Well, that was quite satisfying, in several ways. Seeing Lineker prancing around (not very satisfying) on the Beeb, it put me in mind of the famous 1991 final when Spurs beat Nottingham Forest in an incident-laden afternoon, one of which episodes has always struck me as being of lasting significance**.
|Another amusing incident - see footnote|
Massive wasted opportunity from a man who was oddly but widely lauded as a master psychologist. (Some say he was blind drunk at the time, which doesn't strike me as much of an excuse.) But how effective are managerial harangues in the interval?
A very interesting piece in the DTel recently carried some genuine analysis (paywall). It contrasts the second-half performances of Premiership sides, with their performances before the interval team talk. They draw one stand-out conclusion, which is that Solskjaer is a great manager - because Man U would be ranked a mere 13th on first-half scores, but a very clear first based on second half scores. There might, of course, be other factors besides his inspirational half-time addresses - perhaps Man U relies on truly superior 90-minute stamina, or fiendishly clever late substitutions - but it's a very revealing statistic. (Incidentally, the standout bad actor against this metric is none other than the Chosen One - which doesn't surprise me in the least - did you ever see, post Clough, a surlier git than Mourinho?)
I recall a BTL comment here, several years ago, that the captain of a rugby club contributes not much more than being responsible for organising the orange slices at half time. Can't agree. Leadership is leadership. Ask the Labour Party.
** Here's another: from Wiki: This game also saw the first appearance of the much longer 'baggy' style of shorts, sported as part of Tottenham Hotspur's new Umbro kit, which Terry Venables helped design. Though attracting some ridicule at first, the style swiftly became popular, being adopted during the early 1990s throughout English and world football by every team at every level (with no team anywhere having reverted to the 'short shorts' worn ubiquitously for some decades up to this match).
And another: that hand-holding episode in the photo above was lovingly recounted by the deeply unwoke Venables on TV many years later. Haha!