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Dec. 6th, 2008

waiting for the dawn of light


My favourite person: Jose Mourinho

For picspammy's challenge, which is to do a picspam of a favourite person, I did a Jose picspam which I guess makes it suitable to crosspost to this community. Enjoy!

Feb. 6th, 2008

stevie squarepants


Capello meets England squad

Not much to update these days, and it tends to get tiresome when all there is to report are sackings and new hirings on the managerial front.

Papers today were all eagerly covering Capello's first training session with the England squad. The common thread is in all these reports is the comparison of Capello to a stern teacher/headmaster, best summarised by James Lawton who wrote:
The word is that Capello has had the effect not of a new broom but that tough old teacher who kept you on your toes by saying what he meant – and doing what he said he would and who was, in the end, the one for whom you most eagerly did your best.
The Telegraph also has the list of do and don'ts that Capello handed out to all the players. It appears to include fashion tips haha.
England's players must now wear suits and ties to matches on every occasion... while England tracksuits will be worn at all other times. Flip-flops have been put on the banned list.
*approves of the last rule* I always thought flip-flops with the tracksuits looked ridiculous.

And to end, some quotes from BBC!

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Randomly, I was reading back on this entry -- the Rafa one turned out to be pretty accurate :O

Jan. 11th, 2008

shocked at the atrocity of the world


Job Taken

The Bayern Munich job is taken! Jurgen Klinsmann has taken the job! He will start on July 1st.

Jan. 10th, 2008

big bad wolf


Another one gone...

Newcastle and Big Sam part ways.

This is the 8th manager sacked this season in the EPL.

Nov. 24th, 2007

le boss cannot see


to infinity and beyond!

There's an asteroid named in honour of Arsene Wenger! How cool is that.
paul newman <3


Steve McClaren's replacement?

So I guess everyone has already heard about Steve McClaren getting the sack after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

The media did its usual, coming up with a long list of possible replacements:

Jose Mourinho, Phil Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Fabio Capello, Martin O'Neill, Harry Redknapp, Fabio Capello, Mark Hughes, Jürgen Klinsmann, Marcello Lippi etc.
Of these, the apparent favourites have mostly ruled themselves out for the position except for Capello. If he hasn't just effectively pimped himself to the FA, then I don't know what it is.

And oh yeah, even Rafa Benitez. After repeatedly saying he was "focused on training and coaching my team", he mentioned that he could be McClaren's replacement (in case he is fired/quits/leaves by mutual consent, after being told to "shut up and coach").

Additionally, 10 Premier League managers (including Sven-Goran Eriksson) have their say on what's next for the England team. Arsène Wenger sounds so ~zen~: "Immediately it is a massive handicap but, in the future for the 2010 World Cup, it can be an advantage if the right measures are taken now."

Nov. 7th, 2007

charming George


Sir Alex celebrates 21 years at Old Trafford

Haha I am a day late in wishing him Happy 21st at Old Trafford, but hey better late than never ;)

A gallery of Sir Alex's years at The Guardian. 21 Man Utd people talk about Sir Alex's legacy at Old Trafford for the past 21 years.

The Telegraph also carries an article on his 21 years.

Sir Alex marks his anniversary by warning his men about the 'nearly men' tag.

The Times also have 2 other good links: one on the Ferguson years, and the other on five Fergie moments.

Nov. 5th, 2007

waiting for the dawn of light


It is a bad season for managers!

Wigan has sacked Chris Hutchings. Assistant manager Frank Barlow will take charge of the first team on a caretaker basis for Sunday's Premier League trip to Tottenham.

This link discusses if Hutchings is the worst Premiership manager ever.

More manager-related rumours here!

ETA: Money vs club - Where do managers' loyalty lie?

ETA2: Dynamo Kyiv coach Jozef Sabo has gone on permanent leave and has been replaced by his assistant Oleg Luzhniy. :/

Nov. 3rd, 2007

waiting for the dawn of light


Match Day!

Since Arsenal vs Man Utd is THE match today, here are two links with the two managers in them.

Firstly, Arsene Wenger slams the sacking culture in England, saying managers are not given time to work out their vision for their various clubs.
There are also very interesting statistics about his managerial career alongside Sir Alex's in the article towards the end!

He also thinks today's game against an old rival might worsen their cordial rivalry again, but he also thinks the game would be a beautiful work of art.

Next up, Sir Alex does not expect Jose back in the England game. From this article we also know he keeps in touch with Jose, and he talks a bit about what he thinks Jose's next steps are.

This article talks about the one common ground between Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger - youth players.

I also want to share this quote!

The firm handshake between the two at the Emirates Stadium this afternoon will signify genuine respect. While Wenger refuses to indulge Ferguson’s fondness for the traditional postmatch drink, they have broken bread at various Uefa coaching conventions, without sending the contents of the dinner table flying in fury. If not friends, then they are no longer such fierce foes.

“I don’t know Ferguson well enough to say that I am friends with him, but enemies is a big word,” Wenger said. “I respect him for what he has done and for what he is doing. The reason it fires us all up is that the games are intensely competitive and that is the most important thing, not what happens before or after the match.” For one of the few occasions in his life, Ferguson was in complete agreement. “We don’t contact each other, but that’s not to say there’s no relationship,” he said. “It’s odd occasions as managers when you meet up, but a lot of these things are overhyped.”

For Italian Serie A fans, Reggina has a new coach too.

Nov. 1st, 2007

handsome Billy


New Valencia Boss

Ronald Koeman is their new man. The article covers the appointment and also some of Koeman's previous clubs and achievements.

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