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Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The curious case of émigré John Gregory, and other 90s managers who ended up in odd places
Hands down the best football picture of the week is John Gregory posing with the Indian Super League trophy in traditional Tamil Nadu clothing. Why is he doing that, you ask? Because he’s only the manager of Chennaiyin FC, who recently brought home the big cup to fortress Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. Since he hit the big time in the late 1990s, John’s career has followed that well-trodden path from Aston Villa, to Derby County, QPR, to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, F.C. Ashdod, FC Kairat, and then the most exotic of all, Crawley Town, before he slid into the managerial hotseat in Chennaiyin last year. With his famously progressive views on depression I could not and still cannot understand how someone so young, fit, handsome and wealthy can suffer from such an illness ... and of course art... What the f*** is art? A picture of a bottle of sour milk lying next to a smelly old jumper? To me it's a load of s***. I'd say football is art it is perhaps a little surprising that this proud son of Scunthorpe has chosen to broaden his horizons around the world. John in more traditional habitat as he signs George Boateng (left) and Najway Ghrayeb with Deadly Doug Credit: PA But then he is far from the only old skool gaffer yelling “First post! First post!” at some terrified unfortunates in a language they do not speak somewhere hot, dusty, and requiring of jabs. Peter Reid The most Proper Football Man of all Proper Football Men, Reidy is most associated with Manchester City, and then Sunderland, where his Tall Man-Small Man, keep it simple, 26 pints of Four Star after the match approach worked really well for quite a while. Until it didn’t. The Blue Monkey Magic had all but gone after spells at Leeds and Coventry, and with top-flight job offers not exactly flooding in, Reidy gave Chris Kamara’s leg one last manly joshing squeeze, and took himself off to Bangkok. The local press loved him but thought he didn’t smile enough, which seems odd, because he’s a jovial fellow. Perhaps he didn’t like the grub. He's certainly doing a decent job here as he meets the local top man. Peter Reid meeting Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva Credit: Reuters On the pitch, results were… well, they were mixed. "Communication has been tricky but football is a universal language," said Reidy, who is from Liverpool. "But the substitutions are a real nightmare. Their names and nicknames are difficult and I'm convinced I'm taking the wrong players off," he said. Reidy famously didn’t bother too much about learning the players’ names, and coached them instead by referring to them by their squad numbers. Weirdly, this did not seem to work all that well and Reidy was out of there after a year. But Reidy had got the taste for it now, and after a brief sojourn back at Plymouth Argyle, took himself to another storied port: Mumbai! Bandana Boy: Reidy with the traditional (??? maybe???) Mumbai hankie-on-the-head Credit: ISL Reidy's spell in India was mostly distinguished by headgear. Hat act: Reidy of the Raj Credit: ISL These pictures were photoshopped by the BBC in a deliberate attempt to discredit Reidy. Yes boss: The universal comedy language of a foreigner in a funny hat Credit: ISL Steve McClaren Assistant to Jim Smith in 1996, Steve emerged from under the wing of the Bald Eagle to become Sir Alex’s right-hand, before Boro and his legendary World Cup winning spell with England (no, wait...) The Immortal Brolly Credit: Getty Has eventually proved himself to be a decent manager as well as a good feller, but McClaren’s tragedy and glory is that he will always be known for two things. Brolly Comedy Dutch accent McClaren won the League with Twente, which was no mean feat. He was named Dutch Managersh of the Yearsh, but decided to leave nevertheless. Spells at Wolfsburg, a return to Twente, a return to Derby, a spell as a Hollywood accent coach (not really) never quite took and he last popped up for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv. That's not how you spell 'shmoke and a pancakesh' : Steve McClaren signs his contract while FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman watches Credit: Getty Unclear if he tried to do a comedy German as well... We can only speculate as to the horrible pronunciation Steve might attempt with "Wolfskin" Credit: Getty Graeme Souness The cauldron of fury that is Turkish football was a match made in The Hell for the cauldron of fury that is Graeme Souness. The Galatasaray gaffer caused a tremendous row when he beat Fenerbache and planted a Galatasaray flag in the centre of their pitch. Wind-up legend: Souness plants the flag Credit: Reuters With his flair for the dramatic and love of the argy-bargy, Souey was a popular figure in Turkey, but the lure of home was too much and he returned for markedly less storied spells at the likes of Newcastle. Also had spell in Benfica where he attracted ridicule by signing a load of old knackers merely because they had played in England (Brian Deane! Mark Pembridge! Worthy heirs to Eusebio!) Stuart Baxter Finn-tastic: Wales manager John Toshack (right) turns away dejected as Finland coach Stuart Baxter (far left) celebrates Credit: PA Bucking the trend for British gaffers more at home in Darlington than Delhi, Baxter has had a long career managing everywhere BUT Blighty. His CV reads: Örebro SK, IF Skarp, Vitória Setubal, Halmstads BK, Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Vissel Kobe, AIK, Lyn, England Under-19 (the only outlier), South Africa, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborgs IF, Finland, Kaizer Chiefs (the Johannesburg football team, not the I Predict A Riot hit-makers), Gençlerbirliği, SuperSport United, South Africa. The man must love an Air Miles.
The Champions League winner also played at two World Cup finals and told Yahoo Sport's Mark Lawford about his transition from player to boss
Liverpool and Australia legend Harry Kewell on life as Crawley Town manager
The Champions League winner also played at two World Cup finals and told Yahoo Sport's Mark Lawford about his transition from player to boss
The Champions League winner also played at two World Cup finals and told Yahoo Sport's Mark Lawford about his transition from player to boss
Liverpool and Australia legend Harry Kewell on life as Crawley Town manager
The Champions League winner also played at two World Cup finals and told Yahoo Sport's Mark Lawford about his transition from player to boss
The Champions League winner also played at two World Cup finals and told Yahoo Sport's Mark Lawford about his transition from player to boss
Liverpool and Australia legend Harry Kewell on life as Crawley Town manager
The Champions League winner also played at two World Cup finals and told Yahoo Sport's Mark Lawford about his transition from player to boss
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
Harry Kewell exclusive interview: 'I love coaching far more than I ever did playing'
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
Harry Kewell exclusive interview: 'I love coaching far more than I ever did playing'
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
Harry Kewell exclusive interview: 'I love coaching far more than I ever did playing'
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
Harry Kewell exclusive interview: 'I love coaching far more than I ever did playing'
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
Harry Kewell exclusive interview: 'I love coaching far more than I ever did playing'
He is one of the youngest coaches in the Football League, leading one of England’s form teams, energising a borough of West Sussex. Despite that, Harry Kewell admits even some of his former colleagues are unaware he is the manager of League Two Crawley Town. “One or two have asked me what I am up to these days,” he chuckles. “Part of me likes it that people don’t know I am here because it is about the team, not me. I have always liked being under the radar. Work hard and do well. That is why people talk about you.” With respect to the Checkatrade.com Stadium with its average gates of 2,000, it is a fair distance from the grand arenas of the Champions League, FA Cup Final and World Cup. But the former Liverpool, Leeds and Australia winger has never been so enthusiastic after finding a professional satisfaction that eluded him on the pitch. “Honestly, I love coaching far more than I ever did playing,” he says, sounding as if he is startling himself with this admission. “What I enjoy now is sitting here, getting my ideas across and seeing players fulfil them. I get more from that. I finished my career in Australia and started my Academy, showing kids technique. I just loved it. That fire started to burn straight away. "Sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know?" Credit: Getty Images Sport “You know what? No, I don’t miss playing. I love coaching that much. Maybe if we’re short of a player in training I would make the numbers up, but that is as far it goes. “I don’t know how to put this without it sounding stupid, but sometimes you wonder if your path is destined, you know? “When I look back at my career, I knew I could play the game; I knew I understood the game; and I knew I was learning a lot from the game. Not just by playing, but through the rough side - through the injuries and through not playing. I would work my way back into squads, get questioned about things out of my control and I knew people were making comments. Now I believe 100 per cent the setbacks I had help me to be a more understanding coach. In hindsight I obviously wish I did not have so many injuries. I could have seen how far I could have gone in the game. But in saying that, I would not change it because I saw highs and lows. “I feel these things have given me an inside track for coaching. I had a player this season who started well, got injured, came back and was then injured again. For him it is so frustrating but I know what he is going through. I can make him feel positive to go back at it. “When I speak to my players about these kinds of issues I understand them better.” Kewell played for Liverpool more than 100 times Credit: Action Images But he prefers being on the sidelines now Credit: Action Images After a spell with Watford’s Under 23s, Kewell took over Crawley in May. It did not start well. After 18 games Crawley had only four wins and a wounding 4-0 defeat against Saturday’s opponents, Wycombe, prompted some supporters to claim Kewell’s idealistic mission to create an attractive brand of football was misguided. Kewell stood his ground, publicly addressed fans’ concerns and promised his way would work. “It is not the first time I have had stick. I will defend myself,” he said. “When ex-professionals go back into the game a lot of people question straight away if a club has just gone for him for his name. “Then if you don’t set the place alight there are more question marks. But I take all that. I know, just like anyone, you are only as good as the next three points. “It was hard to keep the fans happy at the start of the season, but slowly they have started enjoying the football. We had a slow start, we picked up and now we are in a good position. In the last few years Crawley have been relegated, been 19th and 20th. We were second favourites to go down at the start of the season. We had to bring a winning mentality and slowly we are turning it around.” Since November Crawley have won 11 of 16 league games, including a club record five consecutive league home wins to get within six points of the play-offs. They are playing with the imagination expected of a team led by such a technically gifted player. “I am sure if you asked some of my old team mates they would say, ‘Harry is the last person I thought would be a coach,’” he says. “I don’t know why, really. I was always asking questions of my managers. One of my pet hates was a manager giving the team an instruction and then someone going off and doing the opposite. Like if we were told to have a two-touch game and someone would take three touches. I would say, ‘he has just told you. Why did you do that?’ When a coach asked me to do something, I would want to be clear exactly what he wanted and do it. It infuriated me – and still does – when players do not do that. You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts... it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player “I had a great teacher at the start at Leeds with George Graham – a military coach. When he walked down the hallway you would stand to attention. Then we had Eddie Gray and Paul Hart who I still talk to. Then Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez were fantastic for me at Liverpool, as was Guus Hiddink with Australia. But my favourite was Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. The way he saw football took it to another level. He explained ideas to me in a way no-one had before. Even the way he warmed us up was impressive. After playing for him I never felt better on a football field.” But is it not a risk for such a well-known player to start in the lowest tier? Kewell rejects the suggestion. “I’m glad you mentioned that because anyone who says, ‘you are starting at the bottom,’ could not be more wrong,” he says. “When we played Accrington Stanley at the start of the season, their manager John Coleman said to me this is not the bottom. He is right. There are four other leagues under this. “I have been given the opportunity to start high and I feel privileged I have been given the chance to manage at a Football League club. Kewell has taken Crawley Town to within six points of the play-offs in League 2 after a difficult start Credit: Paul Cousans/Zenpix Ltd “Anyone who gets the chance has to do it, because you can make a difference. They can all play the game here. It’s just they need someone to coach them. “Don’t get me wrong, everyone would love to walk out and have all the best facilities, five newly installed pitches to train on every season. But you have to learn your trade. I see this as starting my apprenticeship again. Instead of being a 15-year-old trainee cleaning boots at Leeds I am learning how to become a manager. I love it. “You work all week to get that win, and when it does not happen you feel it. It hurts. It could be your decision; the system not working. It may be the opposition is just better or you were unlucky, but it is something you feel more personally than you did as a player.” Kewell’s presence is scattering stardust on the touchlines of League Two. He is unlikely to stay under the radar.
Jonathan Stead scores Notts County’s equalising goal against Crawley Town.
Notts County force FA Cup replay against Swansea after Jon Stead strikes
Jonathan Stead scores Notts County’s equalising goal against Crawley Town.
Arsene Wenger led the tributes to the former Arsenal and Chelsea academy coach Dermot Drummy, most recently manager of League Two Crawley Town, who died on Monday, aged 56. Drummy oversaw a golden generation of Chelsea academy talent, winning the club’s first FA Youth Cup in 49 years in 2010 as one of its most experienced and shrewd coaches. A former youth team player at Arsenal he had a good career in non-league before discovering a talent for nurturing the new generation of talent and returning to Arsenal in 1999 as a coach. Chelsea academy graduates including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah paid tribute to Drummy on Twitter. Chalobah said Drummy had “changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea”. At Arsenal, Drummy also had a hand in bringing through the likes of Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere Speaking at Arsenal’s training ground, Wenger said: “It was a complete surprise. It’s very sad. He was very, very much appreciated here. He did an excellent job. He left us for Chelsea at the time because he had a good proposal there. We were sad to lose him because he was competent, he was well liked by everybody and respected by everybody. "He was a sensitive man as well, it’s very difficult to understand what happened. His life was on the pitch and certainly he was very unhappy not to be on it anymore.” Dermot Drummy was head coach of Crawley Town for 13 months Credit: Getty Images Antonio Conte, who arrived at Chelsea after Drummy left the club, said his death was “a big loss”. He said: “It's not easy to work with the young players, especially off the pitch, to teach them about life. We are sorry [to hear about this]. This person was very important for this club.” Drummy also had a major influence on the careers of coaches at Chelsea including Swansea City manager Paul Clement as well as junior team coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris. You changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea. Taught us how to become men in the game. You will be truly missed Derm. ��— Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) November 28, 2017 Drummy had been studying for the League Manager’s Association diploma in football management and his death was unexpected. Chelsea flags flew at half-mast at their training ground at Cobham on Tuesday and the team will wear black armbands in their home game against Swansea City on Wednesday. Absolutely shocked to hear this news. Great person and a great coach. RIP Dermot �� pic.twitter.com/gFgSZZnlrr— Nathan Aké (@NathanAke) November 27, 2017
Arsene Wenger leads tributes to ex-Arsenal and Chelsea coach Dermot Drummy, who has died aged 56
Arsene Wenger led the tributes to the former Arsenal and Chelsea academy coach Dermot Drummy, most recently manager of League Two Crawley Town, who died on Monday, aged 56. Drummy oversaw a golden generation of Chelsea academy talent, winning the club’s first FA Youth Cup in 49 years in 2010 as one of its most experienced and shrewd coaches. A former youth team player at Arsenal he had a good career in non-league before discovering a talent for nurturing the new generation of talent and returning to Arsenal in 1999 as a coach. Chelsea academy graduates including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah paid tribute to Drummy on Twitter. Chalobah said Drummy had “changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea”. At Arsenal, Drummy also had a hand in bringing through the likes of Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere Speaking at Arsenal’s training ground, Wenger said: “It was a complete surprise. It’s very sad. He was very, very much appreciated here. He did an excellent job. He left us for Chelsea at the time because he had a good proposal there. We were sad to lose him because he was competent, he was well liked by everybody and respected by everybody. "He was a sensitive man as well, it’s very difficult to understand what happened. His life was on the pitch and certainly he was very unhappy not to be on it anymore.” Dermot Drummy was head coach of Crawley Town for 13 months Credit: Getty Images Antonio Conte, who arrived at Chelsea after Drummy left the club, said his death was “a big loss”. He said: “It's not easy to work with the young players, especially off the pitch, to teach them about life. We are sorry [to hear about this]. This person was very important for this club.” Drummy also had a major influence on the careers of coaches at Chelsea including Swansea City manager Paul Clement as well as junior team coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris. You changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea. Taught us how to become men in the game. You will be truly missed Derm. ��— Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) November 28, 2017 Drummy had been studying for the League Manager’s Association diploma in football management and his death was unexpected. Chelsea flags flew at half-mast at their training ground at Cobham on Tuesday and the team will wear black armbands in their home game against Swansea City on Wednesday. Absolutely shocked to hear this news. Great person and a great coach. RIP Dermot �� pic.twitter.com/gFgSZZnlrr— Nathan Aké (@NathanAke) November 27, 2017
Arsene Wenger led the tributes to the former Arsenal and Chelsea academy coach Dermot Drummy, most recently manager of League Two Crawley Town, who died on Monday, aged 56. Drummy oversaw a golden generation of Chelsea academy talent, winning the club’s first FA Youth Cup in 49 years in 2010 as one of its most experienced and shrewd coaches. A former youth team player at Arsenal he had a good career in non-league before discovering a talent for nurturing the new generation of talent and returning to Arsenal in 1999 as a coach. Chelsea academy graduates including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah paid tribute to Drummy on Twitter. Chalobah said Drummy had “changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea”. At Arsenal, Drummy also had a hand in bringing through the likes of Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere Speaking at Arsenal’s training ground, Wenger said: “It was a complete surprise. It’s very sad. He was very, very much appreciated here. He did an excellent job. He left us for Chelsea at the time because he had a good proposal there. We were sad to lose him because he was competent, he was well liked by everybody and respected by everybody. "He was a sensitive man as well, it’s very difficult to understand what happened. His life was on the pitch and certainly he was very unhappy not to be on it anymore.” Dermot Drummy was head coach of Crawley Town for 13 months Credit: Getty Images Antonio Conte, who arrived at Chelsea after Drummy left the club, said his death was “a big loss”. He said: “It's not easy to work with the young players, especially off the pitch, to teach them about life. We are sorry [to hear about this]. This person was very important for this club.” Drummy also had a major influence on the careers of coaches at Chelsea including Swansea City manager Paul Clement as well as junior team coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris. You changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea. Taught us how to become men in the game. You will be truly missed Derm. ��— Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) November 28, 2017 Drummy had been studying for the League Manager’s Association diploma in football management and his death was unexpected. Chelsea flags flew at half-mast at their training ground at Cobham on Tuesday and the team will wear black armbands in their home game against Swansea City on Wednesday. Absolutely shocked to hear this news. Great person and a great coach. RIP Dermot �� pic.twitter.com/gFgSZZnlrr— Nathan Aké (@NathanAke) November 27, 2017
Arsene Wenger leads tributes to ex-Arsenal and Chelsea coach Dermot Drummy, who has died aged 56
Arsene Wenger led the tributes to the former Arsenal and Chelsea academy coach Dermot Drummy, most recently manager of League Two Crawley Town, who died on Monday, aged 56. Drummy oversaw a golden generation of Chelsea academy talent, winning the club’s first FA Youth Cup in 49 years in 2010 as one of its most experienced and shrewd coaches. A former youth team player at Arsenal he had a good career in non-league before discovering a talent for nurturing the new generation of talent and returning to Arsenal in 1999 as a coach. Chelsea academy graduates including Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah paid tribute to Drummy on Twitter. Chalobah said Drummy had “changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea”. At Arsenal, Drummy also had a hand in bringing through the likes of Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere Speaking at Arsenal’s training ground, Wenger said: “It was a complete surprise. It’s very sad. He was very, very much appreciated here. He did an excellent job. He left us for Chelsea at the time because he had a good proposal there. We were sad to lose him because he was competent, he was well liked by everybody and respected by everybody. "He was a sensitive man as well, it’s very difficult to understand what happened. His life was on the pitch and certainly he was very unhappy not to be on it anymore.” Dermot Drummy was head coach of Crawley Town for 13 months Credit: Getty Images Antonio Conte, who arrived at Chelsea after Drummy left the club, said his death was “a big loss”. He said: “It's not easy to work with the young players, especially off the pitch, to teach them about life. We are sorry [to hear about this]. This person was very important for this club.” Drummy also had a major influence on the careers of coaches at Chelsea including Swansea City manager Paul Clement as well as junior team coaches Joe Edwards and Jody Morris. You changed the life of so many young boys at Chelsea. Taught us how to become men in the game. You will be truly missed Derm. ��— Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) November 28, 2017 Drummy had been studying for the League Manager’s Association diploma in football management and his death was unexpected. Chelsea flags flew at half-mast at their training ground at Cobham on Tuesday and the team will wear black armbands in their home game against Swansea City on Wednesday. Absolutely shocked to hear this news. Great person and a great coach. RIP Dermot �� pic.twitter.com/gFgSZZnlrr— Nathan Aké (@NathanAke) November 27, 2017
Crawley Town boss and former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell admits he wasn't ready to take on a job in the Premier League, stating he is learning every day whilst managing in League Two.
If I can survive, I'm doing ok! - Harry Kewell on his coaching journey
Crawley Town boss and former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell admits he wasn't ready to take on a job in the Premier League, stating he is learning every day whilst managing in League Two.
Crawley Town boss and former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell admits he wasn't ready to take on a job in the Premier League, stating he is learning every day whilst managing in League Two.
If I can survive, I'm doing ok! - Harry Kewell on his coaching journey
Crawley Town boss and former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell admits he wasn't ready to take on a job in the Premier League, stating he is learning every day whilst managing in League Two.
Crawley Town boss and former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell admits he wasn't ready to take on a job in the Premier League, stating he is learning every day whilst managing in League Two.
If I can survive, I'm doing ok! - Harry Kewell on his coaching journey
Crawley Town boss and former Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell admits he wasn't ready to take on a job in the Premier League, stating he is learning every day whilst managing in League Two.
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
 7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
FA Cup first round draw: Hyde United (eighth tier) host MK Dons
7:28PM And that's the draw The excitement is over! No more balls will be drawn! Morecambe vs Hartlepool is pretty good, Doncaster will visit either East Thurrock or Ebsfleet. Hyde vs MK Dons is a brilliant tie for the minnows. I was really hoping for a Slough vs Swindon draw, purely for Office quotes. 7:25PM Eighth tier Hyde will play MK Dons! The crowd goes wild in the BBC studio as the draw is announced. That's the big club the players wanted. 7:24PM Lads, can we please have some music Or something. This draw is not one of the most exciting things I've ever seen on television. That Liverpool vs Man Utd game on Saturday was more entertaining. 7:21PM AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City AFC Wimbledon are one of the clubs to have benefited immensely from TV money brought by the FA Cup and they are drawn against Lincoln City. 7:19PM Some more fixtures for you Peterborough Utd v Tranmere Cambridge Utd v Sutton Utd Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town AFC Fylde v Kidderminster Harriers Luton v Portsmouth Shrewsbury v Aldershot Hereford v AFC Telford Utd Guiseley v Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers v Barnet 7:16PM No huge match ups so far Bradford City v Chesterfield Port Vale v Oxford Utd Newport County v Walsall Morecambe v Hartlepool Utd 7:14PM And it's set of balls number eight And Lancelot is the FA Cup draw machine for tonight. What a hilarious National Lottery joke. And the first fixture is Stevenage vs Nantwich or Kettering. IT'S ALL KICKING OFF NOW, CLIVE. 7:12PM Your Davids, your Goliaths Hyde, Heybridge Swifts and Ossett Town are the lowest ranked teams in the competition, with all three occupying the eighth tier of English football. 7:10PM David Sharpe The Wigan chairman, grandson of Dave Whelan, fancies Wigan's chances this season. And now it's time for the draw! 7:05PM Who do the small teams want to get in the draw? According to a couple of Hyde football staff (manager and player), the management want to play against a team they can probably beat whereas the players want to draw Blackburn or Charlton - one of the 'big' clubs. Hyde actually own the record for biggest defeat in the FA Cup. A 26-0 hiding (see what I did) by Preston North End. 7:00PM The live coverage begins! Here we go. The draw is being held at Hyde United's ground. Look how cool their sun was earlier: Red sun today. FA Cup draw at Hyde United. Is that an omen. #EmiratesFACuppic.twitter.com/LoZ27mZjKW— Hyde United FC (@hydeunited) October 16, 2017 6:47PM The difference the FA Cup actually makes I wrote this in January about just how much an FA Cup run is worth to a small club. It turns out the answer is everything. The FA awards a prize of £1.8million to the winners of the competition, the kind of short-change a Champions League club might use as a sweetener for a promising youth prospect’s signing-on fee. For non-league side Curzon Ashton just qualifying for the second round of the competition will, and has, had an enormous impact. Image Landscape Portrait Square Original/Custom Edit Selected Crop... Caption: Description: curzon ashton Agency: GETTY IMAGES Artist: Edit... Delete “It means so much to us a club,” says their CEO Natalie Atkinson. “The FA Cup is enabling us, through prize money, funds gained and TV money to work with the FA and football foundations to replace our 3G pitch next to the stadium.” Curzon Ashton, currently 15th in the National League North, lost 4-3 to AFC Wimbledon in December, conceding four goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The prize for qualifying for the second round was £27,000, in addition to £18,000 earned from the first round. Those sucker-punch goals prevented a windfall of £67,500 for making it to third round. However, thanks to the wonder of television money, the club received more for their defeat to Wimbledon than they would have if they’d won a non-televised second round match. There's more on the article, if you fancy clicking on it. 6:30PM The magic of the cup This most holy of trophies always produces magical moments and even if a guilty few/most don't pay attention to the competition until their team is involved, those matches between minnows of the lower leagues and giants of... in this case, League One, are always thoroughly enjoyable. Sutton are looking to make a lot more money from another (pie free) run at the cup this year, Accrington Stanley's involvement will be upping the YouTube view count on this milk advert, and today is the first time I have ever heard of Gainsborough Trinity. Perhaps they will become my new favourite non-league - maybe they'll be yours! It all depends who has to play who - and which of those games the people in charge at BBC decide to broadcast... 6:15PM Good evening! Hello there sports fans. Welcome to our live coverage of what is sure to be a riveting FA Cup first round draw. The action will kick-off at 7:10pm and we'll keep you up to date with the draw as it happens. For right now, that wait should give you time to look at all the nice photographs of that weird looking sun from earlier today. It was like being in Blade Runner. 6:09PM Preview What is it? It's the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup: the oldest competition in world football. The first round sees the 48 teams from League One and League Two joined by 32 non-league sides. When is it? Monday October 16. What time is it? The draw itself will begin at 7:10pm on Monday evening. The first round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday November 4 Credit: AP What TV channel is it on? The draw will be broadcast live on both BBC Two and BT Sport. Mark Chapman will present the BBC's coverage of the draw in half-hour long episode from 7pm, while BT Sport 3's show will also begin at 7pm. When will the matches take place? The first round will take place over the weekend of Friday November 3 to Monday 6 November 2017 Who's in the hat? Sutton United made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup last season Credit: Getty Images Three teams from the eighth tier of English football are among the non-league teams in the hat for the first round. Hyde United, who play in the Northern Premier League, beat Scarborough Athletic on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the competition. Hampton and Richmond, who are coached by Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, failed in their bid to reach the FA Cup proper after losing to National League South rivals Truro City. Truro's 2-0 victory over their league rivals means they become the first Cornwal team to reach the FA Cup first round since 1969. Billericay Town, whose current players include Jamie O'Hara, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant, will also take their place in the draw. FA Cup first round numbers 1 ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3 BARNET 4 BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 BLACKPOOL 6 BRADFORD CITY 7 BRISTOL ROVERS 8 BURY 9 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 10 CARLISLE UNITED 11 CHARLTON ATHLETIC 12 CHELTENHAM TOWN 13 CHESTERFIELD 14 COLCHESTER UNITED 15 COVENTRY CITY 16 CRAWLEY TOWN 17 CREWE ALEXANDRA 18 DONCASTER ROVERS 19 EXETER CITY 20 FLEETWOOD TOWN 21 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 22 GILLINGHAM 23 GRIMSBY TOWN 24 LINCOLN CITY 25 LUTON TOWN 26 MANSFIELD TOWN 27 MILTON KEYNES DONS 28 MORECAMBE 29 NEWPORT COUNTY 30 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 31 NOTTS COUNTY 32 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 33 OXFORD UNITED 34 PETERBOROUGH UNITED 35 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 36 PORT VALE 37 PORTSMOUTH 38 ROCHDALE 39 ROTHERHAM UNITED 40 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 41 SHREWSBURY TOWN 42 SOUTHEND UNITED 43 STEVENAGE 44 SWINDON TOWN 45 WALSALL 46 WIGAN ATHLETIC 47 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 48 YEOVIL TOWN 49 TRANMERE ROVERS 50 SOLIHULL MOORS OR OSSETT TOWN 51 HARTLEPOOL UNITED 52 SHAW LANE ASSOCIATION 53 CHORLEY OR BOSTON UNITED 54 AFC TELFORD UNITED 55 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 56 NANTWICH TOWN OR KETTERING TOWN 57 GATESHEAD 58 GUISELEY 59 AFC FYLDE 60 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 61 HYDE UNITED 62 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 63 BRACKLEY TOWN OR BILLERICAY TOWN 64 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE OR LEYTON ORIENT 65 HEREFORD 66 ALDERSHOT TOWN 67 BATH CITY OR CHELMSFORD CITY 68 OXFORD CITY 69 MAIDENHEAD UNITED 70 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 71 WOKING OR CONCORD RANGERS 72 TRURO CITY 73 DOVER ATHLETIC OR BROMLEY 74 SLOUGH TOWN 75 DARTFORD 76 BOREHAM WOOD 77 MAIDSTONE UNITED OR ENFIELD TOWN 78 LEATHERHEAD 79 SUTTON UNITED 80 EAST THURROCK UNITED OR EBBSFLEET UNITED
Soccer Football - Carabao Cup First Round - Birmingham City vs Crawley Town - Birmingham, Britain - August 8, 2017 Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp Action Images/Alan Walter
Carabao Cup First Round - Birmingham City vs Crawley Town
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Crawley Town’s manager Harry Kewell keeps an eye on proceedings at Broadfield Stadium, where Cambridge were the visitors and the victors on Saturday.
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Crawley Town’s manager Harry Kewell keeps an eye on proceedings at Broadfield Stadium, where Cambridge were the visitors and the victors on Saturday.
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Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa’s John Terry in action against Walsall and Crawley Town head coach Harry Kewell.
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Soccer Football - Crawley Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly - June 22, 2017 Crawley Town's Dean Cox in action with Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Crawley Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly
Soccer Football - Crawley Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly - June 22, 2017 Crawley Town's Dean Cox in action with Brighton & Hove Albion's Shane Duffy Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - Crawley Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly - June 22, 2017 Brighton & Hove Albion's Bruno in action with Crawley Town's Moussa Sanoh Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Crawley Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly
Soccer Football - Crawley Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Pre Season Friendly - June 22, 2017 Brighton & Hove Albion's Bruno in action with Crawley Town's Moussa Sanoh Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
The former Australia international will officially begin his first senior gig at the end of the month when his League Two club starts training
Kewell 'can't wait' for Crawley Town pre-season
The former Australia international will officially begin his first senior gig at the end of the month when his League Two club starts training
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
The former Liverpool and Leeds United winger will take the next step of his coaching career in England's fourth tier
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
The former Liverpool and Leeds United winger will take the next step of his coaching career in England's fourth tier
The former Liverpool and Leeds United winger will take the next step of his coaching career in England's fourth tier
Harry Kewell confirmed as Crawley Town manager
The former Liverpool and Leeds United winger will take the next step of his coaching career in England's fourth tier
Former Australian football player Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town
Former Australian football player Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town
Former Australian football player Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town
Former Australian football player Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town (AFP Photo/SAEED KHAN)
Former Australian football player Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town
Former Australian football player Harry Kewell has been appointed as the new manager of English fourth-tier club Crawley Town (AFP Photo/SAEED KHAN)
Harry Kewell named new head coach of Crawley Town
Harry Kewell named new head coach of Crawley Town
Harry Kewell named new head coach of Crawley Town
Harry Kewell named new head coach of Crawley Town
Harry Kewell named new head coach of Crawley Town
Harry Kewell named new head coach of Crawley Town
Champions League winner Harry Kewell named Crawley Town manager
Champions League winner Harry Kewell named Crawley Town manager
Champions League winner Harry Kewell named Crawley Town manager
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
REVEALED: Jose Mourinho Has Used Teenagers More Than Any of Man Utd's Rivals This Season
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
REVEALED: Jose Mourinho Has Used Teenagers More Than Any of Man Utd's Rivals This Season
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
REVEALED: Jose Mourinho Has Used Teenagers More Than Any of Man Utd's Rivals This Season
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
REVEALED: Jose Mourinho Has Used Teenagers More Than Any of Man Utd's Rivals This Season
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
REVEALED: Jose Mourinho Has Used Teenagers More Than Any of Man Utd's Rivals This Season
When Jose Mourinho was presented before the media as Manchester United for the first time last May he ferociously defended his record against a long held criticism of promoting academy players to first-team duty, claiming to have given 49 youngsters their break in his time. He was widely mocked as critics pointed out that number would have included the likes of Lenny Pidgeley and Jimmy Smith at Chelsea, now with Hastings United and Crawley Town respectively. It was a genuine concern of United...
​Portsmouth's Christian Burgess could have sat at home, twiddling his thumbs, doing nothing all day after his side's League Two game against Crawley Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch. There were plenty of other events going on, with Burgess himself saying attending the Women's March on London was an option, but one fan had an even better idea, offering the 25-year-old the chance to help coach a local U12 side. @Burgey44 u12s training at Bransbury Pk at 11 sharp. You can help me coach ]]>😉
PHOTO: Portsmouth's Christian Burgess Spends Day Off With Local Youth Team
​Portsmouth's Christian Burgess could have sat at home, twiddling his thumbs, doing nothing all day after his side's League Two game against Crawley Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch. There were plenty of other events going on, with Burgess himself saying attending the Women's March on London was an option, but one fan had an even better idea, offering the 25-year-old the chance to help coach a local U12 side. @Burgey44 u12s training at Bransbury Pk at 11 sharp. You can help me coach ]]>😉
​Portsmouth's Christian Burgess could have sat at home, twiddling his thumbs, doing nothing all day after his side's League Two game against Crawley Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch. There were plenty of other events going on, with Burgess himself saying attending the Women's March on London was an option, but one fan had an even better idea, offering the 25-year-old the chance to help coach a local U12 side. @Burgey44 u12s training at Bransbury Pk at 11 sharp. You can help me coach ]]>😉
PHOTO: Portsmouth's Christian Burgess Spends Day Off With Local Youth Team
​Portsmouth's Christian Burgess could have sat at home, twiddling his thumbs, doing nothing all day after his side's League Two game against Crawley Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch. There were plenty of other events going on, with Burgess himself saying attending the Women's March on London was an option, but one fan had an even better idea, offering the 25-year-old the chance to help coach a local U12 side. @Burgey44 u12s training at Bransbury Pk at 11 sharp. You can help me coach ]]>😉
​Two footballers have been banned from all horse racecourses in the country, after they were photographed appearing to urinate in pint glasses at Cheltenham Festival in March. MK Dons' Samir Carruthers and James Collins, now of Crawley Town, both apologised for their actions after the event, but have been banned from all racecourses in the country by the British Horseracing Authority. League One duo banned from all racecourses for publically urinating at Cheltenham https://t.co/ReWGnkcdfN...
Football Pair Banned From All Racecourses in Britain After Cheltenham Urine Antics
​Two footballers have been banned from all horse racecourses in the country, after they were photographed appearing to urinate in pint glasses at Cheltenham Festival in March. MK Dons' Samir Carruthers and James Collins, now of Crawley Town, both apologised for their actions after the event, but have been banned from all racecourses in the country by the British Horseracing Authority. League One duo banned from all racecourses for publically urinating at Cheltenham https://t.co/ReWGnkcdfN...
​Two footballers have been banned from all horse racecourses in the country, after they were photographed appearing to urinate in pint glasses at Cheltenham Festival in March. MK Dons' Samir Carruthers and James Collins, now of Crawley Town, both apologised for their actions after the event, but have been banned from all racecourses in the country by the British Horseracing Authority. League One duo banned from all racecourses for publically urinating at Cheltenham https://t.co/ReWGnkcdfN...
Football Pair Banned From All Racecourses in Britain After Cheltenham Urine Antics
​Two footballers have been banned from all horse racecourses in the country, after they were photographed appearing to urinate in pint glasses at Cheltenham Festival in March. MK Dons' Samir Carruthers and James Collins, now of Crawley Town, both apologised for their actions after the event, but have been banned from all racecourses in the country by the British Horseracing Authority. League One duo banned from all racecourses for publically urinating at Cheltenham https://t.co/ReWGnkcdfN...
Notts County secured their third win of the campaign with a 4-1 League Two victory over Crawley Town on Tuesday.
Notts County 4 Crawley Town 1: Moniz's men seal comfortable win
Notts County secured their third win of the campaign with a 4-1 League Two victory over Crawley Town on Tuesday.
Manchester United's Bebe (R) is challenged by Crawley Town's Dean Howell during their English FA Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files
Manchester United's Bebe is challenged by Crawley Town's Dean Howell during their English FA Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester
Manchester United's Bebe (R) is challenged by Crawley Town's Dean Howell during their English FA Cup soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files
Tyrone Barnett (L) of Crawley Town and Matthew Upson of Stoke City fight for the ball during their FA Cup soccer match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, southern England, February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Tyrone Barnett of Crawley Town and Matthew Upson of Stoke City fight for the ball during their FA Cup soccer match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley
Tyrone Barnett (L) of Crawley Town and Matthew Upson of Stoke City fight for the ball during their FA Cup soccer match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, southern England, February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
Crawley Town 0-2 Stoke
Crawley Town 0-2 Stoke
Crawley Town 0-2 Stoke
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX - FEBRUARY 19: Danny Collins and Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City clear from the goal line during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fifth Round match between Crawley Town and Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium on February 19, 2012 in Crawley, West Sussex. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Danny Collins And Ryan Shawcross Of Stoke City Clear From The Goal Line Getty Images
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX - FEBRUARY 19: Danny Collins and Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City clear from the goal line during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fifth Round match between Crawley Town and Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium on February 19, 2012 in Crawley, West Sussex. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch (L) vies with Crawley Town's defender Pablo Mills during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Striker Peter Crouch (L) Vies With Crawley Town's Defender Pablo Mills AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch (L) vies with Crawley Town's defender Pablo Mills during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
The FA Cup mascot stands before Crawley Town's FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
The FA Cup Mascot Stands AFP/Getty Images
The FA Cup mascot stands before Crawley Town's FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch thanks the fans after winning their FA Cup fifth round football match 2-0 against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Striker Peter Crouch Thanks The Fans AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch thanks the fans after winning their FA Cup fifth round football match 2-0 against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Referee Michael Jones walks over to Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt before sending off Stoke City's Irish midfielder Rory Delap (R) during the FA Cup fifth round football match Crawley Town against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Referee Michael Jones Walks Over To Crawley Town's Midfielder David Hunt AFP/Getty Images
Referee Michael Jones walks over to Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt before sending off Stoke City's Irish midfielder Rory Delap (R) during the FA Cup fifth round football match Crawley Town against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Striker Peter Crouch (C) Celebrates Scoring His Team's Second Goal AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch (C) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish striker Jonathan Walters (R) vies with Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish Striker Jonathan Walters (R) Vies With Crawley Town's Midfielder David Hunt AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Irish striker Jonathan Walters (R) vies with Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Scottish manager Steve Evans gestures during the FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Scottish Manager Steve Evans Gestures AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's Scottish manager Steve Evans gestures during the FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis gestures during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh Manager Tony Pulis Gestures AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis gestures during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Argentine midfielder Sergio Torres grimaces during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Argentine Midfielder Sergio Torres Grimaces AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's Argentine midfielder Sergio Torres grimaces during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX - FEBRUARY 19: Danny Collins and Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City clear from the goal line during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fifth Round match between Crawley Town and Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium on February 19, 2012 in Crawley, West Sussex. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Crawley Town v Stoke City - FA Cup Fifth Round
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX - FEBRUARY 19: Danny Collins and Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City clear from the goal line during the FA Cup with Budweiser Fifth Round match between Crawley Town and Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium on February 19, 2012 in Crawley, West Sussex. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish striker Jonathan Walters (R) vies with Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stoke City's Irish striker Jonathan Walters (R) vies with Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) scores their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English Striker Peter Crouch (R) Scores Their Second Goal AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) scores their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) scores their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English Striker Peter Crouch (R) Scores Their Second Goal AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) scores their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's English Striker Peter Crouch Celebrates Scoring Their Second Goal AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch celebrates scoring their second goal during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis looks on before the FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh Manager Tony Pulis Looks On AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis looks on before the FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English Midfielder David Hunt (L) Vies With Stoke City's Republic Of Ireland Striker Jonathan Walters (R) AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters(L) vies with Crawley Town's English midfielder Josh Simpson (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Republic Of Ireland Striker Jonathan Walters(L) Vies With Crawley Town's English Midfielder Josh Simpson ( AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters(L) vies with Crawley Town's English midfielder Josh Simpson (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English Midfielder David Hunt (L) Vies With Stoke City's English Striker Peter Crouch (R) AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's midfielder Sanchez Watt (C) vies with Stoke City's defender Matthew Upson (L) and Welsh defender Danny Collins (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's Midfielder Sanchez Watt (C) Vies With Stoke City's Defender Matthew Upson (L) And Welsh Defender Danny AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's midfielder Sanchez Watt (C) vies with Stoke City's defender Matthew Upson (L) and Welsh defender Danny Collins (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish striker Jonathan Walters (L) vies with Crawley Town's English midfielder Josh Simpson during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish Striker Jonathan Walters (L) Vies With Crawley Town's English Midfielder Josh Simpson AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Irish striker Jonathan Walters (L) vies with Crawley Town's English midfielder Josh Simpson during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish midfielder Rory Delap (R) vies with Crawley Town's English midfielder Dannie Bulman during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Irish Midfielder Rory Delap (R) Vies With Crawley Town's English Midfielder Dannie Bulman AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Irish midfielder Rory Delap (R) vies with Crawley Town's English midfielder Dannie Bulman during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Referee Michael Jones walks over to Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt before sending off Stoke City's Irish midfielder Rory Delap (R) during the FA Cup fifth round football match Crawley Town against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Referee Michael Jones walks over to Crawley Town's midfielder David Hunt before sending off Stoke City's Irish midfielder Rory Delap (R) during the FA Cup fifth round football match Crawley Town against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town's English midfielder David Hunt (L) vies with Stoke City's English striker Peter Crouch (R) during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Stoke City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters scores a penalty during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Republic Of Ireland Striker Jonathan Walters Scores A Penalty AFP/Getty Images
Stoke City's Republic of Ireland striker Jonathan Walters scores a penalty during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis looks on before the FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis looks on before the FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch thanks the fans after winning their FA Cup fifth round football match 2-0 against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Stoke City's striker Peter Crouch thanks the fans after winning their FA Cup fifth round football match 2-0 against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis gestures during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis gestures during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Stoke City's Welsh manager Tony Pulis gestures during their FA Cup fifth round football match against Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley, England on February 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Crawley Town v Stoke City
Crawley Town v Stoke City
Crawley Town v Stoke City
A young Crawley Town supporter eats chips ahead of the FA Cup third round against Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
A Young Crawley Town Supporter Eats Chips Ahead Of The FA Cup Third Round Against Bristol City At Broadfield Stadium In AFP/Getty Images
A young Crawley Town supporter eats chips ahead of the FA Cup third round against Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's mascot "Reggie the Red" hands out sweets to young supporters ahead of the FA Cup third round against Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Mascot "Reggie The Red" Hands Out Sweets To Young Supporters Ahead Of The FA Cup Third Round Against AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's mascot "Reggie the Red" hands out sweets to young supporters ahead of the FA Cup third round against Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's mascot "Reggie the Red" walks across the pitch ahead of the FA Cup third round against Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Mascot "Reggie The Red" Walks Across The Pitch Ahead Of The FA Cup Third Round Against Bristol City At AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's mascot "Reggie the Red" walks across the pitch ahead of the FA Cup third round against Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs jumps to try and intercept the ball against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Tubbs scored the only goal and Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs Jumps To Try And Intercept The Ball Against Bristol City RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs jumps to try and intercept the ball against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Tubbs scored the only goal and Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs (R) reacts after scoring a goal against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs (R) Reacts RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, Data, AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs (R) reacts after scoring a goal against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs shoots to score the opening goal against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs Shoots To Score The Opening Goal Against Bristol City RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No Use AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs shoots to score the opening goal against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs (C) runs to celebrate after scoring a goal against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs (C) Runs To Celebrate RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No Use With Unauthorized Audio, Video, AFP/Getty Images
Crawley Town's Matt Tubbs (C) runs to celebrate after scoring a goal against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's David Hunt (R) takes a throw-on in front of of the team mascot against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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Crawley Town's David Hunt (R) takes a throw-on in front of of the team mascot against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Josh SImpson (L) vies for the ball against Bristol City's James Wilson (C) during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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Crawley Town's Josh SImpson (L) vies for the ball against Bristol City's James Wilson (C) during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
A general view of the FA Cup third round football match between Crawley Town versus Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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A general view of the FA Cup third round football match between Crawley Town versus Bristol City at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's David Hunt (centre R) takes a throw on in front of of the team mascot against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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Crawley Town's David Hunt (centre R) takes a throw on in front of of the team mascot against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
Crawley Town's Manager Steve Evans (L) hugs his striker Matt Tubbs (R) after the game against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Tubbs scored the only goal in the match and Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications
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Crawley Town's Manager Steve Evans (L) hugs his striker Matt Tubbs (R) after the game against Bristol City during the FA Cup third round football match at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley on January 7, 2012. Tubbs scored the only goal in the match and Crawley Town won the game 1-0 and advance to the fourth round of the FA cup. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications

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