Posts Tagged ‘football managers’

Think of the payoff

February 24, 2018

I’m currently reading a book about football managers, Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin. Each manager has their theories on the game, (philosophy if you’re Brendan Rodgers), ideas gained via their playing career or life lessons from their upbringing but one thing remains consistent, they all get sacked.


Who’d be a manager? Probably Sven

March 31, 2010

diego maradona

Hola. I hope you are well. 

I thought I’d post a new blog a few days after the last one, mainly because the last one ‘It was the curse of times’ had even less football than my usual posts.  Today’s post is dominated by managers, I didn’t set out to theme it that way it’s just the way it worked out. Tis a bit like life. 

The first manager I would like to talk about is, Sven Goran Eriksson, who in the last few days has been named as the new Ivory Coast manager for the World Cup, earning a possible £2m if you believe the papers (I know I do). I reckon Sven is the 2nd luckiest man in football, mainly because he always seems to land on his feet. After England he went onto manage Man City when Thaksin Shinawatra took over the club and looked like he had money to spend. He managed Mexico briefly and then turned up at Notts County, when they suddenly seemed to have bags of money. When that money magically disappeared so did Sven. And now he turns up as manager of Ivory Coast. The only guy in football luckier than Sven is Tord Grip, who despite no one really knowing what he does, turns up where ever Sven does. (except maybe  Ulrika’s bedroom) 

The next manager I’d like to talk about is Tony Mowbray. I’ve got to say I feel a bit sorry for him. Afterall anyone can lose to St Mirren. Ok maybe not everyone can lose 4-0 to St Mirren, especially when you’re Celtic. However 7 months does seem a little soon to be sacked. I wonder if those Celtic fans who wanted Gordon Strachan out, now think they were a little hasty. 

Another manager I have sympathy for is Gianfranco Zola. It wasn’t that long ago that he and Steve Clarke were being tipped as a future Chelsea management team. Now he seems like a dead man walking. Does anyone reading this, think that he will be in the West Ham job after the season ends. I can’t imagine Zola thinks he’ll be in the job after the season ends. For a start co-owner David Sullivan has already come out and publicly blasted his players after they lost 3-0 to Wolves at home. To be fair to David Sullivan he probably had a point, they did lose 3-0 at home to Wolves. It could have been worse, it could have been 4-0 to St Mirren. Zola then retaliated by banning David Sullivan from speaking to the players, which is never a great thing to do to your boss. They’re basically acting like couples who are coming to the end of their relationship and up arguing at social gatherings because they can’t be arsed to keep up the pretence. 

Roy Keane is also under pressure at Ipswich with some rumours saying he’s close to getting sacked. I hope he doesn’t go, I enjoy his press conferences too much. He’s become an unlikely comedy genius. 

If it’s not chairmen and owners threatening managers it’s dogs. It has been reported that Diego Maradona was bit on his lip by his pet dog after he’d bent down to give it a kiss. In the dogs defence, your honour, I’m sure through its eyes, the squat Maradona bearing down on it probably looked like another dog  encroaching on its space. 

There was even a rumour that Martin O’Neill had walked out on Villa, although this proved to be made up by those naughty tweeters, which brings me onto why I don’t bet anymore. On Saturday morning I was thinking  about the Chelsea/Villa game. In my head I thought it would be a close game, maybe even a draw, especially as Villa are draw specialists. So you can imagine my surprise when I come in from a Green Festival to see Chelsea had battered Villa, 7-1. Should you need any tips for this weekend’s games feel free to contact me. 

Til next time, stay safe!