Managers

A broken Stuart McCall comes over to us away fans to apologise after a 3-0 defeat at Dagenham (April 2009)

Win, lose or draw – debates about the merits of the current manager are rarely far away. Here’s a selection of articles about City gaffers of recent years.


Stuart McCall

April 2009 – the final curtain

Having vowed to quit if the play offs weren’t reached, a meaningless final home game looked set to be McCall’s final game before a ‘Save our Stuart’ supporter campaign helped to change his mind

April 2009 – Alan and Stuart

With Alan Shearer in caretaker charge of Newcastle United, at look at two legends giving everything for their club

January 2010 – Stuart McCall and the never ending cycle

A month before McCall eventually quit, poor results saw the pressure building on him

October 2010 – Which way up is the map supposed to be?

Eight months after driving away McCall, previous claims from his detractors that he had been holding back the club begin to look misguided

March 2011 – re-shifting of the goal posts

Another City legend takes the hotseat as passion comes back into vogue

Peter Taylor

February 2010 – Taylor’s arrival sparks more questions than answers

Taylor is confirmed as manager until the end of the season

August 2010 – How much should we analyse City’s uninspiring win over Stevenage?

A less than thrilling early season victory see the team booed off

September 2010 – Taking the next steps

Poor early season form sees Taylor’s relationship with City fans begin to feel the strain

October 2010 – the wrong man

A 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe leaves Taylor looking the wrong man for City – even if it’s not all his fault

October 2010 – Bury 0 Bradford City 1

Four wins from five games means Taylor’s pragmatic style can find favour…

January 2011 – the sad truth

…but in the end it proves too much to bear when results nosedive

February 2011 – Peter Taylor: outstanding appointment, outstanding failure

Taylor eventually resigns

Peter Jackson

March 2011 – the bus ride to Kent

Before his first game in charge, Jackson enjoys the initial popularity to make sweeping decisions

May 2011 – the managerial question that will probably come back to bite

A less than impressive interim period for Jackson leaves the Board with a tough decision over who to appoint as permanent manager

August 2011 – new season, new manager

Celebrating the fact Jackson was no supporter’s superhero, meaning more realistic expectations

Phil Parkinson

September 2011 – Parkinson looks to address the mentality but the problems run deep

Following a 2-1 home defeat to AFC Wimbledon, Parkinson believes the club has a losing culture

October 2011 – the walking stage

Parkinson’s functionalistic approach begins to take shape

Managers in general

February 2011 – the managerial failure cycle

A look at the managerial choices that followed the last successful boss, Paul Jewell

May 2009 – Todd, Robson and some unresolved history

A look back at how Bryan Robson and Colin Todd managed City and the result of their departures

February 2011 – why we should all feel very sad and also a little ashamed as Wayne Jacobs tends to the garden

Assistant to McCall and Taylor, Jacobs is booted out the club.

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