Exclusive: Keegan and Curbishley cases have changed landscape for English managers

Kevin Keegan (Small)

By Mike Rowbottom

December 9 – When, a little more than a year after he had managed Derby County to the 1974-75 First Division title, Dave Mackay read a national newspaper story claiming he was to be replaced, his reaction was characteristically defiant. As he admits in his autobiography The Real Mackay (Mainstream, £15.99), he stormed into the boardroom and challenged the club’s directors to deny that they had been behind the article.

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FIFA communications chief quits

Hans Klaus

By Duncan Mackay

December 8 – FIFA’s director of communications Hans Klaus (pictured) has resigned from football’s world governing body following a dispute over strategy less than 200 days before the opening of the World Cup in South Africa.

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