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Bristol City’s quiet boss has the right ethics

AS a player at Fulham, Sean O’Driscoll was given the nickname Noisy. As manager of Bournemouth, it was Mr Happy. As you’ve probably guessed, both were meant in jest. Despite learning his trade under Harry Redknapp, the 56-year-old couldn’t be further from the eternally chirpy, media-friendly QPR boss. Reporters are frequently told not to ask […]

Where Are They Now: Bradford City 1981-82

GARRY WATSON believes he knew Bradford City were going to get promoted after pre-season was nearly washed out by heavy rain. Watson says the same thing happened five years earlier when they were promoted from the Fourth Division and it turned out to be correct once again. The Bantams went head to head with Sheffield […]

A tale of two strikers as Paul Hayes starts afresh at Plymouth Argyle

NOT so long ago, Paul Hayes was the experienced old hand and Gary Hooper was the green kid fresh out of Southend reserves. Paired up front for Nigel Adkins’ Scunthorpe, the deadly duo formed a telepathic partnership that yielded goals galore and promotion to the Championship. Since then, however, their careers have taken very different […]

MK Dons boss lacks style

Karl Robinson let himself down on Tuesday night after my Stevenage side played well to beat his MK Dons team 2-1 in the JPT. He described his team’s performance as ‘a shambles’, ‘embarrassing’ and a ‘waste of 45 minutes of my life’. He described their display as ‘playing their (Stevenage’s) way’. Well I take issue […]

Paolo’s ban on ketchup was too saucy

I HATE to see a manager sacked but I wasn’t surprised to see Paolo Di Canio leave Sunderland. Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve always felt the key to success was having everybody on board. And I don’t just mean players. I mean the washerwoman, the guy on reception, the people who worked in the kitchens. I […]

Has Oscar got higher motives in mind?

WATCHING his team slump to three demoralising defeats, new Brighton boss Oscar Garcia has looked utterly bewildered.

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.

Midfield maulers will battle for Harry Redknapp

SORRY Mr Ladbroke and Senor Hill. But this season, I’m not making any predictions. No sir. After confidently tipping Palace for relegation and Wolves for the Premier League last year, I’m bailing out of the betting business. Instead, here are a few things to look out for – my spotters guide to the Football League. […]


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