THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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Death of the close season
Shock return of Joe Kinnear
England Under-21s crash
Fury and protests at Confederations Cup
Worst teams in MLS battle it out

Unhappy endings Strange managerial sackings
"'I'm probably the first manager to be in this position,' said a visibly shaken Gus Poyet. A member of the BBC production team had just slipped him a note confirming that he was now the former manager of Brighton & Hove Albion (and the first in his profession to be fired live on TV), at half time in the Confederations Cup match between Spain and Nigeria. Pushed by presenter Mark Chapman to divulge more about the circumstances surrounding his departure, Poyet offered no more than "you've got a real scoop here". Although he had just led the club to their best league season in 30 years, the Mirror's claim that Poyet's sacking was "the most brutal dismissal ever" is wide of the mark." Buy here to read the full article

318 MOTMDC United 1 Toronto FC 2

The worst teams in MLS
"You suspect that the reason DC Washington is chosen to sing the national anthem before sports events in Washington DC is largely because of his name, which is real. He's called Dwight Washington, but says he's always been known as 'DC'. His voice, unfortunately, is also real. Dwight takes The Star-Spangled Banner and runs with it. Then,like so many before him, he drops it. By the time he's finished murdering the melody you expect him to be arrested for desecrating the country's signature song. But no, the end is greeted with widespread applause by the proud crowd, all standing, many of them with hands firmly on hearts. Welcome to the patriotic rituals of American sport." Buy here to read the full article

Tour de force Newcastle's 1949 US trip
"The fog-delayed liner the Queen Mary arrived in Manhattan on a muggy afternoon in May 1949, after a six-day voyage from Southampton. On board in blue club blazers were the Newcastle United squad, including captain and half-back Joe Harvey, goalkeeper Jack Fairbrother and centre-forward Jackie Milburn. They were embarking on a 15,000-mile summer tour of the US and Canada that would see them crisscross the continent from New York to Vancouver, riding an unprecedented wave of football enthusiasm and scoring a remarkable number of goals." Buy here to read the full article

318 SummerSummer daze Coping with the close-season
"Somewhere, in a pub cellar, strings of red-and-white bunting and posters of howling face-painted people are collecting dust. Somewhere, on the internet, rumours about someone being denied service in a pub (or emergency surgery, or the right to be buried) because of the polyester-based shirt they were wearing lie dormant. Somewhere, in a cold storage facility, huge tubs of reconstituted chicken slurry aren't being turned into shapes of footballers. It's summer. But it's a year with an odd number on the end, so there's no proper football tournament. That always feels wrong." Buy here to read the full article

Plus
WSC writers' competition winners
What is Financial Fair Play?
Referees shouldn't explain themselves
Scottish League shake-up
Lower league chaos in Germany
Online radio out of tune
Macclesfield come back
Barry and Llanelli controversy
Does Twitter really bring us closer?
Best of Shot! 2012-13
Franny Lee: business and penalties
Croatia's super club
Groundsharing in Sweden
Iran and South Korea's war of words
Reviews of The Numbers Game; The Victorian Football Miscellany; 20 Great Italian Games; Harry's Games

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Photo by Martin Fernandez, Illustration by Matt Littler

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