MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Time for the rest of Britain to pity us poor England fans

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 11-10-2014 of England manager Roy Hodgson (left) and Raheem Sterling. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 15, 2014. Former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen has labelled England manager Roy Hodgson as a 'dinos

8:21am Tuesday 21st October 2014

WE England fans used to pity you lot, with your heroic players like Ryan Giggs and your inability to ever reach a major tournament.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Authorities can't stop Ched Evans playing football, but the clubs should

South Wales Argus: File photo dated 17-03-2012 of Ched Evans, Sheffield United PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 18, 2014. Sheffield United are "continuing to deliberate" on whether to re-sign convicted rapist Ched Evans in the light of media r

8:17am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A LOT has already been said and written about Chedwyn Michael Evans.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Judgement after 12 games is cautious optimism

South Wales Argus: Justin Edinburgh (11363086)

7:26am Tuesday 14th October 2014

IF we are to listen to Justin Edinburgh’s pre-season words of “only begin to judge us after 12 games,” I guess it’s about time we started evaluating the Exiles.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Selby is going to be a bus riding superstar

South Wales Argus: John Selby (right) in action against Joel Brunker during their IBF Featherweight World Championship Final Eliminator fight at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 11, 2014. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wir

7:21am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THEY call Lee Selby the Welsh Floyd Mayweather, so let’s hope promoter Eddie Hearn has a good game plan ready for making sure he really emulates his hero.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Defining week for Wales, Coleman and the FAW

South Wales Argus: Andorra's Marc Vales tackles Wales' Gareth Bale during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying, Group B match at the the Camp d'Esports del M.I. Consell General, Andorra le Vella, Andorra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 9, 2014

7:25am Tuesday 7th October 2014

THE week that will all in all probability define the tenure of Wales manager Chris Coleman is upon us, but if things go pear shaped, is he the only person that will be culpable?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Donaldson's story is straight out of the Disney playbook

6:58am Tuesday 30th September 2014

IF Disney hadn’t already have made The Rookie, a story about a sporting underdog who peaked with a glorious feat that will live in infamy, they’d probably be on the phone to Jamie Donaldson’s agent this morning.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Three years in and Edinburgh is creating a big legacy with Newport

South Wales Argus: FIXTURE FURY: County manager Justin Edinburgh

6:45am Tuesday 30th September 2014

WIN, lose or draw at Oxford on Saturday, it’ll still be a red letter day for Newport County AFC boss Justin Edinburgh.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Other notes on Newport County and Ryder Cup

6:44am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IT WAS another great week for Newport County, albeit a little less spectacular than the performances against Cambridge and Northampton.


South Wales Argus: EURO BID: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff

6:41am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

AS a football, golf and boxing writer for a Welsh newspaper, you could forgive me having a victim complex this week.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Coleman isn't going anywhere, like it or not

South Wales Argus: Wales' Manager Chris Coleman during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying, Group B match at the the Camp d'Esports del M.I. Consell General, Andorra le Vella, Andorra. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 9, 2014. See PA story SOCCER A

7:11am Tuesday 16th September 2014

WALES win and get their first opening round three point haul in the Euro Qualifiers for 12-years and we call for the manager to be sacked?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County flying on the pitch but Pigott signing was underplayed

South Wales Argus: Newport County v Northampton Town FC
Joe Pigott (10321701)

7:08am Tuesday 16th September 2014

IT is incredibly refreshing to kick-off a Newport County column by lauding what the club are currently doing on the field.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Wales can and will qualify for Euro 2016 and here are ten reasons why

South Wales Argus: Real's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal, during the Champions League final soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, at the Luz stadium, in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez). (6514390

7:21am Tuesday 9th September 2014

NO more excuses, no more nearly runs and no more glorious failure, the time is now for the Welsh national football team.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Deadline day is horrible and should come before the season starts

7:49am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WHAT would you change if you could alter one thing about the beautiful game in the UK?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Can we find some consensus on County?

South Wales Argus: Newport County's Aaron O'Connor & Robbie Willmott congratulate Andy Sandell on a well deserved win. (9869228)

7:39am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DOOM and gloom merchants and happy clappers unite, because Newport County have won a game of football.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County can look forward/Mackay will face long hiatus

South Wales Argus: Cardiff City's manager Malky Mackay on the touchline before the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Chris Radbu

6:29am Tuesday 26th August 2014

NEWPORT County fans will be forgiven for feeling like the season starts now after their much improved performance and important point earned against Burton Albion at Rodney Parade on Saturday.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Welsh golf is back with a bang

6:22am Tuesday 26th August 2014

IT might have taken half a decade off for reasons unknown, but Welsh golf is back.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: A mixed week for Argus Sport's movers and shakers

7:33am Tuesday 19th August 2014

It's been a mixed week for some of the key movers in Argus Sport.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Wales dominated opening weekend of the Premier League

South Wales Argus: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis during the Barclays Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2013. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 4

7:24am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Premier League is back and more than ever before on an opening weekend, it was Wales dominating the headlines.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Good on Kellie Maloney, but she should apologise for homophobic comments

8:02am Tuesday 12th August 2014

I AWOKE on Sunday morning to four text messages on my phone, all of them saying largely the same thing, "Have you heard about Frank Maloney?"

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Edinburgh must inject pace into his squad

South Wales Argus: Justin Edinburgh (5916170)

7:53am Tuesday 12th August 2014

NEWPORT County might have made a horrible start to the new season, but manager Justin Edinburgh still has enough time to put things right.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Kovalev v Hopkins is worrying, like Rocky III

South Wales Argus: Wales' Joe Calzaghe on top as he exchanges punches with USA 's Bernard Hopkins during the Light-Heavyweight Title at Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, USA.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 19, 2008. See PA story BOXING Las

8:40am Tuesday 5th August 2014

ANYONE who is even a little bit passionate about boxing knows that being a world champion is no guarantee that you’re the real deal.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Bookies have it about right in County assessment

South Wales Argus: Adam Chapman tackles Rhys Bennett (5915854)

8:22am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE new League Two campaign is almost upon us and Newport County AFC fans have plenty of cause for excitement, even if the bookies don’t seem to think so.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Langer could and should make Ryder Cup team

7:38am Tuesday 29th July 2014

COULD it really happen? Could Bernhard Langer make the European Ryder Cup team at the age of 56?

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Incredibly hard to predict anything other than excitement over new campaign for County

South Wales Argus: Justin Edinburgh applaudes the fans as he leaves the pitch (5916344)

7:26am Tuesday 29th July 2014

AFTER turning off and tuning out for a few weeks as my attention went exclusively to Brazil and the World Cup it’s time for us to return to the grind of domestic football.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: FAW have difficult decisions to come on Ched Evans

South Wales Argus: Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans Sunday July 31, 2011.  (8431777)

8:16am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Euro 2016 campaign is supposed to be the big one for Wales, the qualifying tournament where for once we enter with genuine belief that this time it could be different.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: World Cup should give Wales fans hope

7:55am Tuesday 1st July 2014

ON the simple basis that Gareth Bale isn't unhinged, Welsh football fans should take a lot of heart from some of the performances at this extraordinary World Cup.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Goals should be the goal for returning Exiles

South Wales Argus: Launch of new Newport County home and away kits. The new home and away kits are modelled by players Christian Jolley and Aaron O'Connor. (5657985)

7:47am Tuesday 1st July 2014

NEWPORT County AFC returned to work yesterday as pre-season began and fingers crossed, they made goals their goal for the new campaign.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: England's World Cup disgrace didn't occur on the pitch

8:17am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THERE has been a national embarrassment over the Severn Bridge pertaining to the World Cup, but not the one the tabloid papers would have you believe.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Why the apathy over County moving back home to Newport?

South Wales Argus: Llanwern High School announced that Newport County Football Club will be using their sports pitches for training.  Pictured at the training ground from left Andy Knight Director of Business, Dave Boddy Chief Executive Newport County and Peter Jenkins Scho

8:06am Tuesday 24th June 2014

I HAVE to admit I was surprised last week at the total apathy towards Newport County AFC announcing their intention to ditch Cardiff as their permanent training base.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: My kingdom for an FA Cup run

South Wales Argus: (7188741)

8:12am Tuesday 17th June 2014

An FA Cup run, an FA Cup run, my kingdom for an FA Cup run.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Phil Neville and Co are no Muppets

7:51am Tuesday 17th June 2014

IT’S not easy being green, according to Kermit the Frog, but if you’re a World Cup pundit, it’s not easy being seen.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Your (armchair) guide to World Cup survival

8:13am Tuesday 10th June 2014

HAPPY World Cup week everyone, now let us discuss preparations for making the most out of this festival of football.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: I'm beginning to believe in bright football future for Wales

South Wales Argus: Coaching sessions at Dragon Park, Spytty, by FAW coaches
IN SESSION  Boys from colleges and elsewhere under the watchful eye (6880509)

8:07am Tuesday 10th June 2014

I HAVE to confess, I'm beginning to buy into the notion that Wales is undergoing a football revolution.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Malcolm has been brilliant for Newport, Wales and Team GB

South Wales Argus: (6749055)

8:13am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

UNDERVALUED, under-funded and unappreciated and now set for retirement, the end is nigh for the athletic career of Christian Malcolm.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Calzaghe is the greatest, but so unlucky to miss the boat twice

South Wales Argus: (6747918)

8:03am Tuesday 3rd June 2014

AFTER the astonishing spectacle at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, I couldn’t help but think about the man who this weekend will enter boxing’s Hall of Fame, Newbridge’s own Joe Calzaghe.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Froch is winning detractors not admirers

8:50am Tuesday 27th May 2014

THERE will be plenty of people, especially in Wales, desperate to see Carl Froch beaten this weekend... and that's an absolute travesty.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Even the Welsh hyperbole is not sufficient for Bale

South Wales Argus: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale lifts the trophy during celebrations at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 25, 2014, after the team won the Champions League final soccer match in Lisbon, Portugal by beating Atletico Madrid. (AP Pho

8:15am Tuesday 27th May 2014

ALREADY a Champions League winner and the most expensive player in the world, there truly is no telling just how far Gareth Bale can take his career.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Great to have Newport core at County

7:38am Tuesday 20th May 2014

SOMETIME this week I expect Newport County to announce the signing of Darren Jones and contract renewals for Byron Anthony and Mike Flynn and I couldn't be more delighted.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Warrior Rees deserves the plaudits

South Wales Argus: Gavin Rees celebrates beating Gary Buckland in their WBC International super middleweight title fight at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 17, 2014. See PA story BOXING Cardiff. Photo credit should read: Ti

7:31am Tuesday 20th May 2014

NOT even I can pretend to deny sports journalism is awash with undeserved platitudes.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Reviewing the Premier League

8:41am Tuesday 13th May 2014

SOME brief thoughts on the conclusion of the Premier League to conclude this week.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Saturday could be launching point for new era of Welsh boxing dominance

South Wales Argus: TIME TO SHINE: Lee Selby during the WBC International Featherweight Title fight at Craven Park Stadium, Hull shows the destructive form he wants to exhibit on Saturday night at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena

8:17am Tuesday 13th May 2014

WELSH boxing could be set for an explosive fillip not seen since Joe Calzaghe’s era of dominance... if things go right this weekend.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Hopefully B League nonsense leads to reform that's actually needed

8:01am Tuesday 13th May 2014

PICTURE the scene if you will. It's the 2022 World Cup and Jonny Generic is preparing to take a last minute freekick for England in the World Cup final.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Time for clubs to use their misery to exploit our hateful natures

9:31am Tuesday 6th May 2014

ANY child of the 80s or parent unfortunate enough to have a football obsessed kid will doubtless recall the huge market that opened in the Premier League era for horrendous football videos and DVDs.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Edinburgh has to get recruitment spot on this summer

South Wales Argus: Justin Edinburgh applaudes the fans as he leaves the pitch (5916339)

9:12am Tuesday 6th May 2014

IT’S time to assess Newport County’s released and retained list and it is a blessed relief to be talking far more positively than we would’ve been just a few short weeks ago.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Result aside, there was a lot of good from County this week

South Wales Argus: Newport County's captain David Pipe celebrates after the Blue Square Premier League Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wrexham. Photo credit should read: John Walto

9:32am Tuesday 29th April 2014

COLUMNS are an especially easy place to criticise, as I do most weeks, but it’s a blessed relief to be able to do nothing but praise Newport County AFC and their supporters this week.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Loan system is easy to fix

South Wales Argus: UNFAIR: Thibaut Courtois, seen here with Wales' Gareth Bale, will miss the biggest games of his career

8:37am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NOW for some moans about loans.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Time to pick County's player of the season

South Wales Argus: INFLUENTIAL: Striker Chris Zebroski is my player of the season

8:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IN the coming days your Argus will be asking you to name your Newport County and Newport Gwent Dragon of the season.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Treasure County Championship and Glamorgan skipper

1:42pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

YOU might be forgiven for thinking that cricket in England and Wales is something of a sore subject at the moment.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Edinburgh has a big issue with his strikers

South Wales Argus: Newport County v Wycombe Wanderers
First half shot from Christian Jolley (5376447)

10:12am Tuesday 15th April 2014

IT was an absolute credit to the Newport County supporters that Christian Jolley received nothing but goodwill before ending his goal hell on Saturday.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Pulis is enjoying greatest ever success

11:01am Tuesday 8th April 2014

IT IS no secret that I was never a big fan of John Toshack when he was Wales manager.

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