The joker who brought hope to the mediocre

On Friday 23rd February 2007, Swansea City appointed Roberto Martinez as their new manager. By taking the reins in south-west Wales, the 33-year-old replaced Kenny Jackett who had overlooked Martinez for a spot in his team before the Spaniard moved on to Chester City.

Martinez was a huge success at Swansea, winning the League One title at a canter and consolidating the club’s position the following season with a very …

Bouncebackability: the cold reality of parachute payments

Clubs relegated from the Premier League will receive £48 million in parachute payments over four years after Football League chairmen voted in May in favour of a new proposal.

The new payments will start from next season and are part of a package of solidarity payments from the Premier League to the Football League.