How do you know if a football manager is actually good at their job?

[ad_1] An important thing to remember about Andre Villas-Boas is that he had ridiculously good hair. You don’t spend a record-shattering €15 million (£12.9; $16.3m) fee to sign a rookie manager away from Porto unless you’re pretty sure you know what you’re getting, and one thing Chelsea knew for certain, back in the heady days … Read more

Brailsford’s story, part one: The rise of Mr Marginal Gains and the road to Manchester United

[ad_1] If you work in the sports industry but have not been invited to one of Jimmy Worrall’s events, it’s a message: you haven’t made it yet. One of life’s great networkers, Worrall is the founder of Leaders In Sport, a conferencing and publishing business based in London but with a global outlook. Sir Dave … Read more

What next for Paris Saint-Germain now Kylian Mbappe is leaving?

[ad_1] Maybe this was a glimpse of the future. On Saturday night, Paris Saint-Germain took on Nantes without Kylian Mbappe in their starting XI. After playing 90 minutes against visitors Real Sociedad in the Champions League in midweek, and then privately revealing his intention to leave PSG at the end of the season, Mbappe was … Read more

Mbappe is leaving PSG: Thank god that’s finally over

[ad_1] Ice ages haven’t lasted as long as this. Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid… it has been a thing for about a decade at least. The Athletic was not even in existence when the pair began courting each other. Twitter was still fun (and called Twitter), Taylor Swift hadn’t heard of American football and the … Read more