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Time for divers to be banned?

Once again, the Premier League weekend was subject to a little controversy as a number of players were accused of diving to try and win their side a penalty, or get an opposing player sent off.

One of the big examples of this was Luis Suarez for Liverpool against Stoke City on Sunday as the Uruguayan went down far too easily in the second half of the a football result   that ended goalless draw between the two sides at Anfield.

This made Stoke boss Tony Pulis come out and ask for Suarez to be banned, suggesting that too many players get away with doing it and that if they were suspended for diving, it would cut it out of the game.

These days it is almost impossible for a referee to give a penalty as there is always the doubt that a player has tried to con the officials or whether there was enough contact. Someone like Suarez is constantly in the headlines for playacting and it has led to him getting a lot less spot-kicks.

However, he seems to keep on doing it and maybe a ban would be a big statement of intent from the Football Association that they want to get diving out of the game and it would make a player think twice about doing that.

The FA could use video evidence after the match, and if someone has clearly dived to try and win a penalty of having a member of the opposition sent off, then it is them that face the ban.

No one likes to see a player cheating – there is a big difference between winning a penalty and looking for one. If you feel contact in the box, then you have every right to go down, but if you go into the area knowing you are going to fall to the ground – you deserve to be punished.

This is not just a pick on Suarez either, there are players all round England that are guilty of it. When you are successful in trying to con the referee it can have a massive impact on a team’s season – which is really not fair.

By Tony Alvarez

Following Tottenham’s midweek draw with rivals Arsenal and then another failure to win at home in Saturdays 2-2 draw with West Brom the chances of the North London side now re-qualifying for the Champions League are looking bleak.

Tottenham currently lie just a point behind their main rivals for 4th spotManchesterCity however they do have a game in hand and are also due to meet Tottenham at home before the end of the season.

The club also will be aware of the danger of finishing 6th in the league as they are only 3 points clear of a resurgent Liverpool and have a tougher run in than the Merseyside club, which includes a battle between the clubs at Anfield in a few weeks time. Finishing in 6th place could be a disaster for the Tottenham as it does not guarantee European Football of any kind next season and will leave the club sweating on the result of the FA cup final.

As mentioned above Tottenham have a tough set of fixtures between now and the end of the season which makes obtaining a 4th place finish even tougher, Tottenham’s next fixture is away to title chasing and London rivals Chelsea before hosting Blackpool who are scrapping for their Premier League future and beat Tottenham at Bloomfield road in February. Following this they have the two fixtures mentioned above where they travel toManchesterCity and Liverpool within the space of 5 days then finally they host Carling Cup winnersBirmingham on the last day of the season.

After being held at home by West Brom for Tottenham to finish 4th thus ensuring a place in the Champions League qualifiers they would need to win at least 2 of the 3 fixtures away to City, Liverpool and Chelsea unless City were to suffer a shock loss in one of their remaining fixtures.

My personal opinion is that although City are prone to slips ups Tottenham have left themselves with a lot to do considering the fixtures they have remaining, as we have seen this season in Europe Tottenham are a plucky side and will battle until the end however I think a 5th place finish is most likely for the lilywhites.

What do you think? Can Tottenham finish in 4th place? Is 6th place a more realistic finish given the fixtures they have remaining? Tottenham fans, would you prefer a 6th place finish to a 5th giving you less distractions next term? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts

By Laurie Fitzgerald

So the inevitable has finally arrived at Liverpool, as Roy Hodgson left Anfield by mutual consent after a hugely disappointing six months in charge.

The 63 year-old has struggled since his arrival from Fulham, with issues on and off the pitch clouding his time in charge. The protracted takeover of New England Sports Ventures from the hugely unpopular Americans George Gillett and Tom Hicks hardly helped matters.

But the fact remains is that Hodgson has little complaints from the conclusion that new owner John Henry has reached in that he is no longer the right man to manage the club. Liverpool have had some horrendous performances this season.

Defeats at home to Wolves and Blackpool were unacceptable, and the Kop faithful had had enough when they put in a spineless display in their 3-1 defeat at Blackburn on Wednesday night. Having done so well with Fulham, Hodgson’s stock was falling fast.

So the agreement for Hodgson to move on was the right one for both club and manager. But while this decision wasn’t a surprise, the choice to make Kenny Dalglish the manager until the end of the season certainly was.

There can be no other conclusion to the appointment that the decision was a sentimental one rather than a logical one.

No-one can question that Dalglish loves Liverpool, and if there is one man in football that cares about this wonderful club more than anyone else, then it’s the 59 year-old. The Scot became a legend as both a player and manager in his time on Merseyside, with 8 titles won as a player, 3 of those as a player-manager. He also won 3 European Cups, 4 League Cups and an FA Cup in his 13 years at Anfield.

But he hasn’t been in football management for over 10 years, since a brief period in charge of Celtic in 2000. He hasn’t managed in the Premier League since Newcastle United sacked him in 1998.

This is a very long time out of the game, and while Dalglish will have lost none of his managerial qualities, he will surely need time to get to grips with being back in the hotseat, time which Liverpool can ill afford as they bid to rescue their disappointing season.

We’ve seen in the past that sentimental appointments don’t always work. Newcastle are a prime example of this; they brought back the hugely popular Kevin Keegan in 2008 to manage the club, despite the fact he had been out of the game for three years.

His spell only lasted less than eight months after falling out with owner Mike Ashley.

The following season, they brought in the club highest-ever goalscorer Alan Shearer as manager to try and save them from relegation, despite having no managerial experience.

Unfortunately this inexperience showed, as he guided them to just one win in eight games as the Magpies went into the Championship.

Such a nightmare scenario won’t happen to Liverpool, and Dalglish is more than capable of lifting a squad short on confidence. But Henry is asking a lot of Dalglish to turn the season around when he’s been out of the game for so long.

While he will undoubtedly get the backing from the Liverpool fans (something that Hodgson lost very quickly) the new American in charge of the club will be hoping that the decision for the heart to rule over the head will not be one to regret.

So what do you think? Liverpool fans, do you feel that Dalglish is the man to turn to? Are you worried about the amount of time he’s spent out of management? Or are you disappointed with the removal of Roy Hodgson? Let us know

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