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17 Jul 2018

World Cup 2018: Was Gareth Southgate the Manager of the Tournament?

World Cup 2018: Was Gareth Southgate the Manager of the
Tournament?

How much influence do managers exert at international tournaments? A question repeatedly asked, but we never seem to get an answer.

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Skill and luck are often intertwined, whilst things are blown out of proportion in the space of a few games. Spain’s experience at this World Cup in Russia would suggest managers still play a pivotal role at this level.

After sacking Julen Lopetegui days before the tournament kicked off and replacing him with Fernando Hierro, the Spanish suffered. Without Lopetegui in charge, they crashed out to the hosts on penalities in the Round of 16.

While Hierro was not the right man for the job, other managers have had a huge effect on their squad over the past month. But who is RealSport’s manager of the tournament?