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Holding Midfield: Five Managerial Disasters

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The public eye is littered with examples of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some, of course, have greatness thrust upon them. Then there are the others. Those who clamour after disaster, become skilled in seeking it out and spend entire careers writhing under its fitful influence. Football, littered though it is with charm, grace and skill, is populated overwhelmingly by the latter. In fact a major factor in our enjoyment of the game is to revel in the pitfalls of the meek, the lame and the unfortunate. Peter Schmeichel re-defined the art of goalkeeping in this country yet none of his saves has been played back so often as Massimo Taibi’s blunder in ushering Matt LeTissier’s pea-roller straight through his body against Southampton in 1999, and none enjoyed with such relish by so many. Nwankwo Kanu provided us with some impossible feats of engineering with a ball at his feet but it’s the moment he defied physics to sweep over the bar from barely an inch out that brings the widest smiles. And who can forget the immortal tableaux of the treble winning Manchester United side celebrating victory in Barcelona – one of the finest sides [...]

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