• How Tony Adams’ Appointment Has Unearthed The Spanish Paul Mersons

    Picture the scene. A pundit named Paulo Merson is sat in a TV studio in Spain, being asked questions about the latest foreign coaching hire on his show Gillette – pronounced with a throaty ‘G’ – Fútbol Sábado. He’s not happy. “Why does it always have to be a foreign manager, Jefe?” he laments. “What does he know about LaLiga? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against foreign managers. Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone are top-drawer managers, but this Tony Adams geezer ain’t any better than Pako Ayestarán.” ...

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  • Foreign Coaches Have Been Essential To English Football’s Evolution

    Paul Merson drew everybody's ire over the weekend and, quite rightly, has been taken to task for his meandering rant on Sky Sports about Hull City's appointment of Marco Silva. Merson was eviscerated by Football365 on Sunday, by John Nicholson on the same website a day later and, with typical eloquence, Alan Tyers in The Telegraph on Monday morning.  ...

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