Managers

German Coach Screaming Instructions At Player He Just Subbed Off Is Classic

Wanna hear a joke?

It’s the 75th minute in a Bundesliga match between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Cologne with the score level at 2-2. Gladbach manager Dieter Hecking withdraws Jonas Hofmann and puts on Josip Drmic in the hopes of finding a match-winner.

Five minutes later, Lars Stindl puts Gladbach ahead and the bench goes ballistic. Hecking immediately switches his focus to defending their one-goal lead for the final 10 minutes. He sees Hofmann, the midfielder he just substituted, and begins barking instructions on staying compact. 

With Messi In His Prime, Barca’s Search For The Right Manager Is Vital

It’s been more than a month since Barcelona manager Luis Enrique announced that he would not be renewing his contract (which expires after this season). At this moment, Barcelona sit three points behind Real Madrid in La Liga (Real also have a game in hand), they’ve been dumped from the Champions League by Juventus but they could give Enrique the perfect sendoff by winning the Copa del Rey title. 

Marcus Rashford’s Greatest Game Puts Huge Dent In Chelsea’s Title Bid

Who would bet against Jose Mourinho in a situation like Sunday’s? The man’s the ultimate party spoiler. He comes to every massive occasion equipped with his tactical wet blanket and extinguishes the feel good factor around the place.

Mourinho adopted a maniacally fluid 3-1-4-1-1 with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick starting on the bench. Matteo Darmian’s place on the left side of defense served to make Pedro’s life a living hell, and Ander Herrera was instructed to do this same with Eden Hazard. 

Argentina Hit The Panic Button, Fire Manager Edgardo Bauza

Like Tata Martino before him, Edgardo Bauza has been dismissed of his role as manager of Argentina’s national team after failing to get the most out of Lionel Messi’s supporting cast. The next manager for Argentina will be Messi's 8th since joining the Albiceleste.

Ancelotti Shows He’s The Best Man Manager In Football By Soothing Franck Ribery With A Kiss

Jose Mourinho has spoken at length recently about how difficult it is to be a manager of this next generation of players. They’re rich before their careers even take off, they have everything in their personal lives meticulously managed by others and they’re prey to the insidious advice of those that want a piece of the pie.

Celtic Will Have Incredible Character For Four More Years

Celtic are a club full of technicians, beautiful human beings with excellent character. They have the perfect manager to lead them: Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman is going to be leading them for a good while longer, as the club has announced signing the former Liverpool and Swansea manager to a four-year contract extension.

In his first year as Celtic manager, Rodgers has already won the league with games to spare without losing a match, and gone to the Champions League group stage.

Data-Driven Analysis Is Changing The Way We See Football

Soccer fans know that the outcome of a match doesn’t always reflect what transpired on the pitch. Talking heads have long debated whether a team was lucky to win or unlucky to lose, often with little substantial proof to argue against the scoreboard. The expected goals statistic (xG) has changed that, equipping soccer enthusiasts with a metric for “what should've happened.” 

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