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  • Scotland Given a Chance to Rise Again Thanks to the Nations League

    “Yes, one big yes. It’s a happy ending for Scotland for a change. The time has come, the time really has come. A night for the players, a night for the fans, a night for all of Scotland.” Sky Sports’ Ian Crocker poetically announced Scotland’s return to a major tournament after 22 years of pain, but…

  • Graham Potter: The Globetrotting Trailblazer Handed the Rarest of Chances

    As Howard Wilkinson lifted the Old First Division with Leeds United on May 2nd 1992, he wouldn’t have known that he’d be the last Englishman to ever accomplish that – especially when you consider no manager outside of Scotland, England or Northern Ireland had lifted the English top flight before.   Wilkinson somewhat bucked a…

  • Alex Neil Answers Stoke City’s Call but Leaves Sunderland Resentful

    There is little normality in the Championship, often providing the unexpected, with manager Alex Neil leaving Sunderland for Stoke City, an intriguing twist. Neil became a hero on Wearside after returning the Black Cats to the second tier after four years of frustration and underachievement in League One.   The third tier is a division…

  • The Bundesliga New Manager Check-in

    In total, 7 of the 18 sides in the Bundesliga have a new manager on the touchline. It’s the most off-season change in any of the major European leagues, and just 4 of the remaining topflight sides now have a head coach who has been with the club for over 2 years.   With so…

  • Eddie Howe: The Man Who Has Awoken One of England’s Sleeping Giants

    After one of the most long-winded takeovers in Premier League history, Amanda Staveley and the PIF of Saudi Arabia completed their takeover of one of England’s sleeping giants, Newcastle United.   The city was elated, St James’ Park was to become the city’s largest party scene for the next 24 hours and swiftly the rumour…

  • Luis Campos and PSG: An Uneasy Combination With Tremendous Potential

    In an effort to reduce wasteful spending and ensure long-term stability both on and off the pitch, many football clubs have embraced the sporting director model. Rather than a head coach and owner enjoying primary control over scouting, recruitment, and player development, specialized personnel and departments are now devoted to focusing on such tasks.   …

  • La Revolució: Under the Skin of Diego Martínez’s Biggest Challenge at Espanyol

    The marvellous minority. It is the moniker that has embodied Espanyol for most of its existence. More recently, it’s the term the club took to using for their marketing campaigns, and it’s in the very stone of their identity.   The phrase itself acknowledges the ‘other’; the all-consuming presence of a despised rival. Four Copa…

  • Russell Martin :  Standing By His Principles at Swansea

    In today’s write-up, we will be looking into Russell Martin’s tactical approach which he transferred from his first job at MK Dons to Swansea. The 36-year-old started his managerial career in 2019 and took over at MK Dons, where right from that bat he stamped his authority on how he wanted the team to play…

  • Cold Head, Warm Heart: How Abel Ferreira Conquered South America with Palmeiras

    Since October 30, 2020, Palmeiras’ fanbase has enjoyed a stellar 16 months that has seen them win two Copa Libertadores titles in one year as well as the Copa de Brasil, the Recopa Sudamericana, and the Campeonato Paulista. It is a golden era that can be traced back to one decision in the final days…

  • Michael Duff: The Manager to Lead Barnsley Back to the Championship?

    As a stalwart center-back for Burnley and Cheltenham Town, Michael Duff was everything that epitomised the previous age of footballers, with an unmatched loyalty, a battle-hardened style and the toughest of mentalities. It’s quite common that a player’s attributes can influence their managerial characteristics, but in Duff’s case, his teams embody the spirit of his…