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Prejudiced refs can make life a misery

IT was Chris Wilder who first cried about my team taking ‘drinks breaks’ during our 2-1 win at his Kassam Stadium back in our League Two days. His cry was …

Middlesbrough had to pick a foreign boss

WHENEVER a foreign manager comes in, I’m always a bit disappointed. I always prefer to see chairmen give British talent a chance. But in Middlesbrough’s …

Nile Ranger’s Left In The Last Chance Saloon

BY his own notorious standards, failing to turn up to training is hardly a serious offence for Swindon striker Nile Ranger. For a guy with more court …

I’ve been silenced and that’s no joke!

I have enjoyed the most incredible learning experience this week. It has been a genuinely significant and challenging time. And a hugely rewarding challenge …

New managers must take on the board

WHEN I spoke to my old player Shaun Derry before he took the Notts County job, I gave him two pieces of advice. One: make sure you go into the job with your …

One bad move cost Connor Wickham dear

THIS is it for Connor Wickham. Time to deliver. Which is a ridiculous thing to say when you’re talking about a 20-year-old kid. But such are perceptions in …

Experts give tips on how to reach the top

The League Managers’ Association hosted their fifth annual conference in London last week. The BBC’s Manish Bhasin and former England cricketer Jeremy …

Burnley strike force are a delight for Dyche

HATS off to Sean Dyche – I didn’t think his Burnley side would be good enough to beat QPR last weekend. In the event, they were far better than I ever …

Why Lee Tomlin is losing more than his temper

DURING the summer, I asked Paul Fairclough, the former Barnet manager, to name the most difficult player he’d ever worked with. “Nicky Bailey,” he said. …

Come on Rangers, turn on the style too

IT’S often said that a club is too good to go down. QPR, on the other hand, are too good to stay down. Man for man, Rangers have the best squad I’ve seen …

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