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In an ideal footballing world where everything is equal and indistinguishable, a female coach might have taken up the role of managing a team in England.

English football culture can be chaotic at the best of times. The drama, rage, anguish, and unrelenting highs and lows make the beautiful game seem like one big giant soap opera.

Football to its credit is one of the most diverse sports in the world. People from all backgrounds, races, religions, and genders worldwide add to football’s spectacle.

The problem with football culture especially English football is it’s trapped in a sequence where its progressive advances haven’t transcended to all walks of life from a professional footballing career point of view.

The Premier League has taken a tough stance against racism by partaking in a gesture of taking the knees. Before every game, players, white and black will take the knee to show solidarity.

The gesture now feels diluted. The slogan no racism seems to have fallen on deaf ears to some people.

Poor performances from Antony Martial and Tuanzebe against Sheffield United promoted a wave of racial abuse online toward both players’ social media accounts.

Alex Jankewitz was sent off after 70 seconds against Manchester United and is now said to be receiving similar abuse online from trolls alike. The fact that this happens in a game that celebrates diversity and inclusion is disgraceful.

Football culture can be horrible at times, the abuse toward black players left me with food for thought at the hypothetical reality of what it would be like if a woman took a coaching job in the man’s game.

Is English Football Ready For A Female Coach?

This week, Emma Hayes, the WSL club Chelsea female coach, was asked about managing at men’s League One side AFC Wimbledon.

English Football Isn’t Ready For A Female Coach

When asked about taking the role, Hayes hit back with:

The football world needs to recognize, while the game is played by a different gender, it’s the same sport,” she said.

“The qualities involved with having to manage are exactly the same as it would be for a men’s team. We are talking about human beings”.

“There are so many quality candidates that can do the job across the men’s game. We spend too much time talking about gender and ethnicity instead of the quality of candidates.”

Hayes is right. The qualities needed to manage a man’s team are the same qualities required for the women’s game.

Men’s management doesn’t require prime speed or athleticism like the playing side does, but a coaching role puts you front and centre of the footballing world and gives more reason for trolls to pile on when things turn sour.

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Emma Hayes is more than likely a more talented female coach than you’ll ever be unless Pep Guardiola or, say, Jurgen Klopp is reading this. It’s cool to say that’s a fair statement to make.

Emma Hayes won 3 FA Women’s Super Leagues in 2015-2016, 2017–18, and 2019–20 two Women’s FA Cups with and has not seen her international-laden squad lose a league game in more than two years with Chelsea.

Suppose Hayes did take the job at Wimbledon and hit a dip in form like her potential predecessors.

You can already see the abuse from online trolls. In 2019, Hayes said that she was confident a woman would eventually manage the men’s game.

“It’s going to happen and it’s important I say that,” she said.

“Managing people has no gender bias, but unfortunately, football is still stuck in the Victorian era where it thinks the only way to get the most out of professional athletes is with traditional management techniques.”

“It will take a brave owner to take that decision, but all it takes is one successful situation for it to happen again and again.

“The chances of going to manage in the Premier League as a woman are low, but going in and managing at a level below, or as an assistant, makes sense”.

“There is going to be pressure on that person. You’ll have to put up with a fair amount of abuse. So it had better be worth it.”

A few weeks back, Karen Carney deleted her social media accounts after making comments about Leeds’s play style.

The official Leeds Twitter account referred to Carney’s remarks, which cited sexist abuse from some Twitter users.

Carney suggested the coronavirus pandemic helped Leeds secure promotion to the top flight. A rebuttal by the Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani initially defended the tweet, saying Carney’s remarks were:

“completely unnecessary and disrespectful to our club”.

The wave of abuse from online trolls toward minorities and women is a vile stain on the game and needs to be eradicated.

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Could you imagine a scenario if a female coach hits a poor run of form with a team in the men’s game? I don’t need to paint a picture of what social media abuse would look spiral into at the end of the day.

It’s a problem with the men’s game, but there isn’t a stick to beat men with, Sure some managers are overweight, sound weird, etc., but nobody cares enough to hurl abuse.

To its credit, football has opened the door to offering more jobs to people in different demographics that wouldn’t have had the opportunity ten years ago.

For example, Sky sports have included Alex Scott, Micah Richards, and other pundits in recent years. Sian Massey-Ellis has been a lineswoman in the men’s game for over ten years.

Even in France, Helena Costa was replaced by another woman Catherine Diacreto to manage the French club Clermont Foot.

English Football Isn’t Ready For A Female Coach

Football coaching needs to hit a point where female participation becomes the norm.

It may require someone like Emma Hayes to break the proverbial glass ceiling for football fans across England to accept a progressive move like a female football coach.

It has to move away from the macho, testosterone-filled lads culture that presents itself across the divisions.

If football is a beautiful game, it’s time for the sport to step up and pardon the pun and leave the traditional conservatism in the kitchen where it belongs.

 

 

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2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

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Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.

Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.

The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.

The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.

Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.

“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.

“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.

“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”

He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.

“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.

“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”

It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.

Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.

  • Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.

It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.

With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.

However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.

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  • Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)

2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick

The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.

Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.

Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.

Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.

 

Conclusion:

At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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