The Monday Profile: Alan Smith

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in The Monday Profile | 6 Comments
The Monday Profile: Alan Smith

How many former England internationals are there currently plying their trade in the third tier? Not many, I’d wager. And how many League One players can boast that they once appeared in a Champions League semi-final against Valencia (even if that appearance was curtailed by a red card)? Again, not many. But, as of 29th January this year, there is at least one: Alan Smith. Even still, us …

The Monday Profile: Nigel Adkins

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in The Monday Profile | 4 Comments
The Monday Profile: Nigel Adkins

When former Scunthorpe United boss Nigel Adkins was confirmed as the new manager at then League 1 Southampton, eyebrows were raised amongst the St Mary’s faithful. Eighteen months later and Southampton are looking to win back-to-back promotions, with Adkins’ managerial record for the 2010-11 season bettered only by Sir Alex Ferguson. The statistics certainly suggest Adkins has what it takes to carry Southampton back to the Premier League — but

The Monday Profile: Alex MacDonald

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in The Monday Profile, Uncategorized | No Comments
The Monday Profile: Alex MacDonald

The way in which various clubs are free to use and abuse the loan system has been criticized on this website but, as a Plymouth supporter, I have to concede that the ability to bring in temporary signings has been a real blessing this season.

Having plummeted to the bottom of League 2, Argyle only began to emerge from the wilderness following a flurry of borrowed arrivals back in November, …

The Monday Profile: Paul Cook

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in The Monday Profile | 2 Comments
The Monday Profile: Paul Cook

John Coleman’s departure from the Accrington Stanley job in January after 12 years in the role reverberated throughout Lancashire. The Liverpudlian had transformed the beleaguered Accies from a name used to market dairy products into a serious footballing concern again, and defeat to Stevenage in the play-off semi-final last May wipes none of the gloss from his striking achievements.

Having been linked with a succession of details since Stanley returned …

The Monday Profile: Ben Marshall

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in The Monday Profile | No Comments
The Monday Profile: Ben Marshall

Flash back to the 31st of January 2010 — shot shy Carlisle United are desperate for an experienced front man to come in to help out the earnest pairing of Scott Dobie and Joe Anyinsah, the then still errant, gangling giraffe Gary Madine and the bunged-up blunderbuss Richard Offiong. By mid-morning the signing of a striker had been announced, in the form of 18 year old Stoke City man Ben …

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