I didn't want to believe it, even though we've been top of the league since the first game of the season. There's always been a sense that we would find a way to Dundee United everything up and be doomed to another season in the Championship one way or another. But, now that 24 games have been played and we're 17 points clear of the league in January with the most goals scored, the least goals conceded, a striker who has scored 22 goals in 19 league games, and a goalkeeper that has kept 10 clean sheets in 24 games. Yeah, we're going up.
Rewind to the 19th of June and Scotland are 3-0 up against Argentina, with only fifteen minutes to go in the final group game of their incredible World Cup performance, and for Shelley Kerr and her team a famous win looked inevitable. That being said we all know how Scottish sporting fairytales end. There is bravery, heartbreak and a lesson to be learned. Maria Bonsegundo delivered all of that with a 94th minute equaliser to ensure that we left France without a deserved victory. Walking into the dressing room at full time would have been a hard task for any leader. How do you control your frustration? What do you take from the game? Where do you go from here? The platform that Shelley Kerr and the national side's summer exploits elevated the game to meant that she may not have expected to have to answer questions around internal squabbling over funding, debatable infrastructure and matches being played on a public park. However, those were just some of the topics that Kerr faced at the recent press conference for the Scotland squad announcement and promotion of the upcoming Glasgow City vs Hibs SSE Cup Final.
“It has given me time to find out more about him, how he works and have some really detailed conversations so we can't wait to start the relationship. It is only around the corner so that is fantastic news for the club." Steven Gerrard was positive and enthusiastic when was asked about the appointment of Ross Wilson, former Southampton Director of Football Operations, as Rangers' Sporting Director. Wilson replaces Mark Allen as the man that Gerrard will have to trust and rely upon to deliver the club's recruitment strategy. That strategy, and its execution, has maybe not quite been up to the standard of a forward thinking club in recent years.
By Matt Greer (matt24greer) Saturday's dramatic 3-1 win at Dens Park marked the end of Ian McCall's fourth week of his second spell in charge of Partick Thistle. In a week where Gary Caldwell said that he needed more time to succeed at Firhill, I'm going to take a look at what his successor has … Continue reading The Ian McCall Effect
After back to back 4-0 defeats against Russia and Belgium, the inquests have begun. Is Steve Clarke the right man to take Scotland forward?
There is no denying that what Clarke achieved at Kilmarnock, considering what he inherited and what his resources were, was nothing short of incredible. Clarke also has experience at the highest level in England with stints as a coach with the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool and as a manager for Reading and West Brom. It is completely understandable why the SFA wanted someone that has demonstrated resilience and tactical capability like Clarke has to take over from the disappointing second Alex McLeish era.
Clarke ticks a lot of boxes but there is one box that looks to have been missed in this humble writer's opinion.
"Does the manager's style get the best out of our current player pool?"
It's only early days in the football season, but things are already looking bright at Tannadice. At least brighter than usual.
Whilst questions remain over Levein’s tenure and tactics, very little solutions have been offered. Hearts have huffed and puffed over finding a strong eleven that they can find consistency with. There is a spine to the team but many players who tend to drift in and out. After another intensive summer of recruitment, the squad … Continue reading Heart of Midlothian: Tactical Analysis. What is the answer?