CHN Links: Wednesday Edition

Happy retirement, Paul.

Not a lot in the world of Newcastle today, but plenty is going on in the rest of the footballing world.  I'm planning on updating the transfer rumors in the next day or two, depending on how much actual work I can get done today.

Premier League prospects for 2011-12 | guardian.co.uk
Our writers look at the current state of all 20 top-flight clubs and where they will be looking to improve over the summer.

A statistical and personal reflection on Gerard Houllier’s term at the helm | Aston Villa Central
H/T 7500 to Holte

High-volume manager turnover is something we're familiar with at CHN. I don't wish it on anybody, except maybe Sunderland.

The Elephant in the Room | Royal Blue Mersey

If Lerner can guarantee Moyes 15 to 20 million pounds per year in transfer funds, do not be surprised if Goodison Park is suddenly looking for a new manager.

Follow the jump for more.

Norwich City Have What It Takes For Premier League Success | EPL Talk

It's a Fair Route In | Cottagers Confidential
Kristian seems to be at his best when Fulham are disrespected.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes retires: career in video | Telegraph
Telegraph Sport looks at the best of Paul Scholes's long-range screamers, masterful passing and idiosyncratic tackling.

Fans want Craig Bellamy for Cardiff City job following the sacking of Dave Jones | Telegraph

Bellamy, 31, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff from Manchester City, is being linked with the post along with Chris Hughton, Alan Curbishley and even Martin O’Neill.

CONCACAF Acting President Attempts To Fire FIFA Whistle-Blower Chuck Blazer, Rebuked By CONCACAF | SBNation.com
Where to start...first, isn't firing a whistleblower a shady move? Second, isn't firing a whistleblower when you don't have the authority to do so a really, really, ridiculously shady move?

Football needs a theology of liberation | guardian.co.uk

The beautiful game is just that: it's not a matter of life and death. And it urgently needs to escape from the clutches of a corrupting religion of global financial capitalism. Most people probably don't know that modern football first emerged out of late 19th-century church urban mission. Many might nevertheless agree that what it now needs is a 21st-century theology of liberation.

Kei Kamara, You Are Off The Hook | SBNation.com
Video of a spectacular miss from a Brazilian local league

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