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…on players moving to management too soon

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Gareth Southgate as Middlesbrough manager

Rushed from club captaincy into management with a junior coaching badge under his belt

It’s not often I see the same side of things to Gerard Houllier. I was watching the last episode of Inside Sport and Houllier made the point that English players are going too soon into management. He talked about Stuart Pearce, Bryan Robson and Gareth Southgate. All fair points I guess, though Bryan Robson actually got worse the more experience he gained and Stuart Pearce has proved to be a fine under-21 manager. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Michael Farrow

February 26, 2008 at 7:07 am

…on why boxing isn’t dead and probably won’t die

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Miguel Cotto floors Zab Judah

Miguel Cotto packs the fans in on his lonesome. Just add opponent.

With the popularity of the UFC, I think we should take a minute and stop the eulogising of boxing. As much as I can’t stand the smug wankers at HBO Boxing, their commentary team of Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant got it right when they said that the people at the Miguel Cotto/Zab Judah fight hadn’t gotten the memo that boxing was supposedly dead. Fundamentally, boxing is easy to understand. Everybody can understand a punch in the head, while much of mixed martial arts is quite counter-intuitive. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 27, 2007 at 11:40 pm

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…on Stuart Pearce not cashing in on Sylvain Distin

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Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce in his usual pose.

Stuart Pearce is a lot of things but he isn’t stupid. He’s willing to risk losing Sylvain Distin on a free transfer this summer to keep him for the rest of the season. In the age of transfer windows, Bosmans and desperate short-termism, I will never understand the reasoning behind selling a good player and replacing him with a bad one because of saleability. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

December 4, 2006 at 12:25 pm

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