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I don't think there was anyone involved that could be classed as near the first team because we've apparently arranged a behind closed doors friendly (99% sure I saw Gregor McGregor tweet this) for this week sometime for the 'first teamers'. Maybe Korey will be involved in this?
Good question. What that will divide opinion! I'd rather we were successful with who we've got (sacking and hiring is an expensive business!!) but as a starter for 10 I'd go for: Someone that is used to working with, improving and motivating young footballers (given our sign em young philosophy and the current make up of our squad). Someone that is used to working with players they are given, rather than ones they've chosen (whoever came in would have to work with what we've got, likely to be limited funds in Jan). Someone that wants to get the ball down and play. Tough when you haven't got the best of the best but doable if the manager/coaching is good enough. Can speak English well (anticipating a foreign appointment). Has decent footballing contacts. I don't mean a Harry Redknapp wheeler dealer, I mean a more David Wagner esq contacts - someone who has worked at a lower/youth level and knows who the good players are at that level, knows the ones that could step up. Wouldn't be adverse to a foreign manager, linked to the above point Wagner took a couple of lower league German players to Huddersfield in this mould. On a lightly related note, we've heard in the past the club has a list of X names to fit each position that we target in preference order and that we do Due Diligence on these players. Do you think the Board do this for managers.
Not sure I can think of 7 Germans full stop... Jurgen Klinsman, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Robert Huth, Leroy Sane, Michael Ballack and the only other one I can think of Steffen Freund but I don't think he scored a goal in his life!!!!
I love National football. It always got me as a kid - I think because my first memory of National football is Euro 96 - a tournament we did pretty well at and I've loved it ever since. Even the drab nil nil friendlies. I think it's something to do with millions of people coming together to support one cause. A big thing for me is all the games were/are on terrestrial as we didn't have Sky so was restricted to Match of the Day/FA Cup (which I also think is fantastic). Plus of course, I used to love collecting the football stickers and filling in the wall chart. I think a lot of my love for National football comes from that nostalgia. Having said that, City is the bread and butter. It's what you invest most of your footballing time in. Very hard to choose between the two. Pickford saving the penalty from Bacca gave me the exact same rush as when Smith scored against United. Says it all for me!