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

Kevin Wilkin’s Juggling Act

Kevin Wilkin has two keepers who look like they can make a contribution to a promotion push, and an interesting balancing act to perform. Daniel Bachmann made an impressive debut at Dartford. The young Austrian’s kicking was a matter for concern, and British football fans are fixated with how far a keeper can plant the ball down the pitch, so many in the away end … Continue reading Kevin Wilkin’s Juggling Act