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Who’s That Manager?



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In the midst of all that is serious in football; in between arguing who your team should sign and who is the biggest threat to England’s qualification for the World Cup, we should all take a little time and enjoy ourselves. For this purpose I came up with a little game to take your mind to a place with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

The goal of the game is quite easy: identify the managers or, if you cannot, pick one to manage your hypothetical team. In this batch of six there are four average managers, one idiot and one genius. My goal is to deceive you and make you pick the either idiot or an average guy if you cannot identify them so I will use every tool possible except lies. Everything here is true but a lot of information is withheld:

A – He guided two teams to promotion to their top domestic leagues. He has managed several teams in his thirteen year career, and he is currently in charge of his beloved team.(**)

B – He has eight years of experience and has won five trophies in two different leagues. His second club in charge – where he lasted four seasons and won two titles among other trophies – is one of Europe’s most respected clubs. He has managed five clubs in total and is now in charge at one of Europe’s big teams.(****)

C – His coaching career began with back-to-back promotions for his club. He has managed several teams (all of them in his home nation), but his greatest achievement yet has been turning around the fortunes of his current club quite dramatically in just three years. (****)

D – He managed two amateur and two professional clubs in his home nation (winning a little silverware with them) before taking over at a club in a prestigious league. He then came within touching distance of achieving the nearly-impossible with this club. Twice. He is currently unemployed. (***)

E – Since taking up a relatively prestigious job in the mid-eighties, he has taken that club to stardom and won numerous trophies with them. But that was not the only team with which he achieved respectable success. At times in his career his brand of football was attacking and free-flowing while at others it might have been very defensive. He has won his nations’ ‘manager of the year’ many times. (*****)

F – He was under the tutoring of one of the greatest managers of all time before he took charge of a mid-table club in his home nation’s top league. With them he came close to proving himself to be a good manager, but when he made the step up to a top class team, he was a bit less successful. (**)

These are real-life managers and none of them are retired. Their identity will be disclosed sometime tomorrow and, in case you are wondering, the stars next to their names represent how difficult I would find it to identify them.

Knock yourselves out!