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The Shortest Managerial Tenure In History?

It turns out John Brown for whatever reason is not going to take the job at Dumbarton. I remember Derek Whiteford being appointed with, I think Jim Fleeting as assistant in the 80's and Whiteford then leaving to boss Airdrie after a few days without having taken charge of a competitive game. This eclipses that because John Brown it would appear was Sons boss for roughly 20 hours!

Edit: I've just checked the timeline and it is officially 14 hours and fifteen minutes!

The club statement is HERE


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Steve McClaren, an Impossible Job and the English Media.

As I have stated elsewhere on this blog, I love England and the English. However this does not prevent me from taking childish, nay puerile delight in our large neighbour's sporting misfortune. It's the media you see. Now I know that the Scottish media got their collective knickers in a twist over our game with Italy. However I would contend that they were simply capturing the mood of the nation i.e. renewed optimism in our football team and a growing confidence in our small country. With one exception (Berti Vogts) I cannot remember one Scotland manager getting a particularly hard time from the media.

Then there's England. It really is time for the English media and the English football fans in general to grow up. Last night's defeat by Croatia was predictable and really only saved them from further humiliation in Euro 2008. It is fair to say that Steve McClaren has not been a resounding success in the job but really he was on to a loser from day one. His appointment was greeted with a combination of underwhelment and hostility but things have deteriorated since then. Every England manager since Sir Alf Ramsay has suffered the same treatment at some stage. The FA usually go for a top club manager with a record of success. In recent times they tried hiring a man who was regarded as one of the finest coaches in the world, Sven Goran Eriksson. Sven's reputation and managerial record was no protection for what awaited him, he didn't stand a chance with the Saxon press reptiles and the growing collection of ex England inernationalists who seem eager to queue up to put the boot in to the England boss whoever he may be. England only have one more crack at a major trophy before it'll be "Fifty years of hurt". Good luck to the new boss whoever he may be. I hope you enjoy your two year (maximum) tenure and are able to endure the criticism, nastiness and downright venom of the fourth estate. Good luck too to Steve McClaren he seems a decent man and I'm sure he'll do a good job for someone back in club management.


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