Caro's column

Roman hopes Big Phil can help fill his trophy cabinet

By Danny Caro, June 20, 2008

So, as predicted, Roman Abramovich has got his man. Never one to settle for second best, the jury will be out on new Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari for some time.

Strange as it may sound, taking over from Avram Grant might be harder than it sounds. Unlike Grant, Scolari has a CV to rival the best managers. But winning the World Cup with Brazil, and possibly Euro 2008 with Portugal brings no guarantee that he will improve on the foundations built by the Israeli.

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Roman could ruin his own fortress

By Danny Caro, June 13, 2008
Far be it for me to criticise Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Oh, what the heck. He appears to have made a fool of himself by sacking Avram Grant. I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the names that have come into the equation to replace the Israeli but have not heard of all of them. A number of high-profile managers have distanced themselves from the job and it looks as though he will have to settle for second best. Sometimes in life, people believe the grass is greener on the other side but this time it appears that the oligarch has bitten off his nose to spite his face.

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Chick flick tickled me pink. Now it’s time to check in the Euros

By Danny Caro, June 6, 2008

It’s a well-known fact that I’m in touch with my feminine side. By that I don’t mean I wear sarongs or my wife’s underwear but an excursion to see the new Sex and the City film was right up my street.

I thought I was keen to see the flick but former Temple Fortune player Mark Collins was so desperate to get a good seat at the cinema he took the day off work. We came away with a feel-good factor and glad that the shops were closed so that our respective other halves were not tempted to splash out on designer shoes or bags.

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Avram’s still a hero in my eyes

By Danny Caro, May 30, 2008

Well… it was fun while it lasted. Written off, ridiculed and abused. That is how Avram Grant had been treated by the national press and the football fraternity for the majority of his nine month tenure as manager of Chelsea.

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Jewish monopoly worth a wager

By Danny Caro, May 23, 2008

Did you know that the four major competitions in England have been won by clubs with Jewish owners. Surely that bet would have been a decent price at the start of the season. Daniel Levy’s Spurs started things off by winning the Carling Cup final against Chelsea in February. Then Malcolm Glazer’s Manchester United pipped Chelsea to the post in the Barclays Premier League. Last Saturday, Alexandre Gadaymak’s Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup at Wembley, and most recently, we had the Champions League final on Wednesday between United and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea.

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Billionaires ready for the final fling

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

In the blue corner, coming out of darkest Siberia and sunny Petah Tikva respectively, we have the tag team of Roman ‘the Governor of Chukotka’ Abramovich, and Avram ‘the Extra Special One’ Grant. In the red corner, from Rochester, New York, we have the Glazer family with father figure Malcolm joined by sons Avram, Kevin, Bryan, Joel, Darcie and Edward. Wednesday night’s first ever all-English Champions League final is also an all-Jewish affair.

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Bridge abuse not a place for kids

By Danny Caro, May 9, 2008

It was a throwback to the 1980s when I watched the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge last week. Sitting in the press overflow in the East Lower Stand, I was taken aback by the foul-mouthed language coming from the terraces.

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North London to be hit by cup fever

By Danny Caro, May 2, 2008

Wingate & Finchley will host a football extravaganza over the bank holiday weekend with the Jewish FA Cup final, better know as the Peter Morrison Trophy, the showpiece match.

It’s hard to separate North West Neasden A and Hendon United A and I’m expecting a classic with end-to-end action and plenty of goals. It looks set to be a classic with some of the leading lights in Jewish football on show. On a sombre note, the match, as will all league games, will be preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of JC MSFL vice-chairman Harry Shapiro.

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Our man Avram deserves respect

By Danny Caro, April 25, 2008

I think it’s about time that someone stood up for Chelsea boss Avram Grant and as there doesn’t appear to be a lengthy queue, I will do it for him. I am not suggesting setting up an Appreciation Society, especially being a Liverpool fan in the midst of a Champions League semi-final against the Stamford Bridge club, but I believe it’s time for the British press to show him some respect. When he took over from Jose Mourinho last September, I remember the looks of amazement from some of the country’s top sport writers.

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Marathon memories still haunt me

By Danny Caro, April 18, 2008

Sunday’s London Marathon brought back some of my most painful sporting memories. I limped home in the 2001 race in just under seven hours after suffering severely sprained ankle ligaments. That was not the worst of it though. Getting overtaken by a 75-year-old and someone dressed up as a rhino rubbed salt into my wounds.

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