Before i get into the main story of this post, focus must be drawn to the most unexpected result
of the weekend. Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to second place
Borussia Dortmund yesterday.
The loss means that Bayern's 2 closest challengers for the Bundesliga crown Borussia Dortmund
and Borussia Mochengladbach remain only 2 points behind them in the title chase.
At times, it seems that coaches in professional sports are shuffled more often than the decks at
Vegas blackjack tables. And when the cards finally land, the hand can be a raw deal: with even a
hint of distress, managers take heavy fire from team brass, sponsors and fans, all of whom have
different stakes at risk and their own set of expectations for success.
We are blessed to have been contacted by some terrific writers over the last few weeks, and
here's another of them. Please give a warm welcome to S J Maskell, who can only
liken the relationship between football clubs and supporters these days as being akin to an abusive