Parking The Coach

The great coaches of world football are a varied bunch. Whether cranks, geniuses or both, they have all played their part in making the game what it is today, for better or for worse. In this series – which first appeared in the 200% e-magazine – our artist in residence Edward Carter picks through the careers and legacies of some of the greatest football coaches that the world has ever seen.

Parking The Coach: Graham Taylor

The date is Friday, 17th June 1994. Two major events are unfolding in the United States of America and neither of them involved the England football team. The first, given English soccer players' propensity for shenanigans once the summer break rolls...

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Parking The Coach: Rinus Michels

Very few figures from the history of association football are better remembered for something they created than for something they won. Rarer yet are people like Rinus Michels: remembered for their philosophical and aesthetic contribution despite what they...

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Parking The Coach: Brian Clough

It is the late summer of 1975 and at Nottingham railway station, a cub sports reporter for Radio Trent called Clive Tyldesley has arrived in good time to make the journey to London to cover Nottingham Forest's match with Chelsea. Tyldesley, freshly...

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Parking The Coach: Arrigo Sacchi

In the rarefied atmosphere of twenty-first century soccer, job applications from people with no previous managerial experience tend not to be welcome. In some quarters, they are actively discouraged or even specifically prohibited, as though all those tens...

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Parking The Coach: Don Revie

  The English game has never produced a figure quite so divisive, so controversial and so widely reviled as Donald George Revie. If it has, they were never as consistently successful. The Leeds United team that Revie crafted – by turns brutal,...

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Parking The Coach: Cesar Luis Menotti & Carlos Bilardo

For all of their heritage, there is a very real sense in which Argentina's World Cup victories in 1978 and 1986 represent an important validation of their style, their method and their passion for the game. But these two victories, won just eight years...

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Parking The Coach: Liverpool & The Anfield Boot Room

For more than a quarter of the Twentieth Century, English football was dominated by a new way of thinking. A Socialist revolution that inspired dedication, simplicity and some of the most breathtakingly brilliant, instinctive and organic football that...

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Parking The Coach: Helenio Herrera

Everything that Italian football is, was encapsulated in Helenio Herrera. Stylish, cerebral, passionate, pragmatic, cynical, exasperating, inconsistent, unscrupulous, brilliant, corrupt... a smooth and intoxicating mixture of ascetic analysis, self-aggrandisement and...

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Parking The Coach: Bela Guttmann

  If Bela Guttmann had never existed football would probably have needed to make him up: an individualist who nevertheless created one of the most iconic teams in European football history; a self-confessed mercenary who inspired and cajoled excellence wherever...

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Parking The Coach, Part Two: Valeriy Lobanovskyi

In the second of our new series on the great coaches of the past, Edward Carter looks at the life and career of Valeriy Lobanovskyi, with both words and a picture. In spite of what watching Sunderland might teach us to the contrary, association football stubbornly...

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Parking The Coach, Part One: Guy Roux

In the first of this brand new series on the greatest coaches of all-time, Edward Carter picks apart the life and times of one of the longest serving coaches in the entire history of the game - Auxerre's idiosyncratic Guy Roux. It is a truism, well accepted by all...

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