Sack Race

‘YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING’ is every football manager’s nightmare chant. The supporters are no longer supporting. It’s a sure sign of frustration, if not disillusion, an ominous indication of what might come next: the sack. Even one of England’s most successful managers, Gareth Southgate, has recently spoken of the impact of disenchanted voices…

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Night Match

Is there anything quite like a match at the City Ground on a winter’s night? Something about darkness intensifies the experience as senses shift into hyper-alert. Every smell becomes essence of, whether it’s fags, beer or burgers. Every sight gains another characteristic, from a black velvet, rippling Trent, to a stadium so illuminated it has…

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Lights Down

‘The lamps are going out all over Europe,’ said British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey in August 1914, on the eve of the United Kingdom’s entry into the First World War. Over years, the most powerful nations on earth had drifted towards that conflagration. I’m not going to follow that opening with a piece on…

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Then And Now

Some people have it in spades; some people can barely muster a teaspoon full: emotional intelligence. It’s a fancy phrase to describe how well we communicate with one another, how we mange relationships at a personal or public level. To be effective, you need self-awareness and empathy. Forest fans currently don’t have to stray far…

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