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  • Carletto’s Way? Not Quite

    When Everton won their last piece of silverware in 1995, Carlo Ancelotti had only recently embarked on his maiden managerial journey with Reggiana. A quarter century later, the onus is entirely on the Italian to put and end to the trophy drought at Goodison Park.   Carlo Ancelotti has been a manager for 25 years.…

  • Marco Rose and the Art of Exceeding Expectations

    After the end of the Bundesliga season, Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl spoke to the media in praise of head coach Marco Rose: “He is a top coach. Unfortunately, if you look at it from our point of view, that makes him interesting for other clubs as well, of course – and I mean…

  • What Torino Fans Can Expect from Marco Giampaolo

    Longevity in coaching jobs is a rarity in the modern game and opportunities at the most powerful or historically significant clubs need to be taken otherwise those employment opportunities might not resurface.   Unfortunately for Marco Giampaolo, his brief stint at AC Milan in the early stages of the 2019/20 season was nothing short of…

  • Tuchel and Nagelsmann: A Tale of Two Friends

    What usually is talked about before a big Champions League game is either the history of the clubs involved or the clash between star players. But when PSG and RB Leipzig face off in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night, the main focus will be on the two German tacticians who created their own…

  • Thomas Tuchel: The Making of Paris Saint-Germain’s Great Hope

    In February 2001, Mainz, who were struggling in the second division of German football, made a tough decision and gave the coaching reins to an untested Jürgen Klopp, who formerly played for the club as a centre-half. This was a team on the wrong end of the table and giving the coaching job to a…

  • Okan Buruk: The Man Who’s Delivered İstanbul Başakşehir to Greatness

    Towards the end of the documentary “Sadio Mané: Made in Senegal,” the Liverpool forward enthused, “The only thing we have the freedom to do as men is to dream.”   As Mané can attest, dreaming and living it are two different things. Fortune only favors the brave, as İstanbul Başakşehir manager Okan Buruk knows too…

  • Diego Martínez: The Messiah of Granada

    The city of Granada is renowned for a variety of things — the medieval Arab citadel known as the Alhabrama, the Flamenco dancers, the bull-fighting, the pomegranates — but football isn’t one of them.    Since the club’s founding in 1931, Granada CF have yo-yoed back and forth the top three divisions of the Spanish…

  • Eddie Newton: Breaking The Glass Ceiling in Turkey

    A new light has been illuminated in football, a new step has been taken towards the change we need to see in our society. Black managers have struggled for opportunities in English football, but in Turkey, Trabzonspor’s 48-year-old manager Eddie Newton has taken his opportunity by the scruff of his neck.   At the turn…

  • The Journey of Ariel Holan: What to Expect From the Candidate for the Atlanta United Job

    Atlanta United currently find themselves at a crossroads. The franchise’s first two years of existence, characterised by investment in young South American talent and a free flowing, high pressing and devastating brand of football culminating in a 2018 MLS Cup win, set an impossibly high standard to follow in the near future.   As Gerardo…

  • How Claudio Ranieri Steered Sampdoria to Safety

    Sampdoria were in a colossal crisis in the early stages of the 2019/20 Serie A season, but the Ligurian club slowly worked its way out of trouble and avoided relegation.   After losing six out of the opening seven league matches, the Blucerchiati replaced manager Eusebio Di Francesco with Claudio Ranieri, the man who had…