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Bruce Arena Versus The World

Bruce Arena looks even less like Michael Cera than Gareth Southgate. Like the England manager, however, Arena finds himself up against it in his second stint as United States Men’s National Team boss. After the USMNT dropped its first two matches in CONCACAF’s final World Cup qualifying stage, under Jürgen Klinsmann, the American has been brought in to defeat the ... Read More »

Gareth Southgate Versus The World

Gareth Southgate drinks from water bottles rather than kicking them

Gareth Southgate is no Scott Pilgrim. There’s a slight facial resemblance but he isn’t a guitar hero with magical powers hoping to break out of the garage band scene into the mainstream. Although, given the challenges he faces as England manager, the former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough defender-slash-midfielder probably wishes he had similar talents.  Read More »

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Manager

Although Disturbed’s powerful interpretation of Sounds of Silence has been receiving all the attention lately, Paul Simon also wrote a few other timeless songs. One was titled Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover, a clever ditty which unintentionally speaks to managerial sackings as well as the more traditional soured romance. Read More »

The stats which sums up Liverpool’s decline under Klopp

When Jurgen Klopp arrived Liverpool in October 2015, there was an unbelievable new level of optimism and belief among the players, fans and everyone around the club. But after nearly one-and-a-half years in charge, it seems the German tactician hasn’t entirely been the upgrade many would have hoped to his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers. Read More »

Paul Clement, Swans whisperer

When you compare results this season under three different managers at Liberty Stadium, there is a story to be told. It’s not about formations, selection, transfer windows, or tactics, however. Swansea’s resurgence is down to attitude. It was lost under Francesco Guidolin, bad with Bob Bradley, but has been rediscovered by Paul Clement. Read More »

What did Ranieri do wrong?

The footballing world and even beyond all scratched their heads in disbelief. The current coach of the year (if not decade) has been sacked only 9 months on from masterminding one of the greatest sporting achievements in history when guiding relegation fancied Leicester City to premier league glory. Read More »

3 high-profile managers who should apply for the opening at Leicester.

As if football wasn’t already too hard to comprehend, the unthinkable happened last night. No, it wasn’t the fact that Spurs got knocked out of a European competition for the second time this season, it was the sacking of Claudio Ranieri. After taking Leicester City to heights they never could have imagined, the Premier League champions have returned the favour ... Read More »

Who could replace Arsene Wenger: The Outsiders

With the media circling around Arsene Wenger like a wake of vultures waiting patiently for the club to react to the club’s indifferent form; seemingly every journalist has put forward their suggestions as to who should take over from this legend of the game – I thought I’d join the party and put forward some more ‘alternative’ suggestions. Read More »

Pressure for success at Arsenal

Arsenal approach their FA cup 5th round tie with nothing to win and everything to lose, even a comprehensive victory over Non-League giant-killing Sutton United will not change the mood of the gunners faithful. Read More »

What’s the Story with Barcelona?

A longstanding debate in literary circles argues there is a finite number of stories to be told. Some say that number has long since been reached. Every newly published novel, film, or other fictional work simply retells a pre-existing tale. There is nothing original remaining to be contributed. Read More »

Rafa, Toon, and a Football Manager’s Many Roads

Robert Frost celebrated individuality and choice with his poem The Road Not Taken. In our result-driven myopia, football fans see managers who arrive at success from unexpected origins as emulating Frost’s spirit, ignoring that they are all seeking to climb the same mountain but have merely been forced to travel back roads to beat traffic, as it were. Read More »

Managers need to be shown more respect

With all the money and expectation in the modern game, football managers are under more pressure than ever. Over the last few weeks I have been shocked at how certain players, fans and journalists have treated managers and feel it’s time a little more appreciation is shown to the men brave enough to take on the roles. Read More »

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