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A Tale of Six Pictures

As I am a Sports Journalism student at the University of Central Lancashire, I do on occassion need to use my blog for work-related business. With this in mind, I was set the following task; to find six pictures that encaptulate six different themes and post them on my blog. So here goes….

Theme: The University of Central Lancashire

UClan's Colourful Building! Picture:


Theme: Football Hooligans

Genoa fans in Italy getting a tad excited. Picture:


Theme: Credit Crunch

New from Darling; Wwweee'rree Bbbbannkkrupt!! Picture:


Theme: The Olympics

Rafer Johnson completing the Torch Relay at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Picture:



Theme: Journalism

Newspapers, Newspapers everywhere and not a drop to drink... Picture:


Theme: Sports Journalism

New York Giants' Plaxico Burress getting swamped. Picture:


Top 5 Worst Managerial Appointments

When Hull City fans woke up to hear their club had appointed Iain Dowie, their minds said; “relegation” and their hearts said; “relegation”. Dowie has been sacked from his last three managerial positions at Charlton, QPR and Coventry and his name doesn’t inspire Hull fans all that much. The talk of “determination” and “tenacity”, doesn’t immediately make you think of attractive football. And, considering managers like Gary Megson, Alan Curbishley, Mark Hughes, Avram Grant and Paul Jewell were being banded about, Hull City fans arguably got their 6th choice manager.

So this inspired me. Which other fans in football didn’t get the manager they wanted? Who got their man, but he flopped miserably? The following is a  list of just 5 managerial appointments, that are looked back on with a wry smile:

5) Avram Grant – Chelsea ’07

Whilst arguably this man did well (getting to a Champions League final that, if Terry hadn’t fluffed it, he would’ve won), he followed the irreplacable José Mourinho. The two were chalk and cheese, Mourinho is a suave, sofisticated and tactically-astute manager. Grant resembles Toad from Wind in the Willows, and has as much charisma as a used tea bag. A perfect example, therefore, to kickstart the list of managerial disappointments.

Left: Toad of Toad Hall, Right: Avram Grant

4) Gary Megson – Bolton  Wanderers ’07

Dubbed “The Ginger Mourinho” by practically nobody, Gary Megson became manager of Bolton following the departure of Sammy Lee as chairman Phil Gartside tried to fill the gaping chasm left by Sam Allardyce. Fans were left reeling, as a universal cry of; “really? him?” could be heard being murmered in Bolton. The BBC’s 606 discussion board was full of fans relaying their disgust, and I think it’s a user who simply calls himself ‘Ken’ who sums up their views rather simply: “Is Megson right for Bolton? In a word, No!”

The Ginger Mourinho himself; Gary Megson


3) Paul Gascoigne – Kettering Town ’05

Getting to the serious errors in judgement now, the managers that were so infuriating that they were gone quicker than John Terry from a Chelsea car park. Gazza only lasted 39 days in charge of Kettering, he’s had longer drinking sessions! Mind you, that isn’t hard for the former-England player, as in the 39 days that he was manager of Kettering, the chairman reported he’d had 37 drink-related incidents. Not bad going son!

*slurs* Paul...Gah..erm...I played for England....*hiccup*

2) Steve Claridge – Millwall ’05

The classic journeyman player of the lower leagues. Claridge has played for more clubs than Tiger Woods has had…erm…hot meals! It’s unsurprising then that Claridge wanted to try the same thing in management too. Lasting only 36 days in charge and not managing a single competitive game, I think it’s safe to say that Steve wanted a quick tick on his long list of clubs, and nothing more.

Steve "Where's the nearest club mate? That way? Sweeeet" Claridge

1) Leroy Rosenior – Torquay ’07

An unsurprising choice for number 1 i’m sure you’ll agree. The man with the unwanted record of the shortest managerial stint in football, I give you Mr. Leroy Rosenior. After the press conference announcing his arrival as club manager finished at 3:30pm, Leroy was looking forward to the job in hand. At 3:40pm, he was sacked following a Consortium takeover ofthe club. The 10 minute manager will go down in history, sir we salute you!

Don't worry Leroy, you can catch the end of countdown now!

Lesser-known sports on the up?

More universities than ever before are offering Sports Journalism as a degree.

I myself study at the University of Central Lancashire, along with almost 100 fellow students. With such demand for Sports Journalism jobs, is the industry destined to follow the lesser-known sports? There are only so many jobs available within Football or Rugby. Could we one day see the BBC sending a team out to cover the World Lawnmower Racing Championships? Is Extreme Ironing where our futures lie?

Ultimately it comes down to demand. If advertised correctly, i’m sure literally hundreds of people would watch Extreme Ironing on Channel Five, considering only a slightly larger number watch Extreme Fishing with Robson Greene. Or maybe that’s the key? Twinning certain sports with minor celebrities you vaguely remember; Ice Football with a former Big Brother winner.

Niche Market

There is certainly a market for these niche sports. Only recently, some perverted entrepreneur came up with Lingerie Football. However, what could be misconstrued as just a bit of a joke was actually a rather shrewd business plan. What this genius essentially did, was combine the two things the average man dreams about; women and football. Now if the sport can get enough coverage in Nuts and Zoo magazine, maybe we’ll be seeing Soccer Saturday hosted by former Lingerie Football players.

I personally believe that mascot football matches could be the next big thing. Split the Premier League into 4 teams of 5 players and have an epic mascot 5-a-side Champions League-style group stage. Either that or Pundit Football. Players are constantly bemoaning pundits by telling them they’ve never played the game, so let’s sort that out! 11-a-side Pundit Football featuring teams from all the big broadcasters. It would become a matter of bragging rights between the likes of ITV, BBC and Sky Sports. There may even be tapping-up issues brought up in the high courts of ITV trying to poach the star player of Sky by offering him more money? Yes, niche sports are the future.