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.
The press appear to be running out of superlatives for Ian McCall's work at Partick Thistle so far. The Jags have won two of their three league matches since the former Ayr United manager took the reigns at Firhill. You could argue that the most impressive of the lot so far was Saturday's 3-1 win … Continue reading Partick Thistle’s Shea Gordon insists the Jags can compete in the Championship this season
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?"
One of three matches highlighted by PureFitbaw's Gavin and Owen in their latest podcast episode was a top-of-the-table clash between two promotion rivals in Scotland's third tier, Raith Rovers and Falkirk. Pure Fitbaw caught up with Raith Rovers playmaker Regan Hendry to discuss the Fifers' start to the season. A start which sees them top … Continue reading Raith Rovers’ Regan Hendry on their super start and Saturday’s clash with Falkirk
When Callum Paterson netted Cardiff City’s third goal in a 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night, he ended a goalscoring drought. A drought that hadn’t seen him net a Bluebirds league goal since scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Southampton in December 2018, when Cardiff were still a Premier League … Continue reading Cardiff City’s Callum Paterson could prove Scotland’s saviour