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Appointing and anointing

The last few weeks have seen some interesting appointments with more to come.

In cricket, Rob Key has been appointed Director of Cricket in place of Ashley Giles.

Key made fifteen appearances for England but was never really Test class.

He was an above average pundit at Sky: insightful, well-informed and fluent.

But can he hack it in a post with many challenges?

He has to appoint a new coach with Justin Langer in pole position, but another Aussie?

England will have new captain – probably Ben Stokes – but will he be another all-rounder who cannot really skipper like Ian Botham and Freddie Flintoff?

He has to rescue England’s red ball abyss.

Joe Root is the only consistent run accumulator and the pace attack is blighted by injuries to Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson

At Manchester United, Dutchman ten Hag takes over at the troubled giant.

They have tried a Dutchman without success before in Louis van Gaal, as did Everton (Ronald Koeman ), Fulham (Martin Jol) and Glasgow Rangers (Dick Advocaat).

For me, the problem is Ronaldo – even at 37 a world class goal scorer – but he will upset any locker room.

Alex Ferguson anointed David Moyes and apparently brokered the Ronaldo deal. His shadow now as Director is a long one   The feeling remains that as after Sir Matt Busby,  Wilf McGuiness, Frank O’Farrell , Tommy Docherty and Dave Sexton could not revive United’s fortunes until Ferguson was appointed , it may now be a long wait till silverware .


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Tom Hollingsworth is a former deputy sports editor of the Daily Express. For many years he worked in a sports agency, representing mainly football players and motor racing drivers. Tom holds a private pilot’s licence and flying is his principal recreation. More Posts