John Barnes’ Tranmere Crisis Reaches Critical Mass


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Gervillian Swike says:

    Excellent articulation of what should be a basic lesson to all football club directors and chairmen. In their business lives, they would never hand such a key position to someone on the sole basis of excelling in an area where totally different skills are required, and yet when it comes to running a football club it seems that such judgement is rarely exercised.

  2. Nick Ellis says:

    As ever, a great article from 200%

    If you want proof positive of the assertions above regarding employing star footballers as managers and them consequently failing to deliver off the pitch in the same way that they delivered on, you’d do worse than to read this new book about Peter Shilton’s reign at Plymouth Arglye – Peter Shilton’s Nearly Men: A Plymouth Argyle story. I’m biased, being a green, but it’s a great read about what was simultaneously one of the most exciting and turbulent times in the club’s history.

  3. Jertzee says:

    Hadn’t John Barnes already failed miserably as a football manager in the league?

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