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Adam Pope: Walking the Walk

The story of how a journalist puts his money where his mouth is
Started on 26 October 2015 by joshleedsfan / First Post
Latest Reply on 26 October 2015 by joshleedsfan / Last Post
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Editor's note: Adam Pope is based on a real journalist called Adam Pope, the story is my twist on his future

Adam Pope could definitely talk a good game. As a journalist, you could say he had to. Adam grew up on the Wirral, but has developed a taste for the West Yorkshire life.

Speaking of which he has become a keen follower of football clubs in West Yorkshire, more notably Leeds United. He commentated on Leeds games for BBC Radio Leeds, save for a 5-year gap between 2008 and 2013, when controversial chairman Ken Bates stopped the popular radio station from broadcasting matches.

He was a rather active tweeter, constantly gaining inside news from various sources and reporting it to the information-hungry fans.

But very few were actually aware of his side project. After BBC Radio Leeds stopped broadcasting Leeds matches, Adam went off to study for coaching badges. It sounds weird for a journalist, but that was his curiosity.

By the time Leeds United were back on the air, Adam had gained a UEFA B Licence, an extraordinary feat for any journalist trying to find a way into the game. Nevertheless, he continued with his commentary, waiting for the right moment to step into football in a coaching capacity.

No one could have anticipated what happened in summer 2015- not the termination of Neil Redfearn's contract, that had been obvious for a while- but the appointment of his replacement.

Whilst names such Uwe Rosler, Gus Poyet and Gary McAllister were thrown around, no one expected the surprise appointment of Adam Pope. No journalist had ever been appointed as a manager at any professional football club before, and just like that, Radio Leeds lost a commentator.

Massimo Cellino was known for bizarre appointments in football, but this was way off the scale.

As a journalist, Adam Pope had talked the talk. Now it was time to walk the walk..

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