In these series, co-written with Omar Saleem, Jon Townsend, Matt Gault and Jim Hart, we cover some of the greatest managerial masterminds in footballing history, chosen for their indellible impact on the game in their own unique way. Here are my contributions.
Click on the title below to find the complete set of both series.
The story of the most under appreciated but visionary coach from England is incredible – shunned by his own country, but lauded across Europe.
Lobanovskyi’s tale is truly unique. With original interviews from Ukrainian fans past and present, I tried to go for a different perspective on a story that has been told before in different ways.
This was always going to be a huge task to take on the most recognisable figure of the last thirty years in English football, but thanks to the wonderfully generous help of Graham Hunter I was able to work in some original insight into the mind of the man himself. His United years would have been too easy to focus on, so I dug deeper into the makings of the man in Scotland.
How anyone can go from managing Cambridge United to becoming the most successful manager on a different continent is quite remarkable, but Renard’s tale was one that had always fascinated me. I spoke to various experts in France and Africa to gain a deeper insight.
The truth is he was so much more than a tactical innovator: he was a man way ahead of his time who was simply a magnet for success. Arsenal today would be nothing without him, or at the very least they would be still catching up without his seismic contribution.
Spartak Moscow legend or chronic drunk? Mercurial genius or stubborn irritant? Defining Romantsev is virtually impossible, but one thing is certain – his contribution to Russian football before, during and after the collpase of the Soviet Union is undeniable. Still only 62, his decline was tragic, but his rise was majestic.