BetBright are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Set Pieces and the FM17 Project – Celtic v Rangers.
As kick off approaches in the first Celtic v Rangers clash this afternoon will the appointed managers cope with the added pressure of a trigger happy board here at BetBright? We’ve made it quite clear that the powers that be will not tolerate excuses in the drive to the SPL title and European achievement…
Their hugely contrasting styles of management will bang heads for the first time in a stuggle for supremacy akin to General Zod and Superman, Trump and Clinton and we have heard it said, Beavis and Butthead.
We thought we send them a message of good will – of sorts…
What are we talking about here?
The back story will take some time so froth a coffee, put on some comfortable clothes and settle in puff pieces, tactical bewilderment and ridiculous attempts to show Rodgers and Warburton a thing or two about this management lark.
Macintosh was sacked for basically destroying a fairly good Everton squad and found himself clinging to a bottle of something stronger than Tizer and hoping for a miracle in a bid to save his managerial career.
So it was a surprise that he landed a plum gig in Scotland – slightly!
Eyebrows were raised when Macintosh was hired in the summer, not least because of his complete lack of experience. He tersely brushes off questions on that subject, muttering about winning the UEFA Cup with Southend United on CM97/98, but refusing to elaborate. Glasgow can be unforgiving to rookie managers, but fortunately for Macintosh, newly promoted Rangers also hired a new face; Alex Stewart. “That numbers guy!” Macintosh laughs. “I never saw Jock Stein with a scientific calculator. Did you?”
Alex Stewart was being talked about for a big job for some time – or so we are led to believe. The stock rising on his laptop based management technique, the frenzied clicking of a mouse over stats and numbers was reported to have left old school types like Macintosh & Allardyce ( applied but failed the back check compliance apparently ) considering what 4-4-2 actually meant.
It is fair to say Stewart’s appointment was something of a gamble, with his only previous experience in football coming as an unsuccessful goalkeeper for his school team. His only qualifications appear to be owning a MacBook Pro and living reasonably near to Iain Macintosh, but he is now managing the Glaswegian giants with a self-professed “data-driven” approach. Results thus far suggest it’s more data drivel.
The increasing influence of stats men, or ‘evil number wizards’, in the Scottish game has left many sceptical about what the future holds. But as Stewart told The Guardian in a sympathetic puff-piece last month: “It’s an evolution. We’re harnessing information and ways of scouting and analysing that have been out there for a few years, but we’re doing it better.”
We reckon the dual appointment means that when we sack one of them ( can we say that now? ) – the game can still continue whilst we search for a replacement, far better than just pressing save and taking a two week holiday to Bognor Regis and sampling the local ale ( actually can we do that too? ).
Away we go with the Old Firm Derby then. In to the fire lads…
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