The view from England

The new breed

July 19, 2012
By Norman Hubbard
(Archive)
The manager was born to manage. Or so the theory goes, anyway. The cult of the manager has often been at its strongest in English football - the belief that, whether through dictatorial authority, wisecracking bonhomie, an unnatural calm in moments of pressure or sheer charisma, the destiny of some men was pre-determined. They are not as much appointed as anointed.

And yet this summer lends itself to a very different impression. Four Premier League clubs have chosen men with less than ...

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