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The Importance of Finding Stanley

Started on 28 December 2015 by Stella
Latest Reply on 29 December 2015 by tenthreeleader
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Sir Stanley Matthews, the first footballer to be knighted, and one of the most renowned footballers of our time.

The wizard of dribble - which he was so affectionately nicknamed - had a career that spanned thirty-three years. Once he had retired in 1965, aged fifty, he had made over seven-hundred league appearances.

His passing was extraordinarily accurate, and he was not so much a scorer as a creator of goals for others. His sportsmanship was exemplary and he was never booked in his career. He was often referred to as "the first gentleman of soccer". It was said Matthews' presence in a team could add 10,000 to away gates.

Mark Hughes sacked by City

Mark Hughes was seen yesterday morning leaving the Britannia stadium after getting into a blacked out vehicle. It was then later released in a statement by the club that the manager, who had managed the side for two years, had been sacked.

"It is with great compassion that we announce the departure of manager Mark Hughes from Stoke City football club.

After two years managing the side and leading us towards European qualification, we believe that the philosophies and style of play that Mark employs was not something that we wanted to be associated with the Stoke City brand.

We will be looking for a new manager in the coming days and fans should expect an announcement soon.

Peter Coates
Chairman of Stoke City Football Club

As the statement says, there has been no managers linked with the job since Hughes' departure yesterday morning, but with the impending season just over the horizon, the club may want to act soon. Ladbrokes have announced the betting odds, with David Moyes said to be favourite.

Stoke's Next Manager Odds:
Dick Advocaat 40/1
Nigel Pearson 33/1
Clarence Seedorf 25/1
Tim Sherwood 20/5
David Moyes 12/1
Very elegant writing. Looking forward to this
Nice choice of the ultimate Potter, Sir Stanley Matthews.

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