by Aleks V
Like Mexico’s national team, the Socceroos are going through a period of transition. Ange Postecoglou took over from Holger Osieck as manager in October of last year. Many expect the decorated Australian A-League specialist to feature a much younger side that will bring a breath of fresh air - and possibly silverware - for the national team.
The 12th of April is a big day in world history. In 1961, it was the day that Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into outer space. In football, it is the birthday of Italian coach Marcello Lippi and legendary England captain Bobby Moore. It also marks a fiery Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United. Despite winning the championship two years before, Blackburn were not having the best of times, with caretaker manager Tony Parkes’s sixth month in charge after the sacking of Ray Harford. The team were in 14th place, with only one win in their last six games.
by Aleks V
One of the most highly-anticipated teams in the tournament other than the host nation is the Mexican national team. Having hired a new coach for their last Qualifying games, El Tri are an engima. Qualifiers and friendlies haven’t given us enough perspective into just what this particular side is capable of. One thing is for sure - Mexico coach Miguel Herrera is unlikely to change most of the key players he’s called up for the last Qualifying games. Relying on quite a few players from his former coaching job at Club América gives him the advantage of knowing who can deliver the results he wants. The World Cup will be the ultimate test for Herrera, and will prove whether a successful club manager can translate his expertise to the national team level with minimal time and maximum resources.
by Aleks V
"Here one day, gone the next" is a common trend for football managers these days. As we’ve seen, the Abramovich game of managerial musical chairs is not limited to Chelsea, or the EPL for that matter. The board of directors of Spartak Moscow decided to sack Valeri Karpin nearly four years after he first took to the helm. For some, the decision isn’t much of a shocker, considering the back-and-forth he’s had with the administration. Many will recall his break from managerial duties at the start of the 2012/13 season. Karpin took to administrative duties as the club’s General Director, while current Sevilla coach Unai Emery took charge. Things got rocky pretty quickly, and the club turned the beat around by bringing Karpin back. The decision to sack him now wouldn’t have been as shocking had the facts been different. While it’s not exactly mid-season, the PL has barely returned from its winter break. Spartak are currently in third place and just four points short of the top of the table.