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Author: Callum McFadden
Football CFB founder, @backonside ambassador. Freelance football writer & broadcaster - Enquiries: email@example.com
Football CFB is delighted to announce a new distribution partnership with the Beyond The Pitch media network that will see Football CFB content reach a large North American audience.
The partnership will see co-promotion of Football CFB and BTP podcasts, exciting joint projects and exclusive content. Callum McFadden will also join BTP as one of the networks three hosts along with Phil Brown and Martin Wallwork.
The first joint project will be co-produced show called ‘The Global Football Show’ that will be co-hosted by Phil and Callum.
Football CFB founder Callum McFadden stated: “I am delighted to team up with Phil Brown and BTP media as not only will it allow CFB to reach an American audience but it will also enable both of us to produce unique content now and in the future.”
Beyond the Pitch founder Phil Brown added: “The growth of Football CFB in Europe has been meteoric and reminds me of the growth that BTP had in the US when we founded in 2010. Since then we have become an established and leading source of media in the US and Asia and to team up with a leading European content producer in CFB is very exciting.”
It’s scary how quickly football can forget. Yogi led Inverness to 3rd in the top flight of Scottish football, won the Scottish cup and got them into European qualifiers for the first time in their history. Yet at the moment he is out of work and has been for a few years now. That can’t be right in my opinion.
It all started for Hughes when he was appointed manager of Falkirk in 2003 (initially with Owen Coyle as co manager). During his six years in charge, he guided Falkirk to promotion to the SPL and established them in the top flight (a division the club hasn’t been since) and a Scottish Cup Final during his time in charge. He managed future stars Kasper Schmeichell, Tim Krul and Scott Arfield as well as managing players with big reputations such as Jackie McNamara, Neil McCann, Steven Pressley and of course Russell Latapy.
Then in 2009, he left Falkirk for his boyhood club Hibs and set about playing an exciting brand of attacking football that saw the club finish 4th in the SPL and qualify for Europe. However, an itchy trigger finger by Rod Petrie saw him leave the club by mutual consent after sixteen months.
Hughes was appointed manager of Livingston in February 2012, but left in November to take over at English club Hartlepool United before Hughes returned to SPL football when he was appointed manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle in December 2013.
What he achieved at Inverness was nothing short of remarkable. He led the club to their first major silverware in May 2015 by winning the Scottish Cup (ironically against former club Falkirk), two top six finishes (including a 3rd place finish) and of course who could forget their first foray into European football. A job even more remarkable in my mind when you consider where Inverness are now in the Scottish Championship.
Sure, detractors of Hughes will point to his brief stint at Raith Rovers that resulted in the club being relegated to League One. However, when you consider the club hadn’t won a game since October by the time he arrived in February, he was hardly the disaster that certain elements of the media would have you believe.
What I admire about John is his style of football and his personality. He wants to play free flowing attacking football and loves to share in the joy of the beautiful game every time you hear him speak. That, in addition to his CV of success with Falkirk, Inverness and relative success at Hibs make him someone I think is more than deserving of a place in Scottish football. Clubs like St Johnstone wouldn’t go wrong by appointing John and only time will tell if he gets the return that he wants but in my view his time will come again. We need more managers like John Hughes in Scottish football if we want to watch expansive football and witness the technical development of the next generation.
1. Derek Lilley – a truly classy player. A joy to watch even in his twilight years. My dad’s favourite of the 90s as well!
2. Andy McLaren – standing in the cow shed with my dad watching him score directly from a corner was a true wow moment for me growing up. What a player!
3. Peter Weatherson – what a player! Goals from everywhere he played on the pitch and seeing him in the 9-1 game vs Forfar is one of my best days watching football.
4. Jim McAlister – a legend as a player and a legend as a person. Always has time for fans and I loved watching him as tricky winger with the number 11 shirt up to now as a central midfielder and the club captain. I hope he stays at the club long term in a coaching role.
5. Chris Millar – a legend of the club. Classy on the ball and to go to win the Scottish cup sums up his talent.
6. Chris Templeman – the goals against Kilmarnock are my favourite memory of going to Cappielow with dad. What a player when he was in the mood.
7. Alan Mahood – only got to see Alan when he was a veteran but boy could he play. Wish I got to watch him at his peak but what a player!
8. Stewart Greacen – what a captain and what a character! Mr Morton during his time with the club.
9. Scott Bannerman – controversial to put him in ahead of Alex Williams but he was my personal favourite and my first real Morton hero as a kid!
10. Michael Tidser – what a player. Technically superb and I just wish he had stayed at the club as I miss watching him week in week out at Cappielow.
1. Henrik Larsson – the best player I’ve ever had the joy of watching over a prolonged period live. I cried my eyes out at his testimonial. What a career.
2. Matt Le Tissier – the most naturally gifted English player I’ve ever seen. When I played the game as a kid I tried to play like Matt with long passes being the thing my game was remembered for. They just don’t make them like him anymore.
3. Paul Scholes – the best passer of a ball I’ve ever seen live. Never made a bad pass. Dictated the tempo of games at the highest level. How United could do with a player like him today.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – watching him develop through the years at United and then achieve what he has since United is just incredible. Messi is an incredible player too and arguably the best ever but I just loved watching United and Ronaldo in their pomp.
5. Zinedine Zidane – footballing perfection. Glided through games with ease regardless of opposition. Classy classy player.
6. Andreas Iniesta – technically a joy to watch. I am so happy he scored the winner in the World Cup final of 2010 as it couldn’t have happened to a more likeable player. The best central midfielder of my lifetime.
7. Shunsuke Nakamura – his free kicks were scarily good. Scored the winner against Man Utd at Celtic park on my 11th birthday which was one of the best nights of my life. Wow.
8. Dimitar Berbatov – The closed I’ve seen to Matt Le Tissier. Effortless, classy beyond belief and a joy to watch.
9. Roy Keane – whenever the word captain is mentioned Keane is the image that comes to mind. The ultimate premier league player in the early 2000’s and a great watch on tv as a pundit too.
10. Gary Neville – the best right back of the premier league era and the best pundit on tv covering football today. Gutted it never worked out for him in management but I see him as United’s chief executive one day.
‘Newcastle willing to pay Mauricio Pochettino £19 million per season’ according to Sky Sports.
Great money if you can get it. However, it has to be said whoever is leaking such information surely has to realise that at this moment such obscene wages and figures are not what the footballing public wants to hear.
Right now, thousands of people are dying in the UK and across the world due to the current pandemic including many frontline NHS workers. The same NHS workers who are VASTLY underpaid and under appreciated by those in the corridors of power.
That brings me to the crux of my point. Many football fans in the UK will work in the NHS, have used it in the past at a time of need or know someone working in the NHS. At this moment, they are risking their own lives to save the lives of others.
The appreciation from the public for them and their work as well as the work of other – in my opinion also undervalued – key workers such as carers, the men and woman who collect and empty our rubbish, retail staff in supermarkets, bus drivers, postmen and women, etc is now being appreciated as shown with the Thursday night clap of appreciation.
Furthermore, it is estimated that 4 million people may be unemployed in the aftermath of this unprecedented situation – I myself could very well be one of them to be honest. This is where football has to come in and set an example.
Sure, we all miss the joy and the thrill of attending football, admiring the skills of the worlds best and of course the sheer jubilation of watching our team score a goal but in light of the pain that this crisis has caused not only emotionally with the loss of loved ones but also financially; does football really think that the yellow tie culture of which club can spend – or in many cases WASTE – the most money is going to be as appealing as if once was? The answer is obvious, it simply won’t be.
We have watched our society revert to old school community values such as checking in on our neighbours, looking out for everyone and appreciating one another and the true heroes of our society.
Therefore, if football and those involved within it are as smart as they are portrayed to be, they’ll understand and realise that they too have a part to play in society once the game returns and that at this moment the obscene capitalist cash chase simply will put people off the game rather than attract them back to it as when this crisis is over things will never be the same again.
We have all had time to think about what we truly value in our lives and what we want to put right when this crisis is over. I just hope the powers at be within the game realise this and fully play their part rather then risk losing so many of the games biggest admirers by alienating them from the game they so dearly cherish.