Championship managers and their road to likely failure

October 24, 2013 in Championship, Premier League by William Kent

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Ian Holloway – arguably the most entertaining character in English football - was axed from his managerial duties at Crystal Palace yesterday, sparking the idea that promoting a side from the Championship isn’t actually a positive move when regarding the manager’s future job prospects. It’s unlikely Holloway will ever get another job in the Premier League, unless he promotes yet another team up a division. He managed 14 wins from 46 games with Palace, only eight of which were Premier League games, so it was inevitable he was on his was out sooner rather than later.

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Top Five Suave Managers

October 15, 2013 in Bundesliga, Championship, Funny Stuff, International, Premier League by George Curtis

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Football managers are judged on three things; style of play, success rate and dress sense. Needless to say, 90% of managers are floating round at the bottom of the barrel of hopelessness, each defined by their own lack of fashion sense, whether it be the Tony Pulis baseball cap or the Arsene Wenger overcoat.

But for a select few, Gok Wan would be raising a glass and toasting to that neatly pressed suit or beautifully paired cashmere jumper and trousers. Every football fan wishes they could be a manager, but what would you wear?

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Ikechi Anya, Watford’s rising star is Britain’s shining example.

October 4, 2013 in Championship by Ben Said Scott

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Watford winger Ikechi Anya is fast becoming a household name. This season has started where the last kicked off with Anya’s career going from strength to strength. His first goal for Scotland came in his first international call up. Domestically his form has helped Watford recover from their chaotic end to last season (where they were all most promoted both on the final day and in the play-off final), this also included an early goal of the season in which he ran half the length of the field with the ball before netting against Barnsley.

However if Anya and the Hornets can secure promotion to the Premier League Anya’s route to the top will not have been easy. In fact Anya’s young career may have stopped before it had even started, which would have not only been a shame for the player himself but an indictment on the British player development system itself.


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The Championship is upside down – The differing fortunes of Bolton and Burnley

September 23, 2013 in Championship by Matt Harrison

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On the final day of the 2012/13 season, Bolton sat 6th and looked in prime position to secure the final playoff spot after a remarkable run of form which took them from fourth bottom to the playoffs in three months. Unfortunately, on the final day, they drew at home, and a last minute winner from Leicester allowed them to sneak in instead. However, many plumped for Bolton outside the three relegated Premier League sides as their team to go up this season; most saying they could secure a top two finish based on the quality of player they’d brought in plus the remnants of their Premier League squad.

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The Championship Sack Race: 5 managers under pressure already

July 2, 2013 in Championship by Matt Harrison

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July the 1st, and new managers everywhere are starting their first day in a new job. They sit in their big comfy chair dreaming of wild success and silky football which have the papers declaring them the new Guardiola. Unfortunately, for most, the dream will turn into a nightmare, and even here on July 2nd, a number of Championship managers sit precariously. They are only a half dozen poor games away from their P45 and they probably know it.

Here are my top five contenders to be shown the door (or just leave) first in the Championship:

Tony Mowbray

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