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
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 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
> So the gamble was taken, and it was a wise move! As I suggested before the Altrincham game, it’s time to give Chris Maxwell a shot, and he was the only good point in a depressing afternoon. He might not be the biggest keeper, but he has a spring in his step and clearly has natural ability. Now we need to see if we … Continue reading >Max Power
>Well I feel I’ve enjoyed a bit of a catharsis! Dearden’s Spurs went into their last game with Watford needing a draw to get into the final, led 3-0, but lost 4-3! Dearden should have been sent off at the end for coming out of the box to save, but I’ve had my bit of schadenfreude, so I’m happy! Karma has been restored after ten … Continue reading >Memories Expunged!
>What a way to start the day! I switch on the TV and Sky are repeating last year’s Masters tournaments. Okay, no problem; my lad and I enjoy watching the old codgers (some of whom are older than me! sweating it out. But then Spurs come on and who’s in goal for them? KEVIN DEARDEN!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! That guy scarred me! I was a dodgy, short … Continue reading >Painful memories!