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Sheffield United have got it right with Nigel

I’M really pleased Nigel Clough’s got back into management so quickly with Sheffield United. He had a messy departure from Derby, and he would have been very bitter about his treatment. And I know from experience that if you aren’t careful, that bitterness can consume you. Now, he hasn’t got time to dwell on what […]

Where Are They Now: Chesterfield 1996/97

CHESTERFIELD 1996-97 FA CUP SEMI-FINALISTS IT was one of the most controversial moments in FA Cup history when Chesterfield were crucially denied a place in the final. They were leading Middlesbrough 2-1 thanks to goals from Andy Morris and Sean Dyche with 21 minutes to go when Jon Howard’s shot crashed down off the cross […]

Not only Manchester United have a teenage sensation

TWO goals. That’s all it took to turn Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj from teenage prospect to future superstar.

Bradford City slicker bags eclectic hat-trick

THINGS are going well for Kyel Reid right now. On the pitch he’s in the form of his Bradford City career – his goal at Walsall last weekend is proof of that – and off it he couldn’t be busier. The former West Ham winger is no ordinary footballer. Instead of golf and playing on […]

Feeder clubs? Try a taste of Italy

SIENA is a beautiful town. Terracotta tiles, winding cobbled streets and a big church tower with spectacular views across the Tuscan countryside. It would, I imagine, be a lovely place to play football. At least, it would if they were paying you. Back in May, Siena were relegated after a decade in Serie A. That, […]

Where Are They Now? Oldham Athletic 1989-90

Where Are They Now? Oldham Athletic 1989-90 League Cup Finalists JOE ROYLE called it is his “pinch me season” when the Latics reached the semi-final of the FA Cup – taking Manchester United to a replay – and the League Cup Final. Royle plundered the reserve teams of bigger clubs to build a side that was […]

Jacob Butterfield: All I care about is playing

CHRISTMAS 2011. Jacob Butterfield is the talk of the Championship. Captain of Barnsley in his first full season, a call-up to the England U21s, a place in the GB Olympic squad. Sat in the hole behind Ricardo Vaz Te, the midfielder’s perceptive passing and a slew of spectacular goals from range have got the scouts […]

Portsmouth fans gave me dog’s abuse but I still love the club

I’VE managed in the Football League long enough to know that crazy results are the name of the game.

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