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Author: Mark

How Scottish Football Journalism Failed Its Journalists

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has possibly spent more time recently lambasting the media than dealing with the issues that have made his Old Trafford future a media story. Imagine, though, if United decided not only to ban “offending” journalists from their press conferences, as predecessor Alex Ferguson was wont to do in his more ‘emotional’ phases, but also to apply legal and commercial pressure to said journalists’ employers to force them out of their jobs. The outcry would expose United as bullies and opponents of free speech and discourage them from pursuing such an ugly strategy. That,...

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How Scottish Football Journalism Still “Works”

Republic of Ireland international striker Anthony Stokes has long been filed under “out of favour” at Celtic Park, particularly since current manager Ronny Deila took over in June 2014. Stokes’ presence among Celtic’s academy youngsters at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park last October for a Premier League International Cup match indicated just how far down the pecking order Stokes was. Despite Celtic’s first team playing a Scottish League Cup tie the following day, a match in which “squad/fringe” players would normally expect a run-out, Stokes was huffing and puffing to limited effect against Benfica’s young ‘uns, ending a frustrating night...

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