Category Archives: Football Managers

Did Carlo Ancelotti deserve to be sacked by Real Madrid?


Real Madrid had just won the European Cup but within days, the manager had been sacked. Despite it being the fourth European Cup on the bounce – and Luis Carniglia’s second – the Argentine born manager did not keep his job. His fault; he had refused to play Ferenc Puskas in the final of the 1958-1959 European Cup.

That represents the ruthlessness of the Real Madrid managerial position. It is in effect a reality steeped in the Read the rest of this entry

Will Arsene Wenger’s managerial legacy produce disciples?


Socrates, then Plato, then Aristotle. Those three form a trinity of Greek philosophy. One influencing the next, each having separate ideals; three tributaries flowing from one stream. It is the basis of continuity; master teaches pupil before pupil surpasses master and goes on to teach other pupils. From generation to generation, life has a consistent way of self-preservation.

In the same way, football carries that same trend. Football coaches are most of the time merely the master; their players and members of staff pupils who learn from their every move. In the end, the independent minds that are influenced by similar ideals create a nebulous quarry of Read the rest of this entry

Decoding Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal


Take two! Like a setting from a film set, with the director angry at the acting in the just shot scene, the post-Ferguson era at Manchester United is at its second take.

The first take was disappointing. David Moyes arrived at Old Trafford and the ridicule seemingly followed him in. Previous highs crashed to mediocre levels. It came as no surprise when he eventually crashed and burned out.

Louis van Gaal has replaced him. His managerial CV includes Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona (twice), AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team (twice). His titles include a Champions League trophy, league titles and cup wins in Holland, Spain and Germany.

Described by Jonathan Wilson as red-faced and dogmatic, van Gaal’s managerial career has developed steadily. The older, the wiser. His strict and stubborn approach to his philosophy in his early managerial years have now given way to a mixture of Read the rest of this entry

World Cup Winning Managers


The dilemma had been that while it had worked at Euro 2008, it was in danger of being found out at World Cup 2010. That dread turned into reality as Switzerland allowed Spain to tiki-taka but caught them on the break.

Vicente Del Bosque thus had to change. What he did however was to take the passing philosophy to the extreme. More midfielders were added, more passes were encouraged. Patience became the virtue as Read the rest of this entry

CHANGING TIMES : Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte is the man behind Juventus's resurgence

Antonio Conte is the man behind Juventus’s resurgence

Like the proverbial Phoenix, Juventus has risen from the Calciopoli ashes. Hardest hit by the Italian football scandal that revealed itself in 2006, the club has withered the storm of demotion and humiliation to become Italy’s finest football club once more.

Much of this has to do with Antonio Conte.

The former Juventus midfielder returned in the Read the rest of this entry

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