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Sam Allardyce: England Manager

With a wave of a magic wand filled with money, the decision was made. Sam Allardyce is the new England manager. There were a couple of of late kinks that delayed his ascendency to this poisoned chalice. Signing a contract was reportedly delayed by wrangling over money, whilst there was a mild social media panic this afternoon when Steve Bruce, who’d also been interviewed for the job, suddenly resigned as the manager of Hull City. This, however, turned out to be a false flag which had more to do with the chaotic state of that club at the moment...

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Chesterfield: The Crooked Spireites

For the great many football clubs that don’t dine at the game’s top table, the question of fundraising is perpetual. How does a club attempt to bridge the gap between it and those above it when trickle-down economics have failed and the gap between the richest and the rest takes a further leap with each new television contract? Sponsorship deals can only go so far, and many lower division clubs already have not only the fronts of their shirts emblazoned with company names, but increasingly also the backs and, in some cases, their shorts as well. Grounds have also...

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Hendon FC: Time To Go Home

In an age during which perpetual self-improvement has become something akin to a religion, the art of stasis has become an increasingly rare sight. It can feel almost surprising to find something exactly where we left it, as though time has stood still in a bubble around it. But perhaps we should celebrate this more often than we do. In 1964, Hendon Football Club, one of the great stalwart names of English football, transferred from the Athenian League to the Isthmian League. This was a club that had enjoyed not inconsiderable success during the previous decade or so, winning...

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Nottingham Forest: Beware Greeks Bearing Loans

When we last touched on the subject of Nottingham Forest in March, the story that we told was one of stagnation and a lack of direction that was reaching into every corner of the club. The end of the season came and went with little by way of thrills or spills. The club finished its season in the Championship in sixteenth place in the table, fifteen points above the relegation places but nineteen below the play-off places, and at the end of June Philippe Montanier – formerly of Boulogne, Valeniciennes, Real Sociedad and Rennes – was appointed as its...

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The 200% Podcast 65: Let Us Never Speak of Euro 2016 Again

This week’s Twohundredpercent podcast marks the end of last season – finally – and the start of the next, and what bettwe a way could we find to finish things off than by picking over the carcass of Euro 2016. Was the frequently defensive football a sign of the times when the costs of losing are so great? Who were the biggest successes of it all? Who will be the new England manager and will anybody really care that much? You can download the 200% podcast by right-clicking and saving here, whilst the 200% podcast’s RSS feed is here...

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