April 25, 2014
From FC Barcelona’s website:
“It is with immense sorrow that FC Barcelona announces that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova i Bayo (Bellcaire d’Empordà, 17/09/1968-Barcelona, 25/04/2014) departed this world today at the age of 45. He passed away this afternoon after losing his battle against an illness that had affected him since 2011.”
Descansi en pas, Tito.

From FC Barcelona’s website:

It is with immense sorrow that FC Barcelona announces that Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova i Bayo (Bellcaire d’Empordà, 17/09/1968-Barcelona, 25/04/2014) departed this world today at the age of 45. He passed away this afternoon after losing his battle against an illness that had affected him since 2011.”

Descansi en pas, Tito.

April 22, 2014
David Moyes sacked by Manchester United and replaced by Ryan Giggs

This probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise after the English media reported it as they did yesterday.

October 17, 2013
Report: Vucetich out as Mexico head coach | Soccer By Ives

Victor Manuel Vucetich said as much to ESPN Deportes, so it’s straight from the horse’s mouth. The FMF is beyond dysfunctional.

July 23, 2013
Barcelona appoint Gerardo Martino as successor to Tito Vilanova

Barcelona move outside their normal thinking, which is to appoint someone related to the club in some way, to appoint the man that Lionel Messi tabbed as the choice. 

Thoughts on this? Does Messi now have the club basically at his mercy? Will the Argentinian presence upset the Spanish and Brazilian players?

April 1, 2013
Former striker turned League One manager Paolo Di Canio’s time at Swindon Town was successful if controversial to say the least — mostly due to an Italian interview in 2005 in which he said, “I am a fascist, not a racist” — but also because of his hard-headed nature as a manager. I mean, the guy resigned from Swindon after the board sold a top player to a rival, and was then accused of raiding his former office after midnight.
Now, Sunderland AFC are struggling to stave off relegation — right now, they are outside the drop zone, but have looked largely atrocious for most of the season. After an inspiring burst to save the Black Cats from danger last spring, Martin O’Neill spent plenty of Ellis Short’s cash with very little in the way of return and sent players on their way who probably would have helped given the rash of injuries his squad has suffered. Short fired O’Neill after last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Man United — and has now hired the top-level-unproven Di Canio to replace him.
This has brought anti-fascist and anti-racist groups out calling for Di Canio to clarify his previous remarks and prompted Sunderland’s vice chairman, former high-ranking Labour MP David Miliband, to resign in protest of the hiring.
(For context, Miliband’s family came to England to escape the Nazis, so being associated with anyone who openly espoused fascism, spoke well of Mussolini, and seems to sympathize with the hard right of the ultras at Lazio is not terribly desirable for him.)
For his part, Di Canio has denied he is a racist, calling the accusations, as you see below at the link, “stupid and ridiculous.”
Paolo Di Canio hits back at ‘stupid and ridiculous’ racism accusations | Football | guardian.co.uk

Former striker turned League One manager Paolo Di Canio’s time at Swindon Town was successful if controversial to say the least — mostly due to an Italian interview in 2005 in which he said, “I am a fascist, not a racist” — but also because of his hard-headed nature as a manager. I mean, the guy resigned from Swindon after the board sold a top player to a rival, and was then accused of raiding his former office after midnight.

Now, Sunderland AFC are struggling to stave off relegation — right now, they are outside the drop zone, but have looked largely atrocious for most of the season. After an inspiring burst to save the Black Cats from danger last spring, Martin O’Neill spent plenty of Ellis Short’s cash with very little in the way of return and sent players on their way who probably would have helped given the rash of injuries his squad has suffered. Short fired O’Neill after last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Man United — and has now hired the top-level-unproven Di Canio to replace him.

This has brought anti-fascist and anti-racist groups out calling for Di Canio to clarify his previous remarks and prompted Sunderland’s vice chairman, former high-ranking Labour MP David Miliband, to resign in protest of the hiring.

(For context, Miliband’s family came to England to escape the Nazis, so being associated with anyone who openly espoused fascism, spoke well of Mussolini, and seems to sympathize with the hard right of the ultras at Lazio is not terribly desirable for him.)

For his part, Di Canio has denied he is a racist, calling the accusations, as you see below at the link, “stupid and ridiculous.”

Paolo Di Canio hits back at ‘stupid and ridiculous’ racism accusations | Football | guardian.co.uk

March 19, 2013
Normally, we wouldn’t be writing too much about the firing of a Championship manager on a bad run because this happens frequently. But Blackburn Rovers’ firing Michael Appleton for a string of bad results gives us a series of interesting facts.
Rovers are now looking for their 4th manager this season and 6th in the past 3 seasons, having fired Sam Allardyce when Venky’s bought the club from the Walker Trust. Appleton was preceded this season by Steve Kean and Henning Berg.
Appleton began the season at desperately strapped Portsmouth, moved on to Blackpool to replace Ian Holloway (who went to Crystal Palace to replace Dougie Freedman, who bolted to Bolton), and then left the Tangerines for Blackburn.
Appleton coached all three of the teams he’s been in charge of this season in the FA Cup — players can be cup-tied, but not managers, apparently.
Bad run of form on Appleton’s part aside, even Roman Abramovich would venture that Venky’s is a bit fast with the pink slips.
(via Michael Appleton sacked by Blackburn Rovers after two months in charge | Football | guardian.co.uk)

Normally, we wouldn’t be writing too much about the firing of a Championship manager on a bad run because this happens frequently. But Blackburn Rovers’ firing Michael Appleton for a string of bad results gives us a series of interesting facts.

  • Rovers are now looking for their 4th manager this season and 6th in the past 3 seasons, having fired Sam Allardyce when Venky’s bought the club from the Walker Trust. Appleton was preceded this season by Steve Kean and Henning Berg.
  • Appleton began the season at desperately strapped Portsmouth, moved on to Blackpool to replace Ian Holloway (who went to Crystal Palace to replace Dougie Freedman, who bolted to Bolton), and then left the Tangerines for Blackburn.
  • Appleton coached all three of the teams he’s been in charge of this season in the FA Cup — players can be cup-tied, but not managers, apparently.
Bad run of form on Appleton’s part aside, even Roman Abramovich would venture that Venky’s is a bit fast with the pink slips.

(via Michael Appleton sacked by Blackburn Rovers after two months in charge | Football | guardian.co.uk)

November 21, 2012
What was that I typed earlier in a flurry of caps and swears? No real manager with dignity or self-respect would ever coach Chelsea again?
Rafa, I thought you were better than this.

What was that I typed earlier in a flurry of caps and swears? No real manager with dignity or self-respect would ever coach Chelsea again?

Rafa, I thought you were better than this.

November 21, 2012
OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE. WE DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN THIS QUICKLY. JUST NAME JOHN TERRY YOUR CARETAKER PLAYER/MANAGER NOW, OR MAKE IT PERMANENT, WE DON’T CARE ANY MORE. LIKE GUARDIOLA’S COMING NOW, ROMAN. NO ACTUAL MANAGER WITH ANY SENSE OF DIGNITY OR SELF-RESPECT WILL COME TO COACH YOUR TEAM, IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH FUCK-YOU MONEY YOU THROW AT HIM, NOT AFTER YOU FIRE A DUDE WHO HELPED SALVAGE A SEASON BY WINNING THE GODDAMN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE. WE DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN THIS QUICKLY. JUST NAME JOHN TERRY YOUR CARETAKER PLAYER/MANAGER NOW, OR MAKE IT PERMANENT, WE DON’T CARE ANY MORE. LIKE GUARDIOLA’S COMING NOW, ROMAN. NO ACTUAL MANAGER WITH ANY SENSE OF DIGNITY OR SELF-RESPECT WILL COME TO COACH YOUR TEAM, IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW MUCH FUCK-YOU MONEY YOU THROW AT HIM, NOT AFTER YOU FIRE A DUDE WHO HELPED SALVAGE A SEASON BY WINNING THE GODDAMN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE.

November 21, 2012
Hey Chelsea fans, meet your new caretaker manager, maybe? Or so sayeth the rumors in certain segments of the British press following a 3-nil beating at the hands of Juventus that pretty much has the title holders facing elimination from the Champions League group stages. If this actually does come to pass, maybe he can make Fernando Torres work again.

Hey Chelsea fans, meet your new caretaker manager, maybe? Or so sayeth the rumors in certain segments of the British press following a 3-nil beating at the hands of Juventus that pretty much has the title holders facing elimination from the Champions League group stages. If this actually does come to pass, maybe he can make Fernando Torres work again.

July 3, 2012
Andre Villas-Boas will start this season just like he did the last one: as a Premier League manager. After his fallout at Chelsea, the Portuguese will replace Harry Redknapp as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Whether he has any better luck installing his system in North London as opposed to West London has yet to be seen, but at Spurs he will have fewer veteran players to pacify or adjust his system to than at Chelsea.
(via André Villas-Boas confirmed as new Tottenham manager | Football | guardian.co.uk)

Andre Villas-Boas will start this season just like he did the last one: as a Premier League manager. After his fallout at Chelsea, the Portuguese will replace Harry Redknapp as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Whether he has any better luck installing his system in North London as opposed to West London has yet to be seen, but at Spurs he will have fewer veteran players to pacify or adjust his system to than at Chelsea.

(via André Villas-Boas confirmed as new Tottenham manager | Football | guardian.co.uk)

June 13, 2012
Harry Redknapp sacked by Tottenham as Daniel Levy targets David Moyes | Football | The Guardian

The game of musical chairs continues in the English Premier League (in the spirit of Unprofessional Foul, suck it, Barclay’s) as ol ‘Arry has been told in no uncertain terms where to stick it by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy after what seemed like several offenses:

  • blowing a 10-point hold on the 3rd place spot to Arsenal and that was the last CL qualification spot, it turned out, because Chelsea won the CL trophy
  • being distracted by the media’s anointing of him as the successor to Fabio Capello in the England job
  • taking to television and making noise about a three or four-year extension with 12 months still on a contract

To be fair to Redknapp, he helped turn Spurs into a Champions League threat when they were in the dumps — but Levy has blanked at hardball before when it comes to players and so probably barely batted an eye at telling Harry to go away. The media favorite rumor for a replacement is Everton’s David Moyes, because every time a job with a better financial situation and appeal to players than Everton comes up, that’s what happens.

June 13, 2012
He helped them lift the trophy. Now Roberto di Matteo has the interim tag removed from his job as manager of Chelsea on a two-year deal. Most of us were wondering why this wasn’t done immediately after the CL victory, but it’s the right move nonetheless.

He helped them lift the trophy. Now Roberto di Matteo has the interim tag removed from his job as manager of Chelsea on a two-year deal. Most of us were wondering why this wasn’t done immediately after the CL victory, but it’s the right move nonetheless.

June 13, 2012
Jogi Low: “U MAD, BALL BOY?”

(via GIFULMINATION)

June 8, 2012
Premiership managerial go-round continues: after talking to Chris Hughton and Ralf Rangnick, West Bromwich Albion have named former Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke as their replacement for Roy Hodgson — in the structure that ironically, Liverpool sought to put in place initially post-Dalglish firing: Clarke will be more head coach than manager and work with a sporting/technical director.

Premiership managerial go-round continues: after talking to Chris Hughton and Ralf Rangnick, West Bromwich Albion have named former Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke as their replacement for Roy Hodgson — in the structure that ironically, Liverpool sought to put in place initially post-Dalglish firing: Clarke will be more head coach than manager and work with a sporting/technical director.

June 7, 2012
The coaching dominoes keep falling in the Premier League while most attention is focused on the Euros. Paul Lambert’s move from Carrow Road to Villa Park left a vacancy quickly filled by the Norwich City board with the hiring of Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton.
For many neutral observers it’s a welcome return to the Prem for Hughton. Despite the good form shown last year by Newcastle United under Alan Pardew, the Magpies’ sacking of Hughton in the 2010-11 season seemed rather careless and abrupt at the time because of how the 53-year old had swept in and brought the Toon back up at the first attempt after relegation. His work with a financially troubled Birmingham City squad (a 4th place finish in the Championship) earned him another shot.

The coaching dominoes keep falling in the Premier League while most attention is focused on the Euros. Paul Lambert’s move from Carrow Road to Villa Park left a vacancy quickly filled by the Norwich City board with the hiring of Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton.

For many neutral observers it’s a welcome return to the Prem for Hughton. Despite the good form shown last year by Newcastle United under Alan Pardew, the Magpies’ sacking of Hughton in the 2010-11 season seemed rather careless and abrupt at the time because of how the 53-year old had swept in and brought the Toon back up at the first attempt after relegation. His work with a financially troubled Birmingham City squad (a 4th place finish in the Championship) earned him another shot.