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Archives for March 2009

Royle return for no ordinary Joe

Paul Fletcher | 23:17 UK time, Tuesday, 31 March 2009

It all happened so quickly.

Joe Royle was walking his dog in the woods near his Merseyside home when his mobile phone rang.

It was Sunday, 15 March and within hours the 59-year-old was back in management after an absence of almost three years.

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Who is your Football League Player of the Year?

Paul Fletcher | 15:29 UK time, Monday, 30 March 2009

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was named as the Championship Player of the Year at the Football League Awards on Sunday evening.

Do you agree that he has been the best player in the division this season?

There is certainly a very strong case for the 23-year-old, who also won the goal of the year for his strike against Charlton last March.

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How to build a sporting dynasty

Paul Fletcher | 19:45 UK time, Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in British football.

In 22 years in charge at Manchester United the 67-year-old has won 10 Premier League titles, the FA Cup five times, the Champions League twice and countless other honours. Before that he won several honours - notably the the Uefa Cup Winners' Cup - with Aberdeen.

He has rebuilt his United team time and again, continually striving for and achieving success, and in the process become a modern managerial legend.

Meet Wayne Bennett, his rugby league equivalent in Australia.

Bennett was appointed coach of the Brisbane Broncos in 1988, the year they were formed, and built them into one of the greatest sides in the world, winning six premierships, before leaving at the end of last season for a new challenge at St. George Illawara Dragons.

The 59-year-old has also coached Australia, the Queensland State of Origin side and was an integral part of the backroom team as New Zealand pulled off a sensational victory at last year's World Cup.

The parallels between the men and the philosophies that have allowed them to succeed at the very top level over such a long period are undeniable.

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