Wes York: Gary Mills’ Secret Weapon

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. When you think of the possession-based style Gary Mills favours it’s easy to see why a player like Dom Vose appeals to him. But his system of … Continue reading Wes York: Gary Mills’ Secret Weapon

How to beat Gateshead, the Conference Barcelona

Pep Guardiola famously travelled miles to spend a whole night sat at the feet of his guru, Marcelo Bielsa, discussing whether to take the job as first teamcoach at Barcelona. Gary Mills didn’t make such a pilgrimage, but he is plainly a disciple of Bielsisme. Gateshead’s football is alien to the fifth level of English football. In fact, it’s alien to the fifth level of anything, … Continue reading How to beat Gateshead, the Conference Barcelona

The Inevitable Ward-Messi Comparison

Last weekend we saw Leo Messi score a cheeky winner for Barcelona at Atletico Madrid, craftily getting the go-ahead from the ref and curling the ball sublimely into the far side of the net as the keeper, Thibaut Courtois, stood on his near post, organising his wall. It was a goal which closed the circle of my weekend’s experiences, as before the Stockport match I’d … Continue reading The Inevitable Ward-Messi Comparison