The season has begun. SA has won its first medal at the Olympics with long jumper Mokoena.
Uncle Bai Gora has been named to blow out the Olympic flame. Now for UBG the following lucrative position is available , but does our man want it. That position being the No2. for a Big Club.
Now lets access this position. Is it just a guy always standing next to the Big Boss. What does this No 2 man do. Does he motivate the players, Does he train the players. Is he the important link between the players and the coach. Is he the man that calms thing down, the bond or the glue between decisions, strategies and relationships.
Lets go back and access some great No.2s, I know Uncle Bai Goras no 2 was always a man called Mr Kaka. He always went into battle with UBG.
I must admit that UBG has turned down the role of being Sir Alex Fergusons no 2 without even applying for the job. His reasons actually made sense. UBG went as far as saying that every no2 man for Man Utd went on to er should I say smaller things.
Lets go as far as Brian Kidd. The man was class as Fergies no 2. Everybody said Kidd is destined for big things, the man took over at Blackburn and failed miserably. Then there was Qarlos Queiroz, class..........our okes didnt realise they had gold and booted Queiroz.
If we still had Queiroz, We wouldnt have had Santana and the whole Perreira episode. But then again Queiroz was booted at Real Madrid.
Then we have perhaps what was the biggest flop. Steve Mclaren. The man in all honesty was highly successful as Fergies Deputy. He went on to Bourough,Ok he won one trophy but then he totally F34ked England Up.
So wise move UBG. Is it the curse of being Fergies understudy. Call me superstitious but th facts dont lie. Maybe thats why Liverpools Pokemon isnt at the helm.
So lets make Super Tuesday Interactive.
Do you AGREE with me. Also how important is a No 2 mans position in World Football today.And does the no2 position require great or important qualities or can even Uncle Bai Gora become a no2.
LETS GO FURTHER and access which No2 man has ever been great. Avram Grant. He failed and was sacked. ROy Evans was backroom for liverpool but he Failed. Yet clubs always seem to promote the no2 man.............Why.......!
I cant think at the back of my head, which no2 man went on to being great. Now dont get me wrong. Im talking about that immediate jump. Obviously a NO2 man can come back after ten years and do his thing?
Whilst we on the topic. There have been great managers that havent been great players and there have been great players that have mad s#@@ managers.
When we talk about great managers, name spring up like, Marcelo Lippi, Fabio Capello, Rafa Benitez, Sir Alex Ferguson, Omar Hidtfeild, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Bobby Robson, Vincente Del Bosque, Kenny Dalglish
Why are these man in the elusive field of greatness, Because they have won the greatest of competitions.
Lippi won a Champions league, World Cup and Scudetti, Capello was a maestro with AC Milan, Won the LA LIGA, with Madrid and albeit illegal scudetti with Juve. Rafa won Europe with Liverpool when no one expected them to and took Valencia from regular joes to European giants, Sir Alex, well What can I say...no need to explian, League titles and European glory, Omar Heidsfelt the same.Other names that are worthy of being great are Guss Hiddink, we all know what Guus can do
Wenger won major trophys and has made no namers Big players, Petit, Viera, Flamini, Fabragas, Van Persie, Hleb, Eboue, Lauren, Silvinho.
Jose won big things with Porto and Chelsea, Bobby Robson was great, and Kenny Dalglish in the 80's as player manager was class.
Also a great manager is one that can manage egos and great players at the same breadth.
Also a greta manager doesnt take shit. He posseses the ability to make the message clear that no man is bigger than the club. Sir Alex was perfect at this. He has benched great palyers and Big names, Stam, Beckham, Van Nistelrooy. That takes balls and thats why he is so successfull
And then there were mangers, that were just s@34, they bought s@34, Fucked up great clubs and nations heading this pile of names is none other than Graeme Souness. He bought Paul Stewart, Torben Piechnik and took Dalglish's Liverpool from Gold to Stone.
And then obviouly there is names that are balst from the pasts, but guys who were pretty decent. Ron Atkinson, Howard Wilkonson, Bruce Rioch
But what about great players that went on to become managers,some great, some decent and some just couldnt hack it,
Bryan Robson was class as a player, but couldnt cut it. Ruud Gullit was the same. But then there are guys that are decent with average clubs, Hughes, The Govnor, Keane, Martin O Neil, Kevin Keegan
And for Moosa Areff,last but not least there are the ones that were great and are late. Like Brian Clough.....the man was class. He made Forest Kings of Europe in the late 70's
Well also try to look at Goal.coms Best Premiership x11 for the week. This will assist the guys for the Fantasy League
Premier League Team Of The Week: Round 1
Welcome to Goal.com's team of the week. After each round of the Premier League we sieve out the major performers. This week, three debutants and five Englishmen make the first eleven...
Shay Given (Newcastle): The Republic of Ireland international pulled off a string of saves to keep Manchester United at bay in their own ground. Even managed to pull of a remarkable block from a Fraizer Campbell header using his own forehead.
Jose Bosingwa (Chelsea): He has a lot to live up to after making a €30 million move, but most definitely made the perfect start, bombing up and down the right as Chelsea used their width to good effect.
Andrew O'Brien (Bolton Wanderers): Was named as the local paper's Player of the Season last term, and began the season in equally fine form as he proved a thorn in Stoke City's attempted attacks.
David Wheater (Middlesbrough): A defender in the old-school mould. Not the most elegant of players on the ball, but can tackle well, and possesses an aerial threat from set-play. Netted 'Boro's first goal with twenty minutes left on the clock after having a goal disallowed in the first half for alleged shoving.
Ashley Cole (Chelsea): Flourished under Scolari's regime, returning to his scintillating days donning the Arsenal red. Mirrored Bosingwa on the opposite flank, attacked well, and defended stubbornly.
Deco (Chelsea): What a debut. The Portuguese international was a revelation in his roaming role, pulling strings from start to finish as Portsmouth were made to look pedestrian. A fantastic and much deserved debut goal too.
Xabi Alonso (Liverpool): Came on after the break and turned Liverpool's display around, eventually setting up Fernando Torres with a precise pass. One fails to understand why Rafa Benitez has been looking to replace him with Gareth Barry all summer.
Gareth Barry (Aston Villa):
There may be a cloud over his future, but the Villa skipper has shown over the last four days that he is not going to let it affect his game. Helped set up three goals as Villa romped to a 4-2 win.
Samir Nasri (Arsenal): Was everywhere. His link-up play with Clichy was so well-rehearsed it looked as though the playmaker had been a Gunner for years, rather than weeks. Capped his debut by rounding off a typical Arsenal move with a goal in the opening three minutes.
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa): A superb seven minute hat-trick heaped more misery on a Manchester City side already under pressure. If he can get to 20 for the season, Villa might well finish in the top five.
Dean Ashton (West Ham United): The strong centre forward scored both of West Ham goals in their victory over Wigan. The first was pure power, the second was from close range. Would have been happy to have sealed a brace within the first ten minutes, especially as it was under the watchful eye of England head coach Fabio Capello, unfortunate to have his day ruined by injury.
Bosingwa O'Brien Wheater Cole
Deco Alonso Barry Nasri
Managers: Luiz Felipe Scolari & Phil Brown, for impressive Premier League debuts.
Those Who Came Close
Joe Cole (Chelsea)
Mikel Arteta (Everton)
Danny Guthrie (Newcastle United)
Geovanni (Hull City)
Boaz Myhill (Hull City)
Michael Turner (Hull City)
Johan Djourou (Arsenal)
Jimmy Bullard (Fulham)
Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers)
Alan Dawson and Abhishek Thakur:goal.com
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