Not me Biting Back Ugly side to Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic s talent I have always been a big admirer of Branislav Ivanovic And what s not to like Biting Back West Indies win shows need for Test status Some of the gentlest questions can provoke the feistiest answers How do you think I asked Ed Joyce the associate nations will fare in this World Cup Biting Back Tim Sherwood must cut back on the histrionics So Tim Sherwood has been widely hailed for his half time intervention at Villa Park at the weekend And don t we just love these neat narratives the inspirational words that turn a struggling team s fortunes around Darren Clarke is the only choice as Ryder Cup captain It s widely believed that when the five man selection committee sits down in Wentworth tomorrow to pick the next European Ryder Cup captain they face a straightforward choice between Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez Biting Back Richard Johnson can be McCoy s successor Sport is indeed a cruel master if Richard Johnson doesn t win the first post Tony McCoy jockeys title more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis offer contrasts with Alex Higgins treatment by Biting Back Aboriginal War Dance a pup Biting Back Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back More than 500 000 watch Drumquin Northern Ireland men s sofa struggles Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally ill

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=4 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    add up The back page headline screamed that Manchester United had lined up a swap deal with Real Madrid with David de Gea going one way and Gareth Bale the other Biting Back Martin O Neill is missing day to day club role I couldn t help but feel that the Republic of Ireland job was merely a hitching post for Martin O Neill at the time of his appointment and his demeanour in recent press engagements has seemed to hint at a longing for something else Biting Back The similarities of Ulster and Arsenal They have an impressive new stadium while out in the middle there is some great talent on the pitch Biting Back There could be a future in TV for McCoy Tony McCoy wants a word with Clare Balding A national institution the Grand National has been deserted by a national institution Biting back Luke Chadwick is right to follow his dreams Gary Lineker Excellent goalscorer and accomplished presenter on Match of the Day but just a bit too smarmy for my liking Biting Back Antrim need support in promotion bid Dunno what to make of Antrim footballers But then again isn t that what anyone would say about them year on year as they get to know what they are about and they go through the January player auditions Biting Back Time will tell if Radamel Falcao is worth 43m A cool 43m to Monaco in exchange for Radamel Falcao According to rumours that Manchester United may fork out this massive sum to make the Colombian s loan permanent it s clear they think that he is worth it But would Sir Alex Ferguson The simple answer no Saido Berahino seems to be quite the problem player Saido Berahino denies that he is a problem player Apparently people just don t understand him Biting Back Seriously why can t Arsene Wenger beat the big boys The biggest mystery in football revolves around the financial mess at Rangers because no one truly knows what the heck is going on Biting Back Upcoming games will tell a story about Louis van Gaal The graphics have been whizzing around the internet and news channels David Moyes was just as good as Louis van Gaal they cry but really what they mean is that Van Gaal is just as bad as Moyes Biting Back No substitute for top quality signings Replacements always cause problems Just look at Liverpool for example more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Biting Back Barry McGuigan is the man with the plan Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back Chris Froome leads the Tour de France pack Biting Back Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=5 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    Any resolutions Gonna finally lose that stone you have been meaning to shift or get ripped in the New Year Biting Back Elfin safety limits league crowd numbers Elfin safety is very important especially at this time of year when the well being of Santa s little helpers must be paramount But what did it have to do with restricting the bumper holiday attendances in the good old Irish League or NIFL in new money Biting Back Neil Lennon s clever management works at Bolton I must admit I wasn t sure about Neil Lennon Used to think that he was more culpable than he was prepared to admit in getting into scrapes Felt he suffered from the same affliction as Ray Wilkins when it came to passing the ball forward Begrudged him the win over Let s hope Cristiano Ronaldo gets the credit he deserves 2014 was a glittering year for football The World Cup in Brazil proved to be compelling viewing as expected and the Premier League La Liga Serie A and all the major cups and competitions in between served us fans up with a feast of sporting greatness Biting Back Irish League season would not be the same without a fuss Tiresome old cliche it may be but no Irish League season would be complete without an eligibility or registration hullabaloo Rory McIlroy s right golf must be more accessible Chipping golf balls into the washing machine and sleeping with his hands in the same position that his golf coach had taught him as a toddler it doesn t seem Rory McIlroy could have been destined for anything other than golfing greatness Biting Back Danny Wilson must be proud of great achievement Danny Wilson Remember him Useful Northern Ireland midfielder in the late 80s and early 90s Ended up with 24 caps Probably should have won a few more Biting back Darts champ Phil Taylor deserves a BBC gong Forget the showdown between Rory McIlroy and Lewis Hamilton for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award if darting legend Phil Taylor wins the World Championship they should hand him next year s BBC gong immediately Biting Back Casement Park must be home for Ulster GAA Today Justice Mark Horner will ask representatives of Ulster GAA and those of the Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents Association to outline their positions regarding what the future will hold for Casement Park Biting back Rory doesn t need SPOTY prize to prove class A nation wept on Sunday night Lewis Hamilton was named the BBC Sports Personality of 2014 and Northern Ireland went into outrage meltdown more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Biting Back Barry McGuigan is the man with the plan Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back Chris

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=6 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    so and you haven t watched Ronnie O Sullivan play snooker live yet put that on Biting Back This Manchester United superstar s not so stupid The most successful player in the history of football will once again be made available to other clubs when the transfer window opens next month Biting Back Arsenal v United the showdown continues There s been some epic confrontations down the years the 1990 brawl at Old Trafford after which both sides were docked points Keane v Vieira Van Nistelrooy v virtually the entire Arsenal team Pizzagate and a personal favourite when Roy Carroll used to try and wind up Biting Back American football has nothing on GAA Who s up for a bit of Sunday night Gridiron One of the highlights of anyone s week in the winter is getting the tracksuit out a few bottles of something cold and an oversized bag of potato chips for the American Football coverage Biting back Carl Fogarty deserves to be more famous for bikes than bugs If the apocryphal stories of the time are true the name of Ivan Mauger would have been inscribed on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy innumerable times Biting back Dave Whelan no racist but he s now in a nightmare I ve met Dave Whelan a few times and he always came across as a throughly decent sort That opinion hasn t really changed despite the flurry of negative headlines about the Wigan Athletic chairman Lewis Hamilton has the chance to make history In quantifiable terms Lewis Hamilton is already in exalted company Only four men in the history of Formula One have won more races Now s the time for Tony McCoy to go for quality Tony McCoy is targeting a return from injury next Wednesday but the time has come for the prolific Ulsterman to go for quality over quantity from now on Biting Back No shades of grey in John Motson s commentary Oh brilliant oh yes ohhh YES I know what you re thinking but you re wrong That wasn t a soundbite from Fifty Shades of Grey Criticism of Roy Keane reaching ludicrous level Would it be possible that I am the only reporter left with sympathy for Roy Keane Formula One s at risk of becoming a farce Lewis Hamilton has been in glittering form for a dominant Mercedes team throughout this year more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis offer contrasts with Alex Higgins treatment by Biting Back Aboriginal War Dance a pup Biting Back Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back More than 500 000 watch Drumquin Northern Ireland men s sofa struggles Northern Ireland Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=7 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    not cease There was a whiff of slamming the barn door after the horse had long since bolted in the GAA s press release on Monday but still it was most welcome Biting Back With great power comes great responsibility Whatever position you re in you want to believe that those in charge know what they re doing Biting Back Zidane s legacy in game speaks for itself Zinedine Zidane has been banned from coaching Castilla Real Madrid s reserves for three months after the Spanish Football Federation deemed he doesn t have the correct qualifications Biting Back BBC have lack of commitment to Gaelic games Just like that the chances of the Ulster Club Championships in Gaelic football being screened by the BBC went up in a puff of smoke Biting Back Keith Gillespie set Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on the path of greatness September 17 1997 was the day Keith Gillespie gave birth to Jose Mourinho Not literally of course but it was our Gilly who albeit unwittingly set The Special One at that time The Young Unknown One on the path to greatness Biting Back Sporting public opinion is one of extremes and Brendan Rodgers is facing The bank of sporting public opinion is a miserly lender No matter how good your previous credit rating you can quickly become overdrawn as Brendan Rodgers current account perfectly demonstrates Suarez departure has restored Liverpool principles Football being the punishing game it is Luis Suarez will probably demonstrate to Liverpool today precisely what they were missing against Real Madrid three days ago The stage is now set for Luis Suarez s return Real Madrid v Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi what more could you want Only the eagerly awaited return of Luis Suarez that s what Biting Back Moscow supporters made mockery of rules Hundreds of men wearing scarves clutching plastic containers of beer and chanting CSKA Biting Back QPR manager Harry Redknapp is ultimately responsible Harry Redknapp can blame Adel Taarabt all he wants for being overweight but the responsibility lies with the QPR manager for creating an environment whereby carrying excess weight is even a possibility Biting Back Tributes pour in for tragic Ryan Bradley Fatal accidents in Irish rallying are rare none more so than the tragic crash which claimed the life of Ryan Bradley on Saturday more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Biting Back Barry McGuigan is the man with the plan Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back Chris Froome leads the Tour de France pack Biting Back Pregnant woman booted off Belfast bus in blizzard because she didn t have change Northern Ireland Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Cannabis oil transformed life of terminally

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=8 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    is a way of life Biting Back What does the extra official actually do I can just imagine how the conversation in the stand at any of the eight Wasp Solutions League Cup matches across Northern Ireland this evening might go Handbags at Chelsea Wenger and Mourinho should be embarrassed Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho weren t to know when they engaged in their childish touchline bout of handbags at Stamford Bridge yesterday that on the other side of the world poor Jules Bianchi was fighting for his life Biting Back Ballinamallard it s hardly round world I like Warren Feeney Known him for years Good guy good craic and a good player for Northern Ireland whose part in some fantastic nights at Windsor Park several years ago is often underestimated Biting Back Phil Mickelson slating of Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson was unprofessional Professionalism and sportsmanship formed the main thread of Tom Watson s supposedly motivating but rather dull speech at the Ryder Cup opening ceremony on Thursday Just three days later it appeared that the American captain s message had been forgotten Biting Back Nicholas Roche as tough as the road he travels on Anyone who has followed Nicholas Roche s tour diaries can t have anything but utter admiration for a man who is simply as hard as the road that he meets on regular occurrences while also travelling at frightening speeds Biting Back Our boys ditched the cash at Gleneagles Remember the range of emotions Andy Murray experienced when he defeated Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon in 2013 Biting Back Does Paddy McNair have what it takes to start for Northern Ireland If you didn t know who Paddy McNair was this time last week you certainly know all about him now Brian Clough was one of the best a football genius A lot of kind words have been written this week about Brian Clough who died 10 years ago And why not Cloughie was after all one of the greatest football managers of all time A true genius Biting Back Can Brendan the Builder fix it Yes he can Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool are a bit broken having endured a disappointing start to the season Biting Back Donegal Championships deferral was a bizarre call Donegal decided last spring to defer the entire senior club football championship until the county team s interest in the All Ireland race was over Biting Back Kerry do what s needed to get the job done The most absorbing moment in sport is the conclusion of any contest more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis offer contrasts with Alex Higgins treatment by Biting Back Aboriginal War Dance a pup Biting Back Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=9 (2016-02-15)
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  • Belfast Telegraph Sports Columnists - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
    with As the sun set over Flushing Meadow and Serena Williams lifted the US Open trophy I couldn t help but think about the money All three million dollars of it Biting Back F1 back to boring business as usual after Hamilton Rosberg spat I once knew a bloke who lived in Spain except he spent 50 weeks of the year in Belfast Biting Back SKY s failure to report Carl Frampton fight seems petty Contrary to appearances not everyone is permanently hooked up to the iron lung of social media Biting back Rejoice when big GAA games aren t held at Croke Park A few weeks back various media outlets were focusing on the Munster football final as being one of the last occasions to say goodbye to Pairc Ui Chaoimh before renovation Biting Back Northern Ireland s biggest sporting weekend of the year There have been a few contenders in 2014 with Rory McIlroy s heroics and our Commonwealth Games boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan delivering gold but without question this weekend is the BIGGEST of the Northern Ireland sporting year Biting Back We need to utilise our stunning beaches Down Royal and Downpatrick Ulster s two horseracing venues stage many excellent meetings throughout the year But surely we are missing a trick Biting Back We need to get behind Ulster Rugby We are rarely optimistic Until half the country jumps on the bandwagon to support an individual or a team of course Biting Back Ex Celtic boss Neil Lennon is one TV pundit to watch Lenny has been billed as the new Alan Hansen after only a handful of appearances as TV pundit Biting Back Spurs are a club that flatters to deceive Tottenham have won their first four games under new manager Mauricio Pochettino this season two in the Premier League and two in the Europa League Some players just can t handle criticism Linfield s Danish Pasting Those three words got me erased from the Blues Christmas card list 20 years ago even though I didn t actually write them Ronnie McFall may have too much choice We all make mistakes in life I remember being in Hong Kong once and needing to visit mainland China On the travel visa application form I placed the word journalist beside occupation One shake of the head from the lady with all the power and it became immediately clear I had committed a schoolboy error more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next Most Read Most Shared Most Commented Grand Slam coach Philip Doyle joins Ulster women s team Biting Back Biting Back Monaghan have something up their sleeves Biting Back Biting back Fear factor is gone from GAA in Ulster Biting Back Paddy McCourt can roll with it at Barnsley Biting Back Biting Back Barry McGuigan is the man with the plan Biting Back Woman s body found on the M2 in Belfast near Bellevue Bridge Northern Ireland Pregnant woman booted

    Original URL path: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/biting-back/?page=10 (2016-02-15)
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