THE PANDEMIC may be having an unexpected impact on the football management sector in that fewer managers have been sacked so far in 2020-21. With the Premier League at the halfway stage, only one manager, West Bromwich Albion’s Slaven Bilic, … Continue reading The virus has slowed the management treadmill
WELL IT’S back and although some of the big hitters have yet to kick-off, it’s clear that the song remains the same for some football people. All three newly-promoted teams were beaten, two comfortably and one pushing the reigning champions … Continue reading Premier League Opening Weekend: Tough on new boys and rusty defenders
WHEN the ball stopped rolling, West Bromwich Albion were sitting in second place in the Championship, one point behind leaders Leeds United and six points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to go. Understandably, there will be a sense … Continue reading West Brom manage the drop in status well… and wait
MORE THAN 18 years ago, Jeff Astle, a member of England’s 1970 World Cup squad and a prolific goalscorer in the late 1960s and early 1970s for West Bromwich Albion, died. Astle’s passing was greatly mourned, because not only was … Continue reading West Bromwich Albion 1968 – Jeff Astle’s Baggies
THE PASSING of Cyrille Regis is an appropriate time to assess the West Bromwich Albion team of 1978-79, a side that would have been very popular champions should they have kept pace with the all-conquering Liverpool unit of that era. … Continue reading Great Reputations: WBA 1978-79 – uncrowned people’s champions
THREE Years ago, I witnessed a Fremad Amager player take the field to a sound I had not heard at a football match since the 1980s – the monkey chant. In itself, it was unpleasant, but it was even more shocking to witness this in a supposedly enlightened and progressive society like Denmark. The BBC has recently screened a documentary on the Black v White testimonial match played in 1979 for Len Cantello’s testimonial. At the time, the discussion around this game was mixed, but it did provide a demonstration on how the game – and society – was changing. … Continue reading We’ve moved on since the monkey chants…haven’t we?