The Delegation Game

In his first spell in charge, Dean Keates showed he’s very good at getting the best out of the people around him. He was secure enough to listen carefully to a range of opinions, while being definitively the boss. Just a couple of weeks after being appointed, this aspect of the club is already coming together. In giving youth a chance last Saturday, Keates also … Continue reading The Delegation Game

What Mark Hughes Needs to Know To Beat Wrexham FC

The following is an open letter to my good friend*, Stoke City manager Mark Hughes before the FA Cup tie tomorrow. Hi Mark, How’s things? I hate to be a turncoat, but I feel there’s something you need to know about tomorrow’s game, and if you follow my advice it’ll all turn out just fine. There are three things you need to know: firstly, trust … Continue reading What Mark Hughes Needs to Know To Beat Wrexham FC

Saunders The Swan?

>Ah, being Welsh. A double-edged sword, don’t you think? The whole big fish in a small pond thing is a powerful dynamic, and coming from a small country will merely accentuate that. Dean Saunders could be a beneficiary of this mindset, as his celebrity status is enhanced by his nationality. By mere fact of our shared nationality with Swansea and Cardiff, two cities which, let’s … Continue reading Saunders The Swan?