Motherwell Ladies manager Donald Jennow relishes Scottish Cup Final

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Top Academic – US Football Needs a Pyramid System

By Fraser Clarke US football academic and historian Professor David Kilpatrick believes that American soccer has to embrace a pyramid system in order to halt a worrying drop in participation rates. Speaking at Hampden Park during the ‘Football Collective‘ conference, the New York Cosmos club historian said: “I think having a pyramid system would open everything up, I think it would incentivise things. “Right now … Continue reading Top Academic – US Football Needs a Pyramid System

Football Collective Conference 2018 Opens

By Chris Macmillan THE Football Collective 2018 conference is underway at Scotland’s national stadium and promises two days of academic insight into every form of football. The theme for the conference at Hampden Park is that of ‘challenging the narrative’, and in line with such a theme, the conference was opened with an opening presentation from keynote speaker Solvejg Wolfers, a PhD candidate currently exploring … Continue reading Football Collective Conference 2018 Opens

Motherwell legend Colin O’Neill slams Stephen Robinson


Motherwell legend Colin O’Neill last night launched a blistering attack on
 Stephen Robinson and his Fir Park duds.

The 1991 Scottish Cup-winning legend blasted Motherwell’s ‘hoofball’ tactics under boss Robinson – and claimed the players strut about as if they’re starring for Barcelona.

O’Neil insists the Northern Irish gaffer and his assistant Keith Lasley – whom he branded as a waste of time – won’t be able to fix a slump that has seen the club take five points from eight games.

The Steelmen reached both cup finals last term but now sit just two points ahead of rock-bottom Dundee in the league.

Former ‘Well midfielder O’Neill, a member of Tommy McLean’s legendary Fir Park team of the 1990s, reckons his old side have been a tough watch this season.

The 55-year-old said: “They just play hoof ball. The ball bypasses midfield and goes straight up the pitch which is no good.

“They should be performing to a much higher level than they are just now. They’re second to every ball and don’t seem interested.

“The team are too worried about what colour their boots are and if their hair is sitting right.

“Some of the boys are strutting about as if they’re playing for Barcelona, it’s terrible.

“They weren’t too bad in the 3-3 draw with Rangers, but everybody lifts their game to play the Old Firm.

“When I was playing, McLean made sure we were up for the smaller games too.

“If you compare our team in 1991 and the current team there’s a huge difference in quality and comradeship.

“I don’t think Robinson can turn it around with what he’s got. There’s not enough quality in the squad.

“And Keith Lasley as assistant manager is a waste of time. He doesn’t offer anything.

“Robinson should have got his own backroom staff in and cleared out the deadwood.

“Lasley got a job in there to keep him in the game.”

O’Neill still has a great rapport with the supporters and feels they’re deserving of a better 
product on the pitch.

He added: “I have a great relationship with the fans at both Ballymena United and Motherwell.

“I get treated like a god at Ballymena and I was over in Motherwell being interviewed for a documentary recently.

“The fans are always great with me and it’s sad to see what’s happening.

“Their cup final over the last few seasons has been staying up.”

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Eyes on the Prize for Scottish Teams ahead of European Curling Championships

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Three Is Not The Magic Number- Premier Sports Announced as Third Paid TV Package For Scottish Football

By Scott Gibson Premier Sports have won TV rights for the Scottish Cup in a record £20 million six-year deal. SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “The William Hill Scottish Cup is a tournament that is steeped in history. “In it, the clubs and players have created countless unforgettable memories and this deal will ensure that more action than ever before will be broadcast live … Continue reading Three Is Not The Magic Number- Premier Sports Announced as Third Paid TV Package For Scottish Football